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Advice Please!

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by firthi, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. firthi

    firthi New Member

    Hello everyone, this is my first post!

    I'm starting a website with little doodles on it, very much like the work of Edward Monkton.

    you can have a look here:

    Look in the 'Practice Album' page.

    I'm concerned that the drawings look too faded, and 'too much' like just little doodles on paper.

    Does anyone have any advice on what pens and paper to use to get an altogether better quality picture to upload onto the computer?

    (Also let me know what you think of the drawings)

    Thanks :)
  2. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    All line work can be bumped up after scanning using levels in Photoshop.
    Give it a wirl works for me.
  3. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    PM me if you need any more help.
  4. BenJonesDesign

    BenJonesDesign Active Member

    someone recommended to me using the threshold in adjust image, seems to work.
  5. scotty

    scotty Well-Known Member

    I firstly just select Auto Levels and then mess around with the contrast if needed.
  6. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    Levels in Photoshop is the way to go, preferably after desaturating the image first if it's just linework.
  7. firthi

    firthi New Member

    Thanks everyone! I'll give that a go! :)
  8. davewill

    davewill Senior Member

    Glad you got some good tips Firthi. Be careful though with your work; you say Edward Monkton is your inspiration but there is a fine line between being inspired and copying his style. At the moment your stuff looks VERY similar to the style and layout and tone of Edward Monktons work. Just be yourself!
  9. firthi

    firthi New Member

    Yeah, as I say my style is similar to Edward Monkton. Not out of choice, it's just how I draw.
    But I do understand where you're coming from and I've had it pointed out to me before.
    I've got some more pictures to put on and I've started to develop my own style of humour and drawings and such.

    I appreciate the advice :)
  10. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    I like your work fella.
    and some great gags to boot.
  11. firthi

    firthi New Member

  12. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    It worked for me. Nice doodles.
  13. Soprano

    Soprano Member

    I use Uni Pin fine liners for drawing but sometimes if I've drawn in pencil first, then go over with the liners and rub out the pencil lines I get the sort of effect like in your scans, the lines just seem really faded and not great. I tend to use a 0.1 now for the initial line then go over once I've rubbed away pencil marks, and go over with a thicker pen.

    Obviously all of the Photoshop shouts up there help too :)
  14. Josella Caci

    Josella Caci Member

  15. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    Personally, I like the obvious hand dawn and scanned in kind of look.
  16. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Me too and I don't use PC World either.
  17. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    Lol, yeah you do.
    A bloke at work once said the P and the C so quickly it sounded like he said "Pissy World", made me chuckle.
  18. firthi

    firthi New Member

    Hi everyone!
    I've made some changes to my website since i last posted, got lots of new images on.
    Please take a look?

    Also i'd REALLY appreciate it if you liked the sites facebook page
    Any site updates go up on there.
  19. Harri

    Harri Member

    I can't offer you much in the way of advice on scanning... you should see the monstrosity I have to work with!

    But! I just wanted to tell you I think your doodles are brilliant : ) and genuinely made me laugh, thankyou!

    Peace, Harri
  20. allyally2k

    allyally2k Senior Member

    I love your doodles very cute and made me smile :)

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