I Should Get This Tattooed!
By Abigail Walouke (abbimation), Red Engine Illustrator
I love tattoos, yes including the heart tattoo with "mom" written across it. And I love the illustrations that are prepared by the tattoo artist for the sessions with their clients. The shading that needs to be done is different than that of a shading technique with charcoal or paint.
Even through the pain of getting my own half sleeve, I couldn't help but observe the way my artist (shout out to Quil at Riot Ink in Columbus, Ohio!) was shading in my tattoo, using a minimal pointillism technique like that of the famous A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat.
I wanted to increment different types of shading techniques using lines and dots like Seurat. It is amazing to see how a piece of illustration can pop when the time is taken to make every little mark.
I give you Roses and Tattoos, 2022, Procreate