So a while back I studied tigers for a project I was working on. Here is my original digital painting:
I tried to make him as realistic as possible and give him some personality by adding an inquisitive look to his face.
Now with a new project I will use the same subject matter and this time try a completely different approach. For the first attempt I tried creating a Cubist tiger in a forest.
I came across this painting by Rousseau:
I loved the colours and the simplification of the image. And I also came across this cubist image from George Braques which somehow reminded me of a tiger, especially the colours:
And I thought that marrying the two images would be interesting - but I wanted to really emphasize the triangular shapes, but still keep to a muted palette as a background.
I started my cutting up my original image - shifting each slice up and down alternating between both. Then I changed the color palette through solarizing and adding hue changes, and manipulating levels. I cut into the image using the line tool in Photoshop to give him an outline of black - this is the first attempt:
After some revisions I re-worked him again to make him more spiky!
I created the colour pallete for the tiger by merging the traditional orange and black with a solarized version of the colours that I had created separately, then mixed the two colours together.