Contemplation by chrisdown
Digital Painting using Painter 9, Photoshop CS and Illustrator CS. Reference used for this is from the excellent stock of Marcus Ranum on Deviant Art and the model is Catphrodite. For the background in the image, I scanned a hand made paper, made some colour adjustments to create the patterns and then painted directly on that. The patterns are inspired by La Téne celtic art and produced using Illustrator. Most people only know of the more common knotwork and spirals. La Téne predates this and is the older Celtic art form dating from roughly 5th Century BC to 1st Century AD. The tattoo on her arm is a pattern that was found on a piece of pottery from Hungary and dating from 3rd to 4th Century BC.