Akins sketchbook

  • So I am jumping on this idea. One of the things we stress in our classes is experimentation in order to build creativity and problem solving. We also stress process over product. So in this sketch I took tempera paint and paint one page. I smashed the two pages together and got this really cool texture. I splattered some more paint and smashed them together again. I started drawing a face with no real plan. Just playing around with the brush pen. I loved the individual elements but realized it was all distorted. I decided to fracture it with the appearance of broken glass. After I was done it looked all angsty so I put in some of my favorite promises that give me hope. So that was my process, turning what might have been a fail into a successful piece.

  • @chrisaakins This is awesome Chris--and as expected, I'm learning lots about your process-particularly as I'm used to seeing pieces more finished in your other posts. "happy accidents"-I really enjoy them as they tend to force me out of preconceived ideas and solutions.

  • So... I did this dragon a long time ago when I first picked up a brush pen. I am trying to figure out how to take an existing line drawing photo and add color to it. In this case, I did a multiply layer and that worked for the foreground but I have no idea how to successfully mask out the dragon and do a background. In this case, I erased all the white and went from there. That was tedious. Not sure this is successful because I can see where I didn't erase completely, but here is what I was working on.
    dragon WIP.jpg
    and here is the original
    dragon ink.JPG :

    Any and all suggestions for how to make this happen are welcome. Or if you have a link to a guide on this...GRRRR.

    I do like the texture. Also...how do you delete brushes that you downloaded? I have too many choices and they are overwhelming.

  • Are you using photoshop?

  • @TessaW yes.

  • There are many ways to go about this. My suggestion would be to learn how to extract your linework from the white of the paper. I use this method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mtlxqjvsq4&t=224s

    This gives you more options for painting because you aren't fighting with the opacity of the paper.

    I did this using your dragon line-work successfully, so you should be able to replicate it.

    To mask the dragon- there's different ways. You can paint around the edges of the dragon, then paint in the middle to create the mask. If you use the pencil tool to paint around the edges, you can use the fill bucket to fill in the rest of the space.

    Another way would be to lock the transparent pixels on your linework layer, then use the magic wand tool on the outside of the dragon, then inverse the selection (shift ctrl i or command i), create a new layer under the linework, and use the paint bucket to fill in the selection. You'd probably need to erase out or paint in a couple of areas after the selection is filled for this particular piece, but it would be faster than the first method I mentioned. The magic wand won't work well for every drawing- but it should work well for this one.

  • @TessaW thanks! I will have to try these out.

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  • @chrisaakins I think you were very successful, but yes that is tedious. Maybe I'm missing something, you said you multiplied the layer so that should eliminate all the white. You should be able to have a layer underneath that for the dragon, and another under that for the background:

    Alternatively, if you want to get rid of the white completely you can open the layer styles and move the right slider on the "This Layer" until you like the way the linework looks. I don't find this method to be very precise and sometimes you need to clean up the work a bit:

  • @jakecrowe THanks! I tried that with this still life practice and it seemed to work.
    I did have the background show through the transparent ink but I ended up liking the texture it created.

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