Fantasy Realistic Sketch for my book and my health

Angel warrior Sketch

Hello,

Thanks for reading our blog, it’s a good way to get to know what we have been up to behind the scenes, in our tattoo studio in Leeds City Centre.

My book is coming along, to find the balance in my life, between doing  my art and looking after, myself physically and mentally, is something I’m always faced with. 

In the end of the day, I do not wish to be a successful tattoo artist without my health. Health comes first. What’s the point being the best tattoo artist if you have no health, as if you don’t have health you don’t have life.

If I could be healthy just painting and drawing, I would love to just paint, draw and tattoo, however I can’t do that. If I don’t look after my body, I won’t have my body to tattoo, paint and draw. 

So I need to have a self respect for myself,  look after my health, and everything else will be ok.

I read the letter that Steve Jobs wrote before he passed away. And it made me realise how important health was. There he was, a man who had an outstanding career, who became billionaire, just wishing he had his health.

So I prefer to finish my book with my health, than without it. My book could take a few more years, and I would still have myself to enjoy my book, rather than finishing my book a lot earlier, and not having myself to enjoy what I’ve done.

This Sketch I’ve done, is a Angel Warrior sitting on a dragon. I’m transferring this sketch to my computer and doing a digital painting with it. It will be part of my book too. 

I’m hoping to get my book finished without driving myself too crazy, and hopefully be able to travel, to show the tattoo world, a new idea from my book.

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Andy Ruiz digital portrait

Andy Ruiz

Hello everyone, thanks for reading our blog.

In this blog I would like to talk about what I’ve been up to artistically.

I love digital art, it’s very practical and it saves me a lot of time.

I have been watching a lot of boxing lately, and I’m exited about the heavy weight division at the moment.

One of my latest favourite fights, was Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz.

Anthony Joshua, is a very well stabilised British boxer. Very well built body wise, he had a record of no loos, and everyone thought he was gonna get through Andy Ruiz in a very easy win.

Comparing both boxers, body wise, Joshua looked a lot fitter and a lot more prepare than Andy Ruiz. Andy Ruiz looked like he wasn’t prepared physically for this fight.

So long story short, a lot of people under estimated Andy Ruiz, including Anthony Joshua. No one thought Andy Ruiz would be able to go past Joshua, due to his physique.

Andy Ruiz surprised everyone, knocking Anthony Joshua 3 times on the floor. What an amazing fight. No one thought a Chubby Mexican guy would pull out, one of the biggest upset in history of boxing.

With this story I have learned anything is possible. Andy Ruiz believed in himself and pulled it out. When everyone was against him and doubting what he could do. He only had his beliefs and his ability, and he managed to prove everybody wrong.

I can’t wait for the re-match, I think both fighters are more than capable to win,

It could go either way, and I will be definitely watching this re-match.

Andy Ruiz was the first Mexican heavy weight champion of the world, so congratulations to him. Believing in yourself, dream big, anything is possible.

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Geisha with Dragon, Sketch of the day, by Louis Santos

Japanese Sketch of the day 

I love sketching, it’s the beginning and foundation of an idea, which it could turn in to many things.

When I sketch I try not too worry too much in the beginning, as ideas is far more important than proportions in the beginning.

It’s good to loose my mind and have fun, so ideas start to pop and naturally appear on paper.

As an artist, everyday I wake up and be grateful for still being here, I see it as an opportunity to express myself personally and artistically. 

As human beings we are very expressive, and the ones who don’t manage to express themselves personally, vocally, artistically or however you choose to express yourself. Will lack on personal fulfilment.

This Sketch will be part of my book coming out hopefully. I’m doing all my drawings for my book on A3. This sketch is A4, so I’m not sure how it will fit yet. However, as soon as I’m expressing myself, I believe that’s the most important thing.

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Wiz Khalifa digital art work in progress by Louis Santos


Digital Portrait of Wiz Khalifa 


Hello everyone, thanks for reading our blog. It’s a good way to get to know what’s been going on behind the scenes at our studio in Leeds City Centre.


As I love my art, 2 styles that always comes to my mind when I consider drawing or painting is fantasy and realism. So portrait is one of my favourite styles of realism to tattoo and draw.


We play a lot of hip-hop in the studio, is a kind of music kind of chilled to work to.


Actually Joe got my in to hip-hop. I was more of a rocker before getting in to hip-hop.


So listening to a lot of hip-hop since working with Joe. I have got to like artists like 2pac, Snoop Dogg, People under the stairs and Wizz Khalifa.


So that’s where it comes the idea for this portrait. Digital painting is the best way I like to approach, to painting or drawing a portrait. It’s very practical, with no drying time.


Tattooing or drawing a portrait, is really fun for me. Sometimes the choice is mine to draw or paint a portrait I feel like I want to paint. Or to try to translate on my clients skin who needs a tattoo portrait of an important person in their life.


