Tattoo Face

This started off as a simple face sketch.  It looked cool enough to add color.  I snapped a photo of the sketch and brought it into Illustrator.  For anyone that works in vector art, Illustrator added a width tool to CS6.  So instead of having a fixed 1pt stroke, the width tool can make the middle of a stroke wider than the ends.  This gives you the look of a tapered brush stroke.  A word of caution though:  If you use live paint to drop color, do that AFTER you adjust your stroke width.