In a complex tattoo art-piece, half the effort lies in the details. It may be a play of textures, or a network of lines, or a rich pattern, that creates the complexity in the design. Whatever the detailing you want, tattoo pencil sketches are a good place to begin. You can get the artist to sketch the initial tattoo idea. This gives a firm basis for the final ink work. The tattoo artist often adds a bit of color to get closer to the final design of the tattoo.
The rough sketch for a tattoo design, starts with a simple outline drawing. The tattoo artist often adds depth and dimension to the drawing, depending on the look and style. You may find parallel lines used to add a soft detailed look to a simple pencil sketch. To create a richer and more uniform look, the tattoo artist may bring the lines closer. You often find crosshatching and hatching techniques added to enhance the depth of the design. If the drawing has human or animal figures, selective shading gives a softly stylish look. For example, the artist may use shadow effects in specific areas, such as the hair or eyes. Here are some dynamic tattoo sketches.
Soft uniform shading gives a life like feel to this heart crown tattoo sketch.
Soft pencil sketch techniques go into this realistic looking drawing of a hand.
The spaced out lines looks neat. The intricately detailed drawing shows a fish.
The dense shaded areas give a rich dimension to the hummingbird pencil sketch.
A maniac looking shaded rabbit with a skull on its back, sits looking at a big skull.
Lightly drawn patterns add a rich look to this elaborate tattoo pencil sketch.
The bold lines define the edges of the fish tattoo sketch. The center has blue ink work.
Soft pencil shading brings out the details of this warrior tiger sketch. An Yin Yang motif is inked on the tiger’s belt.
The light crosshatch pencil shading gives an artistic look to this tattoo sketch.
The swift pencil sketch strokes look dynamic, in the tattoo sketch art-pieces.
Different shades of blue brighten the fish and bubbles, in this tattoo sketch.
Dense strokes add a rich life like look to the fur, in this cat tattoo sketch.
The thick borders lightly contrast with the fine inner lines on the octopus.
Elegant pencil shading has been used to create the face. Crosshatch techniques add depth to the drawing.
Crosshatching and hatching add to the play of textures, in this tattoo sketch.
The drawing has bold borders, giving it a neat look. The fine parallel strokes add detail.
The light shading gives a rounded look to the cheeks. Fine lines border the design.
Smooth pencil shading with variations of depth, look rich in this Manga sketch.
The fine flowy lines of this pencil sketch, give the figure a free unbounded look.
The eye hollows, petals of rose, and leaves are textured with soft pencil shading.
Blue tones with crosshatch pencil shading, create this artistic tattoo sketch. The long curves have a natural flow.
Lightly sketched details fill up the figure of this big bearded man. A cool tattoo sketch.
The shading has been done in a smooth manner, giving the drawing a sensuous look.
Parallel lines and a few shaded areas add detail to this simple line drawing.
The thick red lines give a fiery look to this eagle. Black shading adds the shadows.
This skilfully sketched drawing shows a Halloween scene. A scarecrow and pumpkins enhance the rich look.
This cute pink sketch shows a cartoon bird in different postures. Soft shading adds a bit of detail to the picture.
Smudged effects soften the fine lines, in this pencil sketch showing an octopus.
The light pencil sketch on textured paper shows a dragon with extended wings.
The swiftly sketched lines create a dynamic flow, in this Mexican tattoo sketch.