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June 10, 2011

Rendering Realism In Colored Pencil DVD

Chris Lowe's Rendering Realism In Colored Pencil.Friday, June 10, 2011
Greetings from Tattoo Education!

I get emails from tattooists all the time asking for the special secrets... whose inks do I use? Whose machines? What needle groups? All these questions reveal what I think is a fundamental problem with the way tattooists learn; rather than concentrating on learning to draw well, they hope to bypass all that messy and time-consuming art training and just learn tattooing. Unfortunately, that would be like learning to play the guitar without understanding how music works- basically, a waste of time.

My answer to these questions is always the same: Focus on your drawing. If you have a strong command of your art skills, tattoo skills will come much more easily along with things like shading, color theory, clean linework and all the rest. Let me say it in all capitals: YOU CAN'T BE A GREAT TATTOOIST WITHOUT BEING AT LEAST A PRETTY DECENT ARTIST. Period. The longer you try bypassing the art fundamentals, the longer and more painful your struggle with tattooing will be.

Fortunately there are more and more good art teaching materials available that are targeted at tattoo artists. For starters, the first 200 pages of my book Reinventing The Tattoo are dedicated to things like flow, contrast, lighting and linework before anything is even discussed about putting it into the skin. Nick Baxter's recent book Sharp-Focus Realism In Oil is another good example- lots of discussion on color theory, focal planes, composition and artistic message, explained in a way that should make sense to any tattooist or apprentice. Now there's also a great resource out for learning about colored pencil realism: Chris Lowe's Rendering Realism In Colored Pencil.

Colored pencil is a great medium for tattooists to work in, since its application, including hand movements, is so similar to tattooing. This new DVD provides an in-depth look into color realism with Chris Lowe as he reveals his methods on rendering realism in colored pencils in a concise manner, including which papers, pencils, and tools he uses. Start to finish, you will see every moment with detailed explanations to prepare you to achieve photo realism. In this 2 hour DVD you will gain all of the information you need to take your colored pencil to the next level, preparing you to take those same advanced steps on skin.

Available now at our online store for only $60.00. Thanks, and we'll be in touch soon!