Floral Bones tattoo

I love tattoos and body mods. I have a number myself, and I’m literally counting the days until I get my next tattoo. I was ecstatic when Tabitha asked me to do this drawing for her, and if she could get it as a piece of permanent body art.

blue ink tattoo design

The main motif she asked for was wildflowers, and boy was that a challenge! I don’t draw too many of those, but I was willing to give it a go. Thankfully for me, she also likes skulls and deer sheds which totally fits with the oddities and curiosities I like to draw anyways! Finding a way to fit them all together was the fun bit, and I went through lots of sketches before I found one I liked.

floral bones tattoo blue ink drawing
floral bones tattoo work in process

Challenges only spur creativity, right? Once we decided on a layout we liked, I jumped right into drawing. I went with an old textbook illustration feel, and threw in some falling petals as accents. This was the first big piece I drew with my new Lamy fountain pen *drools over art supplies*

Floral bones tattoo

I thought it looked good as a drawing, but I’m stunned at the tattoo! I’m so honored to be a part of Tabitha's creative expression, and hope she looks on it fondly for a long time to come.

Have an artful day!

-Aisling M.

Thoughts from an Autumn Vacation

It’s the beginning of the most magical time of the year. Happy October 1!

Endless coffee, frosty mornings, and my first Inktober.

The drawing challenge has been on my radar for a while, but I always seem to miss the beginning. I end up waiting for the next one. This year I marked my calendar, and, if you would believe it, I’m managing to relaxon vacation in the middle of nowhere (aka Circle, Alaska).

Stepping away from the monotony on occasion makes all the difference for me.

I want so badly to fill my sketchbook today-- I’ve been counting down the days until this drawing challenge, and the fresh air has done me good. Being less busy, I can let my mind wander and appreciate the funny little shapes, tones and colors that inspire me in nature. I’m taking my time and soaking it all in, so that I can bring it back to the studio with me when I get home. In the meantime, I have drawing to do, and Agatha Christie mysteries to read!

Signing off for now,

-Aisling M.