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Old 10-01-2010, 08:04 AM
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vivienb october sketchbook in a month challenge



My sketchbook is a thin A4 one with thin cheap paper so I won't be using water media unless I work on other paper and stick them in - which could happen. Anything could happen

This is the first one, in pencil - a skull I've drawn a few times but from a different angle. It's fiendish to draw as it's so intricate but really interesting ... well I think so !

Incidentally - I find the best way to adjust pencil drawings to match the original is often to
  • scan the drawing
  • it often looks too pale
  • so - duplicate the layer
  • use multiply as the layer option
  • adjust the percentage of multiplication until it matches the original
  • flatten the layers

I find this gives me the best results with pencil and coloured pencil, better than levels and brightness and contrast and hue and saturation etc usually and it matches the original really well
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Re: vivienb october sketchbook in a month challenge

FANTASTIC skull, LOVE the depth and details.

THANKYOU for the information on getting better image results from scanned images/drawings.
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Re: vivienb october sketchbook in a month challenge

wonderful details on the pencil drawing. . .
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Re: vivienb october sketchbook in a month challenge

Vivien, that skull is magnificent! I agree that it's interesting. I have a few things like that where I want to draw it repeatedly at different angles. This is gorgeous! Intricate, but you've had the practice to get it perfect!
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Re: vivienb october sketchbook in a month challenge

Vivien thats such a great drawing - and on thin cheap paper!! Doesn't look it AT ALL.
And its a fine example of how to use sketchbooks for really looking and getting that drawing practice in.
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Beutiful sketch! Very nice detail going on~
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Excellent graphite sketch of the skull!!! I love the shading!
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Re: vivienb october sketchbook in a month challenge

Wonderful skull drawing!
Thanks for the information on correcting photographed artwork. I always scan my single pages but can't do that with a sketchbook as my printer lets light in (with the thicker sketchbook pages). I've tried putting a black cloth over it etc but nothing works, so I have to photograph them. Then of course, I have to try to adjust them to look like the original as they always look too blue. So I'm copying your information on correcting photographed work and I'm going to try it.
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Thanks for the explanation
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I love that skull...it's almost grinning!
Nice start to the challenge!
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Re: vivienb october sketchbook in a month challenge

thank you everyone :>)

I was tempted to use the folio moleskine but realised I simply won't have time to complete it, so settled for this thin exercise book. I can always strengthen and jazz up the thin card cover at the end.

my printer lets light in around the edges with a thick book but I just press it down tightly to the glass and crop out the bits where light leaks in - near the binding at the centre is the most difficult, there is often a murky shadow there.

The duplicating layers thing works with photos too if they are a bit pale. The pale colours don't over-darken but the tones darken well. It also gets the colour of moleskine pages better.
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Re: vivienb october sketchbook in a month challenge

I am in awe of your bone-drawing skills

I have a deer tailbone and vertebrae that I tried to sketch, and it was very difficult...but you have inspired me to just keep at it..study it until I get it right
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Re: vivienb october sketchbook in a month challenge

Yay Vivien! What a wonderful quirky interesting sketch to kick off! I really like working tonally and love looking at tonal drawings, makes me look more intensely at the shapes and rendering with no colour to distract me
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That is a great skull, and I can never do mine right

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Re: vivienb october sketchbook in a month challenge

Great job on the skull, Vivien! Also, I really appreciate knowing your process for image adjustment. I shoot a digital image and use Photoshop, and have been having trouble with the pencil drawings - using levels, color balance, etc., so I will definitely try the second layer/multiply option next time.

Looking forward to the rest!
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