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Kirin Tattoo: Final by pallanoph Kirin Tattoo: Final by pallanoph
Tattoo commission for ~TragicCharade, who asked for a kirin. :) I'm rather surprised that a fair amount of people have asked for me to design tattoos for them, honestly: I've not quite figured out how my art can be considered applicable, and I will say it's a little tricky to come up with a piece that will work as a tattoo. (Texture, line weight, even color are important!) But I have to say the design process for this went quite well. And it was fun!

Watercolor and ink on 140 lb Arches hot press watercolor paper. Mmmmm. (The clouds are more of a rosy grey than pink in the original, but ah well... :XD:)

Questions, critiques, etc. are welcome as always.

Oh, and a disclaimer: I would rather you not use this design for your own tattoo, as it was made specifically for the commissioner. Also, there are plenty of very capable tattoo artists out there that would be more than happy to design you your very own original tattoo. Thanks for understanding! :)
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insane-wanderer Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Beautiful design. I recently learned about the Kirin and this is close to have I imagined it in my head. 
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SabakusunArt Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing design. Clean and beautiful.

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BloodMerry Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
What's the sign in the backround?
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UltraPhereII Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student
I saw the logo of Kirin Beer and searched all over the internet today, just for looking for the incredible animal, so I'm very suprised to find this beautiful picture of the animal, you did more than just a good job on this one, I assure you. I'm also searching for the kind of animals you draw, as I see them in your work, so: I really like what you're doing, inventing your own animals, I like it so much.
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Qualerei Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
This is very impressing and I can see how it could work very well as a tattoo design. It actually looks kinda epic. I like the overall design, and the Kirin itself is very realistic. Your commissioner must have been very happy with the result (or else they have no taste).
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CozmicDreamer Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
I know I could design my own tattoo, but I think I would rather have you design one for me.

Sighs... I miss Illustration. :sniff:

I get so tied down with making eyes. Lovely work, as always.
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marob0501 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I featured this jewel in my journal [link]
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kalmanen Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Well, this end up looking pretty friggin' awesome! The little things really make this picture; the tree roots, clouds and the scales. Pure greatness, April <3
I think your style fits into larger, "artsy" tattoos :) My friend has a phoenix starting from her shoulder and going down through her back into her thigh and your style would fit such tattoo well.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
D'aww, why thankies! :hug:

I can't imagine doing any work simpler and/or smaller, hehe, so it's just as well I do work for larger pieces. :nod:
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teriathanin Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, this is excellent. I love all the small details in the bark and scales. The asymmetrical composition really adds to the sense of movement in the piece, too. They will have a Kirin charging down their... do you know where they plan on putting it?

A lot of people trawl the internet, especially DA, for tattoo ideas. I did one little sketch once years ago, labelled it a tattoo, and the requests have never stopped coming in. The disclaimer's a good idea, I should probably go back and slap one of those on... *lacking in the common sense*
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pallanoph Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I do believe she'll be getting this tattooed on her side... that sounds awfully painful, doesn't it? I could never do it. :noes:

People are awful about scrounging for tattoos on here. It's incredibly annoying, but I hate to sound like an arrogant jerk. *sigh* Now I put disclaimers on everything, augh. (Maybe, just maybe, it helps!) :D
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teriathanin Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow. That does sound intense. o.o Best of luck to her! I hear that over bones is the hardest part... *wants tattoo but is always broke*

Yar. :\ And t-shirt images, and band posters... I really wish DA would give us more protections against it than just that ugly watermark of their. Like, if someone right-clicks make a copyright notice pop up instead of download options? Even images with 'download' off are downloadable on here.
Not that that would necessarily stop the really determined thief who knows how to screen-capture, but it could help...
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, if I knew I wasn't going to dislike the image I'd draw for a tattoo in a month or so, and if I could tolerate pain, etc, I'd consider getting one. But as it were, I suppose I shouldn't. :XD:

I agree! But there are so many ways around everything, and I'm sure sneaky thieves can even get rid of complex watermarks like mine. Unfortunately, really elaborate watermarks can detract from the work. My work always seems nigh impossible to watermark as it is! :noes: Bah, lazy thieves! :shakefist:
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teriathanin Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I worry about that, also. X) It's hard to tell which paintings I'll still love a year from now, much less ten. And which ones I'll absolutely despise... But I'm just so surrounded by tattoo-bearing people that I can't help but feel jealous. Good tattoos are lovely!

