Crank up that thrash metal playlist, grab a pencil, warm up the scanner and learn to work like a tattoo artist.

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In this tutorial you’ll get the skills needed to go from a simple sketch to an insanely detailed, tattoo-inspired, vector illustration. Also, you’ll see how the process of creating individual vector elements, then duplicating them and combining them with stock vectors, can save time and allow you to create more pieces for your clients.

We’ve included all the files you’ll need to follow the tutorial from beginning to end, including some bonus vectors from These resources are completely royalty-free, so you can incorporate them into your next design, whether it’s personal work, or a project for clients.


Adobe Illustrator CS3/CS4
Adobe Photoshop CS3/CS4

Time to complete

6-7 hours

Project Files

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