“Angel and demon” fantasy oil painting

fantasy oil painting angel and demon. white tiger with wings. Black tiger with snake tail. Two tigers fight.
Fantasy oil painting “Angel and demon” ©YueZeng2023

Initial thoughts

The idea of “Angel and demon” appears at the moment I found this reference photo. Two tigers fight. One could be white with angel wings, the other could be black with demon snake tail. The feathered wings come from mythical creature Griffin. And the snake tail comes from another mythical creature Chimera.

Interesting thing is that you can put wings on all kinds of ordinary animals and they will instantly transform into mythical animals. It doesn’t have to be feathered wing, it can also be bony bat wings.

Digital sketch

In the beginning I was drawing this angel tiger pale yellow as in digital sketch. However when I apply the oil paint on canvas, it doesn’t look as expected. After all, I don’t want the tiger and it’s wings feel separated. So I change the color of the angel tiger to white with pale pink hue.

The demon tiger should be “black” ideally. However, dark blue with purple hint is easier to represent “evil”. If you watch enough movies you would find the bad guy always has color theme like blue with purple or purple with red. The good guy often has warm color theme such as light yellow, light orange or pink, golden yellow and so on. This is the general guideline when choosing color palette for angel and demon tigers.

Next, the direction of snake scale is reversed in sketch. I only notice that when I actually paint it on canvas. So I have to change the scale direction.

Digital sketch of fantasy oil painting angel and demon. white tiger with wings. Black tiger with snake tail. Two tigers fight.
Digital sketch of Fantasy oil painting “Angel and demon” ©YueZeng2023


Late in 2022 I prepared 18 fantasy painting sketches so that I can paint continuously in 2023. This tiger version “Angel and demon” was the first sketch I made. But it’s physical canvas painting was the last to finish in all 18 fantasy paintings. At this point I can safely say that I complete half of 2023 goal. Now I can move on to new sketches and new ideas in next couple of months.

I have to admit that I like big cats. I am planning on another white tiger fantasy painting. Sometimes I need to remind myself to paint some canine to enrich my experience.

By the way, after all these years learning English, I finally understand why they called police dog department K9.



I hope you enjoy this post.

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.