Here's a sneaky peek at some illustration i've been doing for a friend. The final images are all coloured up and pretty... this is the third in a series of people-with-tattoos. Pair one had no tattoos, pair two were "moderately tattooed" and this is pair three, with lots of tattoos.
I used a tattoo source book fo inspiration, and a lot of reference images from online tattoo forums and websites. Sailor Jerry was a main influence, and I looked at tribal-style tattoos a bit. I also used tattooed friends as a primary research tool for placement and style. Heh. Exploitation.
...and now for a well-earned sleep :)