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Uploaded: July 22, 2011
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 12
Updated: July 22, 2011
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Hey everyone, here's my tutorial on how to draw the head of one of my favorite animals, the tiger. Get your pencils and paper ready!

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How to Draw a Tiger Head

how to draw a tiger head step 1

STEP 1.

Here are the pencils that I chose for this task. I used HB for sketching and some dark lines. I used 5H for light shading/lines and 2B for dark shading/lines.
 
how to draw a tiger head step 2

STEP 2.

Start out with a light sketch of the tiger's head. You can follow the guidelines if you need help.
 
how to draw a tiger head step 3

STEP 3.

Roughly and lightly add in the tiger's stripes. Don't worry about details yet.
 
how to draw a tiger head step 4

STEP 4.

Now, alternating between 2B and HB pencils, stark adding definite outlines and shading. I like starting at the eyes and working my way outward.
 
how to draw a tiger head step 5

STEP 5.

Define the nose and mouth area.
 
how to draw a tiger head step 6

STEP 6.

Now define the stripes from the nose upward. The stripes around the mouth won't be added until we are ready to add whiskers.
 
how to draw a tiger head step 7

STEP 7.

Now, shade in the background to make the head pop out. Using an HB pencil to shade and blending with a blending stump works well for this.
 
how to draw a tiger head step 8

STEP 8.

Now roughly shade in the dark patches of fur on the tiger's face.
 
how to draw a tiger head step 9

STEP 9.

Now, start detailing starting with the ears. I found that the 5H was perfect for the light fur in the ears. Also work on the top outline of the head. Once you have the ears shade in the eyes.
 
how to draw a tiger head step 10

STEP 10.

Bridge the gap between the ears and eyes by working on the forehead. I used the 5H to add in the super short fut lines. Also take this chance to redefine the stripes with a 2B or HB pencil.
 
how to draw a tiger head step 11

STEP 11.

Now, shade in the nose and the area around it. Do some erasing in preparation of adding whiskers. You can get the basic idea of where they are going to be.
 
how to draw a tiger head step 12

STEP 12.

Now, finish up the drawing by shading in the rest of the stripes, adding the whiskers, and darkening the area below the head. Be very patient with this last step! I look forward to seeing how you draw this, let me know if you upload it onto the site!