A Little Color for the Tattoo!
Now that the line art was finished, I wanted to do a color version so that Rich could determine whether he wanted to get color on the tattoo. To keep the original art clean and easy to reproduce as a stencil, I made a photocopy and added the color to that. I used colored pencil to color the leaves and the tree bark/roots, and then I added some blue around the top of the tree and some red around the roots. The blue gave a sense of sky, and we know that the ground isn't red, but I didn't want to make it brown like the tree, and I liked the way the red set off the other colors.
It was just a concept sketch, of course, to help him visualize a bit better. He was always free to get different colors. Once the art was delivered, it was up to the tattoo artist to add their own flourishes. If you will notice, I did sign my artwork, just above the lowest branch on the left side of the trunk. I pointed this out to Rich and said it was fine with me if he decided not to keep the signature.
So, did he get the tattoo after all that?
Image Credit » My original artwork