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Will H-G
05-20-2003, 11:25 AM
Hello All

In spite of the advice of a professional wildlife artist who said don't bother with tigers as everyone does them, I thought I would have a go anyway!
Here is a Siberian Tiger enjoying a quiet dip in the pool at the local wildlife park.

16" x 12" on canvas.

05-20-2003, 11:28 AM
WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!!

05-20-2003, 12:18 PM
Originally posted by Lahree
WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!! NO KIDDING I 2nd, 3rd and 4th that!!! WOW:clap: :clap:

05-20-2003, 12:27 PM
I'm very glad you ignored the advice. This is beautiful.

05-20-2003, 12:30 PM
so what if everyone does them? you made this guy your own, and he looks great!

05-20-2003, 01:56 PM
WOOWWWWWW!!! i love this!!!!!!! GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:clap: :clap: :clap:

05-20-2003, 03:44 PM
Absolutely Beautiful!!!!!

05-20-2003, 04:34 PM
This is awesome!! Wonderful job! :clap:

05-20-2003, 07:33 PM
Excellent work! I don't know why people would tell you not to do tigers? I would guess that tigers and wolves are the most popular wildlife images, no matter how many are out there! Great work!!

05-20-2003, 11:46 PM
He's beautiful..You should be very proud of this piece.
I am gonna do one ...one of these days....and then there will be another one!
(hope its as good as this one)

05-21-2003, 12:43 AM
who cares what everyone else does? What do YOU want to do... that's all that matters.

Tigers are beautiful animals, thats why they get done a lot. Who wants to do something ugly?

This is gorgeouse BTW.. I love everything about it.

05-21-2003, 02:11 AM
Glad I checked out this forum tonight! I usually hang out in watercolor--this is great! I haven't painted in oils for 20 years, but this makes me (almost) think about it! LOL

BTW, love your tinyhead!

Will H-G
05-21-2003, 06:05 AM
Thanks for the comments.

It was one of those pictures that I just wanted to do, you know, sort of get it out of your system :) -fulltime job and teenage children permitting!

artmom - get out those oils and go for it! - Not that you should always take other people's advice!:D

When I'm painting with oils I thinks I will do a watercolour next and vice versa.

05-21-2003, 01:34 PM
Gorgeous! Love how he's emerging from the water.

05-21-2003, 03:06 PM

05-21-2003, 10:47 PM
Wow, my friend is going to bow for you, when she will she this! :D

05-23-2003, 02:56 AM
No wonder everyone does Tigers, they are so darn gorgeous!!

And this one is absolutely beautiful!!! Grrrrrrrreat job!:clap: :clap: :clap:

Paul Hopkinson
05-23-2003, 03:14 AM
Will welcome to WC! You have produced an excellent detailed painting and your water is so......well...err watery!

Great job!


Will H-G
05-23-2003, 06:14 AM
Thanks Paul

The water was one of the easier bits of the picture.
(Time for a quick demo)
I worked on a grey toned canvas and used a mix of cerulean blue, raw sienna and white to give a graduated background, adding raw umber and ultramarine blue for the reflections.
I used to work more with acrylics but find oils much easier for blending.

Will H-G
05-23-2003, 06:38 AM
(Next stage)

I then moved on to the tiger adding the main blocks of colour.
At this stage I left the picture to dry adding the circular ripples latter as it allowed me to wipe off the ones that didn't look right until I felt the surface looked real. - you know watery! :D

My tiger was a bit sleepy, unlike Paul's 'Err Nice Pussy!', and it sat in the water with it's eyes half closed so I needed make the eye more open than it actually was.

Paul Hopkinson
05-23-2003, 03:35 PM
Cheers Will, I don't normally paint water so this info is very useful. Especially seeing as I live 50 yards away from the sea!

Tar very much lad!