Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mucha Tattoos, Painting Progress & Art Shows

After gabbing with my dear friend and muse, Sara Wilkins, last night on the phone I was finally prepared to tackle the tattoos portion of my portrait of her. They are based on the Alfonse Mucha painting "Moët & Chandon - Dry Impérial."

Original Tattoo Sketch. Click to enlarge.
I sketched it out days ago, re-drew it to clean it up, reverse traced a backwards copy on my light table, and then transferred it onto the painting by placing the graphite side of the illustration on my canvas and rubbing the back with a pencil. Cheap, easy transfer method since I don't have a projector. 

Then I mixed a tattoo color out of my mixed skin tone I saved, black, and green. I was going for a semi faded tattoo color. Then it was just trying to keep my shaky hands steady to outline the tattoo. Why is it that there is NEVER a small enough brush? I need a liner brush that is medium length with like two bristle hairs. Then maybe I could get the fine detail I need! Somebody needs to get on this. 

In other BIG news, I will be headlining an art show in Downtown Santa Ana Arts District this upcoming September! I'll keep you posted on more details as I get them. I'm going to be showing mostly these portraits. I want to try to get two more wrapped up for it. I want to paint a bearded man really badly. And a surf rat. I've got a few friends in the queue to do, so we shall see what happens! I'm thinking I won't be getting much work done till after the playoffs. Gotta cheer my Lakers on to victory. Playoffs, baby!

Progress shots of the tattoo painting below. 

Listening to: Of Monsters And Men


  1. yeah ! I think sometimes you should a little bit more paint something by an unleashed way , I mean with more decontraction , my english is very bad I know ,I'm french from paris , I've visited your blog several times and beside that I find that you're really "wow" I've always wanted to talk to you about your works too .It's alwways cool and I'm asking myself if you're working alone or with a company or do you collaborate with an artistic team or advertising agency ? It could be fun to do some things together one day . from paris france to orange US , bye , cheers and sorry again for my english ...
    Sincerly ,
    see you amy

    Briand Emmanuel "tokyobanana"
    +33 6 66 49 43 87
    interview available on

    PS: "wow" translation >> very pretty .Bye amy

    1. @Emmanuel, your work is amazing! I want to get looser with my style. I need to just let go and try to finish a painting in ONE sitting! I work for my own design and art company, but it would be really fun to collaborate!

  2. Haha thanks ! I did not watch back for reply cause I was sure you were kinda busy , but I'm glad you pay attention to my little comment about a collaboration , I don't know on which way we could choose to make something together but it would be fun for sure, if you got any idea I' m ready to listen your offers (smile) .And I will do next an exhibition , in France we call it a "exposition " in a gallery and of course I will be glad to invite you to come watch it . You are nice ,thank you for your nice words .

    Ps: Maybe we could do a sort of epistolary drawing , do a half of a drawing each other ,and send it like the grand parents did before .
    Our frankenstein


    Briand Emmanuel "tokyobanana"
    +33(0)6 66 49 43 87
    interview available on


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