DIARY OF AN ARTIST: Tattoo Commission

A new feature for the blog called Diary of an Artist which I hope may give a little interesting insight into the process and ideas behind my work.

I’ve been working on my first ever commissioned illustration for a tattoo design over the past couple of weeks. Someone who’s seen my work in Bristol approached me via Instagram to ask if I would draw a hummingbird design for her to use for a tattoo. It’s really exciting to be asked to do something especially for someone and a little different to my usual design application.

Sky Siouki Hummingbird Outlines    Sky Siouki Hummingbird Progress

 

I’ve loved every minute of drawing this hummingbird and can’t wait to see the final tattoo literally in the flesh! I have had others show interest in the application of my illustrations for tattoo designs previously so it’s something I’d be very happy to continue with on a commission basis. If you’d like a bird, insect or perhaps some other kind of wild creature designed by Sky Siouki for your next tattoo then please do send me an email for a quote!

Sky Siouki Hummingbird Illustration

 

This is the finished illustration. I always try to post the progress of my drawings on my Instagram profile and stories so do make sure to follow me on there if you’d like to see more of my creative process! My next illustration is going to be a cormorant for a special Bristol inspired design.

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TOP 5… Desk Accessories!

I think it’s time for a September themed shopping guide! Even for those of us who are beyond our education years and don’t have kids I feel there will always be a nostalgic ‘back to school’ essence about September that you can never really shake. Perhaps as a business owner it’s more prominent to me because it marks the end of Summer and therefore the approach of Christmas meaning I need to get organised and ready for markets for the festive season. However September makes you feel, it’s a great excuse to treat yourself to some new stationary in order to get yourself organised during Autumn! Nothing makes me feel more like being productive than a fresh new notebook or a fancy pen so I’m doing a TOP 5 desk accessories feature this week. Stationary has also been on my mind a lot lately because I’m hoping to venture into selling more stationary products myself so this seemed the perfect way to expand my research. Enjoy!

Papio Press Notebooks 1. Scandinavian Bison & Jaguar A6 Pocket Notebooks from Papio Press – These illustrated animal designs are just gorgeous and I love the colours! They come as a set; one plain, one lined, ideal!

 

Ceramic House Pen Holder

2. Ceramic House Pencil Holders from Vsocks on Etsy – Discovered these quirky ceramic houses only today on Etsy and I’m absolutely delighted by them. What a fantastic way to store your pens, AND they can be used as candle or utensil holders too, whatever you desire!

 

Vintage Ladybird Stapler

3. Vintage 70s Wooden Ladybird Stapler from Sycamore Vintage on Etsy – Love an unusual vintage find like this amazing stained wood retro stapler! It even has little string antennae! I’ve also come across a vintage orange whale stapler before so there are a few of these treasures about if you keep your eyes peeled.

 

Pirrip Press Notecards

4. Jam Cuts Correspondence Card Set from Pirrip Press – These screen-printed notecards are each hand-printed with random compositions so no two are the same. Love the wonderful uniqueness of this and the bold mix of colours and shapes.

 

Kari Herer Flora Pencil Case

5. Captured Floral Pencil Pouch by Kari Herer for Anthropologie – These photographic floral prints are just beautiful. Keep your best pens and tools nice and safe in one of these lovely pouches featuring a leather zip-pull to boot!

There you have it. Let me know which is your fave?! Or if there are any stationary products in particular you would love to see Sky Siouki selling perhaps? Notebooks are definitely on the cards so stay tuned.