I love me some skully motifs.
LW: (displays bandaged arm)
Eli: What?! What did you do? Is that a tattoo?
LW: Yup, just got it today.
Eli: What is it?
LW: Something I drew on my arm with a marker last night.
I’ve been drawing a lot of repetitive patterns lately, even incorporating them onto disembodied arms into my work. The other evening I took to myself with a marker. I’ve been thinking about another tattoo, and when I woke the next
morning afternoon and saw the faded marker still on my arm, I decided to go ALL. THE. WAY.
I went to Historic in Portland, and Brad graciously took my instructions of “rudimentary, ghetto, child-like” and made the magic happen.
Now called The Magic Arm, I possess the power to shoot flames from my fingertips, do 100 1-handed push-ups, left-handed high-fives as loud as a thunderclap, and hold really good beer.
P.S. As I type this, I’m sitting in Historic again, watching Jake getting yet another tattoo. You’ll be seeing the results here soon.
all images ©Maryanna Hoggatt
I’m still becoming familiar with the process of this new technique, so I’m afraid there aren’t too many “in progress” photos of this drawing. I’m doing things I’m not used to doing: penciling most of a composition, only to erase it again until it’s barely there; relinquishing control of the paint to small puddles of water, and allowing the liquid to determine texture and form.
The Sakura Gelly Roll pen in white has become one of my most essential tools.
This drawing was inspired by the abundance of Poppies in bloom here in Portland, and by my undying love for Dia De Los Muertos, and by skulls in general.
Based on the sudden burst of creative energy I experienced whilst doodling in my sketchbook last week, I pursued this new direction on a bigger piece of paper.
The drawing came about in my most fave way: no rough drafts, no planning; just pencil-to-paper and drawing whatever came to mind. I started with the vague idea of a forest scene in my head, then filled in the blanks as I went.
Although I hadn’t planned on doing so for awhile, I seem to have stumbled on a whole new body of work to magically fabricate from thin air. Here we go!