How to Draw Tikis

By Helen Jain
Drawing a tiki requires noticing the exaggerations and sketching them.

The tiki is often associated with Hawaii because of the tiki statues found in the state. Whether you are drawing a tiki for personal enjoyment or planning to draw it for an art class, the method of drawing it is similar. You need to exaggerate the face and features on a tiki art project.

Draw the proportioning lines of the tiki. Since a tiki is exaggerated in facial features, start by marking the bottom of the tiki, the slightly rounded top and a line on each side marking the outside areas. From there, add a line about one-third of the way down to mark the eyes, a mark slightly below the middle to show where the bottom of the nose will be and a mark about one-third of the way up from the bottom for the lips.

Sketch in the eyes at the top marked location. On a tiki, eyes are usually relatively small with a ridge over them for the brow bone. A tiki is usually carved, so the eyes are usually gouged into the rock or wood. For a drawing, shape the eyes and then draw a brow ridge line over them.

Draw in the nose. On a tiki, a nose starts at the eye level and goes down to the mark around the middle. Make the nose large. Depending on the tiki you are drawing from, either make the nose as wide as the face for an over-exaggerated tiki face or draw it centered so the widest point is around one-third the width of the tiki face.

Make a large mouth. The mouth is always as wide as the tiki face and is overly large. The tiki mouth is an exaggeration of features. If opened, the mouth takes up half of the face and shows the teeth. If closed, it is as wide as the face, but is around one-sixth the height instead of half. Draw the lips in full.

Adjust the outside lines of the tiki around the face. Depending on the specific tiki face you prefer to draw, it might mean adjusting the straight side lines so the sides come in slightly at the eyes and go back out slightly for cheek bones before going down the sides at a slight outward angle to the bottom. Other tiki’s might require making a mane around the face or making an odd outline to fit an overly large, open mouth at the bottom.

Shade the tiki. Shade around the brow ridge to create depth, especially at the center where the brow ridge meets above the eyes to make the eyes look more sunk into the face, around the cheekbones' outer edge for highlight and depth and under the nose to make it look like a nose coming out of the face. Other shading will depend on where you decide the light is coming from and varies.

About the Author

Helen Jain has been writing online articles since December 2009 for various websites. She has studied English and psychology and hopes to get a Ph.D. in English in the future.