For the past two months or so i have been drawing with restraint.. /.. / In preparation for qualifying as a Tattoo Artist i have been stripping back my designs and only using Black Ink. This way the designs should be easily translatable to the skin when i start.. /./.
By restricting the complexity of designs and use of colour i have found new ideas to explore and it has kindled a renewed love for Black Ink and Dark Designs./ ././ .. /
A small collection of floral designs from my Black Book../. /. .
2017. ././ . Its been a seriously long year, its been a seriously tough year and I’m only just reaching the end of the the beginning…
There has been a massive shift and change of course in my art work. The past four years have seen a long and slow decrease in the out put of Original Artworks and a sharp increase in the output of Drawings and Tattoo designs. it has been a conscious effort to pursue a career that allows me to create everyday, change peoples lives and develop as an Artist. I am on the cusp of achieving this goal and becoming a licensed Tattoo Artist, But that’s not the end of the journey it is in fact only the beginning of a new field to explore.
While Painting will always remain a true love of mine, Drawing, Design and Tattooing will be at the forefront of my output now, which has over the past few years given me completely new ideas to explore, New challenges to overcome and new skills to master.. ././. The body too is an canvas and one i cannot wait to start making my mark on. . /././/. . Let 2018 be the year for Ink. ./ /. Black Ink. ./ .
A Selection of Designs from 2017. ./. Black Ink Only. ./ Black Book
Its finished! The biggest drawing i’ve done in a while and the first finished piece of 2015.. . /. . I give you a pirate themed sleeve with a slightly more modern take on it. I’ve mixed up the order and scale of the main themes, where in most sleeve the ship takes center stage, I’ve given credence to the octopus and compass and added a huge abstract paint smear which blends into the waves instead of filling exclusively with flowers and treasure.. ././. .I am very pleased with how its turned out. /
Working on a new commission, a full length pirate sleeve, drawn to scale./. . ./ .
The brief was to include an octopus, a pirate ship, a compass and a pirate pin-up girl./ I decided to keep it quite traditional, so after a bit of research i also included treasure, black roses , an anchor and coral to fill up the gaps and tie the whole piece together./.
After a days work i managed to get pretty much the full outline inked and the blue water/paint smear filled and tidied up./.
The rest of the piece is going to be shaded with black ink for a dark high contrast finish./
So far.. . .. /././
For the show fragments i put together a series of prints././ The ideas follow on from my “Virus” series where i became obsessed by pixelated images. I followed on with the same concept of fusing pixels with organic objects, this time using animals as my ‘host’. These images were created using computer manipulated ink drawings./ ./.