It has been a while since the last time I’ve done any illustration work. Recently I’ve created a new awesome piece that I would like to share with you. It is a koi fish illustration inspired by my tattoo. Read this post to find out more about my tattoo and see how I created the koi fish illustration based on my tattoo.

Final Illustration Preview

koi

About My Tattoo Artist – Daemon Rowanchilde

I always wanted to get a tattoo ever since I was a kid. Finally, last year I decided to go ahead and get a tattoo done. After hours of Googling, I found Daemon Rowanchilde of Urban Primitive. Daemon is an amazing artist who has been in the industry for long time. He has done work for movie, fashion, illustration, and tattoo design. I particularly like his Energy Wave style/technique. Visit Urban Primitive and Daemonology to see his work.

daemon tattoo

daemon tattoo

daemon tattoo

daemon tattoo

Tattoo Research

Then I spent couple days on researching tattoo design. I found the koi fish very meaningful and decided to use it as my main design subject. Koi fish tattoo symbolizes "courage, aspiration and advancement".

According to Japanese legend, if a koi succeeded in climbing the falls at a point called Dragon Gate on the Yellow River, it would be transformed into a dragon. Based on that legend, it became a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement.

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Tattoo Sketch

Below are some of my concept sketches. It is a koi swimming upstream toward the sun.

I asked Daemon to incorporate his art into my design and he did this design which was used as the tattoo stencil. The floral and wave patterns were done free-hand during the tattooing process.

koi

Finished Tattoo

The tattoo took 2 painful sessions to complete (6 hours each). Below are the photos of my finished tattoo.

koi tattoo

koi tattoo

koi tattoo

Illustration Sketch

Based on my tattoo, I did the following sketch. The sketch was done on the returning plane from a Chicago trip (I was too bored). I did the sketch in about 30 minutes.

koi sketch

Tracing

As usual, the sketch is scanned and imported in Adobe Illustrator for tracing.

tracing

Here is the complete vector art in outline mode (over 2600 paths in total). The tracing process took about 12 hours.

artwork outline mode

Coloring

The artwork was then filled with color and gradient. The images below are different color themes that I tried. The coloring process took about 20 hours.

final vector

Texturizing

Then I imported the elements in Photoshop in separate layers. The texturing effect can easily be done by setting your layer blending mode to Dissolve. I used the Brush and Pencil tool to make the grungy background. Read my Vector Polishing tutorial to see the details of the techniques. The polishing process took over 10 hours due to the large file size and numerous layers.

dusty effect

grungy brush

Inspiration

The koi fish idea was taken from my tattoo. I made the fish tail a bit abstract so it can connect with the water wave.

fish tail

The sun is also inspired by my tattoo design. I added a waterlily flower behind to make it look like kind of a flower and the sun.

sun

The symbol on the fish head is the initial of my name and my girlfriend.

initial

The flying mushrooms are a combination of jellyfish and mushroom.

flying mushrooms

The other design elements are mainly inspired by aquatic plants.

aquatic plants

Related Article: Finding Inspiration From Your Environment.

174 Comments

naran_ho
Oct 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Wow, wow truly inspiring, excellent Work.

Keith Davis
Oct 8, 2009 at 4:22 pm

That is some illustration.
The detail is staggering.
Can’t imagine where you find the patience… or the skill.

tonir
Oct 8, 2009 at 4:25 pm

amazing.

Chris Wallace
Oct 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Awesome artwork, but I have no idea why people get tattoos. Not for me I guess.

Nikolaevi4
Oct 8, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Wow, amazing work.

Sean Rice
Oct 8, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Nice to see that it takes time to create something nice like this! So often I find myself disappointed that I can’t deliver something awesome in just a couple of hours. I always wonder how others can seem so prolific! Maybe it’s just an illusion.

Anyways, this encourages me to go ahead and take a long time on something if the outcome will be worthwhile! Fast client turnaround expectations be damned! Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Toni
Oct 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Wow, that is one bad ass tattoo man, and not to mention an incredible illustration. Kudos!

Rudy
Oct 8, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Awesome piece of work! I’m glad you posted the time it took to complete, this gives me encouragement to see through my work to the end and not give up after a couple of hours.

阿呆
Oct 8, 2009 at 8:30 pm

With some Chinese elements,it’s looks very nice.awesome !

