And this one continues at record pace.
These are some photos after our third session. The first one we outlined the shishi and peonies, and the second we drew on all the background and shaded a good portion at the bottom. This time we finished all the background shading minus the rocks.
There are all kinds of fun nooks and crannies around the sides of the armpit that take a little while to navigate through, but he did great through all of that unpleasant stuff. It's a fair amount of work for three sessions (and longer sessions than my usual) but he's been travelling several hours to come get tattooed so I feel inspired to match his motivation level and power through. To drive 5 hours each way, get a hotel, and really focus all that energy on getting tattooed is very cool and admirable in my book (and it's his first tattoo!). I appreciate his dedication and feel honored to tattoo people who are so serious about the thing that I've focused my life around.
Because of the hectic schedule, day two was a half day, but we were able to finish the bottom peony. It takes a fair amount of time to do them in this Horitoshi-esque style, but it really is worth it in the end...
I couldn't be happier with how it turned out and am super excited to get the next ones going.
We've got another day and a half starting tomorrow so we'll be able to keep this really good momentum cruising forward.
Then time to explore ideas for the other arm...