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Leicester Tigers - Welford character design - He's Grrreat!

If any of you good people are Leicester Tigers fans you might recognise this grrreat guy. It's Welford the official mascot for Leicester Tigers - the English rugby union team based in Leicester (obviously).

I've been illustrating the Tigers Family (#Tigersfamily) cartoon strip for the past two seasons, and you can see every single cartoon strip as well as sketches and even video on their very own blog.

This project however is all about Welford. Welford has been the offical Leicester Tigers mascot for some time now, but until recently he has only been seen in his physical form. He can usaully be seen on the pitch and in and around the Welford Road ground, meeting the fans and interacting with the kids. Now however he is also famous in his 2D, fully illustrated version!

He appears in many forms of promotional and marketing material both online and in print. You can see him in several places around the ground, on matchday promotional and fun (JTC - Junior Tigers Club) items and across the Tigers external marketing range.

Below you can see Welford in his claws out 'Thriller' pose :) You can also see him in several other classic poses as well as some early sketches of Welford before he was created in his final glorious full colour vector version.

Let me know if you're a fan of Welford and be sure to take a pic and send it to me if you see him around. Feel free to leave some comments below, but please keep them clean if you're not a Tigers fan ;) Cheers and enjoy!


If you'd like to see more of my character creations then click here and give your eyes a treat :)

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Ant Creations and Tigers Family appearing in the Harborough Mail newspaper!

Here's a little piece that appeared in the Harborugh Mail this week. It's a screen grab from their website so here's a link to the actual site if you would like to read it, like it or share it from their site.

A few little bits of info not 100% accurate but hey ho, that's the nature of being in the press! And before you ask yes that's my office and yes the walls are shocking, bright pink! They help me wake up in the morning :) Enjoy!

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A few Tigers Family cartoons strips (in case you've missed them)

Can you smell the scent of sweat and deep heat? Can you hear the crunch and groan as bruised bodies strike together? Yes, you've guessed it, rugby is in the air. To celebrate the start of the 6 Nations here are a few Tigers Family cartoon strips you may not have seen. Obviously if you are a big Leicester Tigers fan and turn up to every game you will have already spotted them in the home matchday programmes. If not then you can see every bit of #TigersFamily news and information and every sketched idea right through to finished cartoon strip right here. Here's the last few strips if you missed them. Enjoy!

Appeared 29/12/2012 to promote Tigers versus Toulouse

Appeared 20/01/2013 to promote the Leicester Tigers vs London Wasps

Appeared 25/01/2013 to promote a late Saturday evening kick off game versus Saracens

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Updates to the Tigers Family blog and mini site

I've been busy adding new content to the Tigers Family mini site and blog, so please feel free to take a little visit and let me know what you think, and perhaps what else you would like to see. I've added some new sketches and cartoon strips and have plans to add some videos when I manage to finalise all the content I've filmed! Here's the latest cartoon that appeared in last Saturday's Leicester Tigers match day programme. There'll be another one in this weeks programme so be sure to check it out if you're there or visit the Tigers Family blog on Sunday when the strip will be added. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

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NEW Tigers Family blog and mini site added

I've added a few extra pages to my site in the form of a Tigers Family blog and mini site. You can see every new cartoon strip as well as sketches, videos and general news and information regarding the Leicester Tigers official cartoon strip. Check it out, let me know what you think and whether there are any new images or information you'd like to see.

Here's the cartoon strip that went into the last matchday programme at Welford Road to promote the Ospreys game. Enjoy!

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