Phoenix thumbnail get drawn. This can take up to an hour of playing with different positions/poses before I settle on one.
Then I blow it up to fit on an 11"x17" piece of vellum, outline the bird and make myself a contrast reference for the skull.
First session. Outline is done.
Second session we get the black and gray one the forearm done.
4th session on this one. One more session to go on Roberts Phoenix. Thanks man!
5th and final session done. These photos are of really fresh ink, that's why it's a bit shiney. Unfortunately it's really difficult to take a great photo of a tattoo. I will generally want to see large piece back in a few months so I can give it a good once over and tighten up any spots that lacking. Then get the final photos. I think it's really important to get a photo of tattoos that are full healed. On fresh tattoos the whirs and yellows will be stained red from the blood, not to mention the swelling. It's good to show people what they can expect from a fully healed tattoo.