Here Are a few pics of a big dragon that I did on my friend Damian's leg. We initially were going to do a Tibetan skull in this space, but after I looked at it more I realized I liked the flow of a dragon better for his leg, plus he has way to many skulls already tattooed on his body. This tattoo was completed in two sessions I'm about 9 hours or so.
Finished this karajishi botan(or fu dog and peony) half sleeve. This was a great experience all around on this tattoo. The client came to me with the names of her children that her mother in law had written in Chinese years ago when they were born. And wanted to do something with them, incorporating them into a larger tattoo. I suggested a Shi Shi or fu dog. The fu dog is a strong and brave mother, often sending her cubs in perils I that they may overcome it and become stronger. All the while never being to far to let them fall. I thought this fit in well with what she was trying to express. We had a great time with this tattoo, many laughs, and great stories were had. Thanks to Lorena and her family for all the love an support.
Here's a few process shots of how I work for painting.
First things first, sketch out my ideas. I'll rough them out first, not trying to get anything perfect. Then refine them after I get the general ideas down.
Second is the lay out. When it comes to a flash page lay out can be half the battle. You want the images to work together, and look cohesive. I'll usually take a day or so to get a big page like this(17x24) laid out the way I like it, before I line it out.
They I line out the images using a light table or saral paper if its on board. Then figure out if I'm going to have a color scheme for all the images, or keep it loose.then start painting. Depending on the images it can take me anywhere from 2 to 5 days to do a page this size.