View Full Version : Diana Mae's November Sketchbook

11-09-2010, 06:04 PM
Yesterday, I did a drawing in my sketchbook and did the "I don't like it" Judgement.

Then I looked at it today and thought, "Well, maybe they will like it anyway as it has life to it."

I'll be back in a few minutes with it.


11-09-2010, 06:12 PM
hehehehe welcome to the sketchbook forum Diana - we all struggle with those sentiments...... ;) I am looking forward to seeing your work

11-09-2010, 06:28 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing my work here but alas! It's not going to happen in these scanner conditions! I do not know what to do. It's going to be another few weeks before you see art from me again. I feel really aggravated!

11-09-2010, 06:30 PM
Does anyone know if an XP scanner can be rigged up to a windows 7 computer?

11-09-2010, 06:32 PM
A new scanner. What a waste of money!

11-09-2010, 06:35 PM
I think the peripheral equipment companies do that on purpose. Had that problem with a scanner. Went from Windows 2000 to XP and suddenly needed a new scanner and a new printer. :( Wish you the best on that. Looking forward to seeing your work.

Have you tried photographing it instead? I didn't replace my scanner, just the printer and have been working using a digital camera instead. Not as good maybe, but it works.

11-09-2010, 06:40 PM

This is what I got. Hopefully the problem is with my laptop. Can you see It? Thanks in advance.

11-09-2010, 06:41 PM
On my old scanner line drawings came up as drawn.

11-09-2010, 06:44 PM
Oh by the way, it's an antique toddler's shoe as a semi contour drawing.

11-09-2010, 06:52 PM

11-09-2010, 07:12 PM
OK so I printed out the page and it looks the same as on the screen so that means at least my computer is fine right?

So what I have to get is a scanner right?

11-09-2010, 07:19 PM
The shoe is marvelous.

Did you draw this in graphite? Sometimes scanners don't pick up graphite lines well and you need to adjust the contrast. The second time it's posted looks fine.

11-09-2010, 07:26 PM
I adjusting the contrast is what is needed? I'll try again. I guess doing silverpoint is a total no no then. I am going to try to find the CD for my other scanner. The red was fading on it but graphite did fine.

11-09-2010, 07:26 PM
I adjusting the contrast is what is needed? I'll try again. I guess doing silverpoint is a total no no then. I am going to try to find the CD for my other scanner. The red was fading on it but graphite did fine.

11-09-2010, 07:54 PM
No, you can scan silver point, other people do. It's just that it needs adjustment. But, I'm not sure how to do it. :o

11-09-2010, 07:57 PM

I just plugged the laptop into the electric outlet and just happened to browse this thread and saw the shoe with all of the lines. Let me plug the laptop into the eletrical supply and see if it works better. I promise you it can be a good thing to see.

The faded writing is because it is from a journal that was written on the day after the drawing was done.

I promise you a good month of drawings. I promise. I promise.

Look at my blog. I can do good art. Really. I promise.

11-09-2010, 08:49 PM

I still don't like it.

11-09-2010, 09:08 PM
Forget it! Go to my blog and look at the last post and then scroll down to see the difference betwen the two identical drawings.

Until this problem is solved I am not posting art online.

I'm sorry.

I'll post every day to tell you about any exciting art I do. But you can't see it. I am not subjecting you to vile images like that!


11-09-2010, 11:25 PM
Robert Sloan's Hub Page tutorial on graphite drawings and scanners saved the day. Tomorrow I will post a sketch page that is civilized meaning it will be like the original instead of some bleached out mess.

11-10-2010, 03:20 PM
Hi Diana,

Sorry about the technical issues. That baby shoe looks wonderful :)

11-10-2010, 03:33 PM
Thanks, I did another page in my sketchbook today. I also went to Staples for advice and he said that I should give my digital camera another chance as it has a close up feature.

When I get my nerve up and when the camera is powered up I'll post.

I had better read my little camera manual.

Joan T
11-10-2010, 06:10 PM
Diana - Sorry you're having such trouble posting your sketches. That shoe is great!!! I peeked at your blog and you have some wonderful work. I usually take photos with my digital camera and upload that way. Good luck!

11-10-2010, 06:28 PM
Thank you Joan, I can't find my San Disk that I got for the camera. I guess tonight is scan night

11-10-2010, 08:02 PM

Sketch from Artcetera black bound journal. 9" x12". Graphite.



11-10-2010, 11:21 PM
The tech issues have been resolved so that this thread can be about drawing. I downloaded Paint Photo Pro which has an import feature directly into the program. It was on my last computer and being that it is so user friendly anything else was just so frustrating. Also the quality wasn't there. My old scanner was a Canon and so is this one. It didn't make sense that the scans weren't turning out.

See you tomorrow.

11-11-2010, 10:00 PM
Fun lamp sketches. Glad your tech problems are fixed.

11-12-2010, 02:17 AM
Love both sketches. Look lije you are having fun - apart from the scanner!
The comments are as interesting as the sketches.

11-12-2010, 11:01 AM
Nice sketches and glad to see you got your tech issues solved!

Joan T
11-12-2010, 04:45 PM
Love that chandelier!!! You captured the delicate look of it.

11-12-2010, 10:33 PM
For what it's worth I usually use the camera to post mine. :) The chandelier is perfectly lovely - nice perspective and sense of lightness!

11-12-2010, 11:28 PM

This feels like it was a successful drawing then. Thank you all for your comments. The lamps in this restaurant have a fun feel to them. It's a fun place to go. It is in an old grist mill that has a wheel that actually turns.

I worked a long day today and feel whooped. I have time to do art tomorrow but sometimes after a day like today I just chill out and rest. Then the next day I am refreshed. Taking the day of rest always helps.

I do have a camera and got a Sandisk for it today. So, we'll see.

Again thank you for the support. It is important to me.


11-12-2010, 11:39 PM
very nice chandelier sketch...:)

11-13-2010, 12:16 AM
Thank you.

I just tested using my camera and posting the images on my laptop. The graphite looks brown, but then again the photos were taken indoors instead of in natural lighting. The images are clear. It's a Fujifilm 8.2 pixel camera. It's good enough for now.


11-15-2010, 10:54 PM
Sorry I haven't been here. I've been drawing ing my sketchbook, but don't have access to the Internet on my laptop right now. It's complicated.

I did a couple of drawings of the head of a samurai Japanese doll today and also a study of the Japanese brocade fabric from that doll.

I'm kind of rusty so this is all warm up work for some serious drawing.

Will show later. Give me a few days. I have a hectic life.


11-16-2010, 08:48 PM
No worries. Life is that way. Looking forward to seeing your images in the future.

11-17-2010, 03:28 PM
Tomorrow. Thursday. Then I'll be set up again. :)

12-02-2010, 12:57 AM
Hope we can see your work soon :)

12-02-2010, 05:32 PM
Will do maybe tonight. I just fixed up my studio to be all year round. When the physical spaces work for making art then things happen.