Bonus Tiger using the iPhone program “Layers”

I don’t normally mess around with color, but there are two iPhone apps in particular that made me want to dabble in it this year. Brushes and Layers are two different apps in the app store that accomplish similar goals. I used the program called Layers to trace over a tiger photo to learn more about the composition of it. The result is a fun study of artistic endevors on mobile technology. I consider this a work in progress, but thought I would post it to celebrate New Year’s Day.

Happy New Year!!!

Edited: January 2nd, 2010

Happy Year of the Tiger!!!

This is the finished version. I am happy with the inking, but there are still some technica issues of the composition that I am not happy with. The Chinese Zodiac runs on a twelve year cycle, so I will have another stab at it in a dozen years.

Stay tuned for more illustrations on this blog, and have a safe and happy new year!

Edited: January 1st, 2010

Finished!!!

Today I finished printing the New Year Cards in the US and I am sending them back to Japan to be mailed in bulk. I will post the digital version here on the first of January. Till then…

Edited: December 27th, 2009

The Tiger to rule all Tigers

Edited: December 8th, 2009

Final Drafts are Final

Here are the last sketches I have toyed with. I probably have a few more laying around and might scan them in later, but as it is, I am starting work on the actual drawing now. Obviously I didn’t make my own “December 1st” deadline. Seems that I rarely do when making these New Year’s Cards…

A Tiger Playing with his food

A Tiger Playing with his food


The Tiger on the Flying Trapeze

The Tiger on the Flying Trapeze


This tiger jumped out of his stripes...

This tiger jumped out of his stripes...


This tiger looks a little stiff...

This tiger looks a little stiff...

Edited: December 6th, 2009

More flying tigers!

I did a couple more sketches, but I think the finished version of the flying tiger arc is going be my favorite, and it looks good with the last cow drawing I did.
The final draft starts soon! Soon I tell you! Done before December 1st!!!!!

Walking on sunshine!

Walking on sunshine!


Fly Tiger, Fly!

Fly Tiger, Fly!


Beef!  It's What's for Dinner!!!

Beef! It's What's for Dinner!!!

Edited: November 23rd, 2009

Running cow

Ok. I like this cow. I’m running out of time too so I want to make sure and decide on something that I can be satisfied with. I like the movement in this image. Now I just have to figure out what angle the tiger is coming in from and how much blood will be flying.

Edited: October 9th, 2009

Tiger Process: Attack!

I think I may be leaning towards an actual moment-of-impact action shot for my final design. Here are a few practice studies. Two are just feeding, but one is the first contact feel the final may have. I want the final tiger to be just as big as the bull.

I recently discovered this scary tiger video on YouTube. This tiger leaps several meters into the air and sinks his teeth into a man’s arm. This man was sitting on top of an elephant. I am glad I wasn’t that man on that day. Awesome display of power:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQy-FQtKoGo

Edited: September 8th, 2009

Tiger process 10

I’m not sure how many tigers I have drawn in the past month, so I will just call this number ten. I think I am getting closer to where I want to be with my understanding of visually representing tigers. The final version may be something like this, with face licking, meat knawing and more blood.

I am not really happy with this exact one, in fact it may be one of the worst drawings I have done in a looong time, because the perspective is soooo off. It is only something that can be corrected with more practice. I like the face ok (althought the nose is too short and the eayes to far apart…) but I can work from it.

Edited: September 2nd, 2009

Next year: the year of the Tiger!

Next year is the year of the Tiger! Being the first year that I will have a full-fledged predator to work with, I plan to make this the goriest (is that a word?) new years card ever. I really haven’t drawn a tiger since high school so I am doing a lot of case studies from pictures that I have found on the internet (no time to go to the zoo!).

Edited: September 1st, 2009