i actually really like this in black and white! not that i wouldnt want to see it colored, of course, but i really like your black and white stuff because its so like...mystical and shit. even your little dog sketches have this fancy layer of blur magic that i really, really like! (i know my description of art terms is awesome dont laugh) ANYWAY i really enjoy the characterization of the tiger's face in particular! and the little monk is so great! i also really like the flow of the whole thing, and how i keep finding new little animals to see!
This piece was EXTRA DIFFICULT because of all those animals. It really improved my skill in values however, so I don't regret making it in black and white. c:
I think the magical blur you speak of is the Gaussian blur, which I still shamefully use on occasion when i'm too lazy add in textures. I think I only used it ONCE in this picture, and on something fairly insignificant. But! that tiger is definitely my favourite. And if I am to be honest, I really only finished this picture so I could put his beautiful face online haha. I am glad you like it! DRIVE TO SALEM AND HANG OUT WITH ME WOMAN.
I didn't have a solid concept when I sketched it out, but it took on a very "Everything is connected, all are one" kind of feel after finalizing the linework. I'm personally fascinated with Buddhist culture, so I could'nt help but put a little monk in there. c: