anonyrrie: Illustration Friday - Tattoo

Friday, March 10, 2006

Illustration Friday - Tattoo


Tattoo tattoo
Some things fade some never do
Like the names of me and you
In my skin indigo blue
Tattoo tattoo
Waving boys in navy blue
Whalers sailing home to you
Scratched in scrimshaw tusk and tooth
Tattoo tattoo
Some things fade some never do
These lines of love to you
Tattoo tattoo
The verse of life is blank I think
We fill in in invisible ink
It comes to sight, it surfaces
When held up to the light of love
Tattoo tattoo
Carney girls in summer suits
Local boys in leather boots
Diagrams of derring-do
Tattoo tattoo
Tattoo tattoo
Some things fade some never do
Like these lines of love to you
Tattoo tattoo
Like the names of me and you
In my skin indigo blue
Tattoo tattoo

- B. Walkenhorst

(micron pen on bristol/background done in photoshop)


Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

Simply scintillating, Carla...I think I need a cold shower. :)

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Diong said...

Awesome and sexy!Very inspiring lines...

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Majeak Ann said...

oohh..STUNNING beautiful. It's been a long time hah? I'm glad I'm back.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Pati @-;-- said...

Love this :D

9:37 PM  
Blogger Anthony Woodward said...

wow very neat! Cool song too!

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Marie said...

This is just so stunning.
Your gift with the pen is awesome.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Rowantree said...

Beautiful, great micron pen work !

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Jeannine said...


10:16 PM  
Blogger Chloe said...

So beautiful in the most tasteful way.
Your work is just beyond!
This is my most favorite of ALL!

10:23 PM  
Blogger albina said...

Sensuous! Absolutely beautiful work and incredible words to go with.

10:34 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

I knew you would have a wonderful illo for this topic!

10:35 PM  
Blogger phinner said...

oooooh!!! so detailed! and the hair is fantastic, too!!!


11:54 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

A topic well suited to your style, very nice.

12:08 AM  
Blogger Bearuh said...

That must have taken a long time..

12:10 AM  
Blogger TXArtcGal said...

Beautiful! I picture these as being beautiful Henna tattoos. Nice as usual!!

12:38 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

WOW!! Beautiful and delicated!!

1:35 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

Carla, this theme is so perfect for you and your amazing line work! And the words are exceptional and tie together the whole idea in a tattooed love girl!!!

1:49 AM  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

Carla, that is stunning. so much work ;) involved.

3:56 AM  
Blogger isay said...

totally awesome!

3:58 AM  
Blogger cristosova said...

Would that make a perfect live tattoo! Every line is going right into the sensual world. Every curve is an echo of the poem below... stunning!

4:06 AM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

Exquisite! And sexy.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

I knew you would do something great for this...absolutely stunning! I love your pen and ink designs and they work especially well for this week's word! You must work really quickly, it looks as though you spent many hours on the detail....

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Giles said...

Great design and wonderfully intricate. Lovely image.

Thanks fr your kind comments on my blog too :)

10:59 AM  
Blogger Teri C said...

Your design work is so awesome. I am surprised each time with the beauty.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...just wow. This is stunning.
Beautiful words as well.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Oh my gosh, this is so awesome! Are you selling prints of this one? I love it, love it, love it! Brandi

12:48 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

she's incredible carla...I'm jealous of her ink ;)

3:16 PM  
Anonymous beth said...

This is kind of sexy Carla! I love your ink work, it is always so detailed and delicate. You could actually be a great tattoo artist!

4:06 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

I like the illustraion, Carla...and, I love the poem! Good match this week! :)

4:52 PM  
Blogger kelly rae said...

beautiful, sexy, creative. you are such a talent!

5:02 PM  
Blogger Wilnara said...

Awesome detail! Amazing Image and the poem was just perfect!

5:55 PM  
Blogger vfm4 said...

this topic fits your style better than anything.. very lovely drawing!

5:57 PM  
Blogger Wee Cottage said...

Simply stunning & wonderful

6:37 PM  
Blogger miragee said...

She is sexy! I like how you show only her mouth and part of the nose. Very cool...

8:11 PM  
Blogger Rachelle said...

Beautiful line work Carla. However, I'd hate to be the tatoo artist - it looks like it would take a lot of time!

