Here are the works in progress (wips) for my as-yet untitled artwork of my first tiger.
I bought 2 photographs of tigers and spent quite a bit of time trying to decide which one to do - typical Libran - so I will have to do the 2nd one at some stage, as both appealed but both as challenging.
I know many artists start with the ye, which seems to make most sense, but for some reason I've always started with the ears when drawing animals.
I chose to do a tiger - or "Panthera Tigris" - because I hope to be able to make donations through print sales to the work to help the tiger's plight. There are so few left in the world now, and could be extinct in as little as 20 years time, due mainly to loss of habitat and hunting.
I managed to get the right look in the eyes here, so this being the 3rd attempt at this piece, I was happy to continue. This was around 6 hours in time.
Around the halfway mark and starting to feel the challenge. I found the paws the most difficult as there was less detail on them and I'd printed out the reference with one paw partially cropped, so I kind of mocked up the missing part from this top paw.
All work done so far is now covered up to protect it. My drawing desk is covered with materials and my radio so only the space I'm working on seems to have room. I also lean on a piece of card slightly larger than the artwork, in this case A3, so I have room for the tape and a little more protection. I also cover the work done as this for me is the best way to see the piece as "new" as possible, when defects and errors can best stand out, once all of the protective paper is removed.
The final leg - or paw. I went to do some shopping before I could bring myself to look at it in full. I wasn't sure how it was going to look, compared to the original photograph and how I'd chosen to create the surrounding areas to the tiger.
An as yet untitled, 10 ins x 12 ins; 15 hours in total. The original is for sale ~ Prints info coming soon.
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Original photograph from Wildlife Reference Photos.
Thank you ~ Karen