animal Drawing Tutorial

How to draw a feline cub's head

This tutorial will show you how to draw a feline cub's head, whether it be a lion, tiger, or cheetah. Note that a jaguar's head is simular to a lion's. There are different traits for each of the cat's heads, so I will draw all three of the ones I just listed.

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Tools used: Paint program such as Open Canvas or real media




Step 1

First, you will need to sketch the heads out. Simply draw a circle with its guidlines. I've decided to give you three different views. If you are using a computer program, use a small nib and a different color than what you will use to ink. I've used a .5 nib and a light blue. This way we can tell the different between the ink and sketch lines.


Step 2

The head on your left will be the lion, the middle is the tiger, and the right is the cheetah. Here are a few things to note when drawing these heads:
-Cubs' ears are considerably large
-A cheetah's head is narrower than others'
-A good method is to take the ends of the nose a make a line up then curve to form the eyebrows, as I did in the example
-Remember to keep them fuzzy!
Don't worry about the markings yet, they will come later. Remember that the sketch doesn't have to be perfect.



Step 3

Start a new layer, because here comes the inking! This is what I have to most problems with sense I use a mouse. Anyway, I've brought my nib up to size 1.0 and changed my color to black. Here's a tip to remember when inking: The darker lines will be the lines that will need shading under and the lines that curve on the outside. Take the eyebrows and ears for example.


Step 4

Now to color our little friends. :P First, go to your sketch layer and erase your sketch lines. Now make a new layer for base coloring. Add whatever crazy colors you'd like, but I'm going to try and do it realisticly. The lion shall be a yellow-ish tan, the tiger a slightly dark orange, and the cheetah a brown-ish gold. These will just be the base colors. It isn't supposed to look finished yet. Later we will add lighting and shading and a few other colors to make the picture come to life.


Step 5

Final step! This is where all the finishing touches come in, and it could be tricky, but it's worth it in the end. It's a good idea to start a new layer here. Anyway, start out with the shading. To do this, put the eyedroper on the part you want to shade. It will take you back to that same color. Now move the color over slightly to the right. Now you have a darker shade of the color. You use this to shade. Adding lighting is the same way, you just need to move the color left to make a lighter color. To add lighting, think of where you want the light source to hit. Remember, the further away from the light, the darker the shading should be. Now add the markings. You know the drill, stripes for tigers, spots for cheetahs. Don't try to plan where the markings will be, just let your hand do the work. Add any other final touches you wish, and you've done it!


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