8:48 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

I love enlarging your illo's for a close view. Very inspiring with your designs. They flow so easly.

9:51 PM  
Blogger georg said...

Beautiful, beautiful - I love (as usual) your artwork - you have so many details - wow!

3:07 AM  
Anonymous Detlef said...

Great stuff, Carla.

4:27 AM  
Anonymous Paula said...

This is splendid, Carla. What precision and what beauty. Let's say I prefer the elaborate tattoo on a drawing rather than on the skin: this is really a piece of art.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Lou said...

I love the intricate detail of this piece.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Wow - who needs clothes with a tatto like this?

Amazing detail and concept.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Shelly McC said...

Wow! Great drawing!

9:42 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Great idea, Carla, and it looks like it was tons of fun to produce! There's something a bit Klimt or Schiele-ish about her proportions. Very elegant.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Jessica Wong said...

Wow Carla this is really amazing! Can imagine how much effort you took. Simply stunning!

10:23 AM  
Anonymous aynaku said...

great drawing! I like the intricate patterns...and the song, too

10:43 AM  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Amazing illustration Carla! Beautiful detail and the lines of her body are so graceful and exotic.

12:04 PM  
Blogger melba said...

I love the detail in her hair. That is my favorite part.
You are very thoughtful and introspective on your comments to me...I really like that about you and I appreciate your time and effort.
I like your inspire me thursday piece is nice to see more of your art!

12:43 PM  
Blogger Alison Ashwell said...

lovely ink =)

12:46 PM  
Blogger Katili said...

A fantastic and beautifuol drawing, all thouse delicate lines, wov!

3:01 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Carla, you make tattoo looks tasteful!

3:34 PM  
Blogger zordis said...

Very delicate work! Very nice, on others! This is a challenge!

5:17 PM  
Blogger The Tart said...

Very cool!

The Tart

5:57 PM  
Blogger Sally said...

Do you sketch it in pencil first? My goodness, the details. I wouldn't have the patience for the details but I'm glad you do because it's like your signature.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Intricately elaborate but not too over the top, this is why I like most of your pieces, and I really like this one. Especially the details from her lower back. How long did it take you to design this? I have been to a tattoo parlor with my friends too many times, and I never come out with one. I cannot decide what to have. It's just too big of a pressure for me, knowing that it will stay on me forever. So, given the choice I can't have one, if I can never make up my mind.

6:13 PM  
Blogger kg said...

fabulous illo - i'm glad you kept the color scheme simple - it's really great. great choice of poem, too.

(ps i love your 5 senses illo as well.)

7:33 PM  
Blogger Michael O'Connell said...

carla… your drawing is amazing!! one of my faves!

8:17 PM  
Blogger Chuang Shyue Chou said...

Wow! This does capture the feel of a tattoo perfectly.

And the stylised feel! I like it.

11:02 PM  
Blogger Shano said...

Gorgeous, as always! So sensual and lovely!!

11:35 PM  
Blogger Bearuh said...

My tattoo is farther down in my blog it is not the mask :)

12:52 AM  
Blogger Isa said...

you have design a wonderful tattoo!! well done!

5:03 AM  
Blogger fenris said...

oh wow, this is absolutely gorgeous. nice choice of colour against the black and white. i love how there is such intricacy and detail yet you have managed to keep a sense of space.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Roz Foster said...

Wow, Carla--This is stunning. I just spent the last five minutes staring at the full-sized (zoomed-in) image. The details are so intricate. The shape of the design falls beautifully against the curves of her body. Fantastic work.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Leezy said...

Carla, it's gorgeous. I love how the tattos follows the contours of her body, they really look part of her skin. Beautiful detail, too. How long did it take to work on this piece? And what is the finished size. I am curious as to how big - or small - your are comfortable working.

PS: The black and white are perfectly suited to this piece, allowing the subtle background throw the subject forawrd. it really pops. Bravo!

4:13 PM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

Beautiful in its intricacy and design-where have you heard that before, I guess I am repeating what others have said, anyway, it's also fascinating, any square inch of the design could be a fine tattoo in it's own right.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Wow! you went after this one girl! Have a good week!

4:50 PM  
Blogger The Unknown said...

Wow, wow, wow. Is all I can say.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Lexi said...

This is beautiful! So intricate - nice work!

5:52 PM  
Blogger trixi said...

