This commission is for the wonderful Christa Kinde, a talented fantasy author with a wild imagination. Since the first commission Iíve done for her ( [link]
), Iíve explored her writing and love what Iíve seen. I encourage you all to read her works so you can find out what these illustrations are about![link]
This illustration was a lot more of a challenge than I anticipated. Perhaps due to concentrated sections of high detail, like the leafy vines and the spotted stripes on the tiger. The tiger (named Graven) is a complex working of magic stone brought to life by a master of this art. Each ďspotĒ in his stripes represents a single magic stone worked into the overall light grey stone of his body. Though made of stone he feels like a living breathing tiger; muscle, fur, and all! He is pictured here with his friend Tupper, who is a servant to the master sculptor who created Graven.
Here are some work in progress posts I made on my Tumblr during the course of this painting.
WIP post 1 - [link]
WIP post 2 - [link]
WIP post 3 - [link]
WIP post 4 - [link]
34 hours 45 minutes in Photoshop with an Intuos 3 tablet