Sunday, October 28, 2007

more fun with photoshop


Guess what I've been up to this weekend? I love the marriage of hand drawing and digital colouring. Working to create an illustration style ~ not that I know what to do with it ~ is endless hours of fun. What's weird is that, after spending as much time drawing, scanning and colouring one of these as I do on a small painting, I have nothing to actually hold in my hand. Donations for that beautiful Epson printer I'm lusting after gratefully accepted...

20 Comments:

Blogger dinahmow said...

Sorry-no funds for the Epson file,but when you get that camel onto a framable surface, let me know, please!

28/10/07 10:48 PM  
Blogger A Kite Rises said...

Your happy camel is great - and I love that funny little umbrella-carrying dude aboard his buddy! Hope that printer comes your way ; )

29/10/07 6:18 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

This is what I call "Chilling out"!!!
Enjoy!!

29/10/07 6:19 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Hi Andrea.

I love what you are doing with hand drawing and coloring with photoshop.

I met Frank Gee (www.frankgee.com) at an art fair a few years back and he recommended getting a refurbished Epson printer. He and a friend bought a big standing refurbished one a few years back and it worked out really well for him. He was wholesaling his prints to galleries.

I dont know if you check the Epson site at all, but they do have a section for clearance/refurbished.

29/10/07 7:01 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

BTW, are you familiar with Imagekind? www.imagekind.com

29/10/07 7:29 AM  
Blogger HMBT said...

I love these new works...they want a story to go with them. I can feel it.
The flying dragons in the rain storm...priceless.

29/10/07 8:33 AM  
Blogger Ed Maskevich said...

I love photoshop. I use it to do all my colors sketches. Digital camera to computer and into photoshop. I salivate over a large format Epson printer that I saw on their website. I just don't understand why my wife is reluctant to spend the $10,000? I know what you mean about galleries. I have always liked being involved in co-op galleries but we don't have any nearby. Hopfully the Internet will make it easier for artists to sell directly.

29/10/07 9:22 AM  
Blogger ziggi said...

Oh Andrea they're fab - I hope you get your printer! I love your animals and for some reason I think you should do some more horses! I really thought the chariot racer was superb.
Lx

29/10/07 11:33 AM  
Blogger Alda said...

I can so relate to bliss of losing yourself in something creative - sounds like you had a wonderful weekend.

29/10/07 2:36 PM  
Blogger nadine said...

I love these! Especially the loose double lines. And the way you didn't fill the whole "canvas" with rain drops, just enough to set the mood. Great expression on mama dragon's face :-)

29/10/07 3:24 PM  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

Those are so good. I've never tried my hand at that. I must.

29/10/07 4:27 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

which Epson??
Robin

29/10/07 6:18 PM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

Lurrrve the Draw-medary!

I have some beautiful Epsom Salts that you can have.

30/10/07 8:14 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Dinah: what do you say to adhering it to a cradled panel and sealing it with acrylic medium and varnish?

A Kite Rises: Me, too. I'm pricing them right now, but will probably have to wait until the new year.

Cream: You could say that! :)

Jan: It's a great idea so I checked out Canada's Epson site and they have the refurbished section, but nothing available right now. I'll keep checking. Another Etsy person just told me that the results from Imagekind were extremely disappointing. Have you had that experience?

HMBT: The flying dragons look like kids' book illustration, don't they? I never thoguht of that.

Ed: I could lose whole years of my lofe playing in Photoshop! I know so little about it but just enough to want MORE.

Ziggi: I was such a compulsive horse sketcher as a teenager that I often wonder why I don't try more of them now. Maybe that's why!

Alda: It was raining anyway... :)

Nadine: She looks happy to sacrifice self don't you think?

Ian: Yes, do.

Robin: I can't afford anything bigger/better than the Epson R2400, but would love to play with it and undersatnd I will have to learn something about colour profiling.

HE: Keep the salts. Your words are enough, my dear.

30/10/07 1:56 PM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

I havent ordered anything yet from Imagekind. WetCanvas had some discussion on the pro/con of the site and one of the Imagekind reps participated and made sure that the situation was corrected. I think it turned out the issue ended up being poor digital files that the artist had used.

Having printed on a few different papers, I can also see how paper choice makes a difference.

I have an R2400. I have not put it to use like I had intended. Have decided it is because I need to learn how to do color management/adjustment so that the way I see it on my monitor is how it ends up on the print. Guess I will be off to the bookstore this weekend looking for a guide --- unless someone here can recommend one.

Check the Epson USA site too for Clearance/refurbished -- tho I dont know if is is any different from the Candadian site.

30/10/07 5:50 PM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Good luck with the printer funds. I'll contribute to your printer fund, if you contribute to my new kiln fund?

I really rather like the latter drawing. I could totally see these printed.

30/10/07 6:02 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Jan: I understand that you can have a colour profile done professionally for the type of paper you use. I'm not sure what that means exactly but it sounds good! :)

Cynthia: Though I've been pricing printers I suddenly have vet, orthodontic and optomestrist bills to pay so I guess it'll all have to wait. :(

30/10/07 7:56 PM  
Blogger dinahmow said...

"...on a panel, sealed and varnished..."
Sounds good to me.Email me with some figures and I'll consider it.
About printing...I think Jana Bouc posted a while back about the pros and cons. Can't remember when, but I'm sure it was Jana.

30/10/07 8:00 PM  
Blogger merlinprincesse said...

Love them all, Andrea! :) And like you, I love to create that way! :) Have a nice Halloween! :)

31/10/07 9:24 AM  
Anonymous catnapping said...

he's a cutie. i like the fringe, especially. great touch.

31/10/07 11:30 AM  

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