I am looking to get a thigh tattoo (around 5-6 inches tall by 4 inches wide) of a black velociraptor fossil vector, surrounded by wild flowers, with the words "c'est la vie" under/above it (possibly in a banner)
I like layouts that have the flowers and ferns acting as a sort of wreath/frame around the fossil, like a classic cameo portrait
I want the design to only use black - the fossil should be solid to juxtapose the light and delicate/detailed looking flowers. No shading other than using black lines for crosshatching or stippling to create a shading effect - no actual grey tones are to be used.
I want the fossil to be in the typical 'curled' position that velociraptor fossils are shown in - I have two examples in the images - so that the flowers and ferns can go around it, almost like a wreath.
I like geometric shapes, dotting techniques, and other various things to fill in empty spaces and make it more appealing and eye catching without a lot of dead space. There are a few examples of this in the photos as well! Details such as a dotted circle, like a 'halo', in the background or various 'fillers' with lines and dots are totally acceptable.
You are free to use most types of flowers (predominantly wild flowers, and not things like roses or lilies) - I am not super picky, but I want this to remind me of being a kid picking wild flowers while pretending to hunt for dinosaur fossils. Whimsical, light and feminine, to juxtapose the less-feminine image of a velociraptor fossil! I like daisies, poppies, carnations, sunflowers, zinnia, buttercups, etc etc. Avoid flowers that curl out (like lilies).
I've also included general styles that I like for how to show the depth of the flowers without using grey shading - solid and thin lines, stipping, and broken up lines to create shading versus a 'smudged' or 'blended' grey.