If ever there was an animal designed for face and body painters it is the Tiger. I’ve always loved tigers – they are such gorgeous and regal looking animals. My brother had several framed photo prints/posters of tigers and he would sketch them often.
I’ve always found tigers to be one of the easiest creatures to adapt to a human face or body as somehow the placement just works. Probably due to the fact that no matter how “off” it is it will still be instantly recognizable.
One of the amusing things I find when face painting is that little boys will ask to be painted like a “lion” but they mean tiger or vice versa. I always ask “the one with the stripes?” just to make sure! 🙂
And tigers are adaptable to all sorts of variation – cartoonish, pretty, fierce, exotic, etc. You can minimize or maximize the details, alter the colours, do partial designs and people will still know exactly what it is.
And the really great thing is that face painting tigers is really easy! I think the two most popular faces for beginners have to be tiger and dalmatian… doesn’t every one paint these two faces?
I had the opportunity to create tigers for the stage in January of this year. I did “Shere Khan” for a production of The Jungle Book which worked wonderfully on an actor with a beard!
Brandon Carpenter, the actor playing Shere Khan, is one of my favourite subjects… he’s been a wolf (“Fenris Ulf” in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) and a turtle (“The Mock Turtle” in Alice In Wonderland.) He’s a pleasure to paint, really enjoys the process and gets into character right away.