I titled this scribble “I copied it out of a magazine” because I get cynical about lacking creative originality and anxious about perceptions of plagiarism.
Anyone involved in art practice and theory knows that much good art is theft and re-creation – hell, they teach you that at university.
“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” – Pablo Picasso
When I run low on creative ideas/inspiration/steam, I try to find designs, patterns and illustrations that resonate with me, and redraw them for practice.
The picture was in Tattoo Candy (Down Under, p. 62) accredited to a tattooist called ‘Nikas’. I don’t usually tend to like the tattoo designs of women but this one was beautiful without being offensive.
I’m not in love with this hack, but hey, it’s a start!