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Critique this Koi Dragon outline

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I started an initiation thread where everyone convinced me to pursue better artists. I'm extremely grateful for all the great advice I've received.

Now, I just want you guys to critique this koi dragon outline my old artist did for me. I hope it isn't wrong for me to post this picture up online, but I'd like specific comments about it so that I can better recognize strong artwork.

Here is the thread I was talking about:

http://www.lastsparrowtattoo.com/forum/initiation/5185-first-tattoo-dragon-koi.html

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If you are trying to learn how to recognize quality tattoo work then the portfolios of the tattoo artists mentioned in the other thread is a good place to start.

Good artwork doesn't necessarily correlate to good tattoo work.

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I don't know if any tattooers posted in that thread - maybe one will chime in here, maybe not. I'm not a tattooer or really much of an artist so I'll try to keep it short:

1. A line drawing is not a tattoo - a shoddy artist can take a great line drawing and turn it into a horrible tattoo. A poor line drawing is not a great indication though.

2. You really should spend some time with this thread - http://www.lastsparrowtattoo.com/forum/general-tattoo-discussion/2396-what-makes-good-tattoo.html, and go through the lattest tattoo thread too, as almost all of the tattoos posted in there are great quality work.

3. How could you expect someone to critique a design at such an oblique angle?

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I don't know if any tattooers posted in that thread - maybe one will chime in here, maybe not. I'm not a tattooer or really much of an artist so I'll try to keep it short:

1. A line drawing is not a tattoo - a shoddy artist can take a great line drawing and turn it into a horrible tattoo. A poor line drawing is not a great indication though.

2. You really should spend some time with this thread - http://www.lastsparrowtattoo.com/forum/general-tattoo-discussion/2396-what-makes-good-tattoo.html, and go through the lattest tattoo thread too, as almost all of the tattoos posted in there are great quality work.

3. How could you expect someone to critique a design at such an oblique angle?

cool. I'll go through that thread

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This isn't the line work, but I'm a novice at getting tattooed, also. The first thing that stood out to me in the portfolio that you posted there was the shading - it looks really patchy once you spend time looking at expertly colored tattoos. Just one place to start training your eye.

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