Dan Marshall Plein Air Watercolor Workshop

Dan Marshall is a veteran tattooer and watercolor painter with a deliberate approach to teaching.

In his workshop, you will learn a step-by-step, repeatable process for creating great watercolor paintings.

How will it translate to your tattooing? Plein Air Watercolor requires you to narrow your focus and simplify shapes which is a great habit to get into when designing tattoos. This approach will allow you to make design decisions without being bogged down in detail too early in the process. After all, adding detail will never fix a poor design. In fact, it only draws more attention to the fact that the design was not well thought out.


Dan​ ​Marshall’s process​ ​is​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​understand​ ​and,​ ​with​ ​a​ ​little​ ​practice,​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​implement.​

In​ ​addition,​ ​watercolor​ ​painting​ ​will​ ​help​ ​develop​ ​your​ ​eye​ ​to​ ​recognize​ ​subtle​ ​shifts​ ​in​ ​value​ ​and temperature​ ​allowing​ ​you​ ​to​ ​create​ ​more​ ​depth​ ​realism​ ​in​ ​your​ ​tattoos.

 Watercolor​ ​also​ ​​ ​requires​ ​us​ ​to​ ​give​ ​up​ ​some​ ​control​ ​over​ ​our​ ​process.​ ​Tattooing​ ​is​ ​a​ ​very precise​ ​and​ ​controlled​ ​medium​ ​which​ ​can​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​over​ ​rendering.​ ​This​ ​often​ ​results​ ​in​ ​“stiff”, uninteresting​ ​work.​ ​By​ ​learning​ ​to​ ​use​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​edges​ ​and​ ​textures,​ ​we​ ​can​ ​give​ ​more immediacy​ ​and​ ​visual​ ​interest​ ​to​ ​our​ ​tattoos.

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