Skin & Bone is a combination gallery and tattoo studio. The gallery will exhibit art and ethnographic handicrafts related to tattooing, while the studio will have Colin Dale tattooing alongside various guest artists throughout the year. Through his years of travelling and tattooing around the world Colin has had the pleasure to meet and work alongside a wide range of tattoo artists and experts working in ethnographic and other specialized styles. Amongst these friends, we have hand-tattooists from Borneo, Polynesia and Japan as well as some of the world's leading artists in Blackwork and Dotwork coming to visit. Check the homepage to see some of the work

Friday, 6 April 2012

Artistic Process

Continued on a few projects this week

   I did the upper part of Jesper's back many, many years ago with a hand poked ship motif. When he wanted to fill out the rest I thought, what better way than the Midgaardsorm coming up from the depths :-) Almost had to break the jaw to fit it in... but it is a longship. The swings in the dragon follow well with the original spiral waves coming down in a V form, accenting the broad shoulders and slim waist all men hope to hold :-) I'm also happy with the secondary serpent's tail combining with the dragon's tongue... good to have Midgaardsorm biting a tail, even if it isn't his own.
   It is too long between visits... but in the end he is going to have a kick ass piece :-)

   Continued Alex's Yggrasil (World Tree) think it is the third or forth session now. Slow process... but most of the time has been spent drawing, so it should go quicker from here. The Midgaardsorm (World Serpent) is almost finished... one row of scales was too little, two rows was too tight. Although it was frustrating to freehand we did one and a half... the offset angle really added to the dynamics of the simple circle. It took more time than the runes we originally planned, but well worth it :-) Added the roots... really happy he let me do the buttoks spirals and we outlined the second dragon Nilhug knawing on the roots. Used a cobblestone scale pattern on the dragon, as it is underground :-)

Stay tuned - Colin

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