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A Battle of Wills by pallanoph A Battle of Wills by pallanoph
(Yet again, I was unsure of just where to put this... :XD:)

An experiment. Yes, that is what this is, not a finished piece, but more or less a colored concept sketch. In an A4 Moleskine. :dance:

So the concept.... warring personalities/ mental facets, more or less. In this case, a tiger and a bull, which I took from personal astrology: The bull for Taurus, and the Tiger from the Chinese zodiac. A rather dangerous sounding combination, right? Anyway, I put a lot of my own symbolic sort of meanings in here, and strove to create a sense of unchecked chaos. The two entities spring from the same source, and yet desire nothing more, it would seem, than to destroy one another once they are provoked. Sometimes my thoughts chase one another in such a manner: The one thinks, reflects, feels, imagines, creates, while the other strikes them down, bringing cold, detached logic, rejecting emotion, fueled by irritation, frustration, and a need to smother the other half into silence. We are, more often than not (never have I seen it otherwise) our own worst enemy.

I have been thinking entirely too much lately, but at least interesting ideas have been coming from it. And hopefully no one thinks I am in an ill tempered mood... I'm not. Though I am suffering through a headache, likely triggered by some atmospheric changes. Or something. :laughing:

Oh yes. The piece itself: gouache, acrylic sepia ink and colored pencils in A4 size Moleskine. The acrylic sepia ink crackled a bit when laid over the gouache and made quite a lovely texture. I'll have you know both of these animals were a total pain to draw. But I guess they could pass until I re-learn. :XD: Oh! And mind the blood. :XD:

Also... I felt inspired to finish this piece after seeing one of ~xdragonflyx's beautiful works, featuring a pair of tigers. :) [link]

Art (C) April Schumacher (pallanoph)
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JBaulmont Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015   General Artist
It's beautiful!
LandGart Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the style!
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Barraziek Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Awesome stuff! Love the dream-like concept with the scene emenating from the figure's head
Yaoyaoyao5168 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome! 
Rigoo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Do, hypothetically speaking. Would it be alright if some hypothetical dude got a hypothetical awesome back tattoo of this amazing work in his hypothetical back?

Hypothetically of course.
Elaihr Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That sounds just like my boyfriend, who has the same zodiac signs as you do. This painting illustrates his inner conflicts (which don't always stay inside!) extremely well! Nicely done :)
Rigoo Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
This is awesome and would make for a great tattoo.
HarmoniousTruth Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
A tiger fighting a bull. There's nothing more epic than that. :headbang:
grantmicdev Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
This is great! I just love this picture! This even got me out of writers block, or what ever you call it for game designers
Jsweethome Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
That is absolutely amazing
Kyouen Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012   Traditional Artist
It has a great old feel to it, as well as a quality reminisce of Eastern art. I also really liked your description of what it meant to you to paint this. Wonderful job.
Takosei Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
just amazing
biggestmunkfan Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!!!!!!!!My two Zodiacs dueling!!!!I was born in the year of the Tiger but I am a Taurus.
YazzAttack Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I absolutely adore this!
ColdBloodedFire Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Bull-tigers forever, man!
Emuishere Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So much movement here! A really great piece :)
thefallingbird Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
chessnutcat Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I've looked at all your paintings! I'm sorry I can't comment on them all but they are true wonders! Brilliant!
CivilWarLaserGuns Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
I like it. :)
penner03 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm a tiger in the Chinese zodiac and my brother's a Taurus in ours, and I always think of this whenever I have a bone to pick with him. Amazing detail, love the coloring on the bull and how it seems they're both leaping off the page
ElohiWaya Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry to do this to you, but I am forced to yet again, lol...almost all big cats (cougar, tiger, lion, etc.) have rounded pupils. Sorry about that, lol...but I love the art!
Samantha-Winsor Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Actually, you can almost take it as ox and tiger in the Chinese zodiac. That is what I first thought when I saw this. Seeing as how the year of the ox was 2009 and the year of the tiger followed afterward.
andziak Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
so amazing and creative, added to favourites immiadately
very inspiring
LilyDollHide Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Student General Artist
ZombiePirate Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is gorgeous! I love the concept.
Mythee Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
YESSSS ACTION SCENE. ...Er, I didn't just totally ruin the philosophic mood of this image right? xDD

Anyways. SKILLZ. For srs. xD
R-Eventide Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds like what goes on in my own head--that neverending inner dialogue....

Anyway, I love this picture. I have a soft spot for self-reflective stuff. ;) Anyway, I like the overall style, like it's partially a figment of one's imagination and partially corporeal, depending on which side of the brain wins. Very cool.
John-Indian Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist
Neewochet Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
This is GOOD! How did you get it to look so good digitally? Did you touch it up on a photoshop type program?
Zeldaboyz Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
nice work, i really like it, u see, im bull tiger myself... :)
whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Hello there! Your lovely piece of art has been featured here: [link]
Mingott Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like that!

I am also a Taurus / Tiger (specifically, fire tiger).
Some time ago I had also thought about doing a similar figure, more a merger between the two beasts that not a fight (which I thought too XD).

I must say that I do not look at anything that says the Chinese Horoscope ... and truth, that says nothing good about my TT_TT
omer88 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
amazing.. i can see it as part of a movie scene
Valhalrion Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional Filmographer
So beautiful!
MissCheshireKitty Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
Oh my gosh, this is gorgeous, I love it!
tanker1993 Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
this is really a beautiful painting :) well done!
mollyart2010 Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
brilliant asian type art :fav:
leakylawndart Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Student Artist
This is going someplace fun!
Solyarise Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Восхитительная галерея!!!
Pahkina Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
This is very emotional work and everything what i mean to say seems already said so any case i like it=D
toteZitrone Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is so cynamic. You're really talented oO
badbadtzmaru Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Student
Oh my,you portrayed those feelings so well...I'm through something like this right now ^^;
annekaretnikov Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This has to be one of my favorites I've seen from you lately.

I love the movement of it, and my inner child, oddly, enjoys the subject (I spent a lot of time looking at paintings of bullfights and watching nature documentaries).
Herebellama Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I really like the sense of movement and the slight apperance of tradititional asian style in it.
pallanoph Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! It wasn't clear to me until the past year or so how much of an influence Asian art has had on my style. :D
Herebellama Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
you very welcome :)

I know it's an experiment piece but the back part of the tiger appers a bit odd. I still love the sense of movement through it though.
Giseiinu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
FlygonHeart Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
How amazing !
Instant fav.
Merillian Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
You know, the ox year is going to change for the tiger year now .
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