Saint George Tattoo Designs are easily the most asked for design from Dark Design Graphics. Generally after potential customers find our previous Saint George Design Article we are asked is the picture available and how much to buy the design. All of Dark Design Graphics’ tattoo designs and illustrations are unique and personalized to the customer. This means a lot of back and forth between clients trying to create their perfect design.
You may remember in my previous article Skull And Flowers – How We Design A Tattoo I mentioned that a Lightbox is one of the designers most useful tools. In this article I will be talking about some of the techniques used with a lightbox to get your design just right. Before starting any of this I make sure I have a decent amount of cheap and thin paper to use while creating my design.
Adjusting Your Design Using a Lightbox
The first technique when using a lightbox is moving a part of your drawing you do not like or need to move to a different area. When designing tattoos we are constantly working with the client to make sure we are going in the direction they like. So when we have received feedback from our client on what they may like and what they do not like, the next obvious step is making changes. In this design I needed to change the direction of the dragons head to face towards Saint Georges Shield. I did this by tracing the dragons head on a second piece of paper, moving it under the original concept drawing, facing the direction it needed to point in. Rubbing out the original dragons head and tracing the adjusted head, very simple and time saving technique. This technique ‘Adjusting your design’, can be seen at 0.37 in the video below.
Tracing A Tattoo
As you can see from the Saint George tattoo images above, the next step is tracing and adjusting your rough sketch, planning for where the shadows will go and adding detail. By putting another clean sheet of paper over the first you can trace the parts of the image that work and adjust the parts that don’t. By doing this I have come up with a cleaner and better looking sketch with an aim to start the inking process. Although the image may not look cleaner to everyone, it is essentially a guide for myself, so that I know where to add the ink. This technique can be seen at 0.43 into the video below.
Testing Ideas Before You Put Them On Your Drawing
If you are anything like me, once you really get into a drawing and find you are loving the direction it is going, you suddenly start becoming a bit more hesitant when adding to it. After all you do not want to ruin what you already have! Although we all use a rubber to fix anything like this when using pencils, the problems occur when you find you are rubbing out too much, going over lines you didn’t want to rub out and ruining the paper. But especially when using inks with rubbing out not an option.
This simple technique involves adding a sheet of paper over your design and sketching out the new areas you are thinking of adding. Using a lightbox you will be able to see how it will look. If you like how it looks you just put the sheet underneath your design, line it up and add it to your illustration. In the video above at 1.23 you can see what looks like me drawing the Dragon’s body/tail twice, I am actually using the technique described to make sure I get the tail just how I want.
Inking The Saint George Tattoo
The final technique is probably the most obvious one. When inking, colouring up or just doing your final rendition of your design you want to create a clean and finished drawing. You may also want to keep your concept sketches for future reference. So as can be seen in the video below all I need to do is add a fresh sheet of paper to on top of my guide sketch and start the final image. In this design it involved the inking process, colouring my design came next but by that stage with the ink all set the lightbox was not needed. To see how I use the lightbox when colouring up straight from my concept sketch have a look at the time lapse video in how to design a tattoo.
Using A Lightbox In Design
These are four main uses I put my Lightbox to but the possibilities are almost endless. If you have any other uses for your lightbox in design let us know in the comments section below. This Tattoo Design was just an example of a recent piece I completed, I use the lightbox with my illustrations, fine art and logo designs and pretty much anything that will involve me making edits and changes to my drawings. The Fine Art uses for a lightbox are actually very different from these and for me based around the ‘gridding’ technique but more about that later.
Saint George Tattoo Design
Using a Lightbox has considerably speed up my design process. It means I can now implement changes to a design straight after getting feedback and improve the turn around time of each unique and individual design I create. Please remember to leave your feedback and lightbox uses in the comment sections below or tell us what equipment you can not live without when creating your designs.
Below is the complete time lapse video including all edits and changes I made during this process. Have a look at our Youtube Channel to see more time lapse video from us. And follow us on Facebook and Tumblr for the latest news from Dark Design Graphics.