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Post by Whippet on Sat May 07, 2016 10:28 pm

I promised myself a crack at a portrait this weekend, so here goes.

Set up 11RM (most used) 7RS 3RL (hardly used) - Canvas: Porky Pig 16cm high

This fucking pained me...all the way through!

I started with a detailed tonal map, which in reality was really confusing and did more harm than good. Once i got flowing I found it better to just eye things in (like I would with a pencil...durr) and next time i'll stick to main facial landmarks as a map. Lesson here was remember how to draw, not get panicky because its made with needles.

Despite reading 'not to', I couldnt help putting a few solid lines in at the start. I got away with the eyes but ones on the neck, cheek and crease on hat still haunt me each time I look at this. Lesson here is follow the good advice.

I decided I wanted a dark image (yep really) so I dropped all the values in Photoshop and printed a deep moody looking image, solid background to lift the highlights (i Thought). Over an hour later I'm still inking in the BG and the result looks more like a gothic painting than a tattoo. Lesson here is let the skin do some of the work. definitely doing an oppositie one (tonally) next time. Light and bright

Final lesson was about ambition. I chose a craggy face on purpose and I liked all the detail in the original picture, all around the scarf and the neck and all sorts. Buy hey, you'll never see that because after so many hours (5-6) I started working the detail out and simplifying...it was beating me.

I’m not completely dissatisfied with my first tattoo portrait, in fact I feel quite pleased with it (as it lives on a pig skin in my freezer, not a person)...but I feel humbled by the challenge. I take my hat off to you guys that have this stuff down. [bows down in admiration]

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Post by Loulou on Sun May 08, 2016 12:35 pm

portraits are head stress , i think they are either your thing or they aint , thats my opinion , and i do everything i can to avoid them , you can tell who it is , but its so hard to tell on pigskin , and im the last person to give advice on anything like this
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Post by Whippet on Sun May 08, 2016 12:48 pm

I think you're right..super stress.

Right now I'm just enjoying trying stuff out that I never did before, see what fits and what doesn't
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Post by Ketchup Kid on Mon May 09, 2016 10:50 pm

is that charles bronson?
what was that western with him in it... i forget...
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Post by Whippet on Mon May 09, 2016 10:51 pm

Magnificent 7
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Post by Ketchup Kid on Mon May 09, 2016 11:01 pm

no the other one, the better one
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Post by Ketchup Kid on Mon May 09, 2016 11:02 pm

once upon a time in the west
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Re: BIG learning curve

Post by Whippet on Tue May 10, 2016 12:54 am

Thank Google you remembered that one
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Post by Ketchup Kid on Tue May 10, 2016 1:42 am

no i swear it just came to me.

and also that british movie "bronson" with the lunatic in prison that thinks he's charles bronson.
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Post by Whippet on Tue May 10, 2016 5:40 pm

Yeah that is Tom Hardy at is very best --- great movie
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