How To Design A Tattoo Sleeve
Tattoo Sleeve Designing
A tattoo sleeve is a type of tattoo that covers the whole of a persons arm and so here we can go through some of the ways in which to design a tattoo sleeve, first we need to set an average arm size and stick with it, because sleeves can be customized anyway and so it is the design we need to focus on and we need something visually interesting enough to make a great tattoo sleeve.
Some types of tattoo art that can be used for your sleeve tattoo are:
Celtic knotwork - This form of interlinking knotwork is great for a backdrop on your tattoo.
Tribal Designs - Swirls and other fancy designs that could fit around your centrepiece of art.
Japanese art - Fish and other japanese symbols.
A good way of designing a sleeve tattoo for someones arm is to take a tracing of the outline of someones arms who is going to get the tattoo, this will help with fitting the design right on someones arm, now all you have to do is start to draw a tattoo, start with an idea and run with it.
A good sleeve tattoo has something central to the overall tattoo, like a centre piece and then all of the other elements surround it, this main part of your tattoo doesn't always have to be right in the middle, it can be off centre to the wrist or the shoulder, it doesn't matter, so long as your design looks strong and powerful with the elements that fit in place.
Here I will start off with a popular design sketch of a biomechanical tattoo sleeve design, watch the video below to see the first sketch of our design and how I develop it in the following 3 videos after it.
Designing A Tattoo Sleeve Sketch 1
Developing The Tattoo Design
In the following second video, the drawing of the tattoo design can be seen to be taking shape and so therefore we can darken some of the pencil lines so that the tattoo sleeve is ready for the inking stage which is up next.
Watch the video!
Tattoo Sleeve Drawing Video 2
Tattoo Sleeve Ink Stage
Inking your tattoo sleeve design is our next step and this can be done with any good art marker pen, it's up to you, I use a Sharpie marker as they are best. Try to improve your design at this step as you want strong ink lines for your tattoo design.
Watch the video!
Tattoo Sleeve Design Inking The Tattoo Video 3
Final Ink Work On The Tattoo Sleeve
Last minute ink work, just finishing off the inking of the tattoo art is the best thing as you can try to think up some colours for the end result.
I'll do a colour version and upload it here soon, in the meantime watch the final video for designing a tattoo sleeve.
Tattoo Sleeve Designing Video 4
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