This project brief is all about sharing personal stories, everybody has a story to tell no matter how big or small. These life experiences are the things that essentially make and shape you as a person, whether they have a positive, or negative, impact on your life.
Paul Gregg has produced a body of work that encapsulates some of his own life experiences, from his time as an apprentice tattoo artist. Every person that works in this industry needs to have a particular set of attributes. The first being an artist that has good communication skills, closely followed by being a therapist, that can empathise with the client about some of their stories they tell you.
This small collection of stories are true accounts of some of these experiences, that may sound a little bit strange in places, and in some cases, just totally bizarre. The majority of his work are hand drawn visual responses that correlate to these stories, which have been beautifully rendered using just a biro pen on textured art paper. This gives his drawings a highly detailed appearance before adding a digital or watercolour background. The black biro work embodies the skill and passion involved in the creation of any tattoo (most commonly used ink). Purple is symbolic of the carbon stencilling used for the transference of designs onto the skin, and the yellow for the initial sketch lining with sharpie pens when starting any freehand design work that gives insight to his palette choices.
The aim of this project was to create a number of different 2D-3D outcomes that would sit naturally in a studio environment whilst remaining visually eye catching, and inspire clients to start a conversation about some of their own life experiences.