Ξ September 2nd, 2008 | → 30 Comments | ∇ me |
I am not artistic. Never have been able to take a brush or pen to canvas or paper and create a pleasing rendition of what my mind’s image was. No amount of time in arts classes will change that. And, surprisingly, I am ok with that.
It must be my lack of artistic talent that has led me to appreciate the skill that others possess. Recently I was quite literally moved to tears by the kindness of a man I have never met. Turns out Michael, known to many of us as UMB (Uncle Monkey Boy), is working towards a career in tattooing. When he read about a piece that I have dreamed about since I was about 16, UMB took the initiative to draw my mermaid and dolphin. What a gift!
Even his first rough draft, which UMB himself will admit was was rough, brought tears to my eyes. I had wanted this design for so long (about 20 years!) and finally seeing her come to life gave me chills. The second version was much, much better, and thrilled me to no end, but Michael had really paid attention to what I truly wanted and went back to the drawing board.
See, I didn’t think my concept would work, yet somehow he made it be even better than I had imagined. In my head the dolphin was jumping out of the water, over a yin yang symbol. It seemed so disjointed that it wouldn’t work. Leave it to the artist to pull it all together. He removed the seaweed and managed to get the yin yang in there. I love it.
Saying “I love it” doesn’t even begin to express what Michael has gifted me with. He is so talented and I can’t get over him taking the time to create my mermaid and dolphin. Awesome!
For now she is black and white, but he might attempt a color image as well. Hope you like her even half as much as I do:
The large version of my magnificent mermaid may be found HERE.
You may see more of Micheal’s artwork HERE.