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Uploaded: March 2, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: March 2, 2010
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This is another awesome tutorial that is going to knock your socks off because you will learn how to draw a tattoo, step by step. Out of all the designs I have in the tattoo section, there isn't one that is labeled "how to draw a tattoo". I tried drawing that old fashioned type of design style to match up with a lot of the art you would see in a tattoo parlor. Inking artist have an incredibly stable hand that enables them to draw on the skin like a pencil artist would draw on paper. I find this type of art is extremely interesting because each time you place a tattoo on somebody, your hand is responsible for permanently marking the skin of a human being which means your mark and art will forever be with that person. The sketch that I drew is one of the drawing I was working on when my power went out. I tried drawing live for a while yesterday but unfortunately, the power went out again until about three in the morning. But by then I was fast asleep, and in dream land somewhere. Drawing tattoos is not as hard as you think depending on the complexity of the drawing. I placed this sketch under intermediate because although it looks hard, it's really not that bad. All in all I think you will enjoy this tutorial that will teach you “how to draw a tattoo, step by step”. All you have to do is follow the steps, and properly follow the directions that is written with each step provided. I may be back later with more drawing fun, or I may wait till tomorrow. Peace out, and happy drawing!

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how to draw a tattoo

How to Draw a Tattoo

how to draw a tattoo step 1

STEP 1.

Draw a circle for the head and then add the facial guidelines. You will then draw the outlined shape for one of the dragons ears, and then sketch out the shape for the snout and bottom jaw. Next draw the four pickle like shapes for the fingers and or nails.
 
how to draw a tattoo step 2

STEP 2.

This step shows you how to draw the dragons head with ease. The best way to start is to sketch out the snout, and then work your way up. When you are finished you should have antler like horns, and then sketch out the eyes, and nostril holes. Thicken some of the lining and move to the next drawing step which will bring you closer to the end.
 
how to draw a tattoo step 3

STEP 3.

You will now sketch out the wrinkle or crease lines that go up the dragons snout as you see here. If you didn't know by now, you are drawing a Chinese dragon tattoo. Thicken the lining for the nostrils, and then sketch out the mustache. Add some detailing inside of the ear, and then add some hair at the of the ear.
 
how to draw a tattoo step 4

STEP 4.

Sketch the shape of the bottom jaw, and then draw in the almost perfect teeth. When that is done you can start sketching out the fluffy looking beard, and then color in the hollow area just under the jaw. Take your time, and you will do great.
 
how to draw a tattoo step 5

STEP 5.

Add some minor detailing on the face and head of the dragon, and then start drawing the flowing of the hair that this type of dragon usually has. Once that is done you can begin drawing the torn lining to show that this beast is ripping out of the wall, picture, or skin.
 
how to draw a tattoo step 6

STEP 6.

Wow, you are already almost done with your drawing. All you have to do is sketch out the massive torn lines that will lead to the nails of the dragon. Color in the areas that are supposed to be hollow, and then add some detailing to the teeth, and gum line. Again, take your time so you end up with a neatly drawn dragon tattoo.
 
how to draw a tattoo step 7

STEP 7.

All you need to do here is draw the long sharp Asian style nails, and then start erasing all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step one.
 
how to draw a tattoo step 8

STEP 8.

Look how awesome your drawing came out! Now that is one wicked cool Chinese dragon tattoo design. Have fun coloring it in, and your all set. Hope you had fun, and I know you did a great job!