Another one I found from 2013, this one was from right at the beginning of my career shift, I had decided instead of just drawing whatever the consumer brought in with no focus or reason, I was going to push myself. I was going to figure out why some things look great and others sloppy. I started to study shape and form and how images can flow over muscles and look better on skin. It wasn’t long after this that I started scaling everything up so that it’s silly hard to steal/reproduce My work without a large effort. None of my current work looks correct unless you see it in person! Yay for 2 eyes!
So this one was based on a skull with a vomitious amount of flowers floating around the internet. Basically it’s a back piece and it would still be horribly cluttered. So I kinda did a day of the dead placement on the eyes, originally you could see more of the teeth but she thought it might be too creepy or something so I covered it with more flowers. lo and behold nobody saw a skull after that because it obstructed the shape so much. It’s a common thing for women to ask for skulls but to “hide” them. It’s possible but consider if this was a leg piece with other focal points and things happening, it makes a lot more sense to have it hiding. But years back I had no concept of this lol.
After no one could see the skull I think we bolded out the lines and tried to Bring the skull object foreword. At the time I didn’t know how to build layers of color and texture and if I remember correctly she didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so it was kind of a stretch where I knew I needed size and time to work but was on a budget. At this point it’s about 70% done, if I could do the final 30% I’d punch the colors waaaaay up and darken a lot of things. I’d probably use an unbleached titanium/almond color for the bone, the higher contrast would help a lot. While hitting the brightest colors in the front I’d add a lot of texture and detail. I’m very happy with how far I got into this piece for my skill level at the time, maybe I get lucky and she swings through town sometime and I get a second pass at it? Lol #fortcollinstattoo #coloradotattooers #skull #flower #colortattoo