Exercise 26: A Tattoo Part 4

Key Steps in Illustration: A Tattoo

This exercise asked to create a tattoo around the word “MUM” for a friend. The design should then also be used for a greeting card.

Research and references


Trend: Korean minimalist tattoo



Final designs – visualized as a tattoo and as a greeting card

Tattoo mock-up

Here’s what my minimalist design would look like on a wrist:

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Tattoo mock-up


Key learnings:

  • Tattoos are quite an interesting area and offer a large range for artists to express themselves and their clients
  • I decided for a very simple design, and I’m sure a more complex one would have been a bit more work in terms of exploring ideas and ompooitions. However, when I learned about the Korean minimalist tattoo trend I was hocked and wanted to create something in this style
  • I found it quite helpful to already know from the beginning that the design should also be made into a greeting card

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