Sorry for taking long to get to your forum post--I let the forum die and plus I've been out of town.
So I chose this piece that you psoed because I love love love the details. Alot of the symmetry going on here is simply in the different types of patterns going on here. The ups and downs against the hearts is a really interesting touch. Though everything is flowing in an opposite direction, the entire piece feels complete. The best part would have to be the palatte--red, white and black--a robust choice for the subject matter and patterns. Alot of the things stand out because of that choice. I also like how you opted for organic lines versus geometric lines. The balance is nicely noted. I also like the spalshes of solid color--gives the viewer a good place to rest and follow through. Nice job.
For critique I can only give you tips on how to boost the black values so that the entire piece looks saturated. All you can do with it is to scan it at a high resolution(as you did) then scale it down to capture the feel of saturation. I know it's a traditional piece so you can skip it if you want.
In the end, it's good and I think you have talent for design.
I really really like this! I had to show my fiance and he, who is not easily amused, said it was"fuckin badass".
I wish I had the guts to get something like that, I just think it's so out there though. I mean, really? How do you come up with something like that? Bad dream? lol
Anyway, great job!!! gl with that tattoo stuidio job!