The newest Ask Guy critique is now live! This month's critique is of an illustrative piece, which provided ample opportunity to focus the discussion on the topic of linework, and how to use linework to your advantage to make your designs as clear and readable as possible. I use Photoshop in my critiques in order to clearly illustrate exactly what I'm talking about. You can find it in this month's Tattoo Magazine, Issue #321, on newsstands now, or you can check it out at the Ask Guy Archive along with past columns featuring not only tattoo critiques but also a variety of questions on all kinds of tattoo related topics.
Several of these critiques were done specifically to illustrate points that I discuss in my electronic educational package, Reinventing The Tattoo. If you are a Reinventing subscriber, check out Chapters 2.2, 2.3 and 2.6 to see how they've been rewritten and integrated into the text, and take the time to review the important topics discussed here- Positive/Negative relationships, Contrast, and Lines/Edges. If you are not a subscriber, please take a moment to drop by www.ReinventingTheTattoo.com to see what it's all about.
It's been 20 years since Michele and I shared a major gallery exhibition in California, and although I do think of myself as a serious painter, I've only shown a few scattered paintings in group shows in the years since then. That's why I'm so excited about Surface & Space, the show that I'll be sharing with my colleague Adam France, coming up in New York tomorrow, Thursday July 14 from 8:00-11:00pm at Sacred Gallery, 424 Broadway, 2nd Floor. We've timed the opening for the night before the Empire State Tattoo Expo, so if you plan on being at that convention and are arriving beforehand, hop a cab and drop by!
I've been working on a solid body of work over the past year or so, which will be represented not only on the body of paintings there, but also in several large backpiece tattoos that will be walking around in the room, along with a sculptural piece that I built and Adam painted, plus other collaborations. He's got a great new grouping of paintings there as well. I've just seen a few shots of some of the walls, and can't wait to see it in person tomorrow night. Whether you are already in the New York area or are there for the convention, I hope to see you at Sacred Gallery for the opening! and if you can't make it but are curious about the paintings, you can contact the gallery for more specific information about them.