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Family Portrait

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2014 by n8vandyke

Here’s a look at a recent commission I did. I was asked to draw a family portrait with the members as their respective animals… two dragons, a mouse and an ox. It was a fun one to noodle with detail. Part of the reason it is designed in such a tight bunch is because the client is also hoping to get it tattooed on his arm with the wings wrapping around his inner bicep. My apologies to the tattoo artist that is given this detailed piece and has to translate it to ink.

Sketch followed by finished piece… click to enlarge.




Star Wars/Samurai commission

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2013 by n8vandyke

Here is a Star Wars/Samurai commission I just finished up. I didn’t have a whole lot of creative freedom on this one as the client really knew what he wanted down to all of the poses. I tried not to over-detail it because this is somehow going to turn into a tattoo. My apologies in advance to said tattoo artist…

As an added bonus I’ve also decided I’ll show the sketches leading up to the final art so you can see the sometimes-headache that is the world of revisions.

Here’s the initial thumbnail that I did in my sketchbook. I generally never show these as this is just something I use to get the “art conversation” going for myself. I showed it to the client in order to get his take on the direction and as you will see it changes… drastically… according to what he wants.


This is my first actual full-size sketch. I don’t mess around sketching in pencil too often but thought it’d help me keep it pretty loose. I was wrong in that assumption. I also decided to draw it on shitty paper for some reason which is why it’s all wavy. That AND I had to Frankenstein some extra paper onto the bottom.


With this next revision you’ll see a dive in detail. From this point forward I’d sketch out the meat and erase/photoshop extra bits for the future revisions. I’m no fan of multiple revisions so I decided to ease up a bit.




And here we have the end result. All inked up and colorblind friendly…


Now THIS is a tattoo

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by n8vandyke

I just got this in an e-mail the other day from this guy, Brian, whom I had spoken to years ago about him getting one of my pieces tattooed. I guess I didn’t really think it would happen because of the commitment involved in it. Turns out he proved me wrong. Brian got it done by B.J. Shorter at Pinups & Punks Tattoo in Des Moines, Iowa. The words “Mors Principium Est” under the image means “Death is the Beginning”. Below is the piece as well as the original drawing.

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