Sunday, May 24, 2009

Hobo's final artwork, and more on sleeve

This week I finished the illustration for Hobo's anniversary party. The sketches and concept art were posted in a previous post here. The final line work was scanned and made as a giclee print on watercolor paper. Then i stained the paper with tea and coffee, and its good to go.
It will be part of:

Hobo’s Anniversary Party/Art Show featuring Micah Blue Smaldone

Date/Time: Saturday May 30, 2009
Time: 8:00pm - 12:00am
Entry Type: Anniversary
Location: Loaf and Ladle
Street Adr: 106 Penhallow
City: Portsmouth
State: New Hampshire
Zip: 03801
Notes: Celebrating over 25 years in Portsmouth! Come celebrate with us. No cover charge, free food, and an art show and music

As for the tattoo...
This is the 3rd sitting on this sleeve. The overall concept is to have ghost pirates being pulled into the underworld through a gateway. Today's sitting was this ghost. There is a swirling pattern to continue from one ghost to the other, with a flame pattern whirling throughout as well. It was about 2 1/2 hours worth of line and shading. The entire thing will be colored in a later sitting. I've been really lucky to have the chance to work on some pretty damn fun tattoos lately. The fella that is getting this one drives up from Baltimore for each appointment. With dedication like that to his tattoo, it really makes it easy to put my all into it as well.

Friday, May 15, 2009

More zombie stunts... Hells yeah

Today i got to add on to a zombie themed forearm 1/2 sleeve i started a few weeks ago. It all started with the guy in the suit. That was the only specific character the fella wanted to work in to the scene. He described it as a Zombie in a suit, reaching out... so that's what he got. That one still needs color in the face and hands. He was happy enough with that part so far, that he is letting me finish out the rest however i see fit. Awesome!

The game plan is to have a full street scene. Ill post photos of the layout for all of that when it gets fully figured out. As for today's sitting, I drew up the girl that got her arm pulled off by the feeding redneck in the background. We got the line work and most of the color on that section today. All in all its a challenge, but fun as hell trying to make all of it into a coherent scene. I drew it all on to be sure things would fit together, and read well... but i lost the photos to a camera problem. Ah well.
Heres what i have for now...

Thanks for checking this stuff out. The whole goal to this blog is to motivate, myself and anyone that happens to check out the page. By all means let me know what you think.
Be well

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Workin' on a shirt and painting

So the plan is for a Tshirt design and a painting of the same graphic to be sent up to a dear friend for his shop's anniversary. I'll get to that, but first check out my buddy's deal...

Hobo's Tattoo Shop in Portsmouth New Hampshire will be celebrating their 27th year in business, and it's 10th owned by my good friend Jason Scott. Jason is a hell of a tattooer, and a badass painter as well. He has been busy as hell working on the shop, painting, putting on shows, and oh yeah, tattooing full time as well. somewhere he found the time to paint all of these in the past few months... click on the photo to check out Hobo's myspace page...

As for the artwork I'm putting together for their show, it's in the works. So far here is what ive got rolling. The idea is to go with the New Hampshire state motto of "Live Free or Die" the rest of the toast that became the motto is "Death is not the Worst of Evils" Pretty much the most badass saying ever. So the main part is pretty obvious, the Zombie revolutionary soldier is going inside the frame. It all works in theory, ill post more photos when its finished.

The days events..

Today was a fair mix of prep and drawing time, with some on the fly i forgot i had to draw action.

First was the prepared drawing. This one I'm really stoked for. The fella came in and asked for a "Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner" rib tattoo. A pretty good size to work with, and a bad as hell idea. It was fun getting to show him the sheet of flash with the same theme I had recently started painting. Pretty crazy.
The first part of the artwork was drawn to fit on his hip, but i wanted to see how that fit before i add the top half for his ribs. It fit great, and there is plenty of room to fit death, ice, and the ghost ship. The design is based slightly on the artwork of Dore, but he allowed me the freedom to do it my own way.

As for the forgotten drawing, it was for a fellas hand. He wanted the date of his upcoming wedding, and his upcoming wife's name a little smaller. A tad risky for the tattoo to come before the wedding bells, but who am I to judge. He was willing to let me fancy it up a bit with some roses and banners, so here it is.

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Decisive Moment

This tattoo was a trip to put together. The fella that got it is a pretty damned great photographer. The photos below are some of his work.(Click on the photos to go to his site) His idea for the tattoo was to represent the decisive moment as it was established by photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. Then we decided to blend that image with other photos that he liked. The ghosted hand and black and white photo are to show the idea of stealing or capturing the moment(s) throughout the tattoo. To take Dan's ideas and work them into a tattoo was without a doubt a challenge, but I'm really glad he gave me the oportunity to work this out.

If you have the chance, check out Dan's website. As of now his portfolio part is in the works, but if you click on the "recent" button it will take you to a collection of his photos. Damn fine work!