sha baihu process

i drew this cup like 5 or 6 times.

i dont sketch on the cups first, what u see in the final product is all done freehand, zero room for errors, with a sharpie.


a) started with drawing the side profile of the tiger, but i wasnt quite feeling it because it seemed too flat. so after about 1.5 hours of work, i decided to stop.


b) after looking online for more photos of tigers, i decided to go with a tiger lying on its side, swiping away at a lady warrior.everything was going good until i drew the lady. i messed up on her mouth and face outline, and she looked terrible, and since i cant "undo " my mistakes, i started over again after about 2 hours of work. i took that long because drawing a tiger was new to me.


c) this one came closest to the final cup i did. a few problems though. her hand was too manly. the tiger looked too small, and lady didnt "engage" the viewers enough. i kept going though, thinking that once i filled in all the details, it would probably look pretty good. but when i drew that lock of hair covering her face, (between tiger's paw and her nose), it took away the feminine feel of the warrior that i had hoped to retain. so 4 hours, gone.


d) wow, my tiger kicks ass. then i decided to try drawing the lady coming down at it holding a katana. problem is, i couldnt extend her arms out if i wanted to how the katana shes holding. so i kept her arms in. after that, i realized the katana wasnt going to fit in the cup too without ruining the composition. so i stopped after about 1.5 hours, not counting the 3 hours of research i did on japanese armor.


e) "maybe if i started drawing the lady first, i would be less nervous about ruining the whole cup.." i thought. i drew her too close to the bottom of the cup, leaving no space for the tiger. and she didnt look too intelligent either, nor did i like the pose too much. so i stopped after 10 mins.


final.) Woohoo. after 4 days of drawing. 5 hours on sat, and 12 hours today. trying really hard not to make mistakes, its done!


and this is why i dont have a girlfriend.


sept 27, 09. 10.05pm



  • James (UK) 6y

    I love seeing the "process". Thanks for sharing it.
  • alachia 6y

    nothing short of awesomesauce!
  • trashpaintglue 6y

    Your work is way beyond amazing! I love the delicacy of the choice of styrofoam, the zero room for error with the sharpie, the obsessive attention to detail, the similarities with traditional Japanese tattooing..... These cups all completely belong in a museum to be protected and enjoyed by all for an eternity!!!! You rock! Truly incredible!!!
  • Roy Blumenthal 6y

    Dude... this is why when you DO have a girlfriend, she's gonna love you forever. Awesome work. Thanks!
  • Anna 6y

    i do like c. she looks a bit wilder, not a trained warrior, maybe a child of the woods hmm
  • lkusaka13 3y

    I'll be your girlfriend!!!!
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