Tattoo Tattoo Tattoo

15 Jan

Ink drawing: Tattooed lady.

One of my favourite models at the life drawing group in the print workshop is a retired biology teacher who has had her body covered in tattoos representing the food chain. Lizards scramble across her body chasing ants and flies into carnivorous plants. She’s not easy to draw because it’s a balance between drawing her tattoos or the detail of her face and body.

I’ve posted her today because I’ve been listening to Van Halen’s single, Tattoo, on Planet Rock radio all week. I like having rock on in the background when I’m working in the studio and I’m chuffed that they’ve reformed with their original singer, David Lee Roth. Here’s a link to the single Tattoo – I can’t wait for the album. Of course, Van Halen geeks will know that the original bassist, Michael Anthony, has formed supergroup Chickenfoot with their second singer Sammy Hagar – also an excellent band – and that Michael’s place has been taken by Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang.

Anyway, enough of rock – this is supposed to be an arty blog. This is one of a series of drawings I did on one page of an A3 spiral bound Cotman watercolour pad in Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens with just a bit of graphite block in there as well.

I’m hoping that Van Halen will be doing a British tour this year – I will KILL for tickets 🙂



4 Responses to “Tattoo Tattoo Tattoo”

  1. Hansi January 16, 2012 at 16:11 #

    I also like to listen to rock or the blues when I draw, always have, beginning in my college days way back a long time ago. Helps me get into a total right-brain mindset.

    • Rosie Scribblah January 16, 2012 at 20:40 #

      It’s great on in the background – I read some research years ago about how some types of music can activate the right brain more effectively. Apparently Ravi Shankar’s music is amongst the best for it.

  2. Tin Roof Press January 16, 2012 at 10:42 #

    that sounds like an awesome tattoo. Do you have a photo?

    • Rosie Scribblah January 16, 2012 at 20:39 #

      It’s a series of tattoos all over her, linked with marching ants and flies. I don’t have a photo but I have drawings with more of the tattoos which I will post up as well 🙂

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