Owl Tattoo

Abract Animal Studies


Sorry I haven’t updated you in a while, Ive been really busy.

Anyways, I thought I’d show you my latest tattoo design, inspired by a gallery of abstract animal paintings I found a few weeks back on imgur. It took me 2 hours to sketch out lightly with pencil, though during the 7 hours I took up while filling it, I changed a lot of the design… it was pointless sketching it really.

Originally, I was requested to make an small absract owl tattoo design to fit someones lower back, but as time progressed, the client decided he wanted the owl across his back, so I had to re-draw and add more detail to it on A2 paper.

Incase any of you were wandering, the client was very happy with this finished design and he’s getting it tattooed within the next week. I’d be interested to know what you think, so please let me know any feedback you have! It would be much appreciated 🙂


Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister

The drawing took me 10 hours to complete, not including the hour it took to block out his basic features.
I started by using a 2H pencil and drawing in the perspective lines, marking his facial features such as his eye, hair lines and lip positioning. Once I’d marked the more dominant features in relation to one another, I began the basic, light shading of the more recessive features, for example, the detail of the fur and the deepened lines of his face. Once I’d finished that, I began moving onto the complete shading on his hair, clothes and eyes. That took a good few hours in itself and by the time that was finished, I think I went though an entire pack of pencils, an eraser and I’d also worn out one of my best sharpeners. Only then did I realise that he looked too young and clean, and as those of you who watch Game Of Thrones know, it is very rare that Tyrion actually looks cleanly shaven. So, I added stubble using the hard range of my pencils and darkened the lines on his face, making him look more beaten down and tired.
This drawing showed me the meaning of true frustration as so many little things went wrong, though in the end, I can proudly say that this is one of the best character portraits I think I’ve ever done.