For this painting I chose burnt sienna and vandyke brown for my color palette. I started by tracing over the top of my reference on spirit paper. I do this the same way I would for a tattoo. I use a ballpoint pen to get my hard edges and a #2 pencil to get my values. After the image has been traced I will import the stencil into photoshop so the image can be mirrored. I print the image and project it to the canvas by drawing with a red prismacolor col-erase color pencil. I will either use a red or a blue color pencil depending if my over all look will be warm or cold. Once I have traced my stencil on the canvas I will start painting. Using only burnt sienna I load my paintbrush and then wipe it off on a paper towel before I hit the canvas with it. I start by blocking in my shapes and values staying away from my highlight areas. I will use a kneaded eraser to lift up paint in the highlight areas where needed. I typically scrub my brushes to apply the paint trying to only tint the canvas. This usually ruins my paint brushes after a couple of paintings. But its a small price to pay. I continue only using burnt sienna until the entire image is blocked in and looks done. I will then start using the vandyke brown to get my deep values and shadowed areas in place. I will use a one inch or two inch brush to get large smooth gradients and to sweep over some of my highlights staying away from the strongest highlights. I try to tint the whole canvas with paint except the strong highlight areas.
Born in 1983 and raised in Phoenix Arizona. I have been tattooing professionally since 2005. Self taught, I have been influenced by people like Jeff Gogue, Nikko Hurtado, Paul Acker, Joe Capobianco, Basil Gogo, Andrew Gonzalez, Guy Aitchison, Aaron Cain, and Derek Noble. I have had the privilege to be guided by fellow artists who have helped me throughout the years. I am always striving to create dynamically creative and refined work. I definitely enjoy creating more of a surrealistic style of art with a darker look. If I am not tattooing then you will find me promoting, painting, drawing, or 3d sculpting. I have spent my whole life dedicated to studying art. I have put all my time and effort and money into the technical aspect of art and tattooing from the beginning and will keep doing so until the day i die…..