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

Flying tiger arc

I am still playing around with the entry angle of the tiger pounce. I don’t really like how his back is arching here but I do like the way his right paw is coming into the foreground.

Edited: November 17th, 2009

Finalizing

Another action sketch. This was done in about five minutes while I had about twenty screaming kids around me.

I think ths is pretty close to what the finished piece will be like.

Edited: October 7th, 2009