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04-03-2008, 01:35 PM
Hi Everyone! :wave:

Thought you might like to take a look at my latest piece, and boy did I have some fun trying to do the grass!!! :)....not!!

Pastel pencils....soft pastels for the background on Royal Sovereign pastel card.

Hope you like him!
C&C most welcome!

Thanks for looking! :)


Here is a close-up of the fur and mouth detail


04-03-2008, 02:18 PM
Wow this is awesome! The fur looks SO real, and the teeth & tongue! What size?

04-03-2008, 02:34 PM
OMG this is absolutely beautiful Who's looking at the grass and that's how it should be. Muted and the target is that terrific tiger. The fun and that tongue and teeth WOW Great job I just love it.

04-03-2008, 03:10 PM
fantastic work- you should be proud!!!

04-03-2008, 03:14 PM
Thankyou so very much for your lovely comments! :)

Forgot to mention the size.....approx 20" x 14"


04-03-2008, 03:16 PM
you may have struggled with that grass but it does not show. Just beautiful!!!!!

Merethe T
04-03-2008, 03:35 PM
Outstanding work! Detail work is brilliant - and boy did the time you spent on the grass pay off! :)


04-03-2008, 04:19 PM
award winner...............great painting:clap:

04-03-2008, 05:08 PM
Now that's what I call a Tiger!!! I saw this in A & W, and thought it was quite superb! You really know how to catch these wonderful cats, Julie.

04-03-2008, 07:33 PM
Umm, yeah, this is outstanding!!!!

How many hours did this take you?

Gail V
04-03-2008, 07:34 PM
Wow - amazing work!!!!!

Terry Wynn
04-03-2008, 07:57 PM
This is so well done. Beautiful job on the fur. He doesn't look like he's anyone's kitty cat!


04-04-2008, 04:41 AM
He is gorgeous and your fun with the grass paid off. Nice work!!

04-04-2008, 05:28 AM
Many thanks for your very kind feedback....I do love big cats, especially tigers and I guess this one took around the 120 hours to complete but apart from the struggle with the grass enjoyed every minute of it!


04-04-2008, 05:56 AM
Julie, fabulous tiger, it felt like it could just jump out of my screen!

04-04-2008, 06:11 AM
I love him, he is perfect!

04-04-2008, 07:21 AM
A beautiful tiger, as already said his features and fur are extremely well done. The time you spent on him was well worth it.

04-04-2008, 08:57 AM
Okay, the interjection that first came to mind when I opened this piece would likely get me banned SO I'll go with something a little more family friendly (although it doesn't really capture the awe that I experiencede) - THIS IS AMAZING! Julie, I have always thought tigers were the most beautiful of the big cats and you have proven that correct, and then some. This is very well done.

04-04-2008, 04:04 PM
Just gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing!


04-04-2008, 04:18 PM
great use of expression, more than just a tiger, a feeling

04-04-2008, 04:31 PM
omg ... *jaw dropping* outstanding ... do enter it in a juried show !! ... it's a winner indeed !! ... would love to see a wip of your methods !! ...

04-04-2008, 06:04 PM
WOW! Thankyou all for your fantastic comments, they are SO very much appreciated! :)

Thanks Violet..... I did do this as a WIP over in the A&W forum.....here is the link if you would like to take a look!


I have only ever entered one exhibition in the past!.....not something I have really thought much about, so thanks for the suggestion....will keep my eyes open for something suitable in the future! :)


Paula Ford
04-05-2008, 12:35 PM
:eek: WOW, fabulous piece!!


04-05-2008, 01:53 PM
many thx, julie ... wish there were some of your earliest stages too, tho ... how you go about establishing your image on your support ... which areas you start with ... which pastels you start with ... your method of application ... etc ... again, tho ... fabulous finished piece !!

04-05-2008, 07:30 PM
Thankyou Paula! :)

Thanks Violet! :).......I will try to add more info when I do my next WIP...this was my first one and its so easy to get carried away with the painting and forget to take pics and fill everyone in with a little more detail!


04-05-2008, 08:12 PM
not to worry ~Julie~ .... :) ... i *know* what you mean ... :):)

04-05-2008, 10:18 PM
Absolutely fantastic!


04-05-2008, 10:51 PM
To tell you the truth, I hardly noticed the grass at first, and I had to go back and take a look, since you mentioned it... pretty nice grass. The first thing I couldn't take my eyes off that tiger stare and the serious tiger attitude in his face and eyes and the tilt of the ears like he is saying "if you don't get away from me, I'll have to eat you!" It is a spectacular painting showing true tiger attitude. All your hard work, and attention to detail are what make this painting awesome!

04-06-2008, 05:46 AM
Violet.....glad you know where I am coming from!! :lol:

Thankyou Don for your kind comments! :).......all the lovely feedback from everyone is very much appreciated!

Justine I do think that it is the tigers eyes and that stare that really captures their characters and I really strive to get that into my paintings, so thankyou for your lovely comments, again they are so very much appreciated! :)


04-06-2008, 08:30 PM
What an outstanding job!:clap: The strength and independence he exudes is amazing. What a great painting.:thumbsup:

04-07-2008, 01:39 PM
:cat: I could not resist telling you how beautiful this is. I love it. He's so expressive, and his position on the paper is wonderful, his body language. Amazing work, including the grass! Do you make Prints of your work? Can you discribe this paper, and its best qualities.? Thanks for such great work.

04-07-2008, 05:46 PM
Thankyou Barbara! :) so pleased he is well liked...your lovely comments are very much appreciated!

Thankyou for the lovely feedback, IMaybe! :) I really enjoyed doing this tiger, must admit though, the grass did prove to be the biggest challenge!....I have decided to get a few Giclée prints done of him to see if they might sell!....wish me luck!! :)

The Royal Sovereign pastel card is a fine sanded type card rather than paper and I find that it kind of grabs the pastel smoothly, which helps me to get the detail I like and it also holds the many layers of pastel I like to apply too!....I just love it! it is manufactured under three other brand names too...think it might depend on which part of the world you live!...if you like the sanded type surface to work on I don't think you would be disappointed if you were to try it! :)


04-08-2008, 07:26 AM
This is amazing Julie! Have you posted it in the A & W forums?

04-08-2008, 07:41 AM

04-08-2008, 08:45 AM
I'm just amazed you got that tiger to sit there for 120 hours... Weren't you just the slightest bit nervous?! ;)

Seriously, though... great job.

04-08-2008, 03:35 PM
Thanks Leigh!....always very much appreciate your comments! :)
I have got this posted in the A&W forum but the name of the thread is My latest WIP!

Thankyou too..Sheila and mindofmirrors! :)....me!....nervous!!.....Never!!!! :lol:


Little Dragon
04-12-2008, 10:47 PM
I opened this thread and my first impression was, ok there's the ref photo, where the painting. Then it hit me. all I can say is WOW. That is absolutely fantastic work. Congrats

04-29-2008, 12:15 PM
Oh so thats what you've been doing! Grass huh? This is awesume...really really good:)I love it