Keep on digitizing

Last weeks post was a long winded excessive post about how I digitally colourize my drawings. Um, it required way too much of my time. For this week I have one image to discuss. It’s a drawing I started 2 weeks ago. 

This past week was a good one, I managed to produce a fair amount of work. I also started the process of planning my next move as I approach one full year of doing “My Dailies”. 

Currently I am doing two different dailies on Instagram. One is daily ink drawings of houses, buildings, villas, tower homes, castles or whatever a person might call them. The other daily is mostly ink drawings of mountains, trees, rocks and landscapes. 

Normally these dailies requires about 30 minutes each. I’m thinking that I might combine both dailies into one Instagram feed (@dailyminus134). I could then convert the (@dailymts134) into a new series.

I’m considering doing a series of “stoopid bugs” or “not a bee”. More about that if it happens.

If I wish to stay true to the commitment of one drawing a day then in reality I need to make a decision by Jan 21/21 (originally started Jan 22/20). Hopefully by next weeks post I will have made that decision.

So there you go, now on with a quick walk through of my digital project this week.


Note: my feline taskmaster was “reasonably” kind to me this past week. Currently she is job shadowing me in a chair next to my computer desk.

Photo of Floppy the taskmaster
“Taskmaster Floppy” – read about Floppy

Digital Colourization Process

I won’t get into as much detail as I did last week. The process is basically the same. I’m working to establish a consistent process.

Inner Brain Doodle Three

Step 1. Create ink line drawing

Line drawing – ink (felt tip)

Step 2. Render the values using ink or graphite (currently graphite is preferred as it creates interesting textures depending upon the roughness of the paper)

Step 3. (digital colour enhancement)
Digitize the image, and then using layers, blending modes and brush tools add colour, adjust values and add whatever else makes the image work.

Digital colouring added to drawing (before and after)

The digital colouring process

Add a gradient background colour, import another image. Blur and merge image to the background to create depth
Add drawing above background layer and add another colour gradient layer as the top layer (linear light 42% opacity)
Add a copy of the drawing as the top layer with a blending mode of multiply – 81% opacity
Add a final layer on top and use the brush tools to add colour and adjust values of individual shapes.

Final rendered image

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