|Finished back tattoo painting ©Forest Stearns|
I was in the middle of graduate school at the time and I had not given much thought to the idea of the back tattoo when I got a ms from Dan. It had been a year he said and he had done his homework. Awesome, I love follow through. He came to my studio in Oakland from the Sierras and we had an afternoon meeting going over all of his collected images. He was very clear about specific imagery and composition of the new work and how it would literally wrap around existing tattoos. We hammered out the specific themes and decided on what the finished product would be.
We decided that I would measure his canvas size of his back and I would execute a fully rendered painting in acrylic and color pencil for him to exhibit in his home. He would be able to live with my painting that he could see while wearing it on his back to show the world.
|sketches of the process 1 ©Forest Stearns|
|sketches of the process 2 ©Forest Stearns|
|Digital placement of tattoo ©Forest Stearns|
|Forest Stearns at work on tattoo painting, drawing phase. ©Forest Stearns|
Here I am hard at work. During the process of drawing I had Dan and his son come through the studio to give his OK. He really liked the development and was excited to see my style and his concept melding.
|The client smile in approval of the work in progress. ©Forest Stearns|
|Painting in progress, the deadly 80% finished. ©Forest Stearns|