This is the very early stages of my latest painting. Here I have mapped out my composition and have sketched in the tigers with my paintbrush, thus far keeping a loose approach in case I want to alter anything!
The 'white' of the picture will act as the light path through the scene, this will stay as close to the original white of the paper as possible without interference. I have painted the tiger stripes to mirror some of the shaping in the picture as they would in the wild. The natural camouflage for a tiger is imperative to it's survival, allowing it to stalk prey in long grasses successfully and hide when necessary. The initial background wash faintly indicates further back trees and surround, in areas this will also be painted upon with stronger colour and detailing. The final picture may look like it was painted with a limited colour range however I may use more colours where necessary, with a dynamic back-lit halo around the tigers! I am hoping to achieve a good depth of field in the picture, with some strong visible detailing and areas of subtle persuasion for your mind to complete the scene :) I hope you enjoy following! Jules