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Tattoo Art: How To Draw Tattoos To Sell
Drawing Tattoos To Be Tattooed
For awhile now I have been drawing tattoos for some local tattooist as well as selling them through ebay and this has proved quite a learning curve for my own art and how I create it.
First of all drawing your own tattoo could give you a discount if you hand over the tattoo with a few other related designs on what is called a tattoo flash sheet, a full sheet of A4 or A3 with anything from 3 to 8 or more tattoo designs, but remember you want to make it easier for the tattooist to actually apply the tattoos, so you have to supply the line work, as well as the coloured tattoo artwork and I find it best to laminate the sheets to not only protect the art, but it makes it look professional.
Really though with any tattoo art you draw and create, you need to make your art in sets, so that you can sell them in sets, as this is what the tattooists and tattoo collectors look for, as well as original and professional tattoos they cannot get anywhere else, so the customized tattoo is the best way of achieving this, if you can draw yourself, then why not try to make some money out of it.
When approaching a local tattooist, it is best to ask more questions about what tattoos sell? and what they are after, you'll find that they are more open to tell you as they have that knowledge through their weekly dealings with tattoo requests from clients, when you irst approach a tattoo artist you may nervous at first, but this usually disappears after a few meetings with them, after all you are trying to get your art out there and some of these will help spread your name if they like your work.
I've often got £30 to £40 for each set and I usually do them in no more than sets of five and some tattooists will tell you if the same tattoo sets appear down the road in another tattoo shop, then they won't buy any of your work again, so try to do two types of tattoo art, one that will be strictly one offs for your local tattooist and the other made to order limited editions that you can sell on ebay, you may need to print these all out or save them on disk and go and print a set when someone orders, my experience is that you need to provide a clear photo of what people will get when they buy and a description to back up your photo as in the beginning I did a couple of vague photos that people questioned with some feedback and this resulted in my art not selling, so I bought a better digital camera and did some better photos.
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Tribal Flash Sheet Example
Draw Then Sell Your Tattoo Art
So How To Draw A Tattoo
First things first, starting out with an idea helps and your idea has to be spread out as a theme for your full set, so as to make a well remembered set, you have to start to sketch and build a good series of tattoos.
Often times, I have drawn one tattoo, then cut it out and placed three large designs on one sheet of A3 and I'd probably do 2 of these and the other 3 in the set of 5 will be smaller tattoos, the mistake though is to rty and put lots of detail on your art, when in reality the designs need to be simplified, some tattooists will simplify a drawing down anyway, but if you make it easier for them, then they will be more likely to buy your artwork.
Once these sketches have been roughed out on paper, you need to black ink the designs to make them more clearer and to trace later on as you need to have the line work and the coloured work separate.
When it comes to colouring your flash sheets I colour them with felt tips and other coloured pencils like cheap Crayolas and Sharpie Markers and clean them up on the computer, add some effects to them if appropriate, although I don't have anything flash like photoshop yet, I do use other free software to add some basic effects, I use gimp, although I need to explore more of this free art software program(something for another hubpage perhaps) as it looks really good especially from what the professionals do with it, if you take a look at IDrawGirls.com which has some really good examples of Gimp produced art combined with other art software he uses...it's simple fantastic.
Then when done I number, sign and put a link to either my blog or some other web destination that shows some of my art at least, then I laminate the finished pieces and place them in my art folder until I sell them.
See how I drew a demonic tattoo idea on this hubpage - Drawing a Demonic Tattoo
I'll probably come back and do a full tutorial on how to draw what I explained here, but my scanner has gone to heaven and I'll have to get another one, although I could do a video!!
Make some money with your art and get paid to draw