It has been a while, but I just finished a nice tattoo piece. It's a design for the shoulderblade and back.
My customer wanted to cover quite some skin, with nice Maori Kirituhi shapes and some Samoan patterns.
First I made a template from the measurements I received, and started sketching:
I really enjoy to make the first basic koru shapes, this gives the tattoo a nice flow and "cuts" the large template into smaller pieces that can be filled with other intricate patterns, like triangles, spearheads and repetitive lines.
Once the basic layout is set, I move on to the next fase.
My client asked for some Samoan patterns, which are mainly formed by even lines filled with very detailed shapes (upper left side of the tatoo):
In the centre of the pencil sketch I drew a row of arrowheads and triangles, but I removed it later as you can see in the completed sketch:
The final high resolution image was traced with a black felt-tip marker and scanned.
After optimizing it and creating a linedrawing I sent it to my customer.
Kind regards, Mark Storm