I was asked to design a tattoo for a client at Carter Ink in exchange for an additional discount on my tattoo, here's what I came up with over the course of about an hour. I was asked to draw it and i cant post that image but you can see the original, everyone said they liked it, it was just too far from the concept and pose that the guy had - and I totally understand that.
Angel Warrioir by ~xaqBazit on deviantART I was influenced by and referenced the following art to design it. I heavily based this design off this painting by Jeffery Jones, an artist I'm growing to love more and more. Other influences include Priest - the manga, and Alphonse Mucha and Kelley jones for the drapery. and its also fairly similar to a sketch I did a while back.
Tattoo Shop Wall Illustrations by ~xaqBazit on deviantART Here's some pictures of what turned out to be "wall illustrations" after I had planned to do a single mural for them. It worked out better this way though, I hope I can get some better pictures soon. I used pencil to draw them out and about 6 black sharpies to finish all 3 (they are just not made for an unsmooth wall) and two white paint sharpies, both water and old based though neither work for whiting out comics AT ALL! They work great for doing highlights on wall illustrations. I didn't get paid but rather exchanged the work for 1/2 off on the tattoos that I'll be getting soon. They all took me about an hour each to finish.
I based the top figure off a sketch I had in an old sketchbook, ghost rider and an old character design from middle school. I drew him on a separate day and decided against going back in with white sharpie even though he was designed to be lit from his mouth.
The middle figure is based a few different characters and illustrations from princess mononoke and some artwork by Marko Djurdjevic, a comic artist, specifically a drawing he did for an RPG and his design for the demons in Thor.
The last figure is based on a couple different mcfarlane action figures (series 22 skullsplitter, series 21 Raven and series 25 hellspawn) Alex Ross' Green Lantern design for Kingdom Come and a poster I have for Olivier Coipel's run on Thor.
I briefly talked tattoos with the guys at the shop and they asked if I had considered interning to become a tattoo artist. It wasn't an invitation (I don't think) but it was an interesting talk. I wouldn't feel at all like my education at SCAD went towards something other than comics, it already has. But as a profession I have considered, very seriously, becoming a tattoo artist. I feel like I will have so much to offer the comic industry in the next few years and yet I feel the same about the tattoo industry. They seemed to have plenty of free time, but they just opened, so I would have time to work on a graphic novel but I wouldn't be able to do a monthly book anymore. For me to get into it though I would have to wait till my fiance got done doing her pastry externship and we would have to save up some cash considering I wouldn't get paid for it for at least 6 months to apprentice - if i could find a place that was looking to apprentice someone. And I know with tattooing that my drawing skills are only half the work, but I feel like they are a sold half, as humbly as I can feel that. It would be a more solid paycheck once I got going but I've been told my skills lay in storytelling and while that would come in handy in tattooing it's more focusing on a single image, like illustration and I feel like my speed advantage would be lost. I may get lazier and rely on reference more as many tattoo artists do and would probably draw less. So much of school has been getting me to draw a bunch and draw accurately, and that I would lose some of those skills the less I drew and that scares me. But it may be a easier more secure lifestyle and in no way less rewarding, and I would still have the option of graphic novel. I don't know, we'll see but its interesting and intriguing to think about.
Star Trek Defiant, Ep. 34 by ~xaqBazit on deviantART This was more of an experiment in lighting and coloring than anything. And speaking of reference here is what this character is supposed to look like... but I dont think i did a good job of transforming myself into him sine I was looking at my face and trying to age it. Anyway, I blew my chips on the battle scene that ends in this episode so the rest of it is slower and not as action packed and I didnt want to do two covers of space battles one after the other so I chose this. Either way you can check out the colored version on my DA page by clicking on it from here or listen to the episode and see it with the title and credit overlays on Pendant Audio's site here. I suppose this cover is more a portrait of myself with all the work I'm doing rather than a fictional character on a radio drama.
The whole time i did these i was looking for an iconic image for my band and eventually used this one for a our bumper stickers. Oddly patriotic colors for such dark subject matter. I also wanted to mention I've recently discovered TWLOHA (To Write Love on Her Arms) a non profit group that helps raise money for people who cant afford to pay for rehab etc. I'll be wearing one of their shirts at the show on Tuesday. If you don't know what TWLOHA is you can visit their website here. this turned out to be more of a study of the egon schiele painting "the embrace"
Elephant ink by ~xaqBazit on deviantART i put this one on DA because it was probably the best, but I was afraid of people stealing it too for shirts etc so I put the watermwark on it so hopefully that helps. Also ill be going into to finish my "wall illustrations" for Carter Ink tomorrow and I'll make sure to get some pics up.