Xiawa
Oct 8, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Awesome, beside your color sense, I am impressed by your sketch skills too :)

jason
Oct 8, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I would pay to see you record you sketching something like this. I can’t imagine someone doing the sketch in 3 months times.

Nokadota
Oct 8, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Wow, 6[x2] hours? Geez, I simply do not have that amount of patience. Thanks for the write-up though, the tattoo looks great, I love the tattoo artist’s style. I also learning how to do some texturing, thanks for that tip as well.

Ada Lau
Oct 8, 2009 at 10:17 pm

wow you finished the sketch in just 30 mins.. Amazing! The detail of that tattoo is fabulous.

Delacour
Oct 8, 2009 at 11:08 pm

When I first look at the post, i thought you draw your tattoo by yourself then had it done on your arm -_- nvm,great post….

AP
Oct 8, 2009 at 11:40 pm

That’s Chinese legend, not Japanese…

The Frosty
Oct 9, 2009 at 12:58 am

Real awesome!

Callum Chapman
Oct 9, 2009 at 1:37 am

Great stuff! Really nice tattoo and outcome :)

Dave
Oct 9, 2009 at 2:30 am

This is superb. Awesome tattoo; fantastic illustration.

Paul
Oct 9, 2009 at 2:42 am

Awesome tat – great design

Mark McCorkell
Oct 9, 2009 at 2:51 am

That is AWESOME! Really love the idea and the design!

Lily
Oct 9, 2009 at 7:33 am

I love your artwork so, so much! The tattoo looks really faboulous.
You inspire me. Seeing your artwork makes me want to go and create something myself.

The koi fish is a great symbol indeed.

Mojtaba Moradian
Oct 9, 2009 at 8:25 am

Art Tattoo nowadays become more popular than before in Iran, you have a great website ! Continue … Goooood Looooouck :)
Mojtaba Moradian

ana
Oct 9, 2009 at 8:39 am

nice!
However, that’s chinese legend. not japanese! and Yellow river is located in China …

mabonic
Oct 9, 2009 at 10:39 am

It’s great. Thank you for inspiration.

Adrian
Oct 9, 2009 at 11:33 am

Wow great article. Thanks much for the inspiration!

mauricio
Oct 9, 2009 at 11:37 am

GReat!!!
would you recommend a beginner’s book for illustrator please, and a beginners book for photoshop, I know how to use fireworks but I am thinking to learn the aforementioned

Thanks, great job

BebopDesigner
Oct 9, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Wow! I’m really blown away… Looks brilliant! love it. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers

ilz
Oct 9, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Hey.. nice work! Thought you might be interested in the koi/ pagoda sleeve i’m currently working on:
http://webdesignandsuch.com/2009/09/koi-fish-pagoda-tattoo/

Aran
Oct 9, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Wow, that is some stunning and incredible work.

The amount of time put into it is staggering… Thank you for sharing the process!

aledesign.it
Oct 10, 2009 at 3:08 am

incredible this work! Fantastic illustration!!

Alyson
Oct 10, 2009 at 11:56 am

Wow, thanks so much for this! I always wonder what artists go through to complete such beautiful pieces. You’ve inspired me! Please post more like this!!

b
Oct 10, 2009 at 2:44 pm

this article is seriously inspiring! thnx for sharing ….. amazing! ;)

Sklep wędkarski
Oct 10, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Amazing… Is it really feasible?

Steven Dolan
Oct 10, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Inspiring, thanks for sharing. I’m new to Illustrator and things like this can open doors of opportunity. Have you ever considered doing a time lapse video?

Duy
Oct 11, 2009 at 2:07 am

Nice tattoo Nick! Cool inspiration!

Cyprian Gwóźdź
Oct 11, 2009 at 3:36 am

Nice tattoo – maybe I will need one too, if it inspirate so well :-P

Julia
Oct 11, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Wow, simply magnificent!

Daniel Long
Oct 12, 2009 at 5:09 am

This is a very inspiring post. I like how the design has gone from a tattoo, to a great illustration. There is alot of detail and really like the gradients on the vectors. Stunning!

teddy w.
Oct 12, 2009 at 7:20 am

The real tattoo stories….
Great!!!!

vincent
Oct 12, 2009 at 7:30 am

the fish is in Chinese legend. and japanese took from it
the yellow river is china’s mother river

really cool design, takes a lot of time but worth, i love it
…….
1 more thing, koi fish lives in river, but coral and they other i dont know how to say(like a flower) are living in the ocean :D

great work!

