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The Mosaic Tiger by KatieHofgard The Mosaic Tiger by KatieHofgard
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
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SolarMew Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
poor bejeweled kitty
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catangeltitan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
LOVE THE BACKGROUND.
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renosneasel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
duuuuude....
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SnapCentino Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Writer
This is beautiful. A work of art. a masterpiece, wonder given shape. Needless to say, I love it.
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THEKIDWITHAKNIFE Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Chicken!!!
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:iconallthroughtheseasons:
This is absolutely stunning! :heart: :iconloveloveplz:
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Aldric-Cheylan Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012   Digital Artist
I love a lot the composition and angle of the illustration. This is very beautiful and the colouring is just wonderful !
I like a lot the way the guy is touching this giant feline, it is somehow very friendly and lovely. Very beautiful !
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WOW300cows Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student General Artist
so beautiful!
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Forest-Soul Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Stunning! Love it.
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pegazus14 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i know you would not like this comment but i think the tiger is lover than your talent,

but i also have to say i have never seen things as beauty as your sun and clouds :D
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KittySib Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!:D
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:iconmoogyaka:
moogyAKA Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Beautiful!! It makes us dream x)
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KhaliaArt Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really amazing!! I love it!! :) :heart:
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Djbones98 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
wooooooooow that is amAZING!!
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DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
well rendered, good job!
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SueaNoi Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O__________________o

*faves
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SpaceTurtleStudios Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Holy crap. This is amazing. o_o I don't know how you have the patience for such painstaking detail, but it's very impressive!
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Globbo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Oh my goodness!

I *so* want to be Tupper in this picture.
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aAshleyB Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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13bluestar Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! I love the perspective! fun stories are always me favorite! another amazing job eski! ;D
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StormtheRed Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How pretty!
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hybridfaerie Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
tumblr does not give the details in this justice, love the lighting affects
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AlexGoneLoco Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The amount of amazing you are is spectacular!
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Lookin4therightart Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
LOVE!! I love her story too!
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RuckusRufus Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god allthedetails x____x HOW DO YOU DO IT WOMAN
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WingsOfBlackFire Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Holy gorgeous! You need to calm down with the pretty x_x
I love how you did the foliage, and the arch, and that BEAUTIFUL sky! And, obviously, those wonderful characters!
How's your hand?!
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TheBlackAngel07 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah, that is one pretty stone~
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:iconsymphh:
symphh Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Very interesting and beautiful!
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ThatxAwesomexPerson Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Artist
I love the feline, its beautiful :)
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MangoMamba Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
the details are amazing, especially the fur, and the colors on it.
and the background is great too :)
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:iconchrista-kinde:
Christa-Kinde Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012   Writer
Thank you so much for tackling this scene! Everything is wonderful... especially the chickens. :heart:
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Felizis Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
This is really a very impressive piece:D I like the idea behind it and the way you did the picture is once again simply brilliant. The sun behind those clouds in the background is done really awesome. The same goes for the stony fur of the big kitty and the other charactres. I totally love it:D
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HM-Dragon-Dreamer Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool idea :)
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Daisylasy3 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly amazing artwork, i love the fur details and the background is brilliant.
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Createdit Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really good to see some of this in the stream, never fail to impress! ;3
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TheInkheart Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Amazingly good! :aww: I love this so much :heart:
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