tiger face watercolor paintng

Tiger Face Watercolor Painting

In this watercolor painting tutorial, you will learn how to paint a tiger face in an easy step by step method

Please draw a tiger face sketch in the front view or you can download the free image for practice use

You can print it on an A4 size watercolor chat paper or draw the same sketch on the chat paper

You can use any chat paper you like but I recommend 300 GSM watercolor paper for beginners, for more info about the chat paper – click here

This tiger portrait painting step-by-step guide tutorial is designed for beginners

Materials: 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, Vermilion Hue, Crimson, and Burnt Umber ( use watercolor tubes )

Brush: Brustro Round No 4, 2, 0 sizes

About The Tiger’s Face Portrait – Watercolor Painting Tutorial

You will understand the basic painting process from start to finish

Learn how to paint a basic portrait painting in watercolor

Understanding the light tone, mid-tone, and dark tones from this art tutorial

Please note all these painting steps are designed for beginners

Step By Step Tiger’s Face Painting

Step 1: Draw the tiger’s face sketch

Draw a tiger face sketch before the painting process

tiger face watercolor painting - step 01

Step 2: Let’s start with a light shade

Leave the white color area on the tiger’s face, and 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

tiger face watercolor painting - step 02

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Step 3: Paint the second coat

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

tiger face watercolor painting - step 03

Step 4: Paint the third color coat

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

tiger face watercolor painting - step 04

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Step 5: Paint the dark color tones

Paint the dark color tones to create depth and volume. Your painting brush strokes should be gentle and forget about the details, just focus on applying the color

tiger face watercolor painting - step 05

Step 6: Paint the tiger’s eye

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

Paint the outer side of the eye with dark black color

tiger face watercolor painting - step 06

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

tiger face watercolor painting - step 07

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

tiger face watercolor painting - step 08

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

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Step 7: Tiger’s nose painting

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

tiger face watercolor painting - step 10

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Step 8: Painting the depth tones

Paint a natural 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

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Step 9: Paint the vibrissae

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

tiger face watercolor painting - step 12

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Step 10: Final touch-up

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

tiger face watercolor painting - step 13

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

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