How To Design A Tattoo For A Client

Finding a Reference

When looking for a reference it is helpful to look at multiple references to get a clear idea of what you would like to design for your client. When dealing with a client it is important to make sure that you listen to the client’s desires but still let them know what is possible and what isn’t realistic. The key to becoming a recognized artist is to take your clients references that they bring in, and make them unique and therefore, more desired and sought out for their art.

Designing a Tattoo for a client

Finding Tattoo references sometimes isn’t as easy as it seems. In some cases, a client can have a hard time formalizing ideas. It is useful to use many different sources when looking for references to get more ideas. Try using Pinterest, Facebook, Google, YouTube, and Instagram. There are often very creative ideas shared through social media.

When considering a reference, keep in mind the clients’ space on their skin and how much room you have to work with. There can also be issues with the placement of body art, as some places hurt more than others and some people have different reactions to pain. It is important to look at how the marks and lines work and flow with the body.

Creating a Draft

When creating the first draft it is beneficial to look at the references that you can most relate with your ideas and can really guide you as you draw. Remember that a first draft isn’t always going to be perfect. In some cases, it is also important to keep in mind that you might have to come up with a design in very little time. When someone walks into a tattoo and body modification shop, your job as an artist is to sell them a tattoo, a piece of your art. If someone comes in with an idea, try to keep them interested by keeping your design relevant, clean, and not keeping them waiting too long for the idea.

Starting the tattoo design or sketch.

After you’ve received payment for the deposit and you have all of the references given by the tenant to the client now it is time to start the design. The best way that we have found is that sketching a design is a hard task to do so the main thing that we do is give the client a basic overview of the design by providing a simple but intricate detailed outline of the art. Then once the client sees the outline, try to explain and show references to how you’re going to create their custom artwork. Doing this saves time both for the artist and client while allowing time for the tattoo and allowing more freedom with the picture. Being able to have creative freedom on someone’s new body modification allows for the artist to express more creative attributes that he wouldn’t normally be able to do. Having full trust in your tattoo artist will create a better vibe for the artist making him execute the tiny details while producing perfect line work from pure concentration and confidence.

Finishing the Full Design

In some cases, you’ll discover a client that must have the full design provided to them before their tattoo appointment so that they can approve and critique things prior to their body art appointment. But when experiencing clients like this our recommendation would be ensuring that the artist has enough time prior to the tattoo appointment, while taking into consideration the size of the brand and placement to determine the art designs due date. An artists rule of thumb in this case would be to book out the client two weeks prior. Get the outline sketch done within one week, and then complete the custom art design the night before the scheduled appointment So that when your client sees it during the scheduled appointment, changes can be made on the spot.

Holding your art

When it comes to dealing with somebody who wants a custom body art modification drawn or sketched, it is not always an easy task to deal with these people. We understand that everybody wants to see their custom tattoos before their appointment and quite often ask for a picture through text messenger to see the progress. But protecting your art as an artist is most important. Once you have drawn the custom body modification art for the client, do not send them any proof copy of the design prior to the set appointment date. In recent studies, we have seen many artists waste their time drawing for clients because they send out a picture and the client decides that the price is not worth the design and they take it to another artist to do it for cheaper. Then the artist has successfully wasted their time and now has a worthless picture because they sent that picture out to the client and the client just took it and got it done cheaper somewhere else. We have seen this many times over and over but the best way to avoid it is to simply not send out any proof drawings prior to their Scheduled appointment.

Making changes To the tattoo design

When it comes to making changes to the tattoo design all changes are done on the spot the day of the scheduled tattoo procedure. This ensures that you hold the power to the art and that you stand behind your style. Try to critique and control the drawing process. Simply ask your client to have a seat in the waiting area after they have told you the changes that they want to be made. Once you’ve made the changes make sure that your client signs the art and agrees to it both on the Tattoo Release form and on a piece of art itself. This is very important when doing lettering tattoos because it protects the artist against at fault misspellings. If you’re doing a bunch of scripts it is very easy to misspell a word and even though you’ve spellcheck it twice, having them sign it protect you no matter what because they are agreeing to the design and the spelling how it is on the piece of paper when they are applying their signature to it. This is just another false safe system that is in place to protect tattooers In the industry.

How long to Save Art for Clients

This is a weird case, but we will address it because in the past we have had many people give us a deposit and we designed them a full tattoo, but they never show up to approve the drawing. Our general rule of thumb as a respectable tattoo and body art shop is to keep the client’s custom design for six months before auctioning it off to someone else. Having this Policy in place will protect the shop and the artist. For many incidents that can occur when dealing with very decisive people. However, if you’re ever in Spokane Washington and you’re looking for custom tattoo artwork, check Spokane drawing policy at all about it Ink. And let The best tattooers in Spokane Use their imagination to create your custom creation.

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