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Regards
L. Santos




Portrait Tattoo drawing studies

Portrait realism studies.
I’ve always been passionate about tattooing and drawing portraits.
In my opinion, drawing a face is the most fun part of the body to draw. I love tattooing and drawing old faces, as the texture is so vivid. Old people have a lot of story to tell in their faces.
Tattooing a portrait is probably the hardest subject to tattoo. That’s why I like to work on paper, before I attempt the skin.
I have had seminar on portraits by Nikki Hurtado. And I have had online portrait classes, which it divides each section of the human face, and study each part of the face, step by step. That was a very important and perhaps most enjoyable online class I have ever had.
Portraits are very welcome at Familia Tattoo. I’m definitely passionate about it, and will carry on to draw, paint and tattoo portraits.
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Geisha Japanese tattoo by Louis Santos

I did this Geisha and hanya mask Japanese tattoo in Ibiza. I visit Matthew, who is from Leeds, we have a good time relaxing and tattooing.

Zombie sleeve work in progress

Today, I had an epic day. Thanks to Max, for giving me the opportunity to do this Zombie sleeve for him.


It’s really fun for me to do a Zombie sleeve, and I’m sure to make the most of this opportunity, to give the best I can to Max. 


The best part of doing a Zombie sleeve in my opinion is the freedom I have to express myself. As the subject is crazy, I can just go crazy and everything will be fine.
Working on this devil, I have made sure to get my dark areas in the background to give a morbid mood. Textures in the foreground, but only working on my mid tones in the foreground, controlling my dark in the foreground.


Zombies and devils are very textured creatures. And I love doing textures. It’s fun to keep finding the in and out textures, following the shape of the the subject.
I would like to thanks Max, for this opportunity. And it’s a bonus he’s a really nice and chilled guy, so I’m very happy working with him. 
Sometimes I could say I’m blessed to do what I love, and work with really nice people, it just makes the day seem effortless.

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Japanese Dragon Tattoo Leeds

Hello everyone, thanks for looking at our blog. I am now taking a look back, at some Japanese work i have done in the past, and having some memories of my Japanese Tattoos i have done, over my time i have been tattooing in Leeds.

Dragons are really good for cover-ups, its a beast with many textures and scales, so that for a cover-up is a very sensible option.

I remember to have done this dragon all free hand. I feel comfortable free handing dragons straight on skin, as i have drawn them many times before. Free handing, also gives a opportunity to get a better flow of the human body.

Every time i draw a dragon, i think like a crocodile face, that helps me to follow the shape and structure of the dragons face.

I learned to draw Japanese tattoos, just for the fact of being in a tattoo studio, you always gonna get asked for it. And i am also passionate about the style. I am gonna draw some new Japanese Tattoo ideas.

My ideas always gonna have a fantasy twist to it, as i like to push the boundaries a bit further, and brake the rules a little bit.

Thanks for reading our blog, until next time

Japanese Tattoo Realistic

I love drawing a style before i tattoo it. Being an art focused tattooist outside of the tattooing craft, it gives me the opportunity to develop knowledge, and push the boundaries, learning lessons, before going about the subject on skin.

I have been drawing Japanese tattoos since the beginning of my career, i am a big fan of Shige. He is a tattoo artist from Japan, who completely broke the rules of Japanese tattoos. Japanese tattoos were very traditional, every one used to stick to the rules. And Shige came along and changed all that, making Japanese tattoos more realistic.

So i like to bring a bit of realism when i approach a Japanese tattoo and drawing.

I have been tattooing Japanese tattoos in Leeds for the past 10 years, i will upload new ans past Japanese tattoos i have done over my career of 13 years.

I love drawing and tattooing Japanese Geisha, they look calm and graceful.

Japanese Tattoos have an amazing way of flowing in the body like no other style does.

Thank you for reading, until our next blog,

Are video games good for artists?

Vídeo Games and being an artist.


Hello everyone, in this blog I would like to talk about video games as an artist. And discuss a bit if video games are good being an artist.


I started playing video games when i was a kid, purely for entertainment. Being a kid is amazing for playing games as you have all this free time and no responsibilities whatsoever. So a 4 hour game play, would happen with no worries at all.


Then we grow up and have responsibilities, which it makes it harder to spend hours playing video games. But then growing up, we have the money to buy the consoles and purchase any game we want.


Nowadays games are unbelievable , the graphics are out of this world. And I truly believe games are an art form. And if not one of my favourite type of art forms, games and movies are probably my favourite ways to get inspired by art.


So I do believe games are a great way to get inspired by art, in the same way I have fun playing a game, I study art while playing games. 


A great way to study art when playing a game is with observation. I observe the drawings in the game, how the characters move in the game. Atmosphere is also a good subject to learn in gaming, composition, and how they place colours to give a certain kind of mood in the world of the gameplay.


One game I recommend for artistic inspiration is “God of War” what a game. I played it first time for ps3. Now on PS4, it’s even better. That game is so good, that it took, maybe 4 years to make it. It shows you, when things are done properly it does takes time.


Im inspired by a Brazilian artist who is the Sony art director in the game “god of war” his name is “Rafael Grazetti” should check his Instagram, he’s amazing,


The only down side about playing games in my opinion , is the amount of time it takes out of our lives. So I try not to play for more than 2 hours, sometimes I only play for one hour. Time has to be restricted, as I have to look after myself physically, and focus on my art.


Above all, I think it’s important and inspiring playing games as an artist, as it’s probably the hardest art form out there, so why not being inspired by these amazing artists.


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