I am blown away. I didn't really get much from this topic until I saw yours! Beatiful!!!

6:11 PM  
Blogger Sp00kalot said...

OOooo Carla! Sexy! Very cool piece. Tattoos should be works of art. Some I've seen clearly are not, but they all should be. This design of yours really shows how tattoos should be worn as well as how they should become part of who you are! Beautiful job!!

6:47 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Wow, fantastic detail! I do have to admit though, when your page first opened, I thought her elbow was a boob and she had some serious sag. Whoa!

9:09 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

No, you would never make a saggy boob picture...all apologies! I have a saggy boob of a mind, I guess.

9:23 PM  
Blogger coffee81 said...

I like the way you illustrate. Your illo always feature feminism and female life :D

10:09 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

What really makes this work so well is the contrast between textured and plain areas. As always, you have fantastic technique when texturing - the variety is amazing. None of this would matter if the composition itself wasn't also strong - I love where you've chosen to cut it at the top and the bottom - really nicely framed. Excellent!

10:14 PM  
Anonymous kaya said...


12:47 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

Way Cool! You are very popular. Good for you!

1:33 AM  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

wow wow wow amazing pen and ink work!!

1:35 AM  
Anonymous Steph (Khya) said...

WOW!!! I love this!!! It's amazing! I wanted to do a woman seen from behind with a tattoo on her back, but now I'm having doubts, your art is soooo amazing!

4:00 AM  
Blogger disappointed said...

stunning - such detail and contrast - really great!

6:35 AM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

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8:37 AM  
Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

Wow Carla, this is just beautiful, your attention to detail is remarkable. I have to agree the way you "styled" her hair works so well with the entire design. If I was a braver woman, I would love the elbow tat.

10:41 AM  
Blogger ...Kat said...

makes me want to be an illustrated woman

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Ryan said...

Another wonderful illo. As well as beautful, this figure is quite mysterious. The detail work is stunning.

12:33 PM  
Blogger String said...

What a great sensual illo! Beautiful!

2:16 PM  
Blogger shoofly said...

wow! great tattoo!

9:21 PM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

Exquisite linework, Carla. You certainly deserve all those comments.

1:37 AM  
Blogger tiffinix said...

Gorgeous! Beautiful work as usual! The hair is also magnificent!

4:30 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Very alluring! Nice pen work!

11:07 AM  
Blogger Suzan said...

Wow this is great. Wonderful job!

12:23 PM  
Blogger Gise said...

Is the most beautiful illustration for this topic! Love, love, love your style! Is perfect.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Tony LaRocca said...

I bet all that detail over so much area would hurt like hell! Great style!

5:40 PM  
Blogger Tony Sarrecchia said...

Sexy, beautiful. Wonderful job.

11:48 PM  
Blogger LudaChristian said...

great stuff! love your work, Carla.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

I don't care for this much tattoo on someones body. BUT, this is beautiful, the details are fasinating!

2:31 PM  
Blogger Jaimie said...

Beautiful and graceful and very feminine. You put a lot of work into this!

5:39 PM  
Blogger .:claudia:. said...

oh, i love this work! I want that tattoo!

6:22 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

So willowy elegant!

8:23 PM  
Blogger Bohemian Girl said...

so sexy and feminine.

i could stare at this all day...

3:15 AM  
Blogger modroom said...

Great design and lovely quote. Had to cut down screen time lately due to eye burn-out. I've got a celtic sunburst on my left shoulder. Me scorpio too. ..::o

7:28 AM  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Great illustration... beautiful, sensual.

Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting. Didn't mean to come off so negative... The topic just didn't inspire me this week. I have friends and relatives with art on their parts. As in other matters, I'm pro-choice: It's just that I choose not to have tattoos put on my body. But I support the right of others to choose to do so.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Liz Jones said...

Very cool! Tattoo parlors around the world would love to have you designing for them!!

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Wow, this is so detailed and intricate. The black and white only is perfect for this illustration, it looks great.

Liz Jones is right, you'd do wonders in a tattoo parlor!

4:41 PM  
Blogger Mike Thompson said...

That is one breathtaking image! Nice work, Carla!

11:32 AM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

the sing song of the word tattoo starting to echo in my head and the image twirled around and around dancing on her skin.

5:28 AM  
Blogger LDahl said...

^see all above and repeat^


1:34 PM  

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