Marco
Oct 12, 2009 at 7:49 am

Thx for this article! A lil bit of spring in my inpiration.
Now i think i have to get better ;-) Have fun!

Jack
Oct 12, 2009 at 9:48 am

This is absoutely stunning stufff. Thanks a lot Nick

Justin
Oct 12, 2009 at 2:58 pm

No one has a Koi fish, way to be original….The design is nice and all, but your more creative than that it seems.

vectorss
Oct 12, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Woov Amazing. Thanks

clippingimages
Oct 12, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Great art and design of Koi Illustration. Wonderful tattoo. Thanks for sharing this nice post.

Scarlett
Oct 13, 2009 at 8:35 am

That is absolutely beautiful! If only I can save up to get a tattoo…:D

nOeL
Oct 13, 2009 at 8:37 am

Wow, this is awesome! I love the renderings!

Calvin Tennant
Oct 13, 2009 at 8:39 am

This is really good. Very impressed.

Caina
Oct 13, 2009 at 9:02 am

Very nice tatto! i’ll make one like this, not equals!! xD

FGD
Oct 13, 2009 at 9:37 am

Well done.

Glenn Van Bogaert
Oct 13, 2009 at 10:26 am

Wow, that is well done. I really like it. Hope you enjoyed the workt at it.

shylands
Oct 13, 2009 at 11:19 am

such an awesome post, If I had your patience I would illustrate my sleeve too, but i don’t :)

Redstage Magento
Oct 13, 2009 at 5:34 pm

These are simple amazing and beautiful! Thanks.

Matt
Oct 14, 2009 at 9:44 am

I’m not a big tattoo guy, but I love how you demonstrate the process of your koi illustration on your site.

Dave Parker
Oct 14, 2009 at 10:11 am

This is AWESOME! Very very cool.

JakeCake
Oct 14, 2009 at 12:31 pm

This is so awesome, even when thinking about how much time and effort you put into this single sketch, the finish is still absolutely worth every minute in my opinion :) now if only I could get myself to put more time in my own projects from now on! Thank you

Sidem
Oct 14, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Awesome, wonderful….. Those words are not enough to express my thoughts….. Well done!

Denis
Oct 14, 2009 at 3:39 pm

MY Tattoo here, and MY tattoo there. GET OVER YOURSELF MAN!
Wait for a year and you will see that the ink bleeds into itself. Too much-too soon. You should have got a small one first, to see what way the ink and your skin react.

I’ve seen your ‘illustration’ a thousand times before. Nothing new.

John
Oct 14, 2009 at 4:38 pm

I don’t have any tattoos and I’m not an illustrator, but I am a fan of this blog. I think the tattoo and illustration are both beautiful.

Oh, and this Dennis character (from comment 58) sounds like he has some mental issues; don’t pay any attention to his negativity.

Max
Oct 14, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I’ll second that comment. Denis from comment 58 is a Douche Bag. The tattoo and the illustration are beautiful dude. Take good care of that ink.

Yuki
Oct 14, 2009 at 8:41 pm

it’s absorbing! I love the colors and Koi.
I’m Japanese so I can look many Koi’s illustrations but it’s different from them and great!

Leni
Oct 15, 2009 at 4:52 am

I do find your color choice for the tattoo quite interesting or it may come from the photos but to me it looks like violet, purple, bordeau…nice gamma. I also find your illustration style atractive and charming. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Trudy
Oct 15, 2009 at 6:31 am

Love it!!

Hilmon
Oct 15, 2009 at 6:50 am

Beee-yew-ti-ful!!! :-)
I’m one of those people who “..use photoshop for everything, but one day I’ll get my head around Illustrator”….. Seeing your process here just makes me want to take the plunge TODAY… well, maybe tomorrow :-) Briliant work!!!

Courtny Cotten
Oct 15, 2009 at 9:59 am

@58 Denis – Why do you have to be so aggressive towards Nick sharing his illustrative process with us?! I’m interested in you answer.
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All in all this illustration did turn out pretty sharp.

Deina
Oct 15, 2009 at 10:44 am

You are The Man!!! I love how you merge the idea of sun and flower, or fin and wave… I wish I had half your talent! *falls on face in blind worship*

Patrick
Oct 15, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Phenomenal work man. Absolutely stunning.

