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Uploaded: February 25, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
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Updated: February 25, 2008
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In celebration to the new movie that is coming out called 10000 B.C, I will be showing you how to draw one of the coolest looking animals that ever existed, the Saber Tooth Tiger. I recently submitted a tutorial on how to draw a woolly mammoth because this is another animal that is a major character in the film. But let me tell you some interesting facts about the saber tooth tiger that you may not be aware of. First off when you think of a saber tooth you automatically think “that was a savage beast”, and I’m sure it was, but did you ever wonder why most people label this animal as a savage carnivore? Well the main reason is because they think that the saber tooth tiger is an ancestor of the tigers today. But get this, amazingly to my surprise these mammals are NOT even related to the tigers of today. “But they resemble them so much” you say, yes this may be true but these animals where much bigger than a common tiger. For one they weighed close to 500 pounds and some where even eight feet tall. Their fangs or “saber teeth” came in at 12 inches long, and did you know that the saber tooth tiger could open its mouth to over 120 degrees and sink those knife like canines into the head of its prey like butter. OUCH! These animals use to take out mammoths as well. The correct name for the saber tooth tiger is “Smilodon”, and these cat like mammals first appeared about 1.2 million years ago and has been extinct for 11,000 years already. They did infact lived during the last ice age along with other oversized animals like the giant ground sloth, mastodons, and of course mammoths. You would think they lived surrounded by snow and ice, but their habitats where surrounded by shrubs, and grass, they lived within the pine forests that flourished with herbivores, just the meal saber tooth’s like. The skull of this animal was 12 inches long, they where also very dense and very strong. This is one of the main reasons why they had no speed at all when it came to running after prey, which is why they pounced instead of run. What you probably didn’t know is that there were two kinds of saber tooth tigers, the first being a scimitar tooth and the other dirk tooth. The Smilodon which is what we are talking about today is a dirk toothed cat. This tutorial will show you how to draw a saber tooth tiger step by step. The instructions are easy to read and understand. So that is it I will see you next time.

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How to Draw a Saber Tooth Tiger

how to draw a saber tooth tiger step 1

STEP 1.

Okay like always we are going to start off this first step by drawing the basic guidelines and circle shapes. Lets start on the left hand side and draw a round circle for the head. Then draw a smaller circle with two tiny circles on the side of the small one for the shoulder frame. Now right in the middle draw an oblong shape for the torso of the saber tooth tiger. At the end of that shape draw another round circle for the butt end of the animal with one more smaller shape for the hind legs.
 
how to draw a saber tooth tiger step 2

STEP 2.

Look at the image and you can see what you will be doing next. First go to the head and sketch out the face lining on the saber tooth tiger to help you draw the eyes, nose, and mouth in portion. Now you can go ahead and draw out the actual body frame to start shaping up the animal. The two front legs are shaped like socks, and all you have to do is draw a long curved line for the back and butt area. Draw out the hind leg that looks like a candy cane at the tip. After you do all of this move to step 3.
 
how to draw a saber tooth tiger step 3

STEP 3.

Now here is where you might get a little confused when drawing out the face. The saber tooth tigers mouth is roaring open, so the easiest way to draw out the face is to start at the ears then work your way down. This is very simple if you use the step as your guide. Don't forget the fangs are thick and sharp, also draw in jowls as well. Now you can move down and sketch out the paws of the saber tooth tiger. Remember this animal resembles a regular tiger, so the paws look the same just draw them out as seen above.
 
how to draw a saber tooth tiger step 4

STEP 4.

Now all you need to do here is detail and define the saber tooth tigers face, body, and tail. Sketch in the eyes and make sure they look fierce and strong. Darken the lines over the nose, inside of the mouth, and fangs. Fluff up the cats face by lightly brushing the pencil over the sheet of sketch paper in a round stroke motion. Next draw the claws on all four paws and fluff up the legs as well. Now you can erase all the guidelines and circle shapes that yu drew in step one.
 
how to draw a saber tooth tiger step 5

STEP 5.

This is what your saber tooth tiger should look like when you are done. I left the tail long because even though they have short bob tails it looks cool to have a longer tail. The finished sketch can either contain a long or short tail what ever you choose is fine. After all you are the artist and when your an artist you can use your imagination to no end.