Tigers have long held a sense of mysticism and intrigue for their power, solitary lives and courage. They have played integral roles in ancient and modern cultures and folklore; being used to represent various characteristics and symbolisms through the centuries.
I was inspired by Jules Verne's novel about an Arctic rescue expedition on a mission to find out what happened to a team of sailors that mysteriously disappeared. On their journey, they encounter an iceberg that looked like a sphinx, with the wrecks of ships all around it.
I wanted to add a Russian/Siberian flavour to the story of the mysterious sphinx. So I illustrated a white siberian tiger in a sphinx pose looming amongst the ice representing power and intruige much like the iceberg from the story.