Start Thinking Like a Tattoo Artist
A good tattoo artist develops a strong eye for shape, color, and line work, and I’ll give you some exercises that will help you regardless of the type of art you want to do.
1. Improve Your Understanding of Line
At first, don’t worry about shading; instead, focus on drawing strong lines and gradually increasing the complexity of your drawings, such as a brick pattern on a building, wallpaper, or clothing designs.
How to Practice Your Line for Tattooing
Once you’ve completed 10u201312 pencil line drawings, take a medium-tip pen and a clean sheet of paper and ink all of your lines on a glass table or a window, trying to make your lines as clean (not wobbly) as possible.
How to Practice Drawing 3D on the Body
Get some masking tape and tape a body part to make a wide area for you to practice on. Notice how the image looks from various angles and how the body part changes the appearance of the image.
3. Pick Up Some Markers
These are some high-quality markers that you can use to experiment with color combinations and separation.
4. Get Comfortable With Color
For tattooing, having a good sense of color is essential; not only do you need to know what a color will look like when mixed with flesh tones, but you also need to be good at picking and separating colors.
How to Practice Tattoo Coloring Skills
I recommend starting with light colors and working your way darker, then refining your work by making those shapes and shadows separate pieces with as little overlap as possible once you’ve gotten a good sense of how the colors interact.
5. Check Out Some Tattoo Books
Get some books with a lot of pictures of tattoos and see what combinations other artists use, then try to replicate the designs with your inking skills.
6. Design a Tattoo For Yourself
If you want to start a career in tattooing, you’ll need to know where to begin. Most tattooists begin by practicing with the machine on fruit or fake skin; read So You Want to Start a Career in Tattooing for more information on how and where to practice.
7. Find Someone to Apprentice With
As an apprentice, you are an assistant in exchange for hands-on experience and information; these are important skills to know because you will spend more time cleaning up and setting up than inking.
Can I be a tattoo artist if I can’t draw?
There are no rules that say you have to draw to tattoo; it’s perfectly acceptable to be a copy/color by numbers artist or a basic flash artist; many successful artists do just that and make a living doing so, as do about 90% of all self-taught artists who don’t want to learn new mediums.
Do tattoo artists know how do you draw?
So, the first step to becoming a tattoo artist is to learn and practice drawing. This step will require several sketchbooks and pens or pencils, which you will use to draw shapes, objects, patterns, and create designs on your own.
What do tattoo artists use to draw?
After a traced design is applied, the artist can use their skills to follow the lines and fill in the blanks for the perfect tattoo. Dip pens and tracing paper are valuable tools used to create what is known as a “tattoo stencil,” which helps ensure a client gets exactly what they want from their ink.
How similar is tattooing to drawing?
Many people mistakenly believe that tattooing is the same as drawing on skin; while there are some important overlapping skills, a tattoo artist is not the same as a sketch artist. A good tattoo artist develops a strong eye for shape, color, and line work.
Do tattoo Apprentices get paid?
Will I be paid as an apprentice? Most tattoo apprenticeships are unpaid, so you’ll have to work a side job until you get your license, just like students aren’t paid for going to college.
Are tattoo artists rich?
Famous body artists can earn up to $500 per hour or more because they do everything from infinity symbols on fingers to stunning full body designs. When skin is your canvas, gifted artistry, steady hands, and raw courage are required.
Is becoming a tattoo artist worth it?
The tattoo industry isn’t easy to break into, but if you’re persistent and work hard to constantly hone your craft, it can be extremely rewarding, as you’ll be helping people mark significant moments in their lives on a daily basis.
What are the cons of being a tattoo artist?
Working as a tattoo artist has its drawbacks.
- Tattoo artists have a shady reputation.
- A few mistakes can ruin your career.
- You have a high level of responsibility.
- Mistakes are difficult to correct.
- Tattoo artists may infect people with diseases.
- Tattooists may be held liable for mistakes.
Can you tattoo with a sharpie?
Sharpies, while permanent, are easily erased with tattoo soaps or alcohol, and the tattooing will go over the on-skin drawing lightly, with the sharpie gently wiping away as we tattoo, leaving the client with a beautiful new tattoo.
What kind of ink is used for tattoo stencils?
GREAT FOR HAND-PAINTED STENCILS: If you prefer to freehand tattoo stencils, Electrum Nox Violet Tattoo Stencil Ink is the best option; it’s used by the best in the industry.
How can I practice tattooing without a gun?
Simulate the weight of the tattoo machine applicator with a weighted pencil or pen. Some tattooists recommend simulating the weight of the tattoo machine applicator with a weighted pencil or pen. This machine uses an applicator heavier than a pen or pencil to drive ink into the sub-layers of the skin, leaving behind permanent skin art.
What fruits are best for tattooing?
As previously stated, it’s not uncommon for apprentices to practice on fruit at first u2013 the most common fruits being oranges, grapefruit, and occasionally bananas u2013 but another option for practicing tattooing is pig skin, also known as ‘practice skin.’
How do I start tattooing myself?
Ensure that all of your equipment is sterile.
- Put your needle in a pot of water and boil it for five minutes just before you plan to give yourself a tattoo.
- Pour your ink cleanly.
- Use less ink than you think you’ll need.
- Put on clean rubber gloves.