(This is the big question when working with a client. It can be hard to answer in a moment’s notice!)
1. Make it a part of you
How many times have you seen an artist sketching out a tattoo in the dark, or standing out on the street at 1am drawing a dragon in black ink? What a waste of time. If you look at the art in the mirror at the end of the night you’ll realize you didn’t get to paint with the same brush that artist, you got to draw yourself with different brush and ink colors and your ideas started to change with each color.
I have a rule of thumb before I work with an artist that I tell myself that any time something I’ve made changes in my life since last working with the artist I’m not gonna try to go through all that energy, thinking about what changed, or what I’ve done to justify it. This is the only time that I’m gonna tell myself to do something.
2. Be intentional
When it comes to drawing, your body, your mind and your mind are all the same thing. As you draw on your body you’re really saying to that body, “what do you want here? What do you feel like you need me to do? What do you want to do?”
My mind and my mind’s work are completely different. I do not rely on my brain to make my drawing. I don’t have to think about what I’m drawing. I just draw.
I do not have to think about what happens when I look at that body, I don’t have to think about what happened before you, because that is a separate process. It’s just a natural part of what I do.
When you are in the middle of a conversation with a client it’s a no-brainer when you see a smile on someone’s face. It’s no wonder that people often go on to say, “I wish you all the best!” when you take a minute to look up at them.
When you go on your drawing journey you don’t have to think about the client. You just have to know that you have someone in mind. You can tell yourself that your drawing is going to have a very big positive impact on the person.
When I was doing my initial sketch for my first tattoo, I tried to make it about the client first. I made my drawing about how they would perceive it and what their reaction would be.
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