Friday, October 17, 2008

Kat Von D

A drawing of the very talented celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D, well known from the TV series 'L.A. Ink'. This was done for a Drawing Jam over at The Drawing Board.

The green of tattoos and the pink of skin was a great chance for me to experiment with complimentary opposites in the colour scheme. Also in the original reference photo she was wearing an oversized grey singlet which was unflattering and covered half her tattoos, so I had the added challenge of getting everything right underneath. Pretty happy with it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, that's awesome! do i have your permission to maybe get this as a tattoo?

6:57 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Zoe

Yeah, go right ahead. You'd have a tattoo of a tattooed tattoo artist. :D

Love to see photos if you do.

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! this is probably one of the coolest renditions someone has done of me - Wish I could draw like that!
Kat Von D

6:20 PM  
Blogger Cedric said...

great stuff! your work is simply amazing! one of my biggest art heroes!

check my work out @

keep those awesome art coming!

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this in the thread too, definitely one of the better renditions of Kat from there! You always seem to go the extra mile, Chris--you actually looked up her tattoos to make sure you got them right! I would've just scribbled.

Also, I had no idea she had a tattoo of Jerry Seinfeld on her left leg!

3:04 AM  
Blogger Faboun'e said...

Hey ! There's some good artists and celebrity here !!!
I watch some good Miami ink ... in France .. and Kat is a GREAT artist I think !!
Wish to be tatoo by , and I love the thing that I can see your picture and his message here...!
So Great ..!
(It could be stupid for you but it's a good feeling for me...)

6:59 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Kat! Appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment. Glad you like it.

...and don't be so modest, I'm sure you could draw this easily.

Cedric- Thanks man! Really like your work. The quality's well above and beyond your 16 years.

Ryan- Thanks. The tattoos started off as scribble, but I kept revisiting it refining the tattoos more each time. Jerry? haha I might have to fix that face.

faboun'e- Thanks. I'm thrilled to have Kat comment here as well.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Ken Knafou said...

As always, I am envious of the talent. I like the color choices on this one.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Charles (Illumistrations) said...

Great great picture. I've been looking at others on your blog, and your talent is off the charts...

5:13 AM  
Blogger Jason Quinones said...

fucking gorgeous!!!

3:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have you tried to have your work on galleries?

You should

7:32 PM  
Blogger R Kamal said...

Its really a challenge to draw the figure with tatoos and to look fine also...i think you have done a great job. Cheers!

your colour scheme for this particular work is too cool...did i mention earlier that i love your work.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Tony C. said...

Great piece! It reminds me of Robert McGinnis for some reason.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Percy Bysshe said...

Great piece - very designy...

10:44 AM  
Blogger Javier said...

Geat Jobs

12:10 PM  
Blogger Marcelo Baez said...

Dude its simply awesome!
You blow me away every time!


12:43 AM  
Blogger Nick Jarvis said...

Great job Chris, i love the picture, i just posted my WIP of her, I have always enjoyed your comments, it's like having Michael Jordan give me pointers... Anyway, Awesome work as alway.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Beatriz Iglesias said...

Cool drawing. The rythm is great and the line looks awesome. Congrats!

6:02 AM  
Blogger Craig Zablo said...

Very sweet -- you captured her beautifully!

8:45 AM  
Blogger Gracia said...

Hello! Oh my! I have just found your blog! your work is fantastic! I love the mix of styles. The caricatures are so full of life! I love them, specially the Nick Cave ones and the P.Newman one, they are cool. This drawing of Kat is fantastic... very good for a tattoo as they say in the comments :D congrats, your work is awesome! thanks for sharing! :D

8:17 AM  
Blogger greg oakes said...


5:25 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Have to say this is one of my favorites from that jam, you did a really great job capturing her look and the tattoos at the same time.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks everyone! Your comments are always appreciated.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Stuart Ruel said...

really great line work! so loose, flows really well.
do stop my blog, would be great to have some input!

4:50 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Stuart.

Great sketches on your blog. I left you a comment.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would yo mind if I used this image for a logo I'm designing for a tattoo shop? Love this image!

12:53 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Anon- Send me an email at and we can discuss the matter. Thanks.

8:15 PM  

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