The tiger is India’s national animal. It’s strikenly beautiful with the contrasting markings of black, white and orange. This oil pastel project is just right for your studies on India. Children will be amazed with the work they can do when given small amounts of instruction.The peacock is the National bird of India. It’s certainly one of God’s most beautiful creatures, and even young children can make these wonderful pictures. We provide you with step by step drawing tutorials, as well as instruction on using oil pastels to bring your peacock to color.
This tutorial is split into two parts:
- Cardstock or Pastel Paper
- Oil Pastels
- Pencil and Eraser
- Black Line Marker
- (Sharpie is fine)
Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:
Art Project Tutorial:
For this art project you’ll need to cut your paper in half lengthwise. NOTE: I’m using a
sharpie so you can see my drawing, but you
should use a pencil and eraser. You will go
over your pencil with your marker at the end.
Starting about one inch down on the left side make this backwards J shape.
Add a curved line, stopping before you meet the bottom of your J.
Continue the J into the top part of a circle, (which will be the eye) then bring the curvy line down to the bottom of the page.
Create the bottom half of the eye as shown. Repeat this process on the other side of your paper in a mirror image. Don’t worry if they are not exactly the same, mine aren’t, just try to get the eyes level….use a ruler across as a guide if needed.
Add curvy triangles under each of the eyes. Remember you are doing a mirror image on the other side.
A sideways flying bird.
Two upside down mountain peaks. Note the curvy lines being used, not straight mountains. Turn your paper over if it helps.
Vertical elongagted diamond shape
Make the eye shape by drawing a flattened circle shape. See how it is slightly flattened at the top
Repeat all your markings for the other side of your paper. Remember it’s a mirror image, but doesn’t have to be exact.
Your tiger nose is framed by black markings. Draw three diamond shapes as seen above. Your diamonds are curving diagonally..see next photo:
See how your diamonds have a curve to them. They aren’t exactly the same either,but you do want to try to get a similar amount of curve to them…… this is good!
We’re going to draw mountains up the middle of the nose….start small, with each one getting just a tad larger.
As you draw the larger mountains, leave aren’t perfect mountains!
The top mountain is quite a bit thicker and more squiggly. We will come fill it in later, but try to get some squiggles in there for now.
Use your Black Sharpie to go back and color in all your markings. Leave some blank white space around the eye area as shown.
When you get to your mountains, color them in with a shaky hand :) You don’t want them looking like perfect mountains. Thicken them up a bit, add some blob to your top mountain, and draw random blobs on the sides.
Add some details to your other markings. You can draw in some extra blobs, and connect your bird/mountain to the top of
Here is how my tiger looks all filled in and with it’s extra markings.
Now that you’ve drawn your tiger eyes, come see how to color them with oil pastels in the second part of our tutorial.