My entry for the GalaxysCutest contest by CLIP STUDIO PAINT
I haven't done any character design for a while, so I've decided to play with it a bit. Let me tell you what I had in mind!
I've decided to mix some symbols/themes from Korean and Japanese culture, so we have there a tiger (what is South Korea national animal), a japanese macaque and a samurai. But it's not just an ordinary samurai.
He is intergalactic explorer, who always travel with his macaque companion to conduct research on organisms from other planets. He's super friendly and love to draw, and it's why he always document his discoveries by doing drawings and sketches on his tablet. It usually attracts a lot of creatures from the local planet, what make the traveller very content... Unless the creature is not that friendly. Fortunately in this case they met some kind, flying beings!
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I've prepared this artwork for international tiger day and if you're following me on IG or twitter, you probably already saw it! Anyway tigers are my favourite big cats and, I think, favourite animal too.
Wild population of these majestic, endangered predators is now around 3900. In past years their population has growth in India, and now it is home for over 70% of global tiger population.
Three random facts just for fun:
-tigers are the largest of Pantherinae subfamily
-they pay a key role in the ecosystem, belonging to a group of "umbrella species". It means that by protecting them, we indirectly protects the many other species and their natural habitats
-they use chuffing to communicate. Chuff is usually accompanied with the head bobbing movement and is a kind of "hello, I like you" sign (I love it)
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