For any wildlife artist, tigers are one of the most popular subjects to draw or paint. The largest member of the cat family, tigers are instantly recognizable for their deep orange and white coat and their black stripes. In this beginners tutorial I will show you how you can sketch a tiger in a few steps.
Drawing a tiger can seem a daunting task but it is important to try and break the subject down into simple shapes. This method of drawing is how I approach my own artwork whether I am working in graphite or pastel.
For this tutorial you will only need: paper (any size), pencils ( an HB or lighter for the construction lines and a 3B or 4B for the darker areas), compass (optional), a putty eraser and finally a paper towel or blending stump.
My latest artwork is just off the easel. For my subject this time I decided on a creature that I have never attempted before, an American alligator. This remarkable reptile dates back to the time of the dinosaurs and today is mostly found in Florida and Louisiana in the US.
I began with the basic outline on a piece of sanded paper using a brown pastel pencil. My initial drawings are always very rough and serve only as a basic guide for the artwork to start. Changes will be made as the picture progresses. I loved the composition of the reference picture. The dramatic way the alligator rears its head out of the water was dramatic and forceful.