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fog over White Head, rock and soruce forms, Monhegan, Maine, Brownie Reflex 20, Ilford HP4+, Ilfosol 3 Developer, 5.31.16 by steve aimone

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Since a couple of folks have asked, the process behind the most recent images has gone something like;

- Super messy sketch in red pencil on watercolor paper (Canson Foundation Series cold press 185g, if anyone’s curious).

- Somewhat neater underdrawing using a brown Copic marker (no particular reason for the color, it’s just the lightest marker I have).

- Grey undertones painted with some kind of generic black watercolor.

- Lines drawn with a fine synthetic brush and india ink (I always used to do the line art first, but I’ve been finding that doing it after I’m finished with the watercolors gives me a darker, crisper line. On the other hand, if I screw anything up at this point the whole thing’s totally buggered).

- Scanned using my much-loved Epson Perfection v330 scanner (this is the first scanner I’ve owned that didn’t bleach the everloving fuck out of my watercolors and I adore it).

- Several zillion layers (set to ‘multiply’) of varying opacity for the colors, added in Photoshop.

… So it’s an absurdly long and convoluted process, and you’d probably be able to achieve a similar effect with far less trouble if you have a tablet and some notion of how to paint properly in Photoshop.

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anonymous asked:

Ok srry if this is a stupid question or whatever but how t h e hEcK do you get your traditional art to look so bright and clear? like?? it looks like it's a digital sketch do you just edit the pic's saturation or- idk plz help this kind soul (maybe u just have a really good camera + lighting)

Huh, so I don’t do anything particularly special. I scan my traditional art with an Epson Perfection V370 scanner and then make adjustments in Photoshop when necessary.

To get rid of some of the smudginess/texture of the paper I played around with image > adjustments > brightness and contrast, and then duplicated the layer, set it to multiply and repeated the adjustment step until I was happy with the darkness and clarity of the lines. As a final little colour tweak I used image > adjustments > variations on the multiply layer to give it a red tint.

Resizing the image for the purpose of posting probably sharpened the look of the lines as well.

Nothing more than that :D I hope my answer was clear enough!

madebymichel  asked:

How do you scan your watercolor works into digital? :(

I use an Epson Perfection V600 Photo scanner (it’s super old at this point, it might be time for an upgrade).  And I leave all the settings basically at default.  I scan things for print at anywhere from 300-600dpi, usually jpgs but sometimes tiffs.  I then take it into photoshop and play with the levels, ie making the white of the paper WHITE white.  That usually boosts the saturation a little and makes the colors pop, and then I’ll play around with values and clean up smudes, lint, hair, etc.  Not super thorough, I know.  If I can get around to it, one of these days I’ll do an actual tutorial walk through, but it’s not too involved. :)

In memory of my beloved but recently deceased Epson Perfection scanner, here’s the very last artwork it scanned before giving up the ghost: A rough page from Empowered vol.10, featuring a rather “meta” scene in which a dubious Past-Tense Emp (left) is berated by Present-Tense Emp (right) for being such a “cringing ol’ scaredycat” about the future.

Two things about this page:

A) Panel 1 uses a round, compass-drawn border because, for the life of me, I could not draw Present Emp’s lower legs properly. In desperation, I decided to crop the panel to hide this tricky area, and a circular panel design worked perfectly for that purpose. Problem solved!

B) Those two balloons in panel 6 had way too much dialogue, so I wound up combining them into a single, smaller balloon, which had the added benefit of making room for a profile shot of Past Emp at lower left. Alas, I can’t show you the revised page, thanks to my now-deceased scanner. Sorry ‘bout that, folks.

commongardenmole  asked:

Hi! I was wondering what scanner you use? Your sketches and paintings always look so beautiful when scanned. I'm on the lookout for a new one, but i know nothing about scanners! I'm sorry if this has already been asked :) thank you!

Hey, no problem! I don’t think this’s been asked for a long time; definitely not since I bought my most recent scanner at least. Right now I’m using an Epson Perfection V600, which I bought for myself as a graduation present as it’s pretty much a baby version of the massive scanners that were available up at college. The quality’s absolutely gorgeous, and although the scanner bed is a bit small, there’s only a tiny bevel between the glass and plastic so it’s very easy to scan larger work in parts.

All you people interested in what do after you have your photoshop brushes? This is for you.

robotobroadcast said:

Is there anywhere I could learn how to use photoshop the way that you do? I’ve just never been able to recreate that hand painted look like you seem to be able to do.

Short answer: have a good scanner (Epson Perfections are awesome) and experiment with photoshop brushes, opacity, flow, and the mixer brush tool.

Long answer with pictures: 

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