and I think I'm finally down to a concept that is really meaningful to me. I'm looking for refinements/comments on feasibility/inspired ideas from others on the concept, as well as recommendations for an artist in Maryland (especially the Rockville/Bethesda area).
Galileo is one of my science heroes, being the father of modern science. To me he embodied the concept of open-minded skepticism, wanting to physically test claims about nature ("Do heavier objects really
fall faster?") and willing to drastically change his worldview based on observation. I've also got problems with organized religion, so he appeals to me for his contrariness and "scientific martyrdom". I'm a big astronomy buff and admire his skill in improving telescopes as well. So here's what I'm planning:
I want a depiction of his discovery of the moons of Jupiter, which is sort of what led to the entire Galileo Affair. I'm planning it on the inside left forearm, so that I can choose whether to display it or not (I'm a guy). Comments on the practicality of this location? I want a depiction of this telescope
- the image is a replica of an authentic Galileo instrument. It will be sitting on a table next to a few stacked sheets of paper, with this sheet
on top. Next to the papers is an inkwell and fountain pen. I don't expect to copy the entire sheet of paper, just some scribbles for the text and enlarged versions of the astronomical sketches at the bottom. Also, I'm not sure the table itself is necessary, so I may just draw the telescope and manuscript papers. If possible, I'd like to have some of his drawings of the moon
sticking out from the bottom sheets of paper.
I want it to be relatively small, maybe about 3"x4" or so. I'm looking for a couple things:
1) This will be my first tattoo, so I don't know much about what's feasible. Will this design work?
2) Any comments on the location?
3) Any great ideas for changes or other ways to depict the same concept?
4) Comments on historical accuracy? Would he actually have used a fountain pen? Did he make these observations outside or through a window? I suspect he didn't actually use this particular telescope, but I'm willing to give a little artistic license since his actual field scope would have been plain and boring-looking, and I like the ornateness of this model.
5) Recommendations for an artist. I'd like the design to have detail and realism - accurate shading on the telescope and authentic-looking manuscript papers. I live in Maryland, near Rockville, but I'm willing to travel for an awesome recommendation. Extra double bonus points if they're a science geek or have done other similar designs.