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36" x 24"
Scratchboard and Ink

The client asked for a tiger coming out of the dark and he wanted him to be menacing - snarling even. You see he was in Vietnam and he said tigers were the thing that scared him the most when he was in the jungle at night. He wanted a picture to remind himself of that terrible beautiful creature that haunted his dreams....... tall order, right?? We settled on this pose since I didn't have any snarling references and I think he was happy in the end.

Got my tiger back from the client last week and had a professional photo taken of it. Now I can offer prints here and through my website. I have four maybe five more to collect and then I'm all caught up. Time consuming and expensive project!
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Critique by AliciaMarieCreations Oct 9, 2010, 1:02:26 PM
Just like all of your other sratchart workes, fantastic detail and composition. I really love the colors and I agree, it can be hard to do and phtograph. I must say though you photograph your scratchart well - much better than I can!

The pose is really nice and I love his eyes and the lighting. The only thing that stands out too much for me is the leg that is out in front, I think it might be the shap. It's hard to tell, but my eyes go there when I'm not looking at his wonderful eyes! You always seem to do well with eyes, they are never flat and dull.
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Brillano2008 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very impressive details,especially the hairs
AliceKiokami Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist
I like it is so beautifull <3
acrylicwildlife Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Dramatic artwork, very well done.
CindysArt Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very beautiful work! :love:
AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
would you ever consider showing works in progress like progress shots of your work??
im just so curious how you get the colors in the scratch board! 
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm working on a video where I can time lapse the whole process - it's difficult figuring out the camera mount and work space and all that.  I do have four stages of the lynx I just did - maybe I can put them together in one image.
AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no worries! id love to see it! but take your time! sometimes technology doesnt cooperate :) 
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I just posted the lynx WIPs
AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i saw! thank you they are beautiful!
ashigaru Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh, I'm such a big fan of tigers! He does look quite "on the hunt" in this! I'm sure it'll wind up being one of your most popular prints!
Le-laa Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
einfach unglaublich!
Amieku Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
Wow this looks amazing!!
mecengineer Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Alcyone07 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
fantastic! It's a wonderful work!
VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, this is almost scarier than a snarling tiger...tigers don't snarl at their food. He looks more like he's eyeballing who/what-ever he's looking at thinking "you look like an exotic meal..."
Tigero0 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
I hope one day I'm as talented as you.
Pluvier-Croisette Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is stunning...fur, colors, eyes, shading...every single things !!! :squee:
I just wonder how long it take you to finish this wonderful piece...
Blueranyk Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He does look rather menacing. c: Beautiful work as always!
LadyNyght Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Oh very nice! I love it. :+fav: I think the lack of snarl but that 'look' in the eye works well. Impressive you were able to catch it either intentionally or not. 
MoonlightMoth Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A-mazing. It looks like suede or velvet and screams perfection.
Sparklet-Rayne Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Majestic and powerful.
504wolf Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I want to reach out and pet it.
DeNovember Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
that is amazing. tigers are magnificent creatures and you've portrayed this one so well. love it! :heart:
zeldaxlinkHD Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
celinaclraw Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's beautiful, and so detailed!
ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love how the tiger comes out of the dark!
erarosaimmortal21 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Wow! this is stunning. Just breathtaking, it's like the tiger is going to walk out of the picture and become real hehe.=D This has to be the best, tiger drawing, I've seen so far. I've seen lots. This is definitely going in my favourites. :)
whitekratoswolf Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HOW?! Ugh! You're so awesome! How DID you manage to get the colors so spot on?!
Hyena27 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations. You piece is #Protect-Wildlife Feature Art of the Week! This had also been featured in our blog as a part of our Featured Species of the Month. This September we are featuring tigers.
jammer1495 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This reminds me of that tiger from the Jungle Book. I don't remember his name, though. Just his pose and his expression takes me back to that movie. Great job!
Hyena27 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His name was sheer kan:3 I think I spelled it wrong though
Lonewolf521 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful piece and animal! The look is great with a hint of dare I say, menace!
WhistlingGypsy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I just wanted you to know that I just saw your Cormorant piece in the Xanadu Art Catalog and it is an exceptional standout against all the other work in that booklet. I'm so happy to have found your work here on DA. Your technique and use of color is truly inspiring.
2195Razielim Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
JazzyBlue95 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, absolutely amazing!:D
badlilmunkee Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful.

The Tiger happen to be my all time favorite big cat. :)
2195Razielim Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Cometwing Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so realistic it could almost pass for a photograph. Amazing job!
budhaxx Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes me think of the poem "Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright". I love that poem. Nicely done.
Suanin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my God! :wow: This is beyond amazing! I love it! :heart:
LRFitch Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning!! :wow:
metalwulf77 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is probably one of the coolest things ive ever looked at. this ISNT digital art and it looks more real than a photograph? HOW! I'd love to know :) ......quick question...what is a scratchboard???
VariableShade Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Scratchboard is basically a layer of black paint over a color below. Once the top layer is scratched off, it reveals the bottom layer. Obviously, this guy's is way more advanced than that, but that's the gist of it. It really makes you appreciate how awesome this work is in context to the medium. :)
metalwulf77 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
o yeaaahhh i know what it is now...i rmeber doing those in art class in the 2nd grade :) except they were rainbow ones and we woud just draw hearts on them :)
Vixonstar Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! This is great!
sweetmarly Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very striking...composition of light and shadow make the subject very cannot tell if the emotion of the tiger is predatory, feigned indifference, hunger or just innocent. I like this picture quite a bit.
heliCricket Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like your works. They are amazing. And scratchboard is really difficult to do.
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Better Light
Model Super6k
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Date Taken
Jul 24, 2013, 3:48:48 PM
Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.0 Macintosh