Tattoo Design Loveliness

Jun 01

Moon Tattoo 2015

Moon Tattoo 2015

Snap of part of a recent tattoo i’ve designed, it’s for an inside upper arm. Love it. Mix of styles, patterns, paisley, art nouveau, kakabeak flowers …..

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Barcelona, reworked !

May 03

I felt like this old painting from my time in Europe in 2013 needed a little bit of tweaking and a few more layers, so i pulled it out of the folder and got into the sky area with white acrylic, added small figures under the archway, and generally punched the colours a bit more. And now, i love ! And it’s been sold to a new home ;)

Oh, and this was loosely based on the Arc de Triomf – worked in with pattern from other architectural styles i photographed around the city. Spain has to be my favourite, building and colour wise, oh man.

Barcelona Rehashed

Barcelona Rehashed

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The Pianist’s Pet Chameleon

May 03

Chameleon Ball 2015

Chameleon Ball 2015

This gorgeous little reptile now belongs to a musician friend of mine, and i am so happy that it will grace the walls of his studio.

I decided at the start to make it wildly colourful and just splash the layers down, build up some pattern, and see where it went. I love the way chameleons change colour and it’s very inspiring – i might actually do another one when i get time, with wilder and more unusual colour combinations…..

For this piece, i used black spraypaint to put in the branch – as it’s nice to mix up the textures sometimes.

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Red underbelly of the Kaka

Jan 18

Kaka Red (closeup)  2014

Kaka Red (closeup) 2014

The Kaka – an extremely handsome giant parrot native to New Zealand. I went out to the Karori Sanctuary near Wellington to get a good look. I just love red and grey together. This one has lots of grey , black, and red ink and multiple layers of grey, pale blue, mustard watercolour…. Must use this palette again.

And it will be on show at Soul Gallery, Hamilton, from Feb the 5th.

Kaka Red 2014

Kaka Red 2014

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The Moody Kotuku Heron

Jan 18

This has become one of my favourites from the year. Kotuku / Great White Herons nest in only one place in New Zealand – the lower West Coast of the South Island. I love that area. So misty and moody, with weird old trees and relatively empty roads. I actually prefer the faceless version, something quite ghostly about it.  I’ll update with the finished version when i’ve scanned it. The face turned out to be quite delicate and pencilled.

This piece is due to be shown at Soul Gallery in Hamilton, from the 5th of February.

The Faceless Kotuku (unfinished)    2014

The Faceless Kotuku (unfinished) 2014

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