Aug 27, 2007

Grab a Tiger by it's Tail.


'White Tiger'

I don't do a ton of pro-bono work but this was for a good cause. A Diabetes fundraiser poster with a jungle theme. They asked if I'd specifically illustrate a 'White Tiger' for them.

Even though my work schedule has been very busy this summer and I've been turning down a lot of work I agreed to help them out and over the course of a two day period when I had some down time I created the art you see above. I've illustrated more cartoony tiger characters before but never one like this and never a 'White Tiger' which was a bit challenging due to the color limitations.

I was happy with how it turned out and sent them a PDF they could print out and show to their board of directors. (Cue Ominous Music)

The lady who is my contact for the board said: "The Tiger is far too aggressive and intimidating can you make him more playful?"

My response: "No. He's a Tiger, you want him intimidating that's why they are so cool." (In my head I am thinking: Lady you're not paying for this so you don't get to be picky.)

I assume the Tiger scared them off because they won't return any of the emails I've sent? So I think it's a safe bet it won't be used?

As my buddy Tony is fond of saying "No good deed goes unpunished."

PS: Well I may have spoken too soon? I finally got a response and the art now weighs in the balance of two committee members who still have to vote on it. Hopefully the Tiger won't frighten them too much. ;-P

12 comments:

Shawn Escott said...

Well, it turned out great! I'm almost positive you could use it for something else AND get paid for it. It sounded like a good cause and your motives were right. That's what counts!

Lynette said...

I agree--it turned out great. The background sets the tiger off just right. Perhaps the good cause should head for mundane free clip art if they want to settle for less. It appears you have a good heart; please don't let this turn you off.

Ekota (kgiff) said...

I think it turned out great! I've seen much meaner looking tigers.

RobSchwager said...

I smell a Von-Schwager bomber panel collab....

garth bruner said...

that is the coolest tiger EVER! Hope they take advantage, they'd be IDIOITS not to...

Mister said...

It did turn out great, but what happened to showing them a sketch before presenting them with a final? Wow.

Vonster said...

Your right. On paying gigs I do give them that flexibility and luxury for input at each stage but not when they aren't paying.

I told here what I was going to do it was the board who whined about it. I am not letting a board art direct me paying or otherwise. That just doesn't lead to good design or illustration it usually just bakes a good idea down to a mundane and predictable one.

freya said...

Hi Just to say a big THANK YOU for your fantastic White Tiger, I think it is beautiful and I have just done my first ever tattoo (on my own leg) using your amazing tiger, the tattoo is on my leg, front of my thigh, I did him BIG! and he looks Great, all I need now is for you to do another big cat in the same design for my other leg! You are good, very good and I love your design, he's as mean looking as a tiger should be! Best Wishes Freya.

Vonster said...

Freya,

Could you email me a picture of your tattoo I'd like to see it? Thanks.

Send to: info@glitschka.com

Von

VĂ©ronique said...

The picture of the white tiger is great. I'm using it for my flashcard. I'm an English teacher. I put the web link on it for copyright.
Thanks.

Richard said...

Would it be ok to use your tiger on a deck of playing cards?

rick

Vonster said...

Richard,

Email me at info@vonster.com and let me know more about your project and that way I could provide better artwork source files if needed.

Von