Or bah, not-lazy art thieves, making things difficult! Though it is hilarious (in a really depressing way) when you see a t-shirt or band poster that's been ripped off DA, *watermark and all*. Oh, lazy art thieves...
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Definitely! Also, I don't doubt the proficiency of most tattoo artists (what they are capable of on skin is AMAZING!) but one can't dismiss the doubt that something could go wrong... :giggle:

I don't wander all that far on the internet, but when I do see something from dA outside of dA, lazily repurposed and all... :iconfacepalmplz: I don't think I'll ever quite get over the individual who thought they could sell my watermark crest as a decal. Theft prevention: backfired! :rofl:
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MurraMyrrh Featured By Owner May 2, 2011   Digital Artist
=O If I ever wanted to get a tattoo, this is the one. LOVE it! <3
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CommissarZER0 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
well that is pretty awesome
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temary44 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're a master of traditional art!! :O
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VeneSinine Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
woaaahhh, this is awesome
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Bueshang Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011   Artist
Lovely work, simple and beautiful :D
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MistingWolf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The final is so beautiful! If I wanted to get a tattoo, I'd probably be asking you to design it, too. :D I love all of the colors. Now, we just have to hope that the person who applies it can do just as well!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, I hope so, too! :lol: It'll be interesting to see the final outcome.
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whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Fantastic job. I'd love to see this on your client, as a finished tattoo.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I have always been curious to see what my art would look like as a tattoo. :) Thankies!
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whisperinghearts Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You should ask for a picture! Welcome.
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Ningki Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Impressive!
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zephyrwolfen Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Whoah - veeeery nice work there ;) Love the colour of the Kirin, and that tree is such a beautiful addition, it really makes the piece look more dreamlike <3 :love: :heart: :clap:
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
April, I think you make a fine tattoo designer! And if nothing else the tattoo artist can make adjustment accordingly if something doesnt work out. I designed all of my tattoos, and my recent dragonfly had to have some minor adjustments made with spacing, but it still came out wonderfully. In any case, there's such a wide range of techniques and styles that can be used in tattoos (for an interesting example, google paint splatter tattoos). I think your work would translate beautifully on skin :)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
D'aww, thanks Ashley! :blushes: I am amazed to hear about paint splatter tattoos, (the things people can do these days, haha!) but now I wonder how those might age. :giggle:

If nothing else, designing tattoos teaches me how to effectively simplify something. Usually! :D
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NorthWing Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I could stare at this for a really long time
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SpikeCooper Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011   Photographer
Whoaaa. I favourited this instantly and didn't know it was a tattoo. This is amazing! lol. (Yes, I even seemed to overlook the title). But damn, that is really gorgeous artwork.
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sketcherjak Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
outstanding!
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softy-pokewolf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
gorgeous...
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DecibelDisorder3 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely amazingly drawn - very beautiful, love it :)
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StormNobleheart Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Beautifully drawn and colored, not a common creature used for tattoos.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Which is quite surprising, when you think about it. Thank you! :)
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StormNobleheart Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
No problem, you do very good work.
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transientday Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Having designed a few tattoos, including my own, I can say that this is a masterpiece of tattoo design. The whites may get washed out by natural skin tones, but the reds should stand out fantastically. :)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) Though I'm hoping that "washing out" problem can be solved by darker outlines or something similar. :D
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transientday Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Darker outlines will definitely help, but it also depends on the skin tone of the person getting the tattoo. Another easy fix would be to apply white ink to make the lighter tones more present. :)
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Crimson-Mane Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous. :heart:
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VioletWhirlwind Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...very pretty. Red is not a color I would have thought of for a kirin, but it looks lovely.

XD I've had people say my 'critter' drawings would be good tattoos...personally...I don't see HOW. XD Tattoos are supposed to be fierce/cool/majestic. My critters are far too cutesy...XD;
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pinafta1 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I have always loved Kirins but can never seem to find the inspiration too actually draw them XP but this is just absolutely fantastic :D

TragicCharade is lucky to be able too wear this pic on there bodies :D
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