In case you missed it, I spent six months apprenticing with Isaac Newman, now of La Cosa Nostra Ink, formerly at Art District Tattoo in North Hollywood. I learned how to tattoo, starting with the basics, setting up, taking down, and hygiene. There’s nothing more important than being meticulous about avoiding cross contamination. I did lots of tattoos, some bad, some great, some took hours, some took minutes. I loved it. It’s a new medium I am very interested in. Added bonus: Painting and drawing when the customers are light is completely expected. I had a great time, experienced a really wild life, and can’t thank the incredibly talented Isaac enough for the opportunity. I’m sure there’s some wild stories to tell, they’ll have to wait til later.
Peony, Digital study (when I first got my ipad pro!)
Digital Drawing tip #1
My focus on this piece was to really think about broad, loose shapes that would still slightly indicate my subject. I tend to get pretty interested in details and this occasionally leads me to miss those larger, more important shapes. One advantage of using the ipad and Procreate is that I can “click out” of the picture – the digital version of stepping back. When I click out it’s easy to see if the thumbnail makes sense. If there is a huge drawing error, I can correct it. We always say it’s very important to use a mirror to see your drawing errors, or to walk away and look at your painting from afar, and I can’t emphasize this enough. With digital, it’s even easier. Just check your thumbnail.
Another advantage of this method is that you can do several quick sketches and see them together. When you see them, it’s easy to understand where you went wrong (or right) in the drawings time and time again, so when you’re putting your pen, pencil, or paint down, you can be ready to avoid or correct those errors in advance. It makes you a better artist over all when you know what your problems are.
I was challenged to do a very good portrait in under an hour 😀 This is one that I have painted before, if you recognize it 😉
I liked to keep this one at my station 😉
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