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Character Design - Tiger by shayfifearts Character Design - Tiger by shayfifearts
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The categories we had to choose from were as follows:
Dinosaurs, cats, primates, large animals, forest animals, farm animals, bears, horses, insects, human/animal morphs, and mythical creatures. We had to choose three to do (but I did four...so shoot me.)

Now, this design makes me giggle to myself because of how it was received by my class...Now please please don't think I am tooting my own horn. I'm just telling you what happened m'kay?

See, I haven't drawn a tiger for awhile, so I decided to draw a one, right? I wanted to do him a little more stylized than I normally go, so I tried. And with the stripes I was going to do really thick ones, but something made me go with thin, tattoo-inspired stripes. Instinct told me they fit the character/design better. And I liked how it turned out, so yeah. But I didn't think this was anything especially...special lol. But I guess I was wrong...?

Well, when my picture was posted up on the wall, people started freaking out. Seriously. There was one kid who was like "That is so hot! I freaking hate you!" and he went on like that for pretty much the rest of class. But people seemed to really like it. I was genuinely surprised because honestly I am torn. I mean its all right, but it wasn't my favorite design ever...I dunno. It just doesn't strike me as being brilliant like it seemed to strike everyone else.

Ryan (my teacher) even, as my friend put it, "gushed" over it. I mean he really loved it. And its kinda rare for him not to have a single critique. (The only real critique I got was to bring the back toe out a little further so you can see it better behind the tail.) I dunno if I've ever seen him get so excited over a single design before. We have been putting together an "Art of BYU Animation" book for quite awhile now and he said that THIS is the quality of stuff they were looking for and that this picture was cover-worthy. People really just kept going on and on about stuff from how it isn't just a Shere-khan clone but a unique character, to the personality, to the tattoo/modern look, to how smooth it was and more.

The smoothness/crispness of it was actually really funny. I do all of my work in photoshop, k? Sometimes I do it from start to finish in photoshop, other times I sketch it on paper and scan it, but for this one it was start to finish. People couldn't believe it was all raster lines and no vectors. I don't really know enough about vectors to do anything decent, so I never use them. I draw all my lines with my little 3"X4" tablet. My teacher asked if I used a cintiq (one of those freaking awesome tablet/screen combos which I would kill for lolz) and I was like, no, just a tablet. Even he was surprised. So Im gonna make a tutorial to show people my method because they all asked me to.

And to top it all off, when we were done looking at it, everyone APPLAUDED. I about died. I just hid my face and shook my head. It was ridiculous. Its not that special people, really. I was just...in a state of disbelief. I really, really, REALLY was NOT expecting that at ALL.

I will say that it definitely boosted my confidence. The past couple of weeks I have been VERY frustrated with myself and have felt like I really don't have any special talent. That I can never make it in the art world. I guess I needed a day like this to slap me in the face and both humble and lift me. I CAN draw. Im NOT perfect, but when I really put the work into it, I can come up with some good stuff.

Ahhhhh isn't life funny? I still have a lot to work on, but that's just it. WORKING on stuff = improvement. So happy day? lol

art/character (c) me
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:iconchristine992:
Christine992 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh this is SO GOOD! You did a great job with this! :D :heart: I will totally check out your gallery!
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:iconnonacrone:
Nonacrone Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016
Awesome 
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:iconshayfifearts:
shayfifearts Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great design!
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:iconshayfifearts:
shayfifearts Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :)
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FimbuIvinter Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're at BYU? :3 This is awesome btw
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:iconshayfifearts:
shayfifearts Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
I was at BYU er...6 years ago lol. I graduated in 2008.

