Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I had some time to draw for myself over the weekend, so I decided I would draw a known person that most of you would recognize. Maybe an athlete, an actor, somebody famous I suppose. But who...
Ive been thinking about vampires a lot lately, its hard not to, they are more mainstream than ever. Vampire this, vampire that, theyre everywhere. Everybody loves vampires. Its kind of annoying. I thought about drawing one, but I usually find them kind of stupid, and maybe even a bit gay (not that theres anything wrong with that). So anyway, I decided instead to try to depict what I consider to be a real-life vampire. Oh yes, there is such thing as real vampires!
And theres nobody in sports today that entertains me like Tyson does. Surely you will all recognize him. So I killed two birds with one stone here.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Finally got back to my portraits. This is another for Jeff, turned out good, im pretty happy with it for now. I absolutely love this little guys expression! He looks like hes pretty fed up with all the bullshit! HAH HAH!! It was a good exercise in drawing different textures, his clothing was pretty varied.
Anyway, I hope I can eventually achieve this level of realism on skin someday...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Billie Jean

Did another pigskin today. I wanted to try filling in something solid black. Tribal doesnt interest me much, so after a bit of google searching I came across this silloutte of MJ, and I thought it was great so I gave it a try. Im sorta happy with how it turned out I guess, its not as clean as I would have liked, but its just a part of the learning process I suppose. Just shows me how much I still have to learn in order to have a basic grasp of things. And besides, the little white pig hair stubble makes it look like theres way more mistakes than there really is. HAH HAH
Anyway, it really is completely different than drawing with any other medium. I can see that this is gonna take a while.
People always told me be careful what you do
and dont go around breaking young girls hearts..

Thursday, November 12, 2009


I spent the day cutting up the rest of the pig skin....the damn thing was HUGE....Im not sure if I'll ever be the same....HAH HAH HAH wacked...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Whats the weirdest thing youve ever done? HAH HAH! Today I cut off a piece of pigskin and shaved it so i could start practicing tattooing, very bizaar to say the least. It was a really cool experience in the end, but cuttin up that hide was just plain wacked!! I did, however, get a taste of how the tattoo machine works and how to do lines and shading. It was much more difficult than I could have imagined. We took a couple pics, here's how it went....

First, Wade and I cut up and shaved the flesh of a pig obtained from a local butcher...
that was....fun....yeah....
so after that, Wade helped me set up and I went to work on it. I decided to try a skull and crossbones as my first attempt. Wade was close by the whole time giving me invaluable tips.
Wade gave it a try too, to give his approval or disapproval. He said it was tough as hell but a LOT like human flesh, definitely ideal for practicing, so I was glad it wasnt a waste of time. It worked out decently enough. Heres the final product. This little piggy musta been in a few fights or something, he was scarred up pretty bad on the part we cut off. Next time I'll have to look for a better portion of the hide to use. It was hard to notice the scars with the hair.
so yeah, here it is. life-size, my first tattoo!! YAY!! im not a tattoo virgin anymore!...sorta. HAH! I've inserted my first needle, and it was somewhat of a success! On to some more pigskin!! Theres sooooo much I have to learn!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sacred Temple Tattoo

Today I had the pleasure of going to visit Sacred Temple Tattoo in Havre Bouche with Wade. I forgot my damn camera though. I met Jamie MacKay, and holy shit what an incredibly talented, humble, and all around nice guy!!! His studio is kickass, really nice and really clean. Actually, everybody I met there was really cool, a great bunch of people. Jamie had a lot of interesting things to say, and I saw some of his finished tattoos in person, which let me tell you, has a MUCH greater impact than seeing them in photos. His work is simply phenomenal. And you couldnt meet a nicer guy.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Just so everybody knows, Im offering to do portraits at $150 per head. I know its a bit pricey but you get what you pay for. If anybody is interested, just drop by the studio and we can talk about it, or email me at clifftattoos@hotmail.com.

Friday, November 6, 2009

From there I decided to do a portrait for Wade's brother Jeff. I started with his oldest boy, again its not hard to make these look great because the photo references have such fantastic lighting. Jeff is a very talented photographer!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I wanted to do something for Wade since he has been so kind to me in so many ways, so I drew up a pic of his boys. I could really start to see a difference in my work at this point, I was happy with this portrait for a few days!! (which is ultimately unheard of, I usually hate my art within 24 hours) I think they turned out great because the photo reference had such great lighting and composition to begin with. When i scanned it in I accidentally set it on this blue tone effect, but I ended up really liking the look so I kept it that way.