I Was Once A Tiger

Tiger Sketch by Charlie O'Shields

So what does a doodlewash of a tiger have to do with my Kansas City tour? Well… we do have a zoo with them, but this is an homage to my high school mascot! I went to high school in Lee’s Summit, a suburb of Kansas City, back when there was only one high school there, and I was a proud Lee’s Summit Tiger, even though I never actually participated in any sports. Also… I just really felt like doodlewashing a tiger for some bizarre reason.

I used my little Moleskine again and grabbed my pen for a quick sketch that I immediately doodlewashed with Cadmium Orange, Burnt Sienna, Payne’s Gray, Sap Green, and a touch of Quinacridone Gold for the eyes and Alizarin Crimson for the nose.

It’s a bit wonky on proportions, but overall it does indeed look like the head of a tiger so I’m pleased with the result. I’m really enjoying that I’m managing to sketch faster as I practice more and more. It’s always been my dream to sketch quickly and effectively without laboring for an hour or more over tiny details. And though I’m still not as fast as I’d like to be, it’s faster than ever before so I’m happy.

Why is fast a goal? Well, I just started an awesome new project that I’ll tell you more about in the future that will be taking a lot of my time, so fast will be a must in order to doodlewash daily! And also… it’s just super fun to go from a blank page to something sort of artful in not a lot of time. To be able to complete a sketch on a short break will be wonderful once I get faster still! Wish me luck!

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38 Comments
  1. Margaret Hunt 2 years ago

    Nice job!!!

  2. Kari 2 years ago

    This is fantastic! I don’t really seethe wonky proportions! I can’t wait to read about your new project! Good luck!! 😊

  3. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    Your tiger is wonderful, Charlie! 3 cheers for Charlie! Congrats on sketching faster – I’d just be happy sketching this as well as you did it. 😏 I look forward to hearing your exciting news! 😊🎨💚

    • Author

      Thanks so much Jill! ❤️ I’m glad you like him! I’ve never sketched a tiger in my life! Hehe…but just had to try it! 😊

  4. Sand Salt Moon 2 years ago

    Fast is good, and you nailed it IMO. Great!

  5. Jodi 2 years ago

    Wonky???!! You are Wonky Charlie O! This is AWESOME! I just stared at it for so long! Admiring your amazing talent! And to think you did it Fast just blows me away!

    Can’t wait to hear your exciting news!

    • Author

      Haha!! I AM a bit wonky Jodi! It’s like you’ve known me for years! Lol That made me smile! Thanks friend! ❤️And super glad you liked my tiger! 😊😃

      • Jodi 2 years ago

        Like it??? LOVED it Wonky Charlie O! 🙂

  6. Snehal Kank 2 years ago

    Your Quick sketch is awesome! It’s perfectly readable, good luck for your challenge, actually my aim is little similar to this, so good luck to our challenge! 😀

    • Author

      Thank you so much, Snehal! I appreciate the encouragement and well wishes! 😃💜! I’m finding myself with less time lately so I’m hoping to succeed! Hehe

  7. beverlydyer 2 years ago

    One way I’ve managed to do art everyday for 3 1/2 years is to sometimes paint on index cards. The perfect little size is pleasing and when I only have 15 minutes I still feel I’ve accomplished a moment of Zen. Waiting on the edge of my seat for your news!

    • Author

      That’s about the exact size of one page of my little Moleskine, Beverly! Hehe…I’ve found the same to be true. I figure any little thing you can make is still something and daily practice is so important!! 😃😃

  8. memadtwo 2 years ago

    That is some stare…glad he’s there and I’m here. These quick sketches have a fresh immediacy that I like a lot. (K.)

  9. amaryllislog 2 years ago

    I love your quick sketches. They are honest, if that makes sense. I’m intrigued with a smaller format too. Okay in all honesty, I’m a fan. Yep Charlie you officially have a fan club! Now I’ll just sit tight to hear your exciting news and see the next fast sketch.

    • Author

      Hehe…😊😊Aww Cathe….thanks! But it can’t be an officially fan club since it works both ways. More of a Mutual Admiration Society! I love your work too!! ❤️😃

  10. Lemon 2 years ago

    Good luck! Although, I don’t think you need luck…this is lovely. And I went to college at Clemson University, so am also a huge tiger fan!

  11. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    You have captured the intensity of the Tiger, his eyes are giving us a ferocious stare. 😺
    Have a very happy day.

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon!! Yeah…he’s staring us down a bit isn’t he? I wanted to make him cuddling but didn’t know how. Lol Have a happy day as well!

  12. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    Love your majestic tiger! Can’t wait to hear about your project!

  13. Majestic! Great word. Wonderful job, Charlie and dying to see what you’ll be up to next!

  14. ann christina 2 years ago

    I wish you luck! 😊🍀 You´re doing great already, what a majestic tiger!!! Love the green background, makes the yellows even more vibrant!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Ann!! I appreciate the encouragement!! And luck. I guess I’m supposed to have the luck o’ the Irish, but I think I could use more so thanks!!!

  15. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Gorgeous! An impressive quick sketch, from pen to wash….wow! And such character, love the look in the eyes…such focus. Oh, and wonky is good…especially here. Best wishes on your upcoming project! Peace.

    • Author

      Thanks Haunani!! I’m thrilled you like it! Yeah…those eyes were staring at me the whole sketch since I drew them first. It was a little intimidating, but luckily this one went fast! 😉hehe

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