I have a confession. It’s sad – both my parents were artists that made their living doing graphic design. So, growing up, they taught me production art and graphic design and now that’s what I do. I can do rockstar print layouts and I’m getting pretty good at web design. I’m a badass production artist, but I never learned to draw. I can do all this cool stuff when you give me the materials to start with, but I can’t seem to make up my own. One of those things I really regret never paying attention to.

I’m jealous. You’ve got some major-league talent man, keep up the great work.

Jonathan
Oct 16, 2009 at 9:05 am

Nice! You’ve got lots of patience… :-)

Claire
Oct 16, 2009 at 10:19 am

Wow! That is a lot of work! And a very feminine illustration for a guy to have done. I would never have that much patience. Well, maybe for that kind of thing. Are you a graphic designer?

Glenn
Oct 16, 2009 at 10:30 am

This is my first time at this blog and I am absolutely amazed. Your Koi illustration is absolutely stunning, it makes me want to learn Illustrator more. I primarily use Illustrator for creating logos as I don’t know enough to do illustrations. Any recommendations on sites to learn Illustrator?

choco
Oct 17, 2009 at 1:14 am

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rx1 zayıflama hapı
Oct 17, 2009 at 4:49 pm

very nice tattoo :)

nika
Oct 19, 2009 at 12:24 am

wow ;) amazing work, stunned by all dem details on ur illustration and tho not a big fan of colord tattoos, urs looks gr8, has sth even witout explainin the bg

Peach
Oct 19, 2009 at 2:17 am

That’s the best of the best.

Robin
Oct 19, 2009 at 3:37 am

Wow! Truly beautiful and inspiring!

Sarah
Oct 19, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Wow! If only I could draw like that! The only good thing I can really draw on Illustrator is a smiley face T.T! Oh the envy….

Pavel
Oct 20, 2009 at 3:55 am

amazing – many hours ;-)

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Oct 22, 2009 at 5:55 am

I spent the next few months getting my demo reel ready. ,

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Web Design Singapore
Oct 23, 2009 at 9:17 am

Nice no doubt but the koi isnt that visible, shouldnt it be the centre of attraction?

Sandra
Oct 24, 2009 at 10:37 am

Very amazing!

Greeting, Sandra

Tala
Oct 26, 2009 at 5:32 am

wow good jobs. i start to work on illustration. thanks for your tips

jolynn
Oct 26, 2009 at 6:34 am

I’m sooo glad to have found your site! the guidelines and tutorials are very useful! thanks! keep up the good work!

Bilal Aslam
Oct 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Just one word: Wow!

salem
Oct 29, 2009 at 9:42 am

O.M.G 0_O this is the most beautiful and spierd desigen I never seen
Keep up with your beautiful artwork:D

Roxanne
Oct 29, 2009 at 11:22 am

Beautiful illustration! I stumbled onto your site in search of inspiring web designs – your site and art are definitely inspiring!!

Linda
Oct 31, 2009 at 5:27 am

wow good jobs. i start to work on illustration.

Daniel
Nov 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm

As a webdesigner, im impressed, very nice! I can tell alot of work have been put into this :) Good work..

Lea
Nov 6, 2009 at 7:17 am

WAUW!!!! :D
It’s amazing!! :D
I wish I had your technique :) Or could learn it some how ;)
Looking forward to your new design :)

Gaps
Nov 8, 2009 at 5:58 am

Simply mesmerizing… looking forward for more… :-)

Website Design
Nov 8, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Wow, great tips, will surely use them in my website

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Nov 9, 2009 at 5:51 am

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Kirill
Nov 10, 2009 at 8:53 am

Great work! My compliments.

Ms. Freeman
Nov 11, 2009 at 1:15 pm

WOW!!! That is so mind blowing. I am in the process of creating a header image for my blog and downloaded a trial version of Coral Painter11. How do Photoshop and Coral Painter 11 compare. Have you used Coral before?

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Nov 13, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Wow, great tips, will surely use them in my website

Dogal Urunler
Nov 16, 2009 at 7:29 am

nice illustration

DuROCHER
Nov 16, 2009 at 10:35 am

Wowww!! Nice Job.
Tks

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Nov 16, 2009 at 9:36 pm

OH MY GOD!!

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Nov 17, 2009 at 6:04 am

Wow, great tips, will surely use them in my website

Wayne
Nov 17, 2009 at 9:04 pm

That is a beautiful design. It really is gripping. Nice Job!

