I did the Audrey portrait on my nephew Gary while I was in Phoenix last month at Elements Tattoo – my shop away from home. Gary has a pop culture theme going on his right leg, which is why we placed this portrait as we did. He’d found the photo a while back on the internet. The photo was washed out and I was thankful that I’ve done as many portraits as I have so that I could fill in the washed out spots with the right values.
This portrait was done in two sessions on back to back days. The first day I worked on it for six hours and focused on the hands, body and jewelry. Gary sat like a champ considering the placement of the tattoo was on his front leg, shin bone area. Ouch. I really wanted to take my time and focus on the details such as the hands and the jewelry that she is wearing. I feel that by paying close attention to these kinds of details, it really brings the tattoo to life.