So a couple weeks back, I had the craziest surprise – I WAS ASKED TO DESIGN A TATTOO!!!
Before I go on with this post, let me just say that as an artist, it is a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE HONOUR to be asked to design a tattoo! I mean, this is an artwork someone will carry around with them permanently on their skin, and the fact that it’s something I designed, well… I am just so incredibly happy 🙂
Anyway, yeah! My client wanted a very minimalist tattoo of herself and her friend. It was to be somewhat abstract, with just a few lines representing eyes, nose, lips and hair.
… something kind of like the tat inspo references I found below.
With that in mind, I pondered about how best to merge the two faces together – for them to be intertwined yet distinctly separate, and how best to do up the composition of the piece.
I was very undecided about how the lines should go – whether they should be continuous or noncontinuous, as in being separate and distinct. Among the references I found, there were a range – some using only a single line to represent two faces, and some using a whole variety of lines, with different line widths. So, I did have quite a hard time deciding which to go with.
Ultimately, I decided upon two main styles, one with two continuous lines (one for each of the faces), seemingly merging together in the centre and coming away from each other at the ends, and one with noncontinuous lines, with line strokes of all the same width. After laying out their pictures in various ways, here’s a couple drafts I did up on Adobe Illustrator.
And after a few more touchups and adjustments to the eyes, nose and lips, here is the final artwork 🙂
I AM SO HAPPY WITH HOW IT TURNED OUT!
So as I was saying, this entire piece is made up of only two lines, with varying line width. I deliberately did it such that it’s not immediately intuitive where each line starts and ends – if you look closely, the lines for both faces begin in the hair, and they end both as downward strokes in the same direction. The worry I have with very minimalist tattoos is that sometimes, because there’s just so few lines, the person being drawn could easily be anybody, and it’s really hard to tell. But I really like how the piece turned out to be so clean and crisp, while not compromising on the unique and distinct facial features both people have.
Really hope you like it 🙂 It was such a joy working on this project.
For more of my artworks, do check out my portfolio on behance here!