January 2022: Tigers, stripes, fluid dynamics
I’ve always loved the way the tiger in and of itself, if you observe it on your own or in its natural habitat, unless it’s hunting for the necessity of food it’s always pretty calm. It exudes a calm that our bodies, due to past flight or fright mechanism ingrained, has been ingrained to fear.
Yet, the level of peace that it almost always seems to represent is something I sometimes relate with on a spiritual level. I’ve never drawn a lot of tigers, this might be the 2nd or 3rd attempt. But I wanted this try to be special and informative of what draws me to em so much.
Above are some photographs I took of a recent sketch inspired by this, the visual relations between their stripes, my own brown skinned stretch marks that came at a early age in an growth spur and how I’ve grown to love them. The way these shapes also present themselves in the fluid dynamics of cups of chocolate milk to the reflections in beaches and other bodies of water.
For those interested, here are some facts about the Bengal tiger, which was the reference source of my drawings:
Most of the tigers avoid preying on humans.
According to a report, there are approximately 2,500 of Bengal tigers remaining in the wild.
They have excellent hearing and night vision.
They are solitary animals.
They have white spots on the back of their ears, called flashes. These flashes are used to show aggression.
They have very loud roar which can be heard up to two miles away.
A Bengal tiger can normally live up to 15-17 years.
2022 is a year of the Tiger, starting from February 1st, 2022, and ending on January 21st, 2023. It is a Water Tiger year. The Tiger is known as the king of all beasts in China. The zodiac sign Tiger is a symbol of strength, exorcising evils, and braveness.
Thanks for checking out the art and reading ya’ll! - Ken
Soaking up the last of the Autumn sun 🍂
Sergei by Michael Oliver Love
A chilly day at Lake Michigan. This is one of my favorite images of the year!