Color Realism

Sometimes known as 3D tattooing by the general public, this style is much like black and grey realism in that it is held together with contrasting tones rather than line work, only with the added challenge of integrating color into the work as well. This forces the artist to invest into a wider color palette as opposed to the normative staples of a couple blues, a couple greens, a couple purples, and so on down the line. It likewise requires a finely tuned attention to detail to identify exactly which color most closely resembles any given shadow, highlight, mid-tone, texture, and so on of any given composition. Though this is a difficult skill to cultivate and a time consuming one to put into practice, the end result is nothing short of jaw-dropping, passing to the casual observer as if someone had seemingly blended a magazine page into your skin.

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