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The art of Thornwolf
Tattoo design, a badge, and a last MFF piece

corvidophile approached me a bit ago and asked me to design a tattoo for her. I've never done this before because I'm admittedly a little self conscious about people getting my art permanently etched on their skin (I don't even have any tattoos, myself). She assured me that she thought I would do a good job and along the lines of what she was looking for.

It started out with her wanting an otter in a similar pose to an Ursula Vernon image, but a sea otter instead. Then it slowly morphed into a completely new thing entirely.

Here's the finished concept lineart/shading layout and color suggestion, as well as the completed tattoo she had done at her chosen parlor. I like the highlights he added in, I think it really adds a lot.

She wanted me to mention that once the swelling goes down and she had a bit touched up it will be even better.

So, this is a first for me: My art has never before been on someone's body (that I know of) and I'm happy to have been part of the process!

Copyright Notice: This was a commissioned piece for Corbie alone, and this otter design is not available for public use.


Here's a badge for Myenia

aurorawolf suggested I draw a naga for my next pencil piece, a challenge I was inspired to take on! I didn't intend on finishing this in time for the MFF art show as it was just a "fun" piece, but it looks like it may very well be there :)

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thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 14th, 2010 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I actually don't normally do tat designs, this is my first one! I've turned down quite a few mostly because I don't feel all that confident in myself for something so permanent, but Corbie and I worked together to make sure it was exactly what she wanted.
chenneoue From: chenneoue Date: November 14th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
The tattoo turned out great. I would always be afraid that the person or place I choose would not be able to pull off the tattoo, especially animals. Looks like she chose a good place. :>
taliabear From: taliabear Date: November 14th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love the naga - especially how defiant the rat is, and the way you're able to do all those fiddly little bits of jewelry (presumably without going insane XD).
corvidophile From: corvidophile Date: November 15th, 2010 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
you did an awesome job! i'm going to go back hopefully in early december, get the eye fixed and the star a brighter purple :D
was1 From: was1 Date: November 17th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
The tatto came out adorable. It's a nice mix of toony and realistic. I got a chuckle out if the battle if wills between the naga and the rat.

Good luck on your flight out to Chicago. See you at MFF.
camelai From: camelai Date: November 20th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Awesome naga! I love the Egyptian feel and the face shape. Her face is definitely my favorite part. (And the awesome eye makeup!)
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