3/4 Tattoo Sleeve design!

I know tattoo artists design these all the time, but for me this was a first, and a huge deal!! I was recently contacted to design a 3/4 sleeve, in the style of William Morris – a woodblock-print botanical. Here are some photos of the process:brendans sleeve inking

Using my little light table to trace, with a brush and ink, from the original life-size pencil drawing.brendans sleeve inking 02

Midway through shadingbrendans sleeve sketch 04

Working on the pencil drawing, and below, the first version of the whole design:brendans sleeve sketch 01-2 brendans sleeve sketch 01 brendans sleeve inking 04 brendans sleeve inking 03

Yay! So much fun! I can’t wait to see how the design looks in its final form.

I just got back from a week-long trip to Montana, to visit family – and it was a much needed break, spent playing board games, visiting friends, watching TV, baking and eating as much as I could cram down my gullet. My family takes such good care of me!! Ahh, yes. Now it’s back to work.

How is your new year so far?? What plans do you have? 🙂

12 thoughts on “3/4 Tattoo Sleeve design!

  1. Very beautiful! I hope you’ll post a photo after the tattooee (?!) has had a chance to heal and for the swelling to subside. I know people are eager to share, but it always puzzles me when people show off their new tattoos 30 minutes after they get them done. it’ll look so much better when it’s healed!

  2. I too am looking to do a botanical tattoo to cover an old butterfly. In my research I came upon your design – breathtaking!!! I absolutely LOVE the design! Whomever gets this piece of art is going to happy for life! Truly amazing and an inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I absolutely LOVE this! Is there a way I could use it for a tattoo? I am wanting to use it on my shoulder and down my arm. No one seems to be able to draw my vision, myself included, except you!

  4. those leafs you use and in the last two pictures and were left white what are they called? getting ideas together for a future sleeve.

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