Finalising the image
Tattoo design 13
This also falls into the detailing stage, but since the tattoo plays such a large role in the design, I give it some extra time and care. I design the tattoo directly on the skin, using curves that follow the form of the arms juxtaposing some rococo-inspired ornamental elements for a sleek and elegant look. I also continued the design down her ribcage and far leg.
After testing a few different styles of backgrounds, I settled on a more subtle drop shadow in the bottom left to let the head, leading arm and generator contrast with the stark white background at the top. It reinforces a triangular composition and has a nice graphic effect overall. Lately, I’ve been using more minimalistic backgrounds to emphasise my character designs.