I’m going to take a brief break from my current series to babble on a bit about what I did this weekend, which was finish a Greyhound tattoo design for my friend Carol.
Pretty nice, huh? I love the color he added.
The design I did this weekend was based on an idea Carol got from another friend, which was a Greyhound phoenix – a Greyhound with flaming wings. We discussed it one evening while we were out for dinner. We settled on the idea of the Greyhound phoenix running in the sky over the Superstition Mountains (the mountains east of Phoenix, Arizona), and I did sketches of several different ideas on napkins. She took the napkins with her, and returned the one she wanted a week or two later. That was about a year ago. Bad me.
I did start working on it soon after I got the napkin back. I did a sketch, but then I hit a bit of “artist’s block.” I showed Carol what I’d done, and she liked it so far, but every time I tried to work on it after that, the block remained.
This week I decided to just sit down and get the darn thing finished. So, on Saturday morning I pulled out the sketch I’d started and tried to work on it, but the block was still there. Clearly, there was something wrong with… something. In a fit of desperation, I threw out the sketch I’d done and turned on my computer to see if creating it in Photoshop might clear up my artist’s block.
And, voila, it worked! After working all day Saturday (with a break for dinner) and well into Sunday morning – I got to bed around 3 a.m. – I finished a full-color design that was pretty close to the original sketch.
I’m not 100% happy with it, but I think it’s enough for the tattoo artist to do something cool with. I gave it to Carol today and she liked it. She’s going to have it tattooed as a half sleeve. I can’t wait to see the finished tat.
I’ve got the original hi-res file so I can play with it some more in the future, tweak it, and maybe make cards or prints or T-shirts. Looking at it now, I think it would make a nice CD cover. Too bad I don’t know anyone with a band that sings about flying Greyhounds. :-)
Anyway, that’s what I did this weekend. Hurray! I was able to check something off my to-do list.
P.S. If you would like to use either design for a tattoo of your own, please feel free to do so. I love to see different interpretations of my artwork, so please send a picture of the finished tattoo to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!