Tattoo design: Lotus Triskele

3 06 2014
Lotus Triskele is an exclussive custom design for my client, please do not use for yourself.

Lotus Triskele is an exclusive custom design for my client, please do not use for yourself.

I really like how this one came out. I don’t have much to say, except that Lisa wanted something elegant and not clunky, and that we both were excited about the mock 3-D look when I tested it on one of the sketches. Can’t wait to see a photo of the real thing!





Tattoo design: The Salmon of Knowledge

21 09 2012

It has been a while since I’ve had the energy for doing art. My first trimester of pregnancy is exhausting and a toddler at home, as good and sweet and well behaved as he is, also demands a lot of attention, so it is just now that I can sit and draw some. Because I am not still 100% back (will I ever?) I decided to dig up some sketches for tattoos I’ve made in the past that never made it to the final stages, I chose one that I really liked and started tweaking until I got the design nailed.

So here it is my Salmon of Knowledge. I like it a lot because of the way it flows, because of the symbols included, and because I really like the legend.

Constanza Ehrenhaus (c) 2012

The salmon of Knowledge.
Wisdom, eternity, water, flow, dynamic equilibrium.

As I was working on it all the time I could hear in my head the song Listen to the River by Luka Bloom.





The making of a tattoo

17 04 2010

As you might know one of the things I really enjoy doing is designing tattoos. I enjoy the process and the close interaction with the client. My last tattoo design was done for this beautiful lady and I want to share the process with you.

Medusa by Kimberly Crick

V. contacted me because she had seen my Goddess Tattoo and wanted something in the same style, but unique. She knew very much what she wanted and was very specific about it which made my life

easier because it got me designing with a very clear direction in mind. She showed me an image by artist Kimberly Crick that she really liked and wanted it to be the basis for my illustration. She also mentioned she wanted a moon, a Celtic knot, maybe a star and three flowers in the illustration: Marigold, rose and lotus. So I searched for references of those images both as illustrations and as photos:

samples of references used in the makin of Flowers Goddess tattoo

Samples of references used in the making of Flowers Goddess tattoo. The image showing la Catrina in "Dia de los Muertos" belongs to artist Kiriko Moth http://kiriko-moth.com/blog/ and has been used to study the flow of marigold petals only.

I did a few sketches and send them to her. For her to choose from. At this point the sketches are unrefined but they show the placement of different objects we could use in the final composition.

Rough preliminary sketches. (c) Constanza Ehrenhaus.

This is the moment in which my adrenaline is running high. I always fear that I completely missed the point and the client will not want any of the sketches, that I will be sent back to the drawing board with empty hands trying to reinvent the concept. Luckily, V. was happy with the images and we got to mix and match sketches 1,2 and 3.

Flowers Goddess sketch for V (c) Constanza Erenhaus 2010

I reorganized the parts and inked the sketch we arrived to. I think the vines on her hair are lost in the strands of hair.  My client wanted the Goddess to have a rhinoplasty and lips enhancement 🙂 and to have the lotus to look more real, since the flowers were a crucial part of the tattoo.

I reworked the image and offered her two options for the lotus. Finally we got to the final image, which I am very proud of 🙂

Flowers Goddess tattoo (c) Constanza Ehrenhaus.

Now the next step is completely not in my hands, which is to find a good tattoo artist. The election of a good (as opposed to cheap) tattoo artist not only takes into consideration hygiene but also the fact that you will not end in World Ugliest Tattoos (NSFW). Fortunately V. found an excellent artist and now she has a beautiful rendition of this design.

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This is all for now! Enjoy the lovely Spring weather!

tattoo on V's skin. I love it!

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Medusa image by Kimberly Crick

Dia de los Muertos image by Kiriko Moth





Tattoos and current progress.

11 07 2009

Hi there people!

God Nouveau

God Nouveau (c) Constanza Ehrenhaus

I have been working almost exclusively in a couple of tattoos this last week. They were commissioned and had one of my favourite themes, which is the pagan gods. It was very rewarding to work on them, and my client was wonderful, she knew very well what she wanted and gave me very clear instructions, but at the same time she trusted my artistic ideas to bring her vision to life. I am very excited for her, these will be her first tattoos, and I really hope the tattoo shop does an excellent job on her.

Goddess-final

Goddess Nouveau (c) Constanza Ehrenhaus

Since I have designed a few tattoos I decided to open a new page in my blog dedicated to them so you can see them all together. Some of them are freebies, some of them are not, so please, make sure that if you want any of them on you they have not been commissioned by someone else. I am open for tattoo commissions, so if you would like me to work with you on designing one just contact me at faerywitchart(at)yahoo.com

In the meanwhile I have been working on a couple of pieces, one that is finished and uploaded to my gallery, the goddess Criede who was created for a contest on Addictive Hobby with theme Scottish Myths. Criede is the goddess of women and faeries, and it was an excuse to paint yet another celtic knot. I love knots and I really would like to learn to make them without having to rely so heavily on existent references, so I need to practice 😉

WIP (c) Constanza Ehrenhaus

WIP (c) Constanza Ehrenhaus

On the other hand I am working on a piece that I’ve been toying with for many months (over a year?) and that has been evolving nicely.  The objective in this piece is composition aided with color, so I found some inspiration in the wonderful Cris Malidore who really know how to use complimentary colors to make the images pop. I hope I can achieve at least half of what he does 🙂