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The illustrative style incorporates elements from old school (aka Traditional) and realism, and can be placed somewhere between the two.
  • Solid black outlines
  • Cartoonish / animated subjects
  • Muted colour palette
  • 2D designs
  • Minor shading and gradients

Using solid black lines and bold colors, illustrative adds in realistic shading and contrasting colors in order to make the tattoo appear like an illustration from a coloring book rather than a photo-realistic piece. Illustrative designs often boast an animated feel, even if the subject matter and overall design are rooted in reality.

Illustrative is a popular style because it allows the tattoo artist to use their imaginations and push the limits regarding color palettes and stylistic choices, usually resulting in a unique, eye-catching piece of work.

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