I was commissioned to draw a crow for my boyfriends mum, as a phone wallpaper.
I looked round for some reference images of both crow and skull. Knowing the themes around crows of being dark and rather gothic, this is what I came up with……
I then put it into photoshop and played around with making a parchment like texture, or colour, as well as making it the right size for the phone.
Overall it was well received and could possibly act as a tattoo, at some point!
So, I got a bit bored of waiting for my house / course mate to finish his course work (as I had already finished mine for the day), I decided to draw a feather on my arm along with a second. Now, following on from my previous feather post, I think TWO of those, in this exact position would make a mighty fine tattoo design indeed. I also now have ideas to extend it, with the most cliché of all things…… birds flying out and up, towards my shoulder, to make a full blown sleeve. The colours, would still be watercolour / muted with pen and ink style mixed into the design. I can extend it gradually, if I so desire OR get the full blown thing. Lots and lots of decisions to make here. Obviously the tattoo artists will help me out, big time as to what to do.
I have a fascination with Watercolour Tattoos, as I have probably mentioned in a previous post. A recent conversation with one of my cousins about tattoos, and taking a break from course work I have managed to decide what and possibly where I would like my first tattoo (IF I decide to get one, other wise this can be for someone who wants one).
To me, feathers mean freedom, individuality and independence. Other meanings can be found here.
Because I am fascinated with watercolour tattoos, I would enjoy looking at this all the time, when I work on designs, or getting messy with inks, paints, markers etc. This would sit well on my forearm, probably my left. Running from my wrist, upwards. The colours here are mainly blue, pink, red, orange, and a bit of purple. If I can get it in a watercolour style, I think it would look quite pretty on my skin. Obviously, up to the Tattoo Artist too, on what they use or advise.
I know people will say, ‘Don’t get a tattoo, they look horrible, they will not look as good when you get older, you will regret it in 30 years time’ etc. My response: I won’t regret it, if I have designed it and it’s something that will remind me of who I am and aspire to be what I want to be, by maximising my individuality and personality. When I was young, I used to draw on myself all the time, if there was no paper to use. Sure I washed it off afterwards, but I quite enjoyed having something there to stimulate my mind, on my own skin. That to me is what a tattoo should do! Stimulate the mind, in the most bold way it should be part of your personality, and who you are. Not what other people want you to be.
I’ve been thinking lately, at how I am surrounded by a woodland where I live. And I have realised that nature is my origin.
The nature tattoos look amazing, especially when grown into large thing around the body. The ‘Lock’ is the tree trunk. The roots underneath, I have ideas to wrap around my wrist in a never ending circle. The branches at the top, will branch out below my wrist. The text I would love to be elegant and flouncy, with an air of gothic styling to the characters. This is
part of me, and how I view all the struggles I have been through personally and how I have been strong enough to withstand what ever has hit me. I’ve opened my mind, therefore my soul is there for everyone to see who wants to see it.
I took the design into photoshop to add a bit of colour and style to it.
I asked one of my friends if I should place a bit of colour to my design. He said that perhaps use brown for the vines / roots and then add green leaves. SO, that is what I have done because I felt the same way. This is something I am excited to get inked onto my skin, no matter what the expenses are. This could also prove to be a nice little illustration in a bigger print in the future, or an expanded wall painting for my future house / studio or door.
I will upload any other design edits that I make, before I decide on the final design.
First off, I decided to draw something on my wrist that looked quite nice. The keyhole for me, represents unlocking something that’s hidden, or hard to reach. It’s also a save haven, where secrets can be kept safe.
Practicing keyholes and writing out my text
If I were to get this tattoo, it would be my own writing or a font that is simple and easy to read on a small scale. ‘Open your mind, to unlock your soul’ is a quote that I have come up with, if anyone came up with it before me, then woops, I am borrowing as my inspiration.
This is a first draft idea of my first tattoo
Any way, only a first draft, but I think this is the one for me
Tribal Bird Thing
It is engraved onto a necklace turned bracelet that I own.
I wouldn’t mind it tattooed actually
I found a drawing of a raven / crow that I had done during my college years. I was really pleased with this drawing and it was featured in a poster idea for one of my units during my first year. Now I have found it again, it has been in my mind that it would make an excellent tattoo as it is. However, I have been fascinated with watercolour style tattoos because they are just wonderful, and full of individuality that no other tattoo style has already. (Don’t get me wrong, other styles of tattooing are amazing and have individuality, it’s just my personal views is that no watercolour tattoo is the same, and no ordinary tattoo is the same) It’s new, modern and perfect for what I would have tattooed on to my skin.
So, I dug out some tracing paper, and my watercolours and I sat and played with blues and purples. This is the result.
If I were to get this tattooed, the outlines I would like to be thinner, bolder and darker. The shades of blue and purple I would love to be brighter, and more true.
Now the other question is where would I have it?
I have thought about my upper back, with the wings branching out onto my shoulders. I have also thought about a smaller version for my wrist or hip.
Yesterday on of my best friends (that sound slightly childish, but she is a fantastic friend kind of like a sister but not blood related) anyway, she asked if I could look after her magnificent budgie Frederick III for a week. Surprisingly my grandparents said yes which I wasn’t expecting. I am eagerly awaiting his arrival and while I am waiting, I thought I haven’t blogged in a while, but also that this blog of mine hasn’t really been about graphic design, only a few bits of animation here and there.
SOOOOOO recently I have been making a website for my local stables and it has taken longer than it should (god that doesn’t put me in an efficient or good light, which could go against me ……) It is almost finished, just got a few bits to do…….like image copyrighting……………a whole page to finish…………..another couple of pages to edit…………………etc etc etc.
But when I haven’t been doing the website I have randomly decided to get back into spontaneous doodling, I have been inspired for some reason to doodle possible outcomes for tattoo designs……. but my one so far is this charming design.
I love music, it is a way of life for me. I just have this ominous feeling when I listen to music that no one can distract me from listening to the souls of other people. This is a similar feeling when I read a novel. I feel the emotions of each character like I feel the emotions of each singer or song writer in a certain song. The wings are representing the way my mind floats from happy thoughts to dark thoughts etc. I know they have different meanings in the tattoo world, but I am a free spirit, that can’t be contained in a box or a tight space other wise there will be explosions. I am talking metaphorically, but those that know me, or have met me will know that in fact I am a passionate person that loves anything to do with books, music, good design, and just general amazing weird generic things.
Back to my main point of this, Fred will be here later on in the day where I may do another blog with an image of him if I remember to do so.