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Natural Gold by Syphellium Natural Gold by Syphellium
2013's birthday gift to my father, who's birthday was on the 20th June (but I didn't upload it then because I was on a flight with him and later because he was on a business trip and I couldn't ask him till now whether I could upload it or not) This is also a contest entry for the wonderful charity artbook Ethereal-artbook

Country: Hong Kong
Category: Yellow
I wanted to portray the brilliant naturally occurring 'gold' colors, when I think of gold I think of tigers and autumn. What better but to combine the two?! I also really wanted to contribute some way to the Red Kite charity which supports cancer patients and families for some personal reasons connected to my close friends and family.

This may be my largest personal watercolor piece I've done, I'm not completely happy with the outcome but I tried many new things such as water and autumn scenes, putting in all the effort that I could. Inspired by my previous gift for my father:…

~Tools: Canson Montvale paper, Watercolors (Talens Van Gogh, Maries), tiny bit of pencil and color pencil, correction fluid and white gel pen
Copyright art to me please do not use in any way or form thank you! Please don't repost this on any websites, use it for your own purposes, commercial purposes etc. No tracing or copying either thanks! Greatly appreciated!

Sketchblog: Inspiration blog: Art instagram:
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Hi Syphellium,
great piece, I love it.
Here are some critiques if you are ever planning to redo the painting.

COLOUR -The palette is very nice and consistent. Maybe you could consider adding some cold tones in the shadows to make it more interesting and dynamic.

DRAWING / COMPOSITION - Just a couple of things seem a little off here. The tiger shoulders look a little too high. Secondly, the city in the background is a nice touch, but it's kind of hard to spot, it's too close to the tiger's eyes, which are the main focus of the piece. You may consider moving the city to the left end of the picture.

DEPTH - I think this is the piece's main issue. It all feels a little too flat. You cleverly have three levels of depth (foreground with grass, middleground with tiger, and background with mountains), but they do not stand out. The background mountains and sky could have duller and less saturated colours, and less defined contours. The foreground grass could be darker in value, so as to make it stand out more and contrast with the rest of the picture.
Also, in the middleground, you could try enhancing shadows (the treetops and barks) so as to help the viewer's eye focus on the tiger.

All in all, that's a very nice piece though.
Keep it up!
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TheElegirl Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Oh, so beautiful.
Vroop Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Aw! What a good daughter. I really love the gold. For me, the tiger fades into the background a bit. Was that intended?
WhiteHeartFlame Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Heart  Tiger.  Love 
herofan135 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So amazing, love your use of colours! :wow:
malas13 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all the golden fall colors!
Venomeye Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's wonderful gift Syph! And I'm glad it means so much c: The golds and oranges are excellent and I just love that water ; ; .  <@2
mysteriouswhitewolf Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah so BEAUTIFUL!!! I love all the oranges and golds.
greenstables Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I LOVE the fur and the ripples in the water. The background is sort of bland compared to everything else. It isn't a bad background, it is just that you have all this detail with the tiger and the water and the trees then like nothing but hill and sky in the background. Anyway I LOVE how you've done the paws very good work.
Sezaii Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Oh my, this is gorgeous Syph! The colours are so stunning and th tiger is really realistic, You should be real proud of yourself :)
daniellepowell82 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amadoodles Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
It really came out well, I love all the details in the fur, and those kites in the background :D 
Stitchy-Face Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful details and colours! The tiger and the whole setup of this piece is wonderful <3
krisskrossed Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :)
KhanasGhost Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow beautiful detail in this, the water looks amazing as does everything else. That is one gorgeous tiger!
The time and work you put into it was well worth it and I'm sure your father loved it!
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July 3, 2013
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