In my time as illustrator I’ve had several people inquiring after the possibility of creating a tattoo art commission for them. Here’s an Alice in Wonderland based piece I did this month.
Recently someone who likes my art style contacted me about creating her a commission. She wanted to tattoo a portrait of her daughter. My big eyed girls appealed to her, so she asked me to do a portrait of her daughter in my style, as Alice in Wonderland. It has been a while since I did a portrait piece, and I liked the theme. So of course I gladly created her an illustration.
It’s kinda weird to have someone wear your art on their body. But I am also very honored of course. Most people think it through when they tattoo their body, and to have your art exhibited like this, is very special.
I always love the moment when a portrait comes to life
It all starts with a sketch
To start with, we discussed where she wants to place the tattoo art. It would be on her arm, so it would have to become a narrow piece. I sent her a couple of sketches for the layout, and we both agreed that the second layout would be the best.
So after that I could start creating the genuine piece.
I don’t do a lot of portraits anymore, but when I create one, I always love the moment when a portrait comes to life. Just by adding shadow and highlights.
The tough thing here was to create a portrait that actually resembled her daughter, but also has the big eyes all of my girls have. It took some revisions, but I and the customer are both happy with the result. Hopefully I will see a picture soon of her with the finished piece on her arm.
I sent her the original illustration. Even if she were to decide not to have the portrait tattooed after all, then she will have a nice portrait of her daughter to hang on her wall.
This portrait was created with Prismacolor pencils, markers and acrylic paint on paper.