Inside of the upper arm… A Foo Dog. That is what we here in the USA call them anyways. “Foo Dogs”, Fu Dogs “Fu Lions”, “Fo Lions”, and sometimes “Lion Dogs.” We have a lot of cool names for them. They are actually just lions. Guardian lions to be precise. In China they call them “shi” usually. That basically means “lion” I think. Anyways… these guys are believed to have extremely powerful protective benefits and keep the bad away. This particular Foo Dog is of the male variety. It is pretty much an almost kinda sorta rule to always depict the male with the ball and the female versions with a cub. That is a fun bit of trivia for you to keep in mind for the next time you visit China Town, where I am sure you will see at least one set of Foo Dogs.
So when I was asked to do a skeleton in medieval type stocks with a newer, yet antiqued lock and a skeleton key I figured it was probably a pretty common theme even though it hadn’t been requested before. I googled it and it seems it isn’t. Weird.
For some reason it just seemed it should be.
Anyways… the key hangs around the neck because that way it tantalizes yet is out of reach. That is what the client was going for here.
If you are unfamiliar with stocks… This is from Wikipedia:
Stocks are devices used internationally, in medieval, Renaissance and colonial American times as a form of physical punishment involving public humiliation. The stocks partially immobilized its victims and they were often exposed in a public place such as the site of a market to the scorn of those who passed by.
I hit this picture with a remove color filter option and since it was black work only and I figured it looked cool that way I left that way.
Some one shot roses done with wisp style shade and soft sketched lines using uncut straight black instead of washes. This goes over the client’s hip and up the left side of her back. I enjoyed doing this one because of the retro 80’s/90’s shade style which I personally find much more pleasing to the eye than many of the wash techniques that are currently trendy for floral work. As for the line style… It was very fun because I got to just softly sketch the lines on instead of laying a hard edge over a stencil (which is the usual for lined floral) The overall result I think is both soft and stark at the same time. It is a look that simply can’t be achieved with a wash technique or with a crisp hard line.