Monday, 19 November 2012

Tiger with cub.

Looking at Gerard Hendriks way with birds and animals and  his `painting a day' series, I was prompted to try something sort of similar myself. I've already had a shot at a few birds and expect to do more but in this instance came across a photograph that appealed so off I went. I aimed to produce a kind of snapshot.


Tiger with cub. Waterford 16" x 12" 140lb Not

I first made the drawing using a mechanical pencil  05 with 3B lead. I concentrated purely on the head and cub and only extended the body so far - a sort of vignette. Colours were primarily Quinacridone Gold (Daniel Smith PO49), Quinacridone Rust (Graham PO48) and also some Quinacridone Burnt Orange (Daniel Smith PO48). Although this latter is the same pigment as the Graham Q Rust it is darker and redder. There is also Cobalt Teal Blue (Daniel Smith PG50) and Ivory Black (Mamerii PBk11), There are slight touches of Raw Sienna and either Raw or Burnt Umber. Possibly some Cadmium Orange (Maimeri). The background is Cerulean.

I was rather pleased with the result but soon realised I had not quite got the head proportions right. The head is slightly too long in relation to the width. I did try and correct  but it only worked so far. My wife spotted it straight away but I felt that some aspects of the painting worked  well so what the heck!

 I  used the Da Vinci Artissimo 44 Size 2 Kolinsky for most of the painting and a smaller Isabey 6228 for the detail bits like the eyes. Afterwards I added some white gouache in a few places.



11 comments:

Mick Carney said...

Sitting in Bristol Airport enjoying this one. Super colour and notwithstanding Jenny's input it is a very pleasing image in all sorts of ways. Good stuff.

Irena said...

I think you have captured a wonderful expression on the mother's face and I love the way ou have painted the cub.

Oscar Solis said...

Love the bold strokes and washes on the tiger. Fantastic. This is really nice work.

Peter Ward said...

Thanks for comments Mick. What are you doing on my turf in Bristol Airport? We just arrived back from Ducklington, Oxfordshire at midday. When at my sisters I conducted a recce of Stow-on-the-Wold prior to the CR course next May. Interested?

Peter Ward said...

Thanks for kind comments Irena. I enjoyed doing this one.

Peter Ward said...

Thankyou Oscar.Always appreciate your comments.

Sharon Whitley said...

You have captured a wonderful expression on the tiger's face and I really like the composition and colours you've used - the proportions look fine

Ray Maclachlan said...

The eyes say it all Peter, well done. And do keep painting the way YOU want to paint.

Ray Maclachlan said...

Peter, is the DS Quinacridone Gold as staining as the WN? I found the WN stained my CY Paintbox so much I stopped using it.

Peter Ward said...

Thanks for commenting Sharon and your kind words. The dimensions are slightly wrong but not greatly so.

Peter Ward said...

Thanks for commenting Ray. I haven't found the DS Quin Gold a problem as far as staining is concerned. The main culprits are some reds and Cyan blues. I find a product called Cif (used to be called Jif) works well and gets rid of stains.