TL;DR: Some of my fundamental philosophies were inspired by three pop culture sources: The Sandman comic series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and The Legend of Zelda. I'm working on a personal tattoo (attached) that combines elements from these sources in a logical way, but I want to see what a real professional can produce.
+ executional details: My version is plain and flat, and I'm not totally satisfied with the cohesiveness and overarching style of the piece. The iconography looks too disjointed (especially the four elements of Earth, Fire, Air and Water), and I feel like the holding devices (the lotus flower and astrological calendar) could really be improved upon. I want the end result to look like a single crafted composition - not 20 separate icons smashed together. You'll see I've attached an example of the work I've done to this point – I’ve included that for reference and convenience, but I could see this commission going to something quite different that captures the same core message.
+ style direction: I’m a big fan of Art Deco, so that may be a good direction to start in on - but I'm also open to minimalistic or Art Nouveau approaches. I’ve attached a few inspirational pieces in these styles… that might help narrow it down a bit.
+ sizing & format:
- This will likely go on my upper back and will be fairly large, so it can be reasonably detailed.
- If you present a colored execution, please provide a line-art or monochrome alternative - I'm leaning toward full black/white or monochrome.
+ to summarize the meaning behind the piece:
It's about knowing one's place in the universe. Master what you can control, and know when you're at the will of unyielding external forces.
This concept is represented by iconography from my life that I find meaningful, starting with:
The Triforce – It represents the great struggle within every man’s soul - and it's the heart of the piece. Master yourself, and fight evil within and evil without, or fall to complacence or tyranny.
Imagery: Pieces of the Triforce (Triforce of Power – Triforce of Wisdom – Triforce of Courage)
Lotus Flower & Elements – These represent the constituent forces of our world, always in flux, but inexorably pushing toward balance. We may affect small change in our lifetime or epoch, but the world will inevitably seek harmony.
Imagery: The Four Elements (Element of Earth – Element of Fire – Element of Air – Element of Water)
Astrological Chart & The Endless – These are the universal truths, transcendent of ideology, time, and space; not just a side effect, but utterly core to existence. They’re resonant aspects of the human experience.
Imagery: Sigils of the Endless (Sigil of Destruction – Sigil of Death – Sigil of Dream – Sigil of Destiny – Sigil of Delirium – Sigil of Despair – Sigil of Desire)
Thanks everyone! Looking forward to some awesome illustrations :)