Back in early 2000 I did several Salish style animal pictures, I sold them on shirts a bit, but the designs have pretty much been shelved for a long time. Recently, I thought about trying to work some of that Salish style into my present work, either in "spirit" or more literally. I sketched out this new piece a few weeks ago, and yesterday I finally dove and got it done. The fun part about using the Salish style is that I normally have the larger encompassing figure planned out, but after that part is drawn I wing it, carving shapes into the larger outline and then experimenting with what types of figures work in the voids and spaces.
This is the final colored gripping beast picture. The full size is 18"x18" at 600DPI, it was a good thing I bought this new machine, my old Mac wouldn't have been cable of handle this large of a file. I'm debating if I need to add some more highlights to the skeletons in the beast's body but I want to see some test prints before I do any more.