Could you please elaborate a bit on your work (doesn't have to be this piece in particular)? I'm an apprentice and I just love how "painterly" and soft all of your ink is laid down. I'd be really interested to know stuff like; what machine setup you are using, how long something like this (or a half-sleeve, or whatever...) in general takes you typically, what inks/needle groupings you prefer, etc...you know, the technical stuff? Also, any tips and/or tricks of the trade you find most useful would be awesome too.
I'm sure you are busy, so if you could take the time and enlighten me to your process I'd greatly appreciate it, and I thank you in advance! Of course, keep up the great work as well!!
There's nothing i can teach you really. Just draw draw draw,create your own style and that's it. There's no magic in any kind of technique, and what suits me,wouldn't suit you or another person, so you have to search on your own. You won't become a better tattoo artist if i tell you how i shade my tatts or what needles do i use. The main thing is that you have to fucking breathe your tattoos inside out, that's what i did, and i'm still giving 120% to most of my tattoos. I studied almost 6 years arts and design, and print art. Started to tattoo because it is infinite to what you can do in this artform and the best part of it is to search yourself in it and see what you can bring out to the world,not the opposite. The basics is all you need,the rest is up to you. That's how i did it, and that worked for me
There is "methodology" to everything; I spent 6 years at a university learning the methods of Metal Craft and pedagogy in Art Education; it is true to say that in all fields of art everybody does things their own unique way while keeping roughly to the basics of their particular craft, which is what essentially gives each artist their own unique "style." However, since I am so new to tattoo, I do feel it worth investing my time inquiring into the methodology side of the art form from various artists while I apprentice, after all, "no art is made in a vacuum..." and any insights are of value to me right now.
Thank you very much for the suggestion, I will definitely look into it!
I was looking at purchasing either Guy Aitchison, Dike DeVries, or Nikko Hurtado's Instructional books and/or DVD series, but they are all really pricey for a poor apprentice such as myself, lol. If Joshua Carlton's is as good as you say, I'll definitely pick up a copy asap.
there's a magical place called torrents I found Aitchinson's 2nd dvd, Nikko's, and Carlton's dvd. The best i think is carlton's,most informative. because everything happens in real time,there are many questions asked,that are really helpfull,he talks also about machine set up,that made perfect sense to me afterwards in my tattooing, and lets say in nikko's dvd he talks almost the whole time like: Here i'm putting this colour in,doing this and that,not much of an info
...not that I would ever contemplate stealing Hurtado or Aitchison's merchandise, haha , but to be honest I've searched high and low for the torrents and I could never find shit! All I ever ran across was super "anchient" Huck Spaulding instructionals and really basic stuff. I dunno where you were looking, but good job finding them dude. I'll totally just buy the Joshua Carlton series, they're pretty reasonable anyways.