From realistic tiger characters such as Aladdin’s Rajah (1992) and The Jungle Book’s Shere Khan (1967), to anthropomorphic characters such as Tigger (Winnie-the-Pooh, 1952), Hobbes from the Calvin and Hobbes comics, and Kellogg’s cereal’s Tony the Tiger, tigers (Panthera tigris) have long been a popular subject in children’s cartoons.
For thousands of years, tigers have graced the art of many lands, across their home range and elsewhere. This is especially true in areas that included the tiger as a zodiac symbol, such as China.
Would you like to draw your very own cartoon tiger? Now you can, by following this simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial. All you will need to follow these easy instructions is a piece of paper and a pencil. You may also want to use an eraser to correct any mistakes, and crayons, markers, or colored pencils to shade your finished tiger.
In each step of this drawing guide, new lines added during that step are shown in light blue. Lines drawn during previous steps are shown in black. Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of the early lines, called guide lines, as you go along.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Tiger
Draw feet at the bottom of each leg. Include toes on the feet using a series of sideways, “U” shaped lines.
Erase the guide line from the top of the head. Extend two slightly curved lines down the center of the face. Enclose the shape of the nose using two curved lines. Draw a curved line down the length of the belly.
Draw a wide, “U” shaped line beneath the nose. Connect it to the nose using a straight line. Draw several dots between the mouth and nose, then extend several curved lines from the dots to form whiskers.
Draw a series of stripes along the face, back, tail and legs. Compose each stripe of two curved lines, meeting in a point. Shade the stripes. Draw a curved line across the tip of the tail and shade between the line and the tip. Draw a curved triangle extending from each toe to form claws. Shade the claws.
Give your tiger some ground to stand on. Draw a series of overlapping, curved lines beneath his feet. Use a series of short, curved lines meeting in jagged points to form a tuft of grass.
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