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Fearful Symmetry by balaa Fearful Symmetry by balaa
The Tiger
By William Blake

TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water'd heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Thank you to *WickedSairah for the name suggestion. Spent about the last 2 weeks bouting insomnia, moreso than usual. I sketched a rough version of this and decided since I wasn't sleeping anyway to go ahead and see what comes of it, if anything. I had always loved the cliche posters of tigers stalking forward, howevr cliche it does boast a powerful I decided why not try it with an anthroish cat? I knew, however, after I got some sleep that I would dislike much of it (more specifically the stripes on the back). If I decide to paint this, supposing I have the time and still like the idea, I will redo the stripes on the back to match better with the designs on his face. My absolute favorite part of all of this was the paws, I've gone through several different similar poses (most of them either more frontal or more of a sideview) but all of them ended up obscuring at least one of the paws completely..and seeing as I adore big feline paws, I just couldn't have that. I thought about redoing the whole sketch since I ended up thinking I started a wee bit too small for what I wanted to accomplish, but I'm not sure I have the patience to do another sketch annnd a painted version.

compositional/design critique welcome before I decide whether I want to paint this or not. Thank you guys, oftentimes your advice is truly helpful!!

Size: 6x12 inches
tools: mechanical pencil (.3,.5,.7) on smooth bristol
Time: ?
prints: yes 8.5x11, 8$ US plus shipping, note me if interested :).

Thank you for looking!
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
unicornomics Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   General Artist
I love how you did the stripes and how they turn into a more detailed pattern
Homercat17 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love Tis Poem!
silvermistpup Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011 :) I see why it's called fearful symmetry.
Kitauri Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
For so long, I've been extremely tempted to get this as a tattoo, but I don't think I could find an artist who could do it true justice.
XSilverwolf1313X Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Duuuuudeee you need to color this one in! =D
vlfskgmfakmf Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010   Traditional Artist
amazing work you have a real talent
i love tigers
melime6 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice drawing, very nice poem - Red John anyone?
WormandaDuck Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Student Writer
Very good, the tiger is just a bit flat and wide. That's my only complaint
Koumori-Jin Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
I remember seeing this so long ago, I tried drawing a dragon in this same style. Now I can give the artist proper credit ^-^
SerasVictoria26 Featured By Owner May 20, 2010   Writer
I love your Tiger. I also love the poem. Did you know that that poem is in the front of the book In the Forest of the Night
bluessaurus Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! :clap:
DokidokiYummychums Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
that is just too cool!
Drama-Queen313 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was actually thinking about getting a tattoo like this, but instead of a tiger having it be a lioness.
RiverStreak Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
I love his stripe pattern! Really wonderful.
zephyrwolfen Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
WOW! I too love those paws!
RedwllWrrior Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
Ah, great picture and great poem. =)
kram666 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
amazing art :weed:
katarzyna-z Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
whoa, brilliantly made! the effect of the fur is so realistic ^_^
shaedow4774 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
oh my gosh, wow~!

The pose is so amazing, and the way you drew it...*drools*

I soooo love this artwork, wonderful job~! D: >
Ripplepelt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely amazing...The detail is spectacular, and the tiger is just stunning. <333

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.
BrutalNaBata Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
this art kicks other tiger's a** hahahha
frankey89 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
ohh I like this ^^ favs
wow this looks so similar to this tiger poster that I have up on my wall......nah :)
Map18 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
wow thats really cool
SoldierToger Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Hobbyist
Man, that face is so intense. Sweet job. Uhh, critique-wise, I dunno. I'd say the hips and waist sort of bother me, but I'm not used to looking at the more 'humanish' shape in that pose so :shrug:
Tigerlover4 Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Exquisite drawing. Simbelmyne, Kalahari Princess and The Leopard Tree are also exquisite in the same way how many other your drawings. Have you got mine gigantic admiration for. Image, that I should something so exquisite in the room on the wall like picture is gorgeous.
Blu-wulf Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
A bit /too/ similar, don't ya think? :l
Cat1963ms Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
* I so love felines anyway, would breathtaking be too much?*
thebigV Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
Beautiful!!! I read that poem in enlgish last quarter. Hehe.
maddieycakes Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008   Photographer
How intense! ;] That is amazing!
ToshirotheKnightWolf Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist are you with fights?
draqulyn Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
This is amazing.... :love: plus I absolutely love tigers. Squee!

and the tiger would make an awesome tattoo.... super cool
tenko72 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
It's spelled with a "y" in the original, but that's just me being a spelling/grammar nazi. Silly English language with it's late to the party standardized spellings... XD

This is really gorgeous! I love the stripes, especially those along the spine. I like the symmetry of them too. I didn't notice it at first, but I kept seeing a pattern. I'm just wowed!
jamberry Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
VERY nicely done. Gorgeous details, especially in the fur and the way the muscles undulate to the curve of his body as his slithers down that slope. I really like that his face hasn't become tame in your drawing, like I've seen wild beasts become in so many others' drawings. Not that it's bad, but I really appreciate when someone is able to maintain that look of fierce independence that is so beautiful about creatures like this. Truly breathtaking.
fazzygrl Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Tigers are my favorite animals. I so love it..:heart: :+favlove:
hfyuygyf Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
a tiger that shows true power.wounderful job
Blitzkreig-Storm Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The tribal-mark stripes are really eye-catching. The paws stupendously shaped. You made the network of striping complex, yet very natural looking, bravo, deffinate fav.
Khan-from-Brazil Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007
Beautiful symmetry... the stripes are amazingly natural
DasTierLockjaw Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Absolutely amazing! I love it!
yayamariah Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
I've seen this on she drew the exact same pose only it was a werewolf. No worries, your's is cooler!
Allpha Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! This is really great!
Utva Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pure Power! Amazing
Zannette Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
OMG! This is sweet!
an-mcnary Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
I pretty much heart you forever.
KhaosAnimeAngel Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2007
Wow, I love this. It's amazing! Not to mention that's my favorite poem :3
scharfwarten Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
The whole drawing is just so amazing! especially the face that came out so perfect it gives the illusion the tiger is staring right at you. phenomenal job really. Did you draw it from your head or did you get the position of the tiger from a picture?
Versispellis Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
Very interesting look here. Subtly anthropomorphic, yet retaining a very animalistic look.
Vivienne-Mercier Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I LOVE how the paws turned out! I think it's nice how the stripes look partly real and partly like tribal tattoos. You have a very good understanding of both human and animal musculature. The finished painting will be awesome!
khan86 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
Amazing. Like in the poem. I never think i find ilustration to it. Its beautifull.
Samarai Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
This would be a sick tattoo...
Very nice.
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