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Drawing with DMC

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 07:49:00 +0000

A couple of posts ago Elinor Blackwood (Ashira) was asking for me to divulge the process that goes into making my coloured images, so I shall now oblige.

So, I start with the line drawing on paper (yes, a real piece of paper!) done with a sepia pencil for no other reason than I like the feel of the media and the brown looks nice. Some folk have mistakenly thought these charcoal drawings, but they are not, just coloured pencil.

Having scanned the image in at 600 dpi, in Photoshop I then make a layer on MULITIPLY setting, onto which with the PENCIL tool I draw/paint/whatever it is you do in the digital context, areas of flat colour corresponding with the lines of the original drawing.

(image) Usually making a copy of this FLAT COLOUR layer – as I call it (turning off the original flat layer, thus preserving the original should anything go awry) I then mould the copied flat colour layer with the BURN tool, working in shadows and form as appropriate.

Finally over the line drawing and the moulded colour I make a HIGHLIGHTS or SHINE layer (sometimes both if I am really pushing things around) onto which with the BRUSH tool I work all the glimmers and glows and shines that pull the image out and finishes it off.

Not much to it really, just time and the right ordering of layers. I highly recommend some form of drawing tablet for this though, drawing fine details with what amounts to a bar of remote soap (by which I mean a mouse) is not so much fun and does not allow quite the same finish without some extra frustration and effort. (Believe me, I have tried for many years with mouse only, and when I finally got a tablet it was like a whole new world opened up… usual story.)

What I like about this combination is the immediacy of a real drawing yet the glamour and finish of fine digital colour. Oh, and I used the same process for the image of Europe you see as a background to this blog.

I hope that is what you were looking for, Elinor.

Europa of Naimes

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 07:48:00 +0000

Forsooth, the Branden Rose is a real soul, you can go see her activities get all Tumblr-ed over at Europa of Naimes, where she and other bright-souled Sundergirdians keep the energy of the Half-Continent roiling.

I go there to remind myself that the Half-Continent is not just me in a room on my own in front of a blank screen.

Thank you, Branden Rose, thank you

So long since signs of life were present, but yes, it lives again!

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 07:47:00 +0000

For my first actual post I would like to show you all a leaf from notebook 32, drawing especial attention to the entry on the bottom of the right hand pane:


This, dear fellow Sundergirdians, is what a lot looks like (a lot being the Half-Continent's version dice) - a hexagonal 'tube', painted black, marked in white and actually having eight possible outcomes. The longer notation to the right of the drawing says:

"...landing on it ends is possible with a vigorous toss and is either fortunate or ill-favoured depending on the circumstance or culture."

The image shows the "7-end", with the "8-end" being all red but without a number or any other marking. It was such as these that Rossamünd saw being thrown at the Broken Doll.

I reckon it might be a cool little project to get a brace o' these puppies made... *puts on to-do list*

Now to ponder your musings and muse answers of my own... 10 insights

Fumez nuit gravement à votre santé

Sun, 01 Jan 2012 13:10:00 +0000

Messieurs fumez entraine des troubles de l 'érection.. donc profitez des bonne résolutions pour arrêter !!!!

jenny mc Clain

Sun, 01 Jan 2012 10:56:00 +0000

Et surtout bonne santé !!!!!!

Sun, 01 Jan 2012 09:19:00 +0000

Bonne Année 2012 a tous

Sun, 01 Jan 2012 09:18:00 +0000

Krystal Lorrie

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Danni Davis

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lizzie ryan

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Encore joyeux noël

Sun, 25 Dec 2011 17:56:00 +0000

Lisa Neils

Sun, 25 Dec 2011 17:19:00 +0000

julie silver

Sun, 25 Dec 2011 08:41:00 +0000

Joyeux noël

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Oops : kristina shannon

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Jayna Oso

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Jordan Kingsley

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