Okay, I’m pissed. The above photos are pictures I took of the portfolio book in All Pro Custom Tattoo in Davenport, IA. So the above are two different owl tattoos inked onto two different people as done by All Pro Custom Tattoo. As you can see All Pro Custom Tattoo copied Jeff Gogue’s owl tattoo not once, but TWICE. Two times they copied a custom tattoo and shittily traced and carved it into two different people.
Not only that, but the rest of their portfolio was full of other copied images made into tattoos, clip art, and crappy lettering. Stealing original custom tattoo artwork is preposterous and unethical, and beyond ironic since the shop’s very name is “All Pro Custom Tattoo”. Pros make only custom tattoos, and not a single tattoo in those portfolio books at All Pro was custom. Disgraceful.
More of their tattoo work is shown below:
Some perpetually surprised tattooed eyebrows.
All custom? Google says this is clip art.
The above tattoo is a copy of a drawing that’s a trace of another drawing.
The above are photos of the fossil remains of Thylacoleo Carnifex, commonly known as the “Marsupial Lion”. Pound for pound, Thylacoleo carnifex had the strongest bite of any mammal species living or extinct with a massive skull and cutting teeth. T. Carnifex also had long thumbclaws and is estimated to be faily fast moving. In all it’s a ferocious predator. Science and art often must come together in the re-creation of extinct animals. The bones are often drawn by scientific illustrators who study the remains, and extrapolations of muscle build coat color and possible behavior are made which culminates in illustration restorations of these magnificent animals.
Two photo comparisons of T. Carnifex skull shown next to an African lion skull (Panthera leo).
Illustration of bone fragments done by Richard Owen.
Wells, R., Murray, P., & Bourne, S. (2009). Pedal Morphology of the Marsupial Lion.
Illustrated restoration by Mark Hallett.
Illustration reconstruction by Adrie and Alfons Kennis.
Without looking at the numbers on the apples, can you guess the programs used?
I often hear the claim that digital art is easier because the computer or the program does the work. Added to that I hear complaints form people who say “I don’t have Photoshop” as if the lack of Photoshop is a fine excuse for a lack of skill in digital rendering.
But it is not the program or the computer that makes digital paintings good, it is the skill, experience, and education of the artist. A god artist can take any medium, and after learning it can produce great works. Why? Because a good artist already has mastered the fundamentals of art such as form, shape, color theory, value, light, and they’ve already trained their brain to draw what they see. Just as it is not the pencil that enables drawing, it is not the tool that makes the beauty of the artwork, it is the hand and eye of the artist.
To prove that it is not the program, but the artist that makes all the difference in the quality of digital art a friend of mine Arshes Nei, made a series of apple paintings all done in different digital art programs. I will post the answers in my next blog.
“Repetition” by the skilled Ryohei Hase.
Concept art by Katie aka “Rowkey”.
I absolutely love how she took this:
and made it friendly, personable, animated, lively, and emotional. Her moose concept art is just adorable on all levels and simply stunning in the actualization of her design. The little moose character is beyond cute.