I learned a whole lot on the typographic side, but also digitalizing is getting more and more easy for me. I know designing tattoo's isn't that big of a problem with this kind of knowledge. But nonetheless, I have a bunch of respect for Rocky for trusting me in this design process. It will be on his chest forever. And I have the honour to design it.
Getting into sketching
Because the tattoo is an ode to Rocks' little niece Jereni, I could choose a couple of symbols to add from the references he send me. I chose the heart and the infinity sign as it shows the 'infinite love' Rocks' has for his niece.
From the start on, I aimed for a rounded, friendly handwriting. I've tried to keep some of my style in the design, but I had to let go of a whole lot of things.. Most graffiti linework just doesn't work with tattooing, especially this emotional type.
The digitalizing process
After feedbacking with Rocks, we came up with the sketch that had the most potential; In the picture above it is in the down left corner. We chose this one because of the thin lines, together with the flow of the whole piece.
I scanned the whole thing and put it into Photoshop. As the original sketch was on linepaper, I had to clean up the lines first. After that, we had some points to focus on: the R looked like a C, and we added the Infinity symbol which I've copied from another sketch. Check out the finished product below:
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Soon I'll be meeting with Rocks van de Rots for a second tattoo design. Stay tuned!