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Tribal Tattoo Tutorial by Canyx Tribal Tattoo Tutorial by Canyx
There MUST be grammatical/spelling errors riddled throughout... sorry about those, and I don't intend on fixing them because this was done on a paint program and I'd have to move EVERYTHING.

And the blocks of text. I go on and on and on and on....

Enjoy :]
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Dionalli Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm trying to draw a tribal Dacshund for a tattoo xD This will be helpful :)
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XxMiincalunaxX Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013   Artist
this totally helps! all send a link of the tat when i'm done with it ^^
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ktpdragon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Here's what I created with the help of your tutorial: [link] [link]

Thank you so much for posting it! It was a big help with the different shapes.
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:iconcanyx:
Canyx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Awesome! Thanks for sharing this, I'm so glad I was able to help!
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ktpdragon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
This was very helpful when I tried to draw some tribal dragons! Thanks for posting it.
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SEGAmastergirl Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, this really helps. Dragonite is my favorite dragon type PKMN^^ I have like 8 of themXD
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Artist3I3 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very interesting to look at. Also very interesting to see into your head. I love the design of the ink in general. I do have a qualm though. Unfortunately despite your foresight, his left arm still gets a tad lost in his wing. Other than that. Good show, jolly good show. :icongoodshowplz:
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Canyx Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Thanks! And I appreciate the honest feedback. Looking back, I completely understand what you mean about the arm. My style's changed a lot now XD
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Artist3I3 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Not a problem. Keep up the good work.
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Tattooed-Heart Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you much for having done this, you may have done it in 20009 but it helped me alot! thank you!
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Canyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
I'm glad it helped. Thanks :)
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Tattooed-Heart Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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ChocolateChip1 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Thanks Canyx! I'll use this as a reference for drawing a tribal because my pichu pikachu one sucks. Lol. I'll get better though. ^-^ Thanks again. *goes to favorites*
~Choco
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Ainu-kun Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! This is a very helpful tutorial: your explanations are easy to understand and the method you use isn't hard to take to practice! Again, thank you VERY much!
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Canyx Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
I'm so glad this helped you!
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Cree-cree Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DAMN!!! your an epic person ^w^
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brandiapril09 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i never drew anything tribal a day in my life and i wanted to draw something for my boyfriend to get as a tattoo
and i found this to help me
THANK YOU!! lol
i have to say im super proud of what i drew and i have your tutorial to thank for helping me make it :)
im hoping he'll love it too :D
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KwartzKitten Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Student General Artist
That's so cool! Thanks for putting this up, I've been wanting to do stuff like this.
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midnightroamer Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
So inspiring! I've been wondering how to draw tribal like, forever!
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IchigoOtaku Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Student Writer
Oh wow, great tutorial!! I really want to try tribal tattoos, but I was scared off easily. I'll give it a try since I understand your tutorial.
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RichPerry Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well this makes me want to bust out the pencils once more :D even if you may not think so, this is helpful. And inspiring, which is just awesome.
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Canyx Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Thank you! I'm really glad that this has actually helped and inspired people like you to try this style, or try it again if you've done so in the past. I'd love to see what you create : )
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RichPerry Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well this would be the first time I'd try to do tribal stuff that would be any decent XD and I'll be sure to let people know that I used your tutorial and I'll probably post a link in a comment somewhere for you :) thanks again!
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Cacio044 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice and really useful! :3
I'd like to try...
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:iconcanyx:
Canyx Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Please try, and let me know when you do : )
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:iconcacio044:
Cacio044 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok! :)
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SwimmieC Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Nice tutorial, thanks :-) Love your tattoo too...Now I need to learn how to tidy up lines in my GIMP...
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ssassoo Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
This makes me happy. <3
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vitezaucide Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
This is a good tutorial. I kind of disliked that you were saying be careful be neat and then said you were not :lol: . You should have said what kind of pencil, and by that I mean HB and the hard ones because the soft ones smudge more easily. Great insight of what happens when you set of on designing a tribal, and by the way awesome gallery, xept for some of the pokemanz :p
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PresidentNelson Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009  Professional Artist
Your artwork is simply amazing and thank you so much for the Tattoo Tutorial...I'll be needing it in the future....
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Canyx Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Thanks for the compliments! I'd love to see your tattoo work in the future too!
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Sour-Apple-Zebra Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
I know you submitted this a while ago, but I just wanted to say that this is actually really inspirational. I hope you don't mind my adding it to my faves!
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Canyx Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Thanks, I'm glad you took the time to say so! That's the most rewarding response I can get from a fellow artist : )
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Sour-Apple-Zebra Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
No problem! I'll be sure to post some of the work inspired by this tutorial on my page soon :3
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RonTheWolf Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn´t think I´d find a tutorial for "tribalizing " something. I know it isn´t as easy as it looks sometimes and I think it´s also hard to explain because like you said u just feel it,there are not many rules to hold on.one really special thing about tribals.I tried often and I had some succes but most of time there never comes out what I imagined..I may have not much ideas for the lines or am scared to go too abstract with a pattern...I don´t know but for sure your tutorial helped me a bit further.really nice job.thank you
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Canyx Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
I'm glad it helped! This is going to sound super cliche, but never be afraid of getting too abstract (just draw many versions of it and see which ends up best)!

And as with any other skill, practice makes perfect. There are actually some designs in my gallery that I can't replicate again because my style is constantly evolving.

Also, feel free to ask other people for their constructive criticism. What I love most about tattoo art is seeing each artist's individual style! Keep at it ; )
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RonTheWolf Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for this friendly reply.Yea I should not be so afraid to "destroy the outlines" for another pattern or detail.I´m practising hard but I don´t think I´ll ever be as good as you are lol. I may upload some tribal stuff when I got the time to do some,I may be not that good yet but u can watch me back if you like,i´d be glad ^^
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Canyx Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Pish posh, It's not about being 'as good as me' but developing your own style, I think ; )
You might also want to look at some of :icongreenlightningbolt:'s and :iconfluna:'s stuff... They're style is really unique too. And I look forward to seeing yours!
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RonTheWolf Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you very much! greenlightningbolt´s stuff is not soo neat in my eyes but doesn´t mean it´s bad,hell no.Fluna´s work is more of an inspiration a pity she didn´t do many yet ^^
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Larokin Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
Thanks,I totally needed it.now I think I can start working on the tribal dragon of one of my OC's...
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Lulabys-Melody Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome totorial, I'll definately be trying this out. ^^
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GreenLightningBolt Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
Thanks, this should help! I'll still try and keep my own style intact like you said though.
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victorsbane Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Student Digital Artist
cool
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tribaltyn Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
yeah ^^
good stuff

i like the unfilled version as well, at step 4.
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Meowka Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
Nice tuto ^^ thx for that.
FYI, the first drawing isn't something abstract, but a wolf with wings. Yeah yeah.
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