Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bamboo Fun - Wedding Painting

I just got my very first Wacom tablet! :D Super excited about it.
I wanted to share in this post my first ever digital painting done using the Wacom Bamboo Fun in Photoshop CS4.
It is a work in progress, and I have no idea when I will find the time to finish it. I outlined a picture of one of my wedding portraits and built the coloring up layer by layer using the picture as a reference.  It is merely a practice piece but I am a little proud of it non the less considering I have never done anything like this completely from start to finish on the computer. :)
Please full view to get the full effect.

Friday, April 15, 2011

My Tattoos

I thought I would compose a post entirely about my tattoos, which by the way I designed. :)
I currently have three, the latest one being one I just had done about two hours ago.  I thought up and drew out all three of them myself and with little to no modification on the tattoo artists' part, had them permanently etched into my skin.

The first one I designed when I was 17 and made it official for my 18th birthday present from my mom. 
At the time I had little to no reason to actual have a fetus tattooed on my hip other than the "cool" and "different" factor, the tattoo artist admitted that it was his first time doing a tattoo of that subject matter, and I have received many compliments since.. Unfortunately, the more I grow to love my fetus, the less it looks like a fetus and more of a blob of colors.. I guess that's what you get when you let the artist tattoo the outline purple instead of black. :(

The next  on I got a year later when my best friend at the time wanted to get a tattoo of a moon and a star on her wrist but was a little scared to go alone..
So me being a good friend, designed her tattoo then designed a "matching" sun tattoo for myself that way we could go through the pain together. Hers went on her left wrist and mine on my right.  Well, we aren't close friends anymore, in fact it's been about a year since we even spoke to each other, but life goes on.  This tat gave me a bit of trouble.. the center of the sun was supposed to be inked yellow, however about a day after I got it it began turning orange-ish pink.. then once the rest of the tattoo scabbed over and healed, the middle formed a huge hard as a rock ugly scab and eventually fell of leaving behind no ink at all, only a gaping hole in my arm.. It sucked. When it finally did heal I opted not to get it fixed  because the gradation of the orange to my flesh color actually looks better than the yellow did.

And finally my latest tat. The Jesus fish with the Bible verse Colossians 3:17 inside of it, "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."  I thought it was fitting. It's also a good size tattoo, taking up about 1/3rd of the length of my left arm.  I designed this honestly only about 3 weeks ago. This is also the only one so far that the tattoo artist didn't modify AT ALL. He literally ran my drawing through the machine and printed out to stencil on my arm as it was, which I thought was pretty impressive. There isn't really a fun story to go along with this one yet, but we haven't started the healing process yet either.. I'm sure I'll have something go wrong as I did in the past.

As for the future, I honestly have to say that there will be more.. Not sure when or what yet, but I have a few places picked out on my body (ankles, back of neck, ect), that have yet to be filled. :)