In case of digital illustrations it is obvious how artwork is transferred to paper and how it is reproduced. For manual illustrations, the situation is not so clear. I mean after the scanning process. Scanning is only the first step of a long post-production procedure. So let’s see what’s brewing in the witch’s kitchen!
Here comes a little shorter and more passionate blog post than usual about how I feel when I stamp my finger in wet paint for the 5th time and mutter unprintable phrases about the nature of watercolours.
It happens (a.k.a. always) that you need several layers of paint to reach the desired effect. If you let the paint dry on the first layer before painting the second, the result looks as if different layers of veil shone through one another, so you can see the bottom layer as well as the top. A beautiful thing to do – unless you mess it up by putting a stubby finger in it to check whether the paint has dried yet.
After several years of painting with watercolours I sometimes find it hard to believe how long it takes for massive amount of water to dry on the paper. Sometimes I think it’s good & ready, then apply the next layer and the whole thing blends together. Of course, the best trick is to place your palm on the seemingly dry surface and check the temperature: if it feels cold, then you’ve still got to wait.
But who the heck has got enough patience for this? Once you are into mixing colours and messing around waiting for the painting to dry just staring out of your head is the last thing you feel like doing.
However, after my latest blunder I have decided to list a few hate-tasks, which I usually procrastinate doing, but which can be completed perfectly within the 5-10 mins while the paint dries – and the reward is that you feel really productive.
Picture editing is worth learning for all creative people – at least at a basic level. This skill – apart from being a requirement many jobs – helps you use your artwork in many different ways so they don’t have to lie forgotten at the bottom of your drawers.
Many people think it is easier to edit pictures on smart phones or tablets but personally I still prefer to use the good old computer for my graphics and prints. I am, too, a fan of the Adobe masterpieces: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, but sometimes these programs are unavailable for me (when I travel or when I don’t have my laptop about), so I choose an online picture editor.
There are a number of apps out there, which provide picture editing options (here is a nice list). After trying several, however, I realised there were only very few that included the things I had been looking for (there is life after filters, thank you guys). So I ended up using only 2 programs regularly, which I am now going to introduce.
The picture of the poet starving in the interval between writing two pieces that nobody wants to publish has burnt pretty well into our minds. But what about painting without being “published”? Those who like doodling will know that not all stuff on paper is suitable for an exhibition – and not necessarily because it is not good enough, but because it is not a painting to be exhibited. It is a doodle, an illustration, or anything else that you simply cannot put in a frame. Of course you can put anything in a frame if you like (who gives a damn about conventions?) but there are some other ways in which you can show your awesome work to wide world. See a few below!
This is a very simple way of creating duplicates of your masterpiece. You simply scan your work, you cut it to fit your virtual paper, and then send it off to the printers. You can create a postcard as well as an A2-sized poster, you can print it in whatever size you need. Ready to send off your postcard to gran?