This is just a quick post about the things I learned after drawing the pictures for A Story To Tell: So Kind.
- Shading is hard! I haven’t had much experience in shading (or even colouring) pictures. I’m too afraid I’ll ruin it so very often I’ll avoid it. But both shading and colouring are two techniques I want to explore so I guess it’s time to sharpen up those skills!
- When scanning, pencil strokes are clearly defined. I didn’t realise how visible the pencil would come out in the scan. Every single line used in shading was more noticeable the computer screen than on paper! Well, like I said before, it looks more honest and I guess it shows that I still have work to do when neatening up my pictures.
- The scanner will also highlight all smudges. I do a lot of erasing and re-drawing of lines, so it’s inevitable that there’ll be some smudges… but again, the scanner seems to pick up on the smudges more than I can with my own eyes. And I didn’t quite realise how much I’d actually smudged the paper ’til then.
Because of the scanner’s determination to highlight all my lines and smudges, I have had to practise editing my pictures digitally. So far, I’ve only done simply touch ups such as erasing faint lines and dark smudges. I’m quite proud of the perseverance within me considering my drawing tablet pen had run out of battery and I had to make use of the mouse!
I’d like to try my hand at adding colour and going over the pencil lines with darker ink soon, to make it look overall neater!