Angelo Grisafi is one of the better known portrait artists in the U.S. in this instructional DVD he goes through his process of applying pigment to an already mapped out stencil that was applied to the customer. throughout the tattooing he describes his machines, needle throw, and depth of needles he uses in order to achieve certain values.
One unique thing he also teaches is instead of using washes he utilizes different blacks from various manufactures in order to achieve the same tonal values that you would if you were to use washes, this cuts out the guess work of having to study how other artists wash their black since there are several different ways to achieve this.
After the tattoo in the DVD’s menu he takes you through how he chooses the values out of the reference and also a way to simplify your reference by not concentrating on the overall face itself but on shapes created with shadows, much like a paint by number canvas.
Pros: an actually good entry-level video for someone who wants to explore getting into tattoo portraiture, gives very simplified techniques to get your portraiture career going, made for the artist who has had a formal apprenticeship and well versed in basic techniques.
Cons: application of pigment is simplified (which is good) however with the use of several blacks for someone who hasn’t had the opportunity to try the ink Angelo recommends (or using various black inks as opposed to washes in general) or understanding of needle depth can very easily over darken the portrait.
I gave this DVD a 7/10