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Mouse, part 6

22 Jun

Using the new drawing method with a blue colored pencil, I tried a somewhat more elaborate drawing of Albert Einstein as a mouse, showing his theories can cause big booms.

Mouse, part 6

Of course, this cartoon isn’t properly designed, but it’s a step in the right direction nonetheless.

I realize that the coloring of the sketch wasn’t really good. That why I also want to show you the uncolored sketch, which is much better. This tells me I haven’t used the right colors in color version.

Mouse, part 6 (cleaned scan)

That is all.

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Mouse, part 5

22 Jun

I wanted to explore another method for drawing characters, without the hassle of gray pencil lines in my inked drawings. Professional illustrators use non-repro blue (aka non-photo blue) pencils, which can be erased after inking, and whatever remains of the blue can be filtered out in Photoshop. In practice, you only erase the blue if your drawing will be offered for sale. In production you don’t waste time with erasing, because it is a simple action in Photoshop (at least, you can set it up as an action) to get rid of the color and be left with only the black ink lines on a white background.

Since I don’t own Photoshop, and non-repro blue pencils are expensive and hard to come by, I tried a blue colored pencil instead. Here is the original scan.

Mouse-005

I separated this with GIMP into CMYK (cyan magenta yellow black), and cleared all layers, except the black layer (in GIMP you “clear” by filling a layer with black), and reassembled the result into a color image.

Mouse, part 5 (black channel)

After cleaning up and making it a pure black-and-white drawing, this is the result.

Mouse, part 5 (cleaned)

It’s clear to me that I have to do this process a lot before I have mastered it. It’s much easier than using a pencil lead and inking over that. There’s always some of the original pencil lead in the scanned image, however thorough you are with erasing any pencil lines. With this method, you can remove the original pencil sketch quick and reliably. The advantage is that your sketch can be much looser and contain construction lines and such without any of it appearing in the cleaned up scan.

That is all.

Mouse, part 3 and 4

22 Jun

Because the only thing that seemed to work yesterday was a cartoon drawing of a mouse-like creature, I decided to continue on that path today. I first drew some loose sketches, based on yesterday’s colored sketch, and then drew a more final sketch, which I colored using GIMP.

Mouse, part 3

Mouse, part 4Mouse, part 4 (colored)

I wanted to draw this critter from different angles, but I still haven’t found a good method of doing that, nor any tutorial that allows for my novice drawing skills. I guess I just have to keep pounding on the skills, so I can create some art that’s good enough to tell a story.

That is all.

Mouse, part 2

22 Jun

Although, technically, this isn’t a mouse, or even a sketch of a mouse, it does qualify as a mouse, at least in my opinion.

Mouse, part 2

I wanted to draw something much more beautiful, but I just couldn’t do it. Ah, all those hours wasted on lofty ideas (or perhaps not so lofty). I’m sorry, but those sketches just weren’t suitable for publication and will stay in my sketchbook for now.

That is all.