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Tiger Painting Art Tutorial | Watercolor Painting

Tiger’s Face Portrait – Watercolor Painting Tutorial

What you will learn from this tutorial post and video.

  1. You will understand the basic painting process from start to finish.
  2. You will understand how to paint a basic portrait painting in watercolor.
  3. You will understand the light tone, mid-tone and dark tone from this art tutorial.

For this tutorial, I’m painting a front view of Tiger’s Face.

This animal portrait painting step by step guide tutorial is designed for beginners.

Chat Paper: 300gsm watercolor paper or above will be good for beginners ( I’m using normal chat paper ).

Colors: Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Orange, Black, Vermillion Hue, Crimson, and Burnt Umber.

Brush: Brustro Round No 4, 2, 0.

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Step By Step Tiger’s Face Painting

Step 1: Draw a tiger face sketch before the painting process.

How do you paint a tiger's face

Step 2: Leave the white color area in the tiger’s face, paint the mid-tone area first, for easy understanding, I shaded the black fur with a pencil. So leave the black fur area also and only apply the color where it is necessary. I’m using a yellow ochre shade for the mid-tone area.

How do you paint a tiger's face

Step 3: Now mix burnt sienna with black and paint on the fur area. Don’t use too much black, it will create your painting dirty, so please be careful.

How do you paint a tiger's face

Step 4: Now let’s paint a second coat of some mid color tones when it is still wet ( mix yellow ochre with burnt sienna ). 

How do you paint a tiger's face

Step 5: Paint the dark color tones to create depth and volume. Your painting brush strokes should be gently and forgot about the details, just focus on applying the color.

How do you paint a tiger's face

Step 6: When painting near to the eye, be careful if one brush stroke goes wrong the whole painting will be damaged particularly in this watercolor medium. 

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Paint the outer side of the eye with dark black color.

How do you paint a tiger's face

Paint a base layer of lemon yellow for the eye balls and also mix orange and a little bit of burnt sienna to create the depth in ears and surrounding facial area.

How do you paint a tiger's face

Mix orange and burnt sienna color and paint the upper part of the eye to create depth.

How do you paint a tiger's face

Paint the black spot in the middle of the eye and leave a white dot area for highlights.

How do you paint a tiger's face

Step 7: Paint a light coat of crimson color as a first layer on the nose, then mix burnt umber and vermillion hue to paint the depth in the nose as shown in the image below.

How do you paint a tiger's face

Step 8: Paint a direct black shade for the final result, don’t paint the entire black in the black area, I’m leaving some areas for creating the depth tones.

How do you paint a tiger's face

Step 9: Paint the vibrissae one by one with a small round brush. Try to complete the hair with a single brush stroke.

How do you paint a tiger's face

Step 10: Mix burnt sienna, yellow ochre and orange and apply to the mid-tones like this and also leave the black fur. Paint direct black on the fur when it is dry. 

How do you paint a tiger's face

Quick Tip:

Paint the outer fur when you completed the inner part of the painting and add dark tones where it is necessary.

Check this Tiger Face Watercolor Painting video for easy understanding.

Tiger Face Watercolor Painting Tutorial

Hope you like this tutorial, let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below, thank you.

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