Angelo Beltran
Nov 19, 2009 at 1:03 am

The tentacles, the fish scales, the textures on the bottom left corner…I love it! It’s refreshing to see line art at its awesomeness. Do you have any tips or resources you would recommend for beginners on how to trace and colorize using gradients in Adobe Illustrator?

Dave
Nov 23, 2009 at 2:48 am

Awesome Stuff!

Design Gallery
Nov 23, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Donstudio
Nov 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Great illustration and great tattoo as well. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Don

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Nov 27, 2009 at 11:07 am

This is a a really nice illustration man, loving the texture tips as its something I have never really got my head around. This blog gets better every time I visit, keep up the good work.

Mark Strange
Nov 27, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Wow, really nice job on this one. Quite detailed..

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Nov 27, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Excellent Post , really loved it, its amazing that so much details can be drawn on a Adobe illustrator !

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Jenni Smith
Dec 8, 2009 at 4:22 am

Your work is a huge inspiration and really is beautiful, I would love to have the time to do something as detailed and concentrated with colour. I think you’ve inspired my next project. Thank you!

craig
Dec 18, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Love the vector work. Extremely detailed with a terrific choice of colours. Thanks for posting it.

Angelina M.
Dec 30, 2009 at 9:35 am

O.O WoW das sieht richtig super aus :D

DarkenedSoul
Dec 31, 2009 at 10:09 am

My eye caught this illustration while scrolling through your site and hell, some nice work man! I also liked the fact that u told us how much time it took to actually trace it n colour it all, at least I don’t feel like I’m alone now,
people trully underestimate the endless hours that can be spent on one piece…

Keep up the site n keep up the artwork, will definately pass by some more.

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Jan 6, 2010 at 2:00 am

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Andrea Austoni
Jan 8, 2010 at 4:04 am

Amazing work Nick! I love the flying mushrooms. Original too, something that’s hard to come by these days.
Thanks for telling about the time it took you, it sounds just about right. Now it’s time to convince the clients…
Very inspirational illustration. Kudos for the guts to have such a giant tattoo done. It looks beautiful.

Kristen
Jan 14, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Amazing work! Im a huge fan of yours! :)

Tony Newbury
Jan 14, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Very nice work. I think I’m going to give that a go. Not sure what else I can use apart from a fish??? It could look nice just in shades of the same colour. Good stuff man!

casey
Jan 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm

the detail in this design is truly amazing

Joel Glovier
Jan 21, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I’m very interested to know your method of importing your vector objects as layers into Photoshop. For very complex illustrations I’ve done (such as this one: Revolution2009) I’ve always had a tough time with that. The struggle is if you export you .ai document as a .psd document, you tend to get alot of paths, objects, etc. merged together as one rasterized layer in the final .psd and almost have to put all the objects into their own .ai layers in order to get them to come out well!

MRS.O.
Feb 8, 2010 at 9:34 am

That is really amazing !

Anthony M. Grimaldi
Feb 17, 2010 at 7:43 pm

This is a beautiful piece of artwork! This is dedication and passion for your craft. As a minor vector artist myself, I take enormous delight in all the details, shades, gradients, and shapes. There is so much to view, yet your focus is never distracted away from the koi fish. Wonderful!

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Feb 23, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Very inspirational illustration. Kudos for the guts to have such a giant tattoo done. It looks beautiful.

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Mar 7, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Amazing design! Congratulations!

spongita84
Mar 9, 2010 at 6:39 am

Super awesome work!

Hian Battiston
Mar 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm

I have just one word, AMAZING!

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Mar 17, 2010 at 7:27 am

It’s amazing…!!! it’s so detailed…

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Mar 23, 2010 at 3:28 pm

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kandyce
Apr 11, 2010 at 8:29 pm

wow that is breathtaking…simply amazing! youre so talented…

H&H
Apr 19, 2010 at 9:22 am

Nicely done!! I know when you’re creating something it’s about the appreciation so the least I can do when passing by is to say I have enjoyed looking at your creation.

Sandra Vargas
Apr 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Your art is absolutely amazing!! Fantastic artwork!! Love all the details you have in mind and the way you’ve conceived them on paper, skin, and digitally … wow that’s wonderful!!!

Chaos
Apr 26, 2010 at 1:21 am

I am completely blown away, i came here for some wordpress tips….. i have been here the whole day reading post after post.

This was so amazing. every little detail was so meaningful.

I am quiting my job.

