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shigeki.zumi: tattoo sketchbook: 008 + merch by fydbac shigeki.zumi: tattoo sketchbook: 008 + merch by fydbac
EDIT: 03/05/14: Now avaibale on a shirt as larger print: 
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Tattoo design sketchbook project: shigeki.zumi: ballpoints vol.01 (pending title)
Medium: ballpoint pen
I hate the "waves" in this.

PLEASE don't ask to use. Be inspired, but do not copy in anyway. If you want to buy the original work, I don't know if I'll be selling them. If I do, I'll make a journal. Please don't ask when, as I don't know :) But your interest is appreciated.

Again, Please don't ask to use. If you want a tattoo design, please look through my commission info page:…

These are all at least 1-3 years old. Numbered in the order I did them (the lower the number = the older it is). Have about 4 or 5 even newer ones, which I'll post later. STILL intend to do the book though.

These designs are basically what I'd love to tattoo, and what I intend to have my future tattooing portfolio be filled with. Currently looking for a shop or booth to rent. I'll post a journal about that soon. Will be really putting in work once I move residency.

I GREATLY look forward to get back into tattooing!

It's my version of a youkai koi or something. Real koi represent "love", and other corny shit like that.
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MagMagdas Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
what does it mean? 
fydbac Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
whatever you want.
jungmeister Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
i want to ask you.  when you draw this sketches . do u first draw with pencil and than use ballpoint pen??
fydbac Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ballpoint pen alone when I work with ballpoint.
jungmeister Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
wow if i tried that i dont think my drawing will come out right. i see that u have doodle lines wiuth pen i guess u do that lightly and than finish it off.   Did you  check my gallety?
Sylkvass Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Nice drawing as always. How about practicing some finger waves like how Jeff Gogue does them? I think them will fit your style well :)
fydbac Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
finger waves? Oh, ..I think I know what you mean. Never knew their name. Is that the official name?

I could have sworn I mentioned this in the description of this piece but: I hate how I did the waves here. Even while doing them, I thought they were stupid. Only reason I posted this, is because my like of the koi was big enough. Saying that, this piece is several years old. And I've grown since this.

And though I do love that artists work, like "In love" with it (been trying to get on his list actually), I'm not one to try and emulate someone elses style on purpose. Though I've seen that type of wave in other artists I admire...I don't mind if the waves I do are in the same zone as that general style, but...I want my own twist on it.

I'm currently on the path of trying to reinvent my tattoo design style. The latest practice is the most recent dragon piece in the folder (I dig the waves there, but the dragon itself is boring to me).

Anyway, thank you for the kind words :) Please be sure to check the submission date on these things when you comment though.
Sylkvass Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Finger waves is the term used for those kinds of japanese waves. It might be slang created in the west tho.

I love Jeffs style, thats why I refer to him. I know your capable to do your own thing, but I guess some inspiration doesnt hurt.

The dragon was cool, and the waves was better then on the koi :)

Talking about inspiration:…
fydbac Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
"Some inspiration doesn't hurt" Hahaha, for me it does, even though I would never deny or shy away from it when it happens. I just realized that now. Too much to explain that out but...that's the very general jist.

About the video: I actually stumbled upon that month ago I think. I remember because I watched about a minute before jumping around on the time frame a bit before closing it. I enjoy learning just by watching someone, but if I feel I'm on the verge of figuring things out on my own, I try to stay clear of things that could...corrupt that journey for me. If that makes any sense.

I watched a little bit further this time, to about the switch from orange to yellow highlighter, and that "S" approach is in the same fold of what I've been doing.

Oh, and thanks for verifying the waves in the dragon is better: although I think damn near anything would be better than the ones from that koi, hahaha :)
Sinnibelle Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I ran and bought this sticker <33 I love the colors so much
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