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design advice

Hi, I was wondering if any of you guys could advise me on bespoke design work, I have recently finished my apprenticeship and pride myself on not copying anybody's work however most tattoos that I do take at least as long to draw up on paper first and usually longer.
Thankfully I've quickly become very busy and now often tattoo 6 days a week however this means every spare moment at home is spent on designs for customers often till early hours of the morning, dont get me wrong I love art but feel there must be more time efficient ways to still produce unique designs.Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!


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RE:design advice

that is a hard one to answer.i tend to do the same thing but i do know that since i got into photoshop things have started to get faster for me. mike got me looking into it because i read that he uses it almost all the time now. if you are hand drawing things try using a tablet and a design program. they really do help,but they are a bit of a learning curve, as far as copying work your on the right track about not doing that. but it is very helpful to use images as a reference. i guess you have to use your own judgement on what is copying and what isn't. i feel that if you look at a image and draw your own version of it . then it was used as a reference but if you trace that image into a stencil then you are copying. look at it this way it is going to be very hard to think up a image that hasn't been done before .no matter what the subject matter is, we as tattooist have to be true to our work but also make money too. unless you are doing huge custom works, it really doesn't pay to set and draw out a masterpiece for every tattoo. when you can go search it and add in your own style to the piece. now if someone comes and wants your masterpiece then charge them for your draw time.its a fair thing to do.your time is money.i also don't do any hand stencil drawing anymore if i draw something i scan it and print it out on a printer. i use a pocketjet printer for this, saves so much time and your hand.it uses the thermal paper like the old copiers use,but it can be used on the road because of its size. anyway hope this helps
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RE:design advice

Thanks alot James, a few things to think about and try there
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