Showing differences by David Allen

I've been wrapping my head around ways to differentiate elements of a piece. Being scattered, I tend to spread myself thin. So here's a list I'm working on for personal reference. As obvious as some of this is, I just want it down to look at. To quantify this then have it tossing around as a vocabulary:

  • Value
  • Color - qualities and combinations
  • Line - actual, implied, etc.
  • Focus
  • Texture
  • Mass
  • Space
  • Figure/ground relationships
  • Shapes
  • Gestalt principles
  • Movement
  • Pattern
  • Proportion

 

Session work by David Allen

Added to this yesterday...  Not the best photos, but you get the idea. We'll add depth to the shapes on the right next time. Also, the space behind the Tui will have more flowers that flow into the shapes.

Added to this yesterday...  Not the best photos, but you get the idea. We'll add depth to the shapes on the right next time. Also, the space behind the Tui will have more flowers that flow into the shapes.

Nuance by David Allen

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I've wanted to paint for the longest time, but I knew it would consume me. Now I can't get images out of my head. 

Every day I focus on detail while I tattoo, so it's a pleasure to mess around with forms, with gestures or whatever I want. There's a balance somewhere. I'm not sure I want to even approach it... at this point, I finally have an outlet. So why not create however I please?

In theory, I've been trying to keep the newness of a medium AND my lack of knowledge  intact. As if ignorance will serve as grace and guide compositions. What I don't know, won't effect the final outcome, right?

But that's limited. That's being impressed with a child revealing a simple observation (which is often wonderful and jarring)  but not recognizing the view of the child: lack of contextual understanding and reasoning.

What if I can make that same simple observation but do so after years of learning the context? I doubt I'll be able to, but I think, at this point, that's my goal. To pick up a language intimately. Learn its nuances, then mess with it as much as possible.

Or not.

Maybe I'm just fooling around and this whole process is cathartic.
But whatever. It feels good when I do it.

 

Refresh by David Allen

I started Allen Tattoo as a personal project.

Eight years ago I left my graphic design career and jumped into the world of tattooing.

I had always wanted to illustrate. So why not build a new career based on something I love? To draw; to build on foundations and learn.  With the support of family and friends, I started my apprenticeship at Bluebird Tattoo (Indiana). 

Allen Tattoo was used to journal and chart my learning process. 

Years later, my career has grown. A burgeoning clientele pulled time away from recording the process, so this site has sat idle... but now I'm excited to use this space. I'll be posting randomly:

  • Session work comparisons
  • Process shots
  • Tattoo details
  • Inspiring reference
  • Whatever the hell I want

 

Hopefully, you'll enjoy. Now I just have to remember to stay at this...