Artwork, Illustration

Tattoo You: Nerdy Tattoo Designs Part 2

If there’s one thing I love it’s video games! If there’s two things I love it’s nautical tattoo designs and video games. I’m always thinking of fun tattoo ideas that would not only look nice as a piece of body artwork, but could be framed and hung on a wall.

 

I made a series of fun, clean, nerdy Tattoo Illustrations that I will be showcasing in the next few posts. Each illustration was made by hand using pen and paper, and a variety of markers including Prismacolor, Copic, Sharpie, and others.

 

In a previous post, I showed you a pokemon-inspired illustration. Here is another…a personal favorite. I always picked Charmander for my starter pokemon (My sister chose Squirtle, and my brother was a fan of Pokemon Yellow when it came out). That fire salamander holds a place in my heart, so I decided to feature Charizard in this Nautical-Tattoo-Inspired illustration.

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In progress: adding detail to the scales.

 

This illustration was inspired by epic Japanese-Style Dragon tattoos. I embellished the design of Charizard with scales and more dragon-like features. The iconic flame on his tail is further stylized. The banner can be left blank, or could be filled with an important date or phrase.

 

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The roses contain the starter pokemon pokeballs. They could make a lovely tattoo on their own.

The finished illustration (unframed) is available in my Etsy Shop. You can purchase prints in various sizes too!

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The finished piece. Framed and hung. 

Artwork

Valentines Day

Pop-Up Valentine’s Day Heart Cards

Usually I am not someone who makes something that is for a specific holiday or event… I do make exceptions, though. I think that these handmade pop-up cards would make lovely valentines. Inspired by computer graphics, 8-bit video games, and the fun I always had with pop-up books and cards, these little cards are a refreshing change from mass-produced, store-bought cards.

Tell someone “I <3 U” with one of these fun cards!

I’ve always liked pop-up cards and have had an interest in making them ever since (years ago) my friend Katie had a birthday party and her mother (an artist and art teacher) taught us how to make very simple pop-ups. As someone who has a collection of pop-up books, a knack for origami and paper-crafting, and a love of pixel art, you’d think I would have gotten around to making these sooner.

Each envelope is filled with (handmade) confetti. A nice touch.

I hand cut each card from paper and carefully folded each one, each card also has a handmade envelope. I think these would make lovely cards any time of the year (not just on Valentine’s Day). They’d be a great card for the gamer or computer whiz in your life.  *I’m working on other pop-up designs… I’ll keep you posted!