Thursday, April 26, 2012

Running - the original

Well, I think I just learned something tonight. Check this out - the original graphitint drawing taken with the handy dandy iPhone. The previous one I used was scanned in - not the same quality at all! Something to Google, I guess. The texture of the paper and the tones seem much more present in this version.

This was just a quick one ... I wish I had more time! I traced this one from my sketch book onto watercolour paper. I then coloured it using a graphitint pencil and water. I then added MORE pencil but was too impatient to wet it again! So I have a bit of a rough effect in the darker areas. I then added the footpath, grass and background in Photoshop.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Boy Drawing - watercolour, ink, digital

Well, I pretty much used everything here! I learned a lot from mistakes I made in the watercolour process. I had never used inks before, so I decided to try them ... I thought maybe they would hide my errors! The result was ... well, you see for yourself - the second image is the original. The word 'ergh' comes to mind.

I went to bed a little bit sad (and tired)! But when I awoke, I remembered that PHOTOSHOP my old friend could come to my rescue! It's just a quick fix. Almost passable...maybe...

Original + digital


Saturday, April 21, 2012


In the first picture I experimented with my new Graphitint pencil (Ocean Blue). I bought only two, to see what they were like. The shop assistant guaranteed I'd be back for the rest of the set. She was right, I'm hooked. On Monday morning, those pencils will be mine!

The digital version (second) was done in Photoshop...experimenting with some techniques Will Terry taught me (ok, through his videos!) Actually, after uploading them to this blog I see how lacking in contrast the Photoshop version is. Definitely a skill I'll need to work at some more...

Friday, April 20, 2012

Abacus...analogue and digital?

What is the plural for abacus? Abacuses or abaci??

Anyway, here are two counting machines - one in watercolour, one in Illustrator & Photoshop. To tell the truth, I'm a bit 'meh' about them both, but I'm glad I managed to do these at the end of what was another tiring day.