In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a cartoon Smilodon or Saber-toothed tiger.
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To draw this cartoon Smilodon / Sabertooth step by step, follow along with the video tutorial below and pause the video after each step to draw at your own pace. You may find it easier to follow the step-by-step drawings below the video. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you'll know exactly what to draw next. You may want to open the video in a new tab and use both drawing methods. Take your time and draw at your own pace.
Written step-by-step video tutorial:
For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.
Step 1: Draw two short, diagonal lines for the smilodon's eyebrows. Sketch lightly at first. The lines should be similar to check marks. When you get the lines right, darken them. Curve the outer tips of the saber-toothed tiger's eyebrows down and the inner tips up. Add a short, curved line in the middle too.
Step 2: Draw a small diamond under each eyebrow for the eyes. The smilodon's eye on the left should be a tiny bit smaller. Leave the insides blank for a more menacing look.
Step 3: Draw a short, curved line from the eye on the left for the bridge of the nose. Below that, draw a triangle for the saber-toothed tiger's nose. To the right, draw a curved line for a wrinkle.
Step 4: Below the nose, draw a long, wavy, horizontal line for the top of the smilodon's mouth. Sketch lightly at first. The middle of the line should point up toward the nose a bit. The right side should be long and curved.
Step 5: Below the mouth, on the right side, draw a long, V- shaped line for the smilodon's first canine tooth. On the left side, draw the other canine the same way. Leave a small gap on the left edge near the top. Starting at the gap on the left, draw a series of short, triangular shapes for the front teeth. Feel free to make the canines longer if you'd like.