Portrait tattoos are excellent ideas for tattoos of children, loved ones, family members or pets. Many people use portrait tattoos as the focus for a memorial tattoo of a loved one. Portrait tattoos can be extremely difficult to execute, and require the tattoo artist to posses skill and experience. Portrait tattoos are extremely detailed and require intricate texture and shading to appear true to life. Portrait tattoos tend to use a small amount of space on the client's shoulder or leg. The smaller the portrait tattoo, the more difficult it is to express detail and texture. However, large portrait tattoos can cause problems with proportions and texture. An experienced tattoo artist will be able to determine the perfect size for a portrait tattoo depending on what details the client wants included and where the client wants the tattoo placed.
Most portrait tattoos are inked in greyscale, but color can be added to highlight important features such as eyes. Some ideas of features to highlight in a portrait tattoo are eyes, lips, hair or jewelry. Using colors to accentuate features in the portrait can make the portrait appear more lifelike and interesting. Many tattoo artists include samples of portraits in their portfolio. When looking for an artist to do a portrait tattoo, be sure to find an artist that has great portraits included in their portfolio. Although portrait tattoos can be difficult to create, they can be beautiful testaments to love:
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