Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I swear im such a slacker when it comes to my blog. A lot has happened since my last post. Ive been tattooing full time in Sarasota since April, and trying to juggle everything else as far as commissioned paintings and Custom paint jobs. When i first started my Apprenticship, a client once told me that "you can only be a slave to one master". He was kinda right, but being an Illustrator makes you a jack of all trades. So its nice to jump from skin to canvas to automobiles. I think it lowers my chances of getting burnt out, but what the hell. Let me know what you guys think of the work.
Posted by Will Ralston at 1:50 PM
Thursday, July 22, 2010
It has been a long time since my last post. Hope you guys dont think im dead. But I have been staying busy. I have moved to the grand old town of Sarasota, and am still doing tattoos at the Fat ink shop in the Sarasota square mall. Its been interesting to come back to my old stomping ground. Ive been jumping back in forth with more canvas work then actual custom paint work. The joy of painting is definitely coming back. Taking what ive learned from tattooing and seeing different styles has kinda pushed me to focus more on my drawing, and translating that to larger scale paintings has really taught me a lot about making an interesting piece. Theres a book out called Reinventing The Tattoo by: Guy Aitchison, and reading through it I started having Vietnam flash backs of the academy about composition, color, and etc. Saying this, Guy's book is a must have, and i would tell the Illustration crew, if you see this book, don't hesitate to take a glance at. Its almost like a refresher course. Anyways here is some new stuff ive been working on. Ive got prints for sale. And if your in the mall, stop by.
Posted by Will Ralston at 8:21 AM
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Its been a while since I posted, trying to get stuff in order. But if you guys remember the Sumi bike, it had an unfortunate accident. So here is the before and after pictures. I decided to go with a different scheme then previously. Its a hanya, a Japanese demon. Your supposed to get it tattooed on your back. Its supposed to protect you from evil and watch your back, and the uglier it is the better protection it gives. So I thought the back fender of a bike, was a perfect place for it.
Posted by Will Ralston at 10:42 AM
Friday, May 22, 2009
Its been a while, I finished a few projects but here is the biggest project I just finished on my friends 2500 cummins diesel. And Im also posting our new adds/self promo stuff.
Posted by Will Ralston at 9:45 PM
Monday, April 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
So I received a letter from my Housing Association saying that we needed to paint our mail box in order to comply with the housing standards of the neighborhood. So I took the initiative and opportunity to "paint our mail box", and surprisingly we haven't gotten another letter yet.
Posted by Will Ralston at 7:24 PM
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Here is a little bit of the progression of the bike. I was a little surprised by the amount of work that went into it, but i think the extra time paid off. I really try to stay away from stencils, though i use shields to get crisp edges, I think that free handing gives me more room to play with the piece and not get bored.
Posted by Will Ralston at 1:40 PM
This guy really liked the Japanese style of tattooing. He gave me a couple of books on sumi tattooing, which really helped. He pretty much just let me go with the design. I kept asking him if he wanted to see it before it was finished so he new what he was getting, but he kept saying he wanted to be surprised. All most all of the tins are covered in work. The entire bike is just on giant gray wash tattoo. Hopefully soon, ill get some pictures of it all together.
Posted by Will Ralston at 1:30 PM
This is the first full bike that R.C. Customz and I have done together, This an 08 gsxr 600. The owner had a real tough time coming up with an idea of what he wanted, but he finally settled on something he liked from my buisness card. We took Octo-1 and the green busa to the Biker build off in clear water, and had a great time talking to people and showing people who we are, and what we can do.
Posted by Will Ralston at 1:13 PM
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
This was a piece that I did for the Tata galla show in sarasota. The show was a great turn out and there were some amazing pieces. And of course it was for a good cause. This is the second show they have had, and I hope digital 3 and Eric Jones keep this thing going. Cause we have to save the Tata's.
This is the third piece I have done, where I am just playing around with the "True fire" thing. Really, I'm just playing with form and experimenting with the candy colors and layering. I'm going to do a few more, and just get it out of my system. I was also inspired by Norman Lindsey's etchings. His gestures, comps, and lighting are pretty cool.
Posted by Will Ralston at 10:49 AM