|Outline of the turtle design|
|a bit of adjustments to the sketch|
Then I started on the tribal patterns inside the turtle body, with some rows of spearheads and otherrepetitive shapes and elements
Once the pencil drawing was completed, I used 3 different markers to trace the outlines of the tattoodesign. First a thick Edding Marker with a 3mm tip, then a Copic Multiliner 1mm, and finally a Pigma Micron 04 for the finer details in the design.
|Using a Copic multiliner 1mm|
|all lines traced with marker and fineliner|
When all the black lines and shapes were traced, I got to the favorite part of designing tribal tattoos, shading and layering with my set of Classic Copic Markers in 9 different greytones.
|Started adding shading with Copic markers in greytones|
I use the N5 marker to draw the thick shading and the other tones to add more depth.
Below you see a photo of the first stages of the shading proces:
Once the shading was done, the final high quality design looks like this. The turtle has a nice row of spearheads flowing from the body into the full tattoo.
When I complete the design, I make a set of digital mockups for my customers, so you can see how the tattoo looks on different bodyparts.
It's a rough preview, so it's not 100% perfect, but it gives you an idea.
Here are 5 different examples:
|halfsleeve tattoo with turtle|
|inner forearm tattoo|
|forearm tattoo sleeve with turtle in tribal designs|
|thigh tattoo with koru turtle|
|stomach tattoo and upperback turtle design|
And finally I decided to create a nice Youtube video of the steps from start to finished design:
Have a great day!
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