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When I first came up with this idea I imagined a larger than life woman being tattooed by a tiny tattoo artist. However, for some reason the drawing just didn’t work out, so I decided to keep them both in the same proportion. For the final I also imagined the color of the line work to vary throughout the piece. With that in mind I decided to ink each element separately to have greater control over them in Photoshop and Illustrator when they were scanned in. I had no solid ideas for color, so through trial and error I decided that I wanted to keep the color scheme fairly simple. Trial and error seems to be the only science I know. The tree was the main focus of the piece, so I wanted it to stand out the most. I decided to make the woman’s skin black and make the tree white to create a strong contrast. Working with solid black, as a skin tone was something that I’ve wanted to do for quite some time now.  I thought this was the perfect opportunity. That idea was actually inspired by a character from the cartoon “Samurai Jack” named “Aku”. (See Below)

"Aku" from "Samurai Jack"

When I decided on the color of the woman’s skin and the color of the tree I began to notice small traces of Japanese influence, so I decided to go with it. I did searches on the web for various Japanese prints and took some time to study them. They really are beautiful and inspiring. On a technical note, I started this piece in Adobe Illustrator. This is how the image looked when I finished working on it there. (See Below) Final details were added and tweaked in Adobe Photoshop.  Thanks for reading and be well.

D.

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Sacred Ceremony

It’s been a while since my last post. Just been laying low. Here’s a color sketch for a piece I’m currently working on. I took a bunch of unexpected turns on this one right from the start. So, it really doesn’t look like anything close to what I originally imagined. In other words, its been a bit of a struggle. A fun little struggle.

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