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Marta Adán: Illustrations of Mystical Women with Face Tattoos

Subtlety and grandeur is the key when it comes to tattoo apprentice Marta Adán's multimedia drawings of mystical tattooed ladies.

Xavier in Tattoo Artists

Most of the works of the artists I've written about before consisted of heavy tattoo imagery and designs. Marta Adán's will be different. The Spanish-based tattoo apprentice and freelance digital artist have had a long-running series of illustrations featuring women with ethereal glow and distinctive facial tattoos that merely added up to their beauty.

While her being a tattoo apprentice may have contributed to the subtle influence of tattoos in her works, Marta doubtlessly knew just how to execute illustrations well. With a rich palette consisting of strong royal colors and soft pastel hues and strong highlights, Marta Adán's celestial women looked lustrous as ever.

While most of the women in her drawings sported subtle yet, in a way, glaringly eye-catching face tattoos, Marta keeps the focus away from the tattoo and instead shift it to the whole image. In that way, she makes it seem as if the point of tattoos is only to enhance the character's beauty rather than being the focal point of the piece. With titles like “Gods and Monsters” and “Bathory,” nothing less is to be expected from Marta's works.


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    Marta is currently based in Castellón de la Plana, Spain.

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    You may see the rest of Marta's works here.



    When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife


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