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Old 01-08-2018, 12:35 AM
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Hi, this is done with coloured pencils on sketching paper. Would like your suggestions for improving the background, which has not come out so well, I think.
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Re: Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

The "tyger" is "burning bright in the forests of the night." You could just have it emerging from a featureless dark background. (Just don't ask me how to do that.)
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Re: Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

Very good, nice detail in the fur and I especially like the ears and nose / whiskers. I think darkening the background would help to bring the tiger forward in the picture; you could also try adding a bit of definition to the foreground grasses.
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Looks like a cub... lovely
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Re: Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

Nicely done.Triduana has good suggestions. You could also show more of chest and neck showing in the grass and front paw coming forward out of the grass.
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Re: Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

Lovely cat! You could use solvents to help darken the background in between layers.
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Re: Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

Good suggestions all.

If the image was inspired by William Blake's metaphysical poem, it can be surrealistic and still be an appropriate representation. Blake's own image of the Tyger is somewhat crude and, in my opinion, fails to do justice to the poem. The rhetorical question, "Did he who made the lamb make thee?" shows that Blake acknowledges the necessity of opposites: night and day, constructive and destructive, good and evil, male and female, hell and heaven.
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Good suggestions all.

If the image was inspired by William Blake's metaphysical poem, it can be surrealistic and still be an appropriate representation. Blake's own image of the Tyger is somewhat crude and, in my opinion, fails to do justice to the poem. The rhetorical question, "Did he who made the lamb make thee?" shows that Blake acknowledges the necessity of opposites: night and day, constructive and destructive, good and evil, male and female, hell and heaven.

Thank you Richard. Yes, watching a tiger in the jungle is quite an awesome sight, and takes one to a different plane. Perhaps Blake saw just that!
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Old 01-09-2018, 09:21 AM
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Re: Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

Thank you all for your suggestions. I was hesitating to darken the background, but will try it out. I have not use solvents so far, but would try that also. Thanks again!
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Re: Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

The tiger is really nicely done Panth and it is well worth darkening the background to allow him to really come forward.
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Re: Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

Panth, this cat is fierce and so admirable for its place in nature. Loving the colors you have used in its fur. Agree a dark background would help push him to the front. As this is sketch paper maybe use dry media such as pastel sticks to create a wide stroke.
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