Thursday, January 28, 2016

Coloring Wine Bottles Graphic


It's that famous Volcano Wine from the year of the great eruption. This is an excerpt from my graphic novel, which those who know me has been a project of mine since the previous millennium. I drew the image in old-fashioned dip pen on watercolor illustration board. Then after the ink was dry I scanned it in to Photoshop. Once it's in Photoshop it can be colored in a number of ways. Some artists trace every little space and add in color bit by bit. Others "paint" over the image. I use Photoshop's clever edge-finding tools and then fill in the space, as it were, "wholesale" and then work it over later on. At this point I'm still experimenting. I didn't use the Cintiq on this, though it would certainly do this work. I will be using it for "digital inking" in the future. Also, the newer model of Photoshop, known as "Creative Cloud," does not impress me. They'd better have the edge finder tool in place somewhere. You have to adjust your original line drawing so that the edge finder finds a specific space and doesn't block out the entire drawing. So much for the technical details, now for the eruption.

Brown ink on Fabriano illustration board, scanned and colored in Photoshop, about 4 1/2" x 5", 2015-2016.

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