While I was visiting the Melboune Zoo and I took a few photos of Ramalon, the Sumatran tiger in his enclosure.

I decided to place him in a small water hole for my oil painting.

Ramalon, the Sumatran Tiger - Oil Painting by Garry Purcell

  • Artwork Name: Ramalon, the Sumatran tiger
  • Medium Used: Artist Grade Oil Paint
  • Support Type: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas (Staples are on the back of the frame.)
  • Canvas Size: 24"x36" or (60.9cmx 90.4 cm)

The first step I do is a full greyscale black and white painting.
I mix my own darks using a mixture of ultramarine blue. and burnt umber.
For the whites I use either Titanium white or flake white, depending what I have on my palette (IMy preference is Flake White, as its more Opaque and better suited for under painting)

More Inspiration from the Melbourne Zoo - This Time a Tiger

More Inspiration from the Melbourne Zoo - This Time a Tiger


 

Sumatran Tiger First layer of oil paint

Small update to the Tiger painting.
The first colour glaze has been applied to the tiers body, I still has a long way to go, before I call it finished.
The layering of transparent colours can take a long time, the secret is to not overload the area you are applying pigment, if you do, it will loose the 3D feel to the painted surface.

Sumatran Tiger First layer of oil paint
Sumatran Tiger First thin glaze of transparent indian yellow oil paint

Sumatran Tiger a bit further along

Added the next several layers of indian yellow and ultramarine blue paint to the water and reinstated the dark tiger stripes on the Tiger.
The next step is to add more detail. Eyes whiskers etc.

After two days of drying time, I added several more layers of paint
After two days of drying time, I added several more layers of paint

Close up of the Tiger fur oil painting

Close up of the Tiger fur oil painting
Close up showing some detail of the Tigers fur
The fur is defined with three layers of Indian Yellow, My Dark Mixed oil paint, titanium white and ultramarine blue.

The Sumatran Tiger finished Oil Painting

Here is the finished oil painting of the Ramalon the Sumatran Tiger, at the Melbourne Zoo.

In the photo below I have layered many coats of transparent paint to build up a 3D effect, and reflection in the dark water surrounding the tiger.

Ramalon the Sumatran Tiger - Original Oil Painting by Garry Purcell
Ramalon the Sumatran Tiger - Original Oil Painting by Garry Purcell

 

The background in the finished Oil Painting above actually appears darker in real life, than the image portrays.



Ramalon, the Sumatran Tiger - Oil Painting by Garry Purcell 

Artwork Name: : Ramalon, the Sumatran tiger
Medium Used: Artist Grade Oil Paint
Support Type: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas (Staples are on the back of the frame.)
Canvas Size: 24"x36" or (60.9cmx 90.4 cm)