Been a while since my last sugar skull and it felt nice to make one again. Did three designs before it finally felt right and we could let the needle in.

This is a lovely cloud with the thunderbolt sticking out of it. Did this actually already in the last August, but today was finally the touch-up day and grabbed a photo of it as well.

And here’s a cover-up. Customer had a tattoo with the words from Def Leppard lyrics. He didn’t really enjoy the old tat anymore, but wanted the new one still to have something to do with the Lep. So, after few drawing attempts I finally got the idea to give it a bit of the feel from the “Hysteria” artwork and designed the lettering etc. There’s some scars from the old tat, under the new one, unfortunately I’m unable to smoothen the skin, can only turn the old tats to new ones.

More sugar


Rohkem sugar skull’e! Klient joonistas ise algsed kavandid valmis, millele lisasin natuke oma nägemust. Arutasime hiljem veel detailid läbi ja läks andmiseks! Tuleb veel ühe korra üle teha ning mõlemale lisada alla lilli. Varsti näete.
Nõel: 7round liner
Tint: I True Black, I Dark Purple, I Aquamarine, I Co-Co, I Lemon Yellow, I Bright Red, A Oriental Orange, A Atlantic Blue, A Sky Blue

More sugar skulls! Client drew the first sketches and I added a bit of my vison to ’em. Later on we discussed about the details and then slinged the ink. Gotta do it one more time, as always plus add the flowers to both of them. You’ll see.
Needle: 7round liner
Ink: I True Black, I Dark Purple, I Aquamarine, I Co-Co, I Lemon Yellow, I Bright Red, A Oriental Orange, A Atlantic Blue, A Sky Blue

Sugar skull & roosid vol2 / Sugar skull & roses vol2

sugar ja roosid 2 kordSessioon 2. Seekord skulli ei teinud, keskendusin roosidele. Käisisn kõigepealt üle jooned ning varjutasin. Alguses katsetasin jälle seda Kokkai Sumo Ink Medium Gray Wash’k, aga see oli selle töö jaoks liiga hele. Üldse väga hele tint on, tundub, et kõige parem oleks seda kasutada portreede ja suuremate musthall tööde juures. Ja seal peaks ka tumedamad kohad tumedama tindiga tegema. Mul on seda Kokkaid veel ka Light Gray wash, pole veel selle heledust testida jõudnud. Nii et, üsna pea lahjendasin jälle True Black’i veega ja oli väga mõnus selle töö jaoks.
Ning värvisin roosid ja lehed. Jooned 7se joonenõelaga ja varjud-värvid 15magnumiga.
Kasutatud tindid: True Black, Light Green, Bright Red. Ja natuke seda va Kokkai’d ka…

Session 2. This time I did’nt touch the skull but decided to focus on the roses. First I re-did the outlines and then shaded. At first I tried to use the Kokkai Sumo Ink Medium Gray Wash again, but it’s really too “bright” for this job. And for many others as well, I think. I suppose it’s really handy when doing portraits or large black&gray pieces, but even there would have to do the darker spots with darker ink. I have this Kokkai also in Light Gray Wash version, wonder how light this is….Have’nt tested it yet. Anyway, quite fast I was back with the true Black, mixed it with water and it worked really well this way.
Then colored the leaves and roses. Did the outlines with 7liner and shaded with 15magnum.
Inks used: True Black, Light Green, Bright Red. And lil’ bit of this Kokkai…