Tips & Trick with JPJ: Smooth Blending

Thursday March 12, 2015

Whats up guys?  When shading large areas to achieve smooth blends you have to take a couple things into consideration, like using a larger mag.  It covers a larger surface, when you use a smaller mag it increases the risk of being sketchier, and your blend will not be as smooth.  

Another consideration is your motion you have while your tattooing  If you use a circular motion its gonna leave lines, because as your turning and coming down with the machine the needles line up parallel, so when your coming down on the circle it will leave a solid line instead of a blend. 

You want to use a brush stroke with your machine, and also consider the consistence of your motion.  You want to hit the same speed back and forth during the entire tattoo or the are where your trying to achieve the smooth blend. We can go in here and you can see what we are talking about. You see here the motion i have is a simple back and forth really smooth.  Im not speeding up or slowing down. You want to have that same consistent rhythm. 

As you can see using the bigger mag, reduces the time that your going over an are, and room for error. Less strokes and covers a wider surface. The shades look a lot more smoother.  So its not a smaller area your trying to shade a larger area with a small mag. Remember not to use the circular motion cause you'll run into those crazy lines and you'll have to spend time trying to fix it or smooth it back out, so wasting time there, helps me save time, don't want to put yourself in that situation. So thats why I use the big mag from the beginning. Another thing I like doing to in these big areas is just kind of follow the motion or the shape that you're shading.  You have these flames in here just drew in there follow the motion of this curve, you can start building off of it, other than that its like you have your smooth blend, go in there and look it it if you missed a spot if you skipped  a spot, focus on that one area and not the the whole thing, if you skipped over a small area you just gently use the same motion back and forth, you wanna shade in the area you need to improve. Same motion back and forth. 

You wanna make sure too, when you re trying to achieve these smooth blends, is that your machine is running consistent, and its running fast enough to compensate for the motion that you're doing. If I was tattooing and running the machine at a slower rate and i was moving this fast it would snag on the skin or it would skip, and leave little skip marks im sure you guys have seen them.  Thats what it is when the needle doesn't have enough time cover that whole area as your working, it'll skip over.  You just gotta make sure your at a consistent pace.As you notice im just simplifying, building in shapes and refine the flames, as you can see so far the blends are pretty smooth.

One thing I notices with a lot of artists is they will start with a consistent slow motion then speed up later or change direction of the machine. Hope im helping you out with these tips and tricks, subscribe to my youtube channel!  Let me know if theres any thing i can cover, i would appreciate the feedback!  Peace!