Dark Ink Illustrations

Soul Collector

I was unfortunate to go through a really bad stage of depression that made me question life in general, trying to find meaning and reason as to why we are here. I've felt like a speck of paint on a large canvas. If I ceased to exist will anyone notice or remember me? Will my artwork fade away into the background till one day everything gets deleted?

 

I started to imagine what death would look like if he came to collect my soul. I wanted something more than a skull behind the cloak so I decided to make his horns seem almost like a crown, its as if it's part of him. I wanted something that would make him divine so I thought about the all-seeing eye like the Greek mythology Fates. I wanted to show like death was fading slowly through the wind like sand to give the feel of sands of time  

Jester Of Diamonds

I appear to be a most-fragile thing, The coveted prize of any great king; And still there’s little that can break me, All that pressure but serves to make me; The weight of the world upon me lies, Buried in dark, far from men’s eyes, My old self-nothing but blackest coal, Yet here to remain, be not the goal.

 

Worthy am I of the toil in finding, The symbol of love made true and binding. When I am pulled from the belly of night, None can equal my reflection of light. Steel bars I can cut, Jail doors stay not shut, For I was made, To prove love’s greatest might.

 

What am I?

The Viking God Odin

I was heavily influenced by the character Odin from the Tv show "Vikings." There was a speech from the movie "13th Warrior" that really caught my attention that made me do my own version of Odin that would really capture that Viking feel. 

"What would you do if you had Godly powers? It gives me great honor to present to you the true god Odin! Lo there do I see my father; Lo there do I see my mother, my sisters, and my brothers; Lo there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning. Lo, they do call me, they bid me take my place among them, in the halls of Valhalla, where the brave may live forever." 

Valley Of Shadows

This subjective design depicts a number of elements; characters, setting, emotion, etc. and this is because I wanted the viewer to come up with their own story. ​​I was exploring the idea of Art Deco with a Gothic theme and have given it my own twist of comic inking. I was also exploring the worlds of surrealism and fantasy too.

 

I wanted to create something modern with a hint of vintage/retro styling to make it more interesting, I think it works really well together. ​

Goddess Of the Night

I was inspired by Art Nouveau, I found the shapes and style rather appealing and so for the first time I wanted to try it out myself but with my own twist, to give it a more modern look.​ ​

 

To do this I looked at Surrealism as I was aiming to bring out the illusion of beauty alongside the darkness and the madness. I am interested in Greek mythology and one of the characters that caught my attention was the goddess Nix as she represents the darkness, so I wanted to draw my own representation of her.

Timeless

Riddle me this... I make you weak at the worst of all times. I keep you safe, I keep you fine. I make your hands sweat, and your heart grows cold, I visit the weak, but seldom the bold.

 

What am I?

I was asked by a client to design them a tattoo, I was asked to create something based on some of the things they like and feel most connected to. I had a tough time trying to figure out how I was going to do this since this was for a back tattoo as they wanted an original design of mine.

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