How to Draw a Simple Cartoon Tiger

For kids, drawing tigers realistically can be a challenge, so why not draw a simple cartoon one? All you need is paper, a marker and some coloring materials in yellow/orange and pink.


  1. 1
    Draw a U-shape which is slightly wide in the corners. This will be the chin of your tiger, so you can draw it the right size for you. If you want a big tiger, draw a wider U and for a small one, a small U, just don't make it a thin U, as this will look too long.
  2. 2
    Next to where the lines end, curve them over for about a centimetre, then draw a little "rainbow line" for the ear. Make sure the ears are the same size on both sides, and are at the same level for a symmetrical, more professional look.
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    Connect the bottoms of the ears to complete the outline of the head. Draw a line from the bottom of one ear to the bottom of the other. This should complete the outline of the head, so that it looks like a proper tiger.
  4. 4
    Draw a small cone shape near to the bottom of the head. This will be your tiger's nose. Don't make it too thin or too wide, draw it to fit on your tiger's face correctly.
  5. 5
    Connect the nose to the bottom of the head with a simple straight line. This is is the tiger's mouth, and is also a simple way to draw a lion or kitten's mouth.
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    Put a small dot above the nose, but right at the top of the tiger's head. Just to the left of it, draw a line that curves down into the line on the side of the nose. Do the same on the right, curving the line down and into the side line of the nose.
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    Draw a small circle on each side of the stripe for eyes. You have two options for coloring them. You could just colour them black for a simple look, but for a shiny look, draw a tiny circle in the corner of the eye, then color all of the eye black, apart from that tiny white circle.
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    Add the muzzle part to the tiger by drawing a C-shape that curves round from the top of the nose to the bottom of the head on the left. Repeat on the right, and be sure that the muzzle is the right size to fit the face, just like with the nose.
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    On the left, draw a straight line coming out of the head for the body. Add a line on the right too, and draw them to be the same length, as a lopsided tiger won't look as good as a symmetrical tiger.
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    Draw a small line coming across from each line you drew in Step 9. Leave a gap in the middle which will soon become legs. The lines you draw across should be the thickness of the leg - if you want skinny legs, leave a large gap in the middle of the lines, and for fat legs, a smaller gap.
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    Starting at the end of the line you just drew, draw a line the same length going upwards towards the tigers head again. You should leave a gap between the head and the end of the line. Do this in both sides.
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    Connect those lines together for the completed outline of the body. The line you draw should be straight with no bumps.
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    Add a curved line coming from the head down the body, but stop it about where the line in Step 12 is. Connect back into the body, and don't do the same on the left. This should only be done on the right to add a 3D effect.
  14. 14
    Add a long sausage shape coming out of the tiger's back, for his tail. Draw stripes on it, and color the one closest to the tip of his tail black. Also add little black triangles coming out of the sides of his face, three on each side for stripes. Do this to the sides of the body too.
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    Add whiskers, then color according to the picture. Done!


  • Keep trying and don't give up! You won't get it perfect first time.

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