Friday, October 14, 2011

Tiger Cub

Tiger Cub

Just finished this colored pencil painting of a tiger cub using Derwent artist’s pencils.  The size is 9” X  12” on Canson heavyweight paper.  A photograph displayed on WildlifeReferencePhotos.com, a site that offers free photographs for artistic use, inspired this tiger cub painting.
I lost track of how many layers of color I actually used for the picture but I would say, at least 15.  For the eyes, I used different shades of green, yellow ochre, jasmine and white for highlights. The texture of the tiger’s fur is a combination of layered colors including yellow ochre, goldenrod, orange, various browns and yellows.  I used indigo blue, green, terra cotta, deep gray and black for the stripes.

The tree trunk that the tiger cub is resting on includes ochres, olive green, various shades of brown and black.  The sky is a wash of blues, greens, yellow ochre and white, which I left muted and blurry so that the tiger would be the main attraction.