And thank you!
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FimbuIvinter Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh heheh you're welcome!
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theOrangeSunflower Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful design... Tigers are the best :heart:
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I agree, tigers rock lol
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0Abarai0 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know this was uploaded 5ever ago but I really like this big fuzzball.
It's so big and chubby uwu I think I like the style more than the stripes... ... swirls.. swirl-stripes..swipes...

anyway i love it XD
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hahah well thanks! Yeah, I like his bulk too. The swirly stripes were just the icing on top! ;)
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0Abarai0 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome uwu
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Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is freaking cool!!! Great expression, phenomenal style, love the thin, tattoo-like stripes. GAAHHH, I love everything about it. :D
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob! ;)
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Superdebus Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
TEEEACH ME!!!

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:iconshayfifearts:
shayfifearts Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
What would you like to learn? Lol
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Superdebus Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Well just...how do you make them look like that? The characters that is, there is such a present style and only in the last few months have I myself actually improved my own skills a large amount.
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Style is something that develops over time - it most certainly does not appear overnight and you shouldn't expect it to. You'll see hints of it here and there from the beginning, but as you continue to study and learn and PRACTICE, your own style will become more and more pronounced. The key is practice (hence the emphasis earlier). Seriously, the only way you're going to get where you want to be is to draw like crazy. Draw from life, use references, and study other artists and styles. Don't copy, but learn different techniques and apply them in your own way. The last thing you want is to become a copy of another artist. You want to embrace your differences in style and approach while adapting what you’ve learned from other artists. It might seem frustrating but there’s really no trick - just a lot of hard work, time and patience. I got to where I am by doing exactly what I’ve told you. If you don’t already, keep a sketchbook with you at all times and draw in it every chance you get. If you want to become a great artist, you have to be willing to put the time in. Very few artists are born prodigies. The majority of us started from the ground and worked our way up. And there’s always more to learn! I still have a long way to go myself. : )

I hope that helps!

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KoumoriJin Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Lol, cool story (description...whatever) and great deviation of course.The design reminds me of how Kung Fu Panda is viewed in an artstyle. (Toony characters but with alot of realism)

Great surreal stripes too
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I need to draw him again...
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akumaqi Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
I. LOVE. THE. STRIPE. PATTERN.

Oh my gawsh. It's so beautiful! :squee:
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hahah thank you so much! It was a lot of fun to do!
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cmhaywood Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This is a really great design, good job :)
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :)
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Invaderr-Zim Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow...beautiful. Simply gorgeous
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
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pelogkhael Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist
WOW reminds me of Disney, great work
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Really? Wow, thank you!
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:iconqueenemra:
queenemra Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my, this is absolutely beautiful! I'm very jealous of your skills (especially at drawing cats!), and that design! Gorgeous!
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Lol thank you so much! No need to be jealous! Its all about hard work and practice!
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Trishamonstah Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I. LOVE. THE. STRIPE. PATTERN.

Oh my gawsh. It's so beautiful! :squee:
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun doing the stripes. Its very relaxing. :)
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Trishamonstah Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's cool. I've always found stripes to be a little challenging, lol.
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
They've definitely grown on me lol. You just have to let them flow. They can be very expressive and beautiful.
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Trishamonstah Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is true! very true. My stripes are either thick and rigid or thin and swirly.
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
There's so much you can do with stripes...now I want to draw something with stripes lol.
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Trishamonstah Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Have you ever done an okapi? They have stripes. Or a zebra? I need to do a zebra sometime, lol. It's been ages.
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Y'know, I don't think I have ever drawn an Okapi. That's a good idea! And I haven't drawn a zebra for ages...
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BrokenHeadphones Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
royal and majestic
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
I agree. :)
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Felenir Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
OMG! So cute *.*
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
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:icontimooon:
Timooon Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Great design ! Very original. it looks majestic and delicate at the same time.
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:iconshayfifearts:
shayfifearts Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey thank you! I was definitely going for original so I'm glad I pulled it off!
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Aurora8911 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student General Artist
NYA *3*....
IT'S SOO CUTIE!!!
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shayfifearts Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Aurora8911 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha np bro :3
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Artist
Amazing character, congratulations!
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