Thursday, May 19, 2011

Water Dragon

Really fun piece.  I did a half sleeve on him several years ago of a giant Japanese wave breaking toward some rocks with a cherry blossom branch and some stylized butterflies.  I'm super happy with how it turned out and has aged.  
He recently decided to go all the way down to the wrist with a sea serpent crashing through tumultuous waves and water (that will 100% tie into the original).  He wanted to keep the Japanese motif and since dragons in Asia are associated with water and can have an aggressive/powerful look he was going for, it was a perfect fit.
Still have more of the body and some water to outline, but he's got gigantic arms and this thing is fairly large in real life (could be like a whole thigh piece on some people).
One of the remaining claws will be holding a pearl and it's all going to be black and grey.  Very much looking forward to our next appointment...

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