Tattoos and Artistic Freedom

When I finished this portrait..it just didn’t feel complete

This portrait is based on a reference photo I saved over a year ago.  For some reason, I just kept on skipping over it when I would search my saved images for a photo reference.

Then I began to have an interest in doing a sketch with a blue colored pencil.  I’m not sure why it just appealed to me.  So, I thought this would be the perfect time to dust off the neglected reference and put it to use.

To be honest, I was initially disappointed with this sketch,  I felt like the proportions were off (and they are) but, that is also what prompted me to continue to experiment, and I’m glad I did.  I felt like it needed something…something distinctive, unique, edgy.  So, I added the tattoos.

It’s just more sketchbook experimentation really.  I occasionally catch myself starting to value my sketchbook too much…like it’s something precious that can only contain “quality” work.  So, I have to remind myself how that type of thinking is really a detriment to my development as an artist.

I have to remind myself…My Sketchbook = Artistic Freedom

Tattooed Girl

Thanks for viewing my work.  Have a great day!

Mike L.

8 thoughts

  1. Isn’t if funny how easily we forget that in order to improve we need to mess up from time to time. In the words of Oprah ‘failure is just an experience”
    PS in no way do I think this piece is a failure either

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