I’ve liked tigers, from an aesthetic standpoint, since 1983, when I was 13 years old and Duran Duran released Seven and the Ragged Tiger. (I even painted — a rather angular, yellow and blue — one on my fake-bamboo window shades.) I’ve liked maps, or anything that reminds me of them*, since about the same time and for the same reason. So, recently, with very little inspiration to do much else, I did this:
The basic tiger (half of it, anyway) was drawn in MyPaint (a rather nice, if not overloaded, opensource painting/drawing app for Windows and Linux) on my Bamboo Fun, mirrored in The GIMP (using an FX Foundry plugin), then futzed with in both Inkscape and The GIMP, again. It felt unfinished to me, before adding the background effects, because not only had I not drawn a complete tiger, I hadn’t even finished its head! But Mah liked it. And, honestly, I have a hard time knowing when to stop. So I trusted her instincts, and put aside the compulsion to “finish”. Now, it’s on products in my Zazzle shop, in a section titled “Big, Hairy Predators!”. ‘Cause I’m concise like that.
The background includes a fake canvas effect, and products are also available with only either the right or the left half of the tiger design, because frankly, rectangles don’t fit on everything. And tigers go where they want to.
*One of the GIMP effects used on the background is called “Illusion”. It’s a mapping effect. Ha.