Web Design
Apr 28, 2010 at 9:17 pm

wow very creative!! thanks

Marcelo
May 2, 2010 at 10:51 am

nice illustration, I make tattoo of this illustration, without know, this is inspired in a tattoo

sry english

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May 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Ainda ñ estou na área, mas desde já estou totalmente admirada…parabéns!!!

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May 11, 2010 at 12:05 am

three words: u are awesome !!! I can’t imagine how’d u do that or where did your inspire came from out of your head…beautiful artwork..wish if i could have a sense of art just like u..keep going dude..

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May 25, 2010 at 12:55 am

The detail is staggering.

Gudo Fredo
May 25, 2010 at 2:53 am

WOW ★★★★★

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Jun 5, 2010 at 2:26 am

WOW!!! awesome illustration!!! I just found this website from google and i love it so much! it has so many useful tutorials, not only for photoshop and illustrator, but css too!!! By the way, this illustration is so detailed and i like the grungy background you made. i had been looking for a tutorial teaching me how to make such a background a long period already, it seems like it’s not that hard to make one(hopefully it is not). anyways, i like your work so much!!

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Jun 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm

wwoooww… luarrrr… biasa…

Nicholas Czuma
Jun 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Really nice. I’ve always had issues working with vector programs for detailed designs, but I like the crisp clean look it produces.

Rowena N
Jun 21, 2010 at 7:18 am

WOW – I loved your abstract phoenix & peacock and haven’t visited your website for some time. I was looking for a WordPress Theme and saw your work again…Koi…I am still mesmerized. Your illustrations are absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing them…they are a beauty to the eye.

James
Jul 15, 2010 at 6:12 am

Awesome! Truly inspirational work – thank you so much for taking the time to show your working methods and creative process.

doris
Jul 15, 2010 at 7:39 am

nice illustration, I make tattoo of this illustration, without know, this is inspired in a tattoo

chiho
Jul 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm

just wanna say, amazing…

rosette
Jul 29, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Absolutely amazing! I love your tutorials. You are a real inspiration. I hope one day to come close to being able to do this!

Sean McCann
Aug 23, 2010 at 6:51 pm

That design is beautiful! I love the creativity that art can inspire. Just started to use Illustrator myself so can hopefully create a piece as amazing as that in the future.

Darkened Soul
Sep 5, 2010 at 2:13 pm

And again, coming back to watch this soft n niceness, it still is as beautiful as when i first saw this piece, respect ;)

Chelsea
Sep 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm

My gosh, your designs are so delicious! Your a design king ^^

David Maguire
Sep 22, 2010 at 7:48 am

Wow to that! That is a simply amazing work of art! Kois are really attractive, be it art or real. I am a Koi fish grower myself..That work of yours, gave more importance to koi fishes. Thanks!

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Oct 17, 2010 at 7:52 am

Wow…great work!!

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Jan 6, 2011 at 10:45 am

I hope the next design will be different from this work .

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Jan 15, 2011 at 12:42 am

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Jul 30, 2011 at 7:08 am

Really fascinating by your work.

Navigate in your website is a pleasure.

Regards

Jomarl Natividad
Oct 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Wow! nice artwork! Please send me some tutorial or suggestion on how to create a professional and eye catching logo design.

Thanks & God Bless:-)

Moliva
Dec 9, 2011 at 9:03 am

Navigate in your website is a pleasure.

Suzette
Jan 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm

WOW! That is so beautiful! What a joy to see the process. Thank you for sharing.

abbas
Jan 4, 2012 at 6:17 am

Excellent design (Babol, Iran)

abbas
Jan 4, 2012 at 6:18 am

a very nice

JDML
Jan 7, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Wow.

Satyanarayan Singh
Jan 12, 2012 at 10:03 am

It is a real Art. I am very effective from this Art.

CAT
Jan 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Superbe =)

Jennifer M.
May 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

This is amazingly cool! I love this!! Thank you for explaining some of the details and thought process behind it. I am a first-year graphic design student and sometimes I look at other people’s artwork and think that I must be doing something wrong because I can’t achieve a certain look very quickly. It’s interesting to realize that even someone who knows what they’re doing has to take days sometimes to do the work on a design!

Adrian
May 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

This is really cool and inspirational!! I will definitely start to document my design process like this. And the finished design looks great. Thanks!

Daya
Oct 6, 2012 at 7:18 am

You are terrific designer

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