Blocking in Color-Lining Tattoos with a Shader

Submitted 01.25.23

Blocking in Colors


“all of these shapes have been made with a mag… lots of greys and muted tones laid straight over that black, so a lot of my value decisions were already made…”

– Jake Meeks

Moving onto color now, since all my value problems were solved with the black, it was just a matter of glazing right over the tattoo with lots of muted tones to give life to the tree. From there, the background is then glazed right on as well, paying close attention to the positive and negative values as they approach the tree to avoid making the piece too crowded and busy.



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