30 Sublime Tattoo Sketches

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In a complex tattoo art-piece, half the effort lies in the details. It may be a play of textures, or a network of lines, or a rich pattern, that creates the complexity in the design. Whatever the detailing you want, tattoo pencil sketches are a good place to begin. You can get the artist to sketch the initial tattoo idea. This gives a firm basis for the final ink work. The tattoo artist often adds a bit of color to get closer to the final design of the tattoo.

The rough sketch for a tattoo design, starts with a simple outline drawing. The tattoo artist often adds depth and dimension to the drawing, depending on the look and style. You may find parallel lines used to add a soft detailed look to a simple pencil sketch. To create a richer and more uniform look, the tattoo artist may bring the lines closer. You often find crosshatching and hatching techniques added to enhance the depth of the design. If the drawing has human or animal figures, selective shading gives a softly stylish look. For example, the artist may use shadow effects in specific areas, such as the hair or eyes. Here are some dynamic tattoo sketches.

If you liked our selection, perhaps these other posts will interest you too, Eye Tattoos, Disney Tattoos, Side Tattoos and Panther Tattoos.

Sketch Tattoo Soft

Soft uniform shading gives a life like feel to this heart crown tattoo sketch.

Sketch Tattoo Soft

Sketch Tattoo Soft

Tattoo Sketch Soft Look

Soft pencil sketch techniques go into this realistic looking drawing of a hand.

 Tattoo Sketch Soft Look

Tattoo Sketch Soft Look

Tattoo Sketch Hatched

The spaced out lines looks neat. The intricately detailed drawing shows a fish.

 Tattoo Sketch Hatched

Tattoo Sketch Hatched

Deep Tattoo Sketch

The dense shaded areas give a rich dimension to the hummingbird pencil sketch.

Deep Tattoo Sketch

Deep Tattoo Sketch

Pencil Sketch Rabbit

A maniac looking shaded rabbit with a skull on its back, sits looking at a big skull.

Pencil Sketch Rabbit

Pencil Sketch Rabbit

Elements Pencil Sketch

Lightly drawn patterns add a rich look to this elaborate tattoo pencil sketch.

Elements Pencil Sketch

Elements Pencil Sketch

Fish Borders Pencil Sketch

The bold lines define the edges of the fish tattoo sketch. The center has blue ink work.

Fish Borders Pencil Sketch

Fish Borders Pencil Sketch

Tiger Pencil Sketch

Soft pencil shading brings out the details of this warrior tiger sketch. An Yin Yang motif is inked on the tiger’s belt.

Tiger Pencil Sketch

Tiger Pencil Sketch

Crosshatch Pencil Sketch

The light crosshatch pencil shading gives an artistic look to this tattoo sketch.

Crosshatch Pencil Sketch

Crosshatch Pencil Sketch

Dynamic Pencil Sketches

The swift pencil sketch strokes look dynamic, in the tattoo sketch art-pieces.

Dynamic Pencil Sketches

Dynamic Pencil Sketches

Blue Hues Sketch Tattoo

Different shades of blue brighten the fish and bubbles, in this tattoo sketch.

Blue Hues Sketch Tattoo

Blue Hues Sketch Tattoo

Fur Sketch Tattoo

Dense strokes add a rich life like look to the fur, in this cat tattoo sketch.

Fur Sketch Tattoo

Fur Sketch Tattoo

Lines Contrasting Tattoo

The thick borders lightly contrast with the fine inner lines on the octopus.

Lines Contrasting Tattoo

Lines Contrasting Tattoo

Shades Tattoo

Elegant pencil shading has been used to create the face. Crosshatch techniques add depth to the drawing.

Shades Tattoo

Shades Tattoo

Hatching Tattoo

Crosshatching and hatching add to the play of textures, in this tattoo sketch.

Hatching Tattoo

Hatching Tattoo

Sketch Borders Tattoo

The drawing has bold borders, giving it a neat look. The fine parallel strokes add detail.

Sketch Borders Tattoo

Sketch Borders Tattoo

Tattoo Sketch Cheeks

The light shading gives a rounded look to the cheeks. Fine lines border the design.

 Tattoo Sketch Cheeks

Tattoo Sketch Cheeks

Tattoo Sketch Varying Depth

Smooth pencil shading with variations of depth, look rich in this Manga sketch.

 Tattoo Sketch Varying Depth

Tattoo Sketch Varying Depth

Tattoo Sketch Flowy Lines

The fine flowy lines of this pencil sketch, give the figure a free unbounded look.

 Tattoo Sketch Flowy Lines

Tattoo Sketch Flowy Lines

Tattoo Sketch Details

The eye hollows, petals of rose, and leaves are textured with soft pencil shading.

 Tattoo Sketch Details

Tattoo Sketch Details

Tattoo Sketch Blue Lines

Blue tones with crosshatch pencil shading, create this artistic tattoo sketch. The long curves have a natural flow.

 Tattoo Sketch Blue Lines

Tattoo Sketch Blue Lines

Tattoo Sketch Filler

Lightly sketched details fill up the figure of this big bearded man. A cool tattoo sketch.

 Tattoo Sketch Filler

Tattoo Sketch Filler

Tattoo Sketch Soft Shading

The shading has been done in a smooth manner, giving the drawing a sensuous look.

 Tattoo Sketch Soft Shading

Tattoo Sketch Soft Shading

Tattoo Sketch Simple

Parallel lines and a few shaded areas add detail to this simple line drawing.

 Tattoo Sketch Simple

Tattoo Sketch Simple

Tattoo Fiery Red Sketch

The thick red lines give a fiery look to this eagle. Black shading adds the shadows.

 Tattoo Fiery Red Sketch

Tattoo Fiery Red Sketch

Tattoo Halloween Sketch

This skilfully sketched drawing shows a Halloween scene. A scarecrow and pumpkins enhance the rich look.

 Tattoo Halloween Sketch

Tattoo Halloween Sketch

Tattoo Sketch Pink

This cute pink sketch shows a cartoon bird in different postures. Soft shading adds a bit of detail to the picture.

 Tattoo Sketch Pink

Tattoo Sketch Pink

Tattoo Sketch Smudgy Look

Smudged effects soften the fine lines, in this pencil sketch showing an octopus.

 Tattoo Sketch Smudgy Look

Tattoo Sketch Smudgy Look

Fine Style Tattoo Sketch

The light pencil sketch on textured paper shows a dragon with extended wings.

Fine Style Tattoo Sketch

Dynamic Tattoo Sketch

The swiftly sketched lines create a dynamic flow, in this Mexican tattoo sketch.

Dynamic Tattoo Sketch

Dynamic Tattoo Sketch

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