How to Draw a Tiger Running Side View

In this free art lesson, you'll learn how to draw a Tiger running step-by-step.

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All of the tutorials on are good drawing tutorials for beginners and experienced artists alike. The online tutorials are easy to follow; they teach you the how to draw basics while showing you how to draw animals step by step. Each animal has a video drawing tutorial option, as well as step-by-step photos and written text to follow.


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To draw this running Tiger 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.

Below you can watch a Narrated 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 so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake.

How to Draw a Tiger Running Side View 1

Step 1: Start by drawing three circles as guides for the tiger's head and body. The circle on the left side will be the head and the two circles in the middle will be the body. To draw each circle, first make four marks to determine the height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. If you're struggling to draw the circles, just trace the outer rims of circular objects like coins or bottle caps. For a more detailed guide on the different ways to draw a circle check out this tutorial: Four simple ways to draw a circle. Pay attention the sizes and spacing of the circles.

How to Draw a Tiger Running Side View 2

Step 2: On top of the circle on the left (the head circle), draw a small arc as a guide for the tiger's ear. On the left side of the head circle, draw a small, angled line as a guide for the muzzle. Under the body circles, draw two lines as guides for the legs. Bend the line on the left to indicate the joints on the front leg. The line on the right for the hind leg should be diagonal. Pay attention to the sizes of these lines in relation to the circles.

How to Draw a Tiger Running Side View 3

Step 3: Inside the head circle, draw a sloping line as a guide to help you place the tiger's facial features later on. Connect the head to the body using short lines to create the guides for the neck. Connect the circles in the middle using longer, curved lines to finish the guide for the torso.

How to Draw a Tiger Running Side View 4

Step 4: Draw another set of lines under the body circles as guides for the tiger's legs that are on the other side of the body. Bend the lines to indicate the joints. On the top, right side of the body, draw a long, wavy line as a guide for the tail.

That's it for the guidelines! From this point on, press down harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing of a running tiger.

How to Draw a Tiger Running Side View 5

Step 5: Inside the head, draw a small circle for the tiger's eye. Place the eye above the sloping guide line and close to the top edge of the muzzle. Draw sloping lines to create the outer shape of the eye. Inside the eye, draw a tiny dot for the pupil. Near the tip of the muzzle, draw a triangular shape for the nose. Draw the nose above the guide line. On the right side, draw a curved line and shade in the shape for the nostril.

How to Draw a Tiger Running Side View 6

Step 6: Under the nose, draw a line that curves to the right as a guide for the tiger's mouth. The line should end at the head circle. Under the mouth, draw a curved line that's made up of short strokes to create the furry chin. Darken the arc at the top for the ear. Make the sides of the ear wavier as you darken the shape. Add a few lines inside the shape for the ear's opening and for fur.

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