I’m not sure when or how to drop in a proper timeline of where my journey in life has been taking me. It’s been interesting, for sure, but too much to type up in a blog post where I want the main focus to be on what I’m currently working on. In short, I turned to the blooming tattoo industry for my source of happiness and income. It just seemed right for me and had been on my mind since 2013. The great thing about this career path is that I get paid to draw and can still focus on side/personal projects in my downtime.
The one thing I still like to do, which I feel like a lot of other non-legendary tattoo artists do not do, is research, study, and draw the tattoo (unless it’s a quick walk-in.) This here is an example of that. The client had a small space in between a few other tattoos, which he wanted to fill up with a Virgin Mary piece. I opened up my, “Fashion: A History From the 18th to 20th Century” book and channeled some knowledge learned in a clothed figure drawing class I had in art school, and came up with a portrait of Our Lady, customized to fit the empty space on his ankle.
This drawing took quite an adventure to get to it’s final stage. Since the veil was done from memory, I had a lot more freedom with it, but that also meant a lot of manipulation. In the end, the client never followed through with his appointment and is now, pretty much, up for grabs. So if you’re in the California Bay Area, get in touch with me and we can make it a permanent work of art on your body. Until then, it exists here as a walkthrough of my process. Thank you to those who read this far.
Until next time.