Monday, January 31, 2011
Swatching, scanning and shooting
Well, so far this week, the Illustration Friday topic of "surrender" has me about ready to do just that. So, I've decided to show you the swatches that I made for my new set of Prismacolors.
I had looked for a pre-made blank chart online, but the one offered on the Prismacolor website has the color name printed right on the little pencil shape that you're supposed to color in. Well, that just irritated me, so I laser-printed out a simple grid on some Strathmore Bristol, and made my own chart. The hard part was deciding which color would go where.
Paula Pertile referred to her recent swatch-making marathon as a swatching bender. Such a perfect description, as there really is something rather decadent about allowing oneself the luxury of playing like this. As I colored each little gradient rectangle, I tried to make the blends seamless. (You can definitely tell that I started with the greys, since I got better as I went!)
My reason for making these charts, other than to have the color reference, is to use them as a sort of baseline so that I can improve my scanning and digital photography skills. I love being able to make digital captures of my very non-digital art, but the endless number of options and variables involved in scanning/shooting, viewing and printing an image makes my head spin. I've been scanning most things, but my son gave me a very cool copy stand to use when photographing my work, and I'm just starting to play with it. I'd love to hear from other colored pencil artists...do you prefer to scan or shoot? What equipment/settings do you use? I'm going to be scanning and shooting these charts like crazy, and comparing the results...should be fun!!
This just in...the pencil geekfest continues! The folks over at pencils.com saw my drawings on Pencil Revolution last week, and were kind enough to feature me today as this week's Monday Pencil Artist. So nice! Both of these sites seem eager to feature pencil artists, so feel free to contact them if you're interested. The blog editor at pencils.com even asked if I would be interested in doing a product review of their colored pencils. I told him that I'd be very happy to - artists always like trying new toys! So, if that comes to pass, I'll let you know what I think of them. Hmmm...do I see more swatches in my future?