I’m looking to become an tattoo artist as well and what has really helped me improve my art skills is solid research on drawing techniques and practice. There are plenty of youtube videos and websites that will teach you how drawing techniques. I also have a couple of college books on the subject that I’ll give you the names of if you want.
A helpful hint in learning proper shading techniques is to download images of what you want to draw, remove all the color, and increase the contrast. This will help you see how they’re shaded as well as how the shading helps the image look more 3D.
Something else I would recommend is drawing with ink instead of pencil. This takes A LOT of practice but it will help prepare you. Just like in a tattoo you can’t erase ink.
Best of luck.
that would be great for the names of them books dude! thanks
You can learn alot by tracing. Find photos of real skulls, roses, birds, etc… Trace them and then shade everything like you see in the photos. Learn how things are put together. Break things down into shapes and build off of the basic shapes into a finished drawing. A skull is basically a sphere rammed into a small cylinder with some holes in it. Take courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, and design.
Tattooing is always growing as an artform and clients are expecting more and more all the time. Don’t limit yourself to only tattoo related art. Tattoo artists these days are fine artists in their own right. Everyone at my shop has a degree in fine arts and the work shows. New artists these days have big shoes to fill. Are you up for the task?
THIS WAS A GREAT SUGGESTION, however i suggest going to michaels or another art supply store and getting some pencils. different shades of blacks and greys. they usually have a set. not colored ones just the graytones
yeah im planning to dude when i get payed on the 1st of July can’t wait haha, going to get loads of the shit i need to get practicing!
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out of all my drawing courses i have taken in the past 5 yrs i absoultly learned the most and gained the most knwoledge about drawing in Life Drawing courses. this helps with seeing shapes of objects not what you percieve something to look like. and makes you concentrate on really studying the thing your drawing and has greatly improved my art. so definately sign up for a few life drawing classes. also look up blind contour drawings this helps a lot with studying the shape and form of the object your drawing.
Yeah, that definitely looks like something I’ll be buying. Thanks, man! Matter of fact, the whole damned series looks invaluable.