3 hours ago
It’s @Lanny.Markasky of Memento Publishing, and today I want to talk about a few things you can do, prior to tattooing, to get a better final result. If you swipe to image 2, you can see an example of thumbnail sketches. Thumbnails are small, simple drawings, and the point is to very quickly try different things to find what works best. You could try different compositions in each one, different arrangements of objects, different lighting situations, etc. It doesn’t matter how ugly these quick sketches are as long as you can read them and see if you’re ideas are working or not. If you swipe to image 3 we have examples of notan sketches. These can be another version of thumbnails, or a separate exercise. The point here is to understand your design in only two values. If you can design a composition that reads well with strong shapes of just black and white, your piece will be much more successful, even after making it full value. Swipe to image 4 and you can see an example of value studies. Again these are meant to be kept simple, and explore different value arrangements. You can try different light sources, different times of day, or just changing what shapes are light and what shapes are dark. Keeping these really simple allows you to try a lot of ideas quickly and choose the best. Swiping to image 5, we see color studies. Following the same trend, keep things simple, and try out whatever you think would be interesting. Different times of day would call for different colors, you could change the color of the light source, try out color harmonies from the color wheel, play with secondary colored light sources, add or reduce color contrast, etc. Whether working directly from a photo, or creating your own compositions, these are all great exercises to to add your own style into the piece and make better work. Even if you’re just doing a portrait, why not try a few color studies and see if there’s anything you can do to make the color more interesting? When you put in the work, and make good, informed decisions, you’ll see the difference!