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Tiger painting

My first full-color painting using my new Wacom Bamboo tablet. I spent a couple days working off-and-on towards completion. The drawing is based off a nice photo of a tiger I found online.

My goal was to accomplish a photo-realistic painting using lots of texture - this painting is made up of thousands of small hair-like brush strokes, created in Photoshop.

I started with a very crude drawing to capture the overall colors and contours of the subject. From there, I just added more detail... layer by layer, brush-stroke after brush-stroke, I refine the shapes and colors until the drawing starts to look believable or complete.

Jun 20th 2011