We all love actor Steven R. McQueen’s abs and toned arms, but Season 4 of The Vampire Diaries offered up some other goodies to look at on Jeremy Gilbert: his Hunter’s Mark! This tattoo was quite the problem for our Mystic Falls friends last season, and creating the virtual ink was no walk in the graveyard either.

In a bonus featurette in the Season 4 DVD pack, which came out on September 3, the visual artists explain just how they prepared Steven for his scenes. Steven himself seemed pleased that he didn’t have to sit in the makeup chair for hours and hours, getting the tattoo painted on every single day. “I was definitely glad the day they said it would be CGI,” he said.

But making the CGI tattoo was super hard, just ask John Owens, visual effects producer. “Our initial reaction was, ‘OK, now how are we going to do this. We had to create a realistic-looking tattoo that was magically appearing on the actor’s arm,” John said.

And the really hard part was getting the tattoo to slowly reveal itself on Steven’s arm, since it wasn’t permanent ink. “It doesn’t appear all at once,” said Rik Panero, a 3D artist. “It sometimes fades or dissolves on, so you can’t do that, obviously, with the makeup effect — it would be very difficult to do that on-set.”

Check out the video to learn even more about Jeremy’s killer ink and then hit the comments to let us know what you think about the Hunter’s Mark storyline.

Source: ET Online