Realism Tattoo

Realism or photorealism is a technique that results in artwork that looks like a photograph or a real life 3D object. In general, the term realism in the art world refers to works that are precise, detailed, and accurate representations of real life imagery. The focus of this style tends to be on faces, animals, scenery, and miscellaneous objects. Of the newer tattoo styles, photorealism is one of the more fascinating. It requires extreme patience and an artist with an eye for detail. Often times, realism involves many layers and and colors to maximize its contrast and 3D effect. Some artists can even make certain aspects of an image look wet, like the inside of a person’s mouth, or as with the glaze of moisture that coats our eyes.
One characteristic that sets realism apart from many traditional styles is the lack of bold outlines; instead, shading and contrasts are prioritized. To draw an accurate representation of something in the natural world, such as a person’s face, is hard enough with a pencil and paper, but to achieve the same effect by injecting ink into holes in a person’s skin is a major accomplishment. The artists who practice this type of tattooing train for years before they are ready to leave a permanent mark on a person’s body, and this dedication alone is respect worthy.
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