Aug 27, 2007
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