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Old Wednesday 31st December 2008, 14:36   #1
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First in a long time

Evenin' all.

It's been some time since I last picked up my sketch pad, but here it is...

Any ideas on how to scan pencil drawings so they don't look rubbish?
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Old Wednesday 31st December 2008, 14:53   #2
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Super work Tony - I really like the angle and the expression is spot-on.
Scanning graphite can be a bugger 'cos it can reflect the light - perhaps try a digi-pic without the flash (needs decent lighting, of course).
Look forward to seeing more work - great stuff.
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Thanks!
I tried for a photo, but we've not got that much sun about at the moment (plenty of snow, though) and due to our Mk. 2 infant pulling over half the lights today, lighting is at a bit of a premium in the house...
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Old Wednesday 31st December 2008, 15:17   #4
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Hello there- if you have the patience and photoshop, one option is to try scanning with settings at VERY low brightness (like -30 on an Epson) and low contrast (like -7 on an Epson) Then once scanned you can gently brighten it up with curves, levels in photoshop whilst keeping any eye on what happens to the detail.
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Old Thursday 1st January 2009, 19:55   #5
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Tried it as a photo, but the brightest lamp in the house is the fluorescent one in the kitchen, which isn't all that bright. But it's a bit better than scanning and I'll try Ed's sugestions when back at work.
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Another super drawing Tony - and I can't see any issues regarding the reproduction.
Enjoyed peeking at some of your paintings too - reminded me just how good your work is.
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Another super drawing Tony - and I can't see any issues regarding the reproduction.
Enjoyed peeking at some of your paintings too - reminded me just how good your work is.
Thanks very much! I'm having trouble getting back into painting as the kids are into everything, so the one I'm working on (for nearly a year, very much more off than on) is progressing very slowly and I almost have to relearn everything each time I get a chance to paint. Between the kids and writing the book, it's really been on the back burner.
Sketching's a lot quicker, though.
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Tha mistle thrush is everything a mistle thrush should be, glad to see you posting again!
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Welcome back! I hope this isn't one of those new year's resolutions that peters out in february? Keep posting the great drawings.

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I tried chnging the settings on the scanner and it's a bit better, but I think I'll still go for photos (see mockingbird_BF.jpg).

I also thought I'd have a go at colour pencils (see robin_BF.jpg). Not sure if I like it, but I'll have a play with different techniques and see how it goes.
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Old Monday 19th January 2009, 13:15   #11
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wow, these are good - you don't need to like the robin, you just need to realise it's great!
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Great drawings!
You can try to take a pic and adjust the contrasts, colour balance etc with Photoshop , thats what i do with my oil painitngs.


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Great drawings!
You can try to take a pic and adjust the contrasts, colour balance etc with Photoshop , thats what i do with my oil painitngs.


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Yep - that's what I'll be doing for the sketches fro now on, I think. I've been doing that for paintings on canvas, too as it reduces the pattern of spots caused by the weave.

And thanks for the comments, Nick and Maria!
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Splendid work again Tony - lovely detail, nicely balanced with expressive linework.
Just a tip about 'patterns' appearing on canvas scans/photography. Besides Maria's tip about colour balance etc - the tool to use is the blur function (find it under the 'filter' pull-down) - you don't need much to blend the virtual surface of the canvas. Of course you may already know this, so I apologise if so.
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Drew this one for Mrs Boris' birthday. Pencils again, but I'm happier with it than the Robin.
Just to test if I've captured it right, you can work out the species...
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A beautiful, scruffy little reed bunt. (And, if I've got it wrong, it's my ID skills at fault not your drawing!)

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Some Reeds and Littles are hard enough at the best of times, but this is a gorgeous painting that Mrs B will adore. Spot on Mike.
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reed bunting - got to be - nice tones in this I'm sure Mrs B will be very happy with it.
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A Reed Bunting indeed - glad you all got it!
Original photo is here.
I'm rather getting to like colour pencils now - much less messing about with setting up than acrylic paints and with the kids being into everything, much less chance of disasters, too. The only downside is that it's not so easy to buy non-water soluble pencils in Switzerland. in fact, it's not that easy to buy pencils that are not Caran D'Ache, which while very good, are also water soluble with the exception of their 'Pablo' range and I've only found them in one art shop here. I'm currently combining them with Mrs Boris' Karisma pencils and it seems to work.
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As the wife and kids are on holiday, I can get round to some sketching again.
Ropey photos, but otherwise, it's a case of waiting until Tuesday before I can get to a scanner...
The original photo of the Barn Owl is from the BF gallery, but I can't remember whose it was now.
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nice stuff again, especially the barn owl , full of life. Just out of interest, how many bluethroats are around your way, I'm off to look for some tomorrow in the lower Doubs valley, but don't really hold out much hope - luscinia breakyourhearta.
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I saw one at Fanel last weekend. I get the feeling a lot of them have moved on through, though. Haven't seen any reports on Ornitho.ch for a few days now.
However, Mike Bowman (Bittern on here) said something about a breeding population not too far over into France. Might want to PM him about it.

I might start work on another drawing this evening, given that there's nothing on the TV again...
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I saw one at Fanel last weekend. I get the feeling a lot of them have moved on through, though. Haven't seen any reports on Ornitho.ch for a few days now.
However, Mike Bowman (Bittern on here) said something about a breeding population not too far over into France. Might want to PM him about it.

I might start work on another drawing this evening, given that there's nothing on the TV again...
The breeding pop Mike means is the one I'm off to look for (again!) It's well-publicised, and also has Bee eaters, Purple herons, Montagu's Harriers, Melodious Warblers and Golden orioles which I've seen there, and other goodies such as Stone Curlew, Bluethroat, Wryneck and Great Reed Warbler, which I'm not likely to see there, despite everyone else seeing them!
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The breeding pop Mike means is the one I'm off to look for (again!) It's well-publicised, and also has Bee eaters, Purple herons, Montagu's Harriers, Melodious Warblers and Golden orioles which I've seen there, and other goodies such as Stone Curlew, Bluethroat, Wryneck and Great Reed Warbler, which I'm not likely to see there, despite everyone else seeing them!
I wanna play...
(the bold ones would all be lifers for me...)
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I wanna play...
(the bold ones would all be lifers for me...)
The bee eaters are easy - there is a colony there, the orioles aren't too difficult to see, just impossible to follow, stone curlew and monty's I saw today - no sign of bluethroat, or wryneck today though.

Let me know if ever you're this way, I'd be more than happy to show you around the area ( even if I still get lost around it)
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