Saturday, April 21

Colored Pencil?

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I'm after an effect here. I've tried to create the look of colored pencils. This is just a quick, almost throwaway, photo-sketch I did of friend's home. By the way, notice the earthquake bolts running above the first level of these buildings. They became the law after the great Atlanta earthquake of the 1870s (I believe the date is reasonably accurate). The thing was so severe church bells rang in Lancaster.

Anyway... does this present the illusion of colored pencil coloring on charcoal paper?


advman said...


I don't think so. It's good, don't get me wrong, but it still looks like Photoshop. Actually I wouldn't try to imitate something like pencil drawings on a computer. Too much hassle. When I want a pencil drawing I take a pencil and draw. It feels more natural, is more fun and usually the results look more like the real thing.

Hmm ... I very likely wouldn't want to imitate the look of a photo with pencils either. My mother did that, she was good and it was very near, but it was all craft.

Otoh, there are some guys who paint in Photoshop. Have I ever shared this link? Well, Craig Mullins is fantastic at that (must be when working for Hollywood and major game companies, aye?), his results somehow still smell like computer, but he has found a way of working with Photoshop's "brushes", that looks natural and quite unique. There are some more guys in that league and I think they use Photoshop simply as painting device, but paint in a very traditional sense. They do it on the computer because their employers need the results on computer anyway, and I guess when you've mastered painting with pen and tablet, it is simply painting like any other "natural" way, and you even have the benefits of layers, snapshots, versions, etc.

By the way, I've just finished "Art & Fear" and "Understanding Comics". Great stuff. Thanks again.


mcmurma said...

Colored pencil, no. Watercolor outlined in pen and ink, yes. That's the way I see these pieces anyway. It's an interesting effect that I personally believe would be difficult to get looking proper. I believe you have succeeded with many of your images this month, with some hitting the mark more than others.

The one from W. Lemon street was particularly engaging for me. The effect was so natural looking that I scarcely cared that it may have been developed from a photograph. The way the tones melted over the image, especially under porch and along the street, was so much like watercolor that I simply found myself liking it for its own sake.

This image is like that, too.