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Bali Nights by graffitica Bali Nights by graffitica
Started this piece just the other day and got done with it sooner than expected. In my quest to bring my tribal tattoo drawing skills back to what they used to be, I started doodling this at work on my breaks. Colored it at home in about 10 hours from start to finish.

I love exotic landscapes, nature, and places, so this piece is sort of inspired by that. Ultra-fine Sharpies on plain 8.5 x 11 paper. NO PRE-SKETCH in pencil.

Comments and feedback always appreciated, thanks! :)
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Iguruwashi Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this! Though it's not perfectly symmetrical it seems to be design-wise and it makes it so compelling to look at. 
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graffitica Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :) I used to do perfectly symmetrical pieces back in the day when I did op art and designed tribal tats. I don't like to do it any more because it takes away the flow and freedom that I want. I would rather it be a little off kilter than straight any day. 
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Iguruwashi Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It works perfect visually! (:
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KINGOOB Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
All I can say is WOW!!!!
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graffitica Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thanks very much!
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KINGOOB Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
:)
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aquiresville Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
There is so much happening here, a carnival riot of shapes and colors and the infamous beads! The trees begin to take on dancing shapes, almost waving "veils" of leaves. As always, I enjoy your signature "puzzle pieces" in the background and the entire organic build process you are so good at, starting at a certain point, and letting your "dance" just fill the page! Bravo, Lu!
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graffitica Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
'Carnival riot'....prob the best pairing of words I've heard in a long time! lol :) My daughters joke that I draw trees all the time. I agree that I do, but I love to draw trees. Trees grow and move and twist and turn, and I can allow myself artistic freedom with them. I can use them in a myriad of ways and meanings. This one was tricky bc I wanted to keep it symmetrical, but not perfect. I wanted it to have the illusion of being perfectly symmetrical when you glance at it the first time, and then realize it isn't when you look at it closer. Thanks so much for all the creative feedback and comments as always! :D
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aquiresville Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
I did notice the proposed symmetry, and the differences are what first implies all the wild movement going on.
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graffitica Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol. And considering I was drawing this in between phone calls, that's as good as the symmetry was gonna get. XD
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