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Painting the last South China tiger

By: Lea Holland on Feb. 20, 2010, 5:29 a.m.
The initial drawing

Photo: ZUMA Press

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The beginnings

The South China tiger is an iconic symbol in Chinese culture. In a press release from Save China's Tiger, artist Craig Tracy said, "When I learned from Li Quan of the plight of the South China tiger, I wanted to be part of the effort to rescue this most ancient tiger in the world and a cultural symbol of China from extinction." Tracy started his masterpiece with a sketch of the tiger's head on a flat canvas.