HANG YOUR INK.Dark heart.Tattooed leather Art.Design and inking stages
Here is a piece I worked on recently for an exhibition
Its about A3 in size, its called Dark Heart
Its got quite alot going on, so I thought I would break it down into my thinking on motifs and how I created it….
It combines alot of things I have in a sketch book for later use…
The first idea came from a design I was working ( a tattoo chest piece for a client) (moth, stylised roses, anatomical heart, with moth ribbon surrounding it) http://puncturedartefact.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/custom-your-ink-bespoke-tattoo-design-heart-with-moth/
I thought I would keep one of the stitches fort a larger piece
I added an elongated version under the skull, with the rays onto the ‘collar bone’
……. I wanted it to fit with my ‘botanical series’ so that dictated the motifs I chose
(go to www.puncturedartefact.com, so see the series)
So, I chose ‘sweet peas’ as the flowers (one of my favourites!) You can see a few here, quite stylised and in keeping with my open line style
Added, stylised bees,bugs,moths (of course!)
The all ‘seeing eye’ was also taken from a tattoo , from my sketchbook (go to symbol no 8 for) https://puncturedartefact.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/symbol-8-all-seeing-eye-symbolism-in-tattoo-art-culture/ for a look at the symbology behind this motif. It includes the 4 elements symbols, of air,water,earth and fire (the triangles at the edge!)
I then added in the birds (ravens & a swallow and scissors motif)
The skull is a new sketch and I added in a ‘cross bones’ originally but then changed it to a cross made from daggers with moth handles
The finished piece is made from premium veg tan leather, dyed to a soft pale tan
Inked with 1 needle.. took an age!
Here is it in stages of development …
The final design
Here is is in our handmade reclaimed wood frame 🙂
I am now working on another A3! inspired by anatomy and medical illustrations ….