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Another wild beast painting: growling tiger!

Watercolour: Tiger, now complete. By Marcia Kuperberg. Size A3: 42 cm x 30 cmFirst stage of watercolour painting of tiger & cub by Marcia Kuperberg2nd stage of watercolour painting of tiger by Marcia KuperbergWatercolour of tiger & cub by Marcia Kuperberg. Needs to look fiercer.

I've completed the second wild cat, my tiger (and her little cub). As usual, when I showed it to my husband, the first thing he said was "she looks too tame - like a pussycat", so I opened her mouth and she let out an angry growl! Here are some of the stages of creation.

Stage 1: broad washes of basic tones and colours.

Stage 2: more detail, more stripes that help define the body.

Stage 3: (colour only look washed out because of the different light when I took the shot.) Best part is adding the fine lines, especially the whiskers. 
However, at this stage the tiger's tongue was hanging out but she was not growling or snarling. 

closeup of watercolour of tiger's face showing whiskers and snarl.To do this, I had to crinkle up her nose, and add teeth. Now she's suitably fierce. 

2 Comments to Another wild beast painting: growling tiger!:

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Jo on 19 April 2014 02:01
Grrr. As you know, I am a great fan of your "fierce" wildlife paintings. Full of energy and dynamism-your inner self. Wonder what is next in the series?
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Marcia Clare Kuperberg on 19 April 2014 09:27
Grrr! Yes, the more menacing the better! Don't know whether this is a reflection of my inner self, though sometimes I do feel a bit angry - especially at the increasing congestion and traffic in this area - but I guess that's the price of living near a tube station in London. Next in the series is a black panther who is equally fierce and dangerous. After that, I'll be concentrating on peaceful landscapes for a while.

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