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June 9, 2011
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Escapist Tattoo Flash by BloodMoonEquinox Escapist Tattoo Flash by BloodMoonEquinox
June 9th, 2011
Roseart colored pencils on drawing paper
edited in GIMP

A nightingale in a golden cage
That's me locked inside reality's maze
Come someone, make my heavy heart light
Come undone, bring me back to life...

Still on a Nightwish kick...this one is "Escapist", a bonus track on the album "Dark Passion Play". You can listen to it here: [link]

Yes, I'm aware that the text positioning is deplorable. I need to read some tutorials on how to fix that, because I thought I would try different styles of font in GIMP before doing the hand lettering on the finished piece. I kind of like this font because it's vaguely Gothic but still legible.

But yay, everything is (mostly) symmetrical! Hooray for tracing paper! :D Usually I don't use tracing paper to draw my symmetrical stuff (and I did draw the birdcage freehand) but I wanted the roses to all be the same size. I also used the tracing paper to draw some old-school sparrows/swallows, but they looked retarded and I changed the composition a little and erased them =P

To make this look like old-school tattoo flash, I took my usual parchment texture and adjusted the brightness and contrast in GIMP (added brightness, subtracted contrast). Then over it I added one layer of my scanned drawing and set it to Multiply at about 60%. Then I duplicated that layer and set the new layer to Soft Light at about 40%. I slapped on some text and done. :D

Expect more of these roses--I loved coloring them, especially the blue ones! :)

Parchment texture is here:[link]
The font is Bradley Gratis: [link]
Lineart for this is here: [link]

This is who I am
Escapist, Paradise Seeker
Fare thee well, now time to fly
Out of sight, out of time
Away from all lies...

Comments and constructive critiques are welcome! :)
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StreetAngel13 Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
i can do this on a person? , not a forever tattoo , plz check my profile and tell me
BloodMoonEquinox Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Sure, go ahead! :happybounce: I'd love to see a pic of it when you're done to add to my collections! :D
StreetAngel13 Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
TalesFromMyWorld Apr 21, 2012
Thanks for letting me use the design :)
BloodMoonEquinox Apr 21, 2012  Student General Artist
You're super welcome! :happybounce:
I've featured it here! [link]
BloodMoonEquinox Dec 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you! :happybounce:
Love this! Looks like an awesome tattoo.
I have one suggestion though; the text looks like solid black, much darker than any of the other tones. It seems like you may have added it in with a computer. If so, try softening it by maybe making it a dark brown and/or a little see through, so you get some of the texture of the paper in there. That way the text won't steel too much focus from the over all image.
BloodMoonEquinox Nov 1, 2011  Student General Artist
That's a really good idea! :) I'll have to see what I can do about that! Thanks so much! :happybounce:
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