In the shadows of the night

tiger (almost completed)

You may have seen me working on this one at recent markets. Well, in the last week I’ve moved it and the cafe rabbit down to the living room to finish them off (too hot upstairs!) and here he is. I’m still making slight adjustments to the chair and background tones… but otherwise he’s about done. I’m really happy with the colours and his presence in the picture.

Happily he’s going to make his card debut soon too. We’re making a few of my recent paintings into cards which should be around in the next month I hope. I can’t wait to see how they turn out. With this picture, although I did try out different designs that placed him in a fully developed scene (like a library or study), in the end I really wanted this to be a portrait, where he is the only focus and all other details (especially colours) are designed to help show him off to best effect. I’ve created a spotlighting effect too by darkening the edges to further concentrate our focus.

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5 Comments

  1. Suzanne Willis
    Posted November 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Stunning! Makes me think of Angela Carter’s “The Tiger’s Bride” :-)

  2. Posted November 23, 2009 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    I love the contrast between the orange and the blue! Beautiful.

  3. louise
    Posted December 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    It’s all in the eyes! His gaze locks you in. Lovely work.

  4. Jim Gillies
    Posted December 10, 2009 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Awesome.” The aloof aristocrat”

  5. elise
    Posted December 10, 2009 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Thanks guys I really enjoyed this one. And Hello Jim! Nice to hear from you.

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