Tag Archives: Color Schemer Studio OSX

A rooster in color

5 May

I wanted to draw a colored sketch of a rooster. Here’s how I did it.

The first thing I did was to find a photo using zFlick on Flickr.com, and pencilled a sketch, which I scanned.


Next, I used the Threshold function to convert a pencil sketch into a black and white drawing (effectively an ink drawing). I did some editing with the paintbrush, removing unwanted blacks and whites, by respectively painting in pure white and pure black.

Rooster - converted into black and white

Then I used a program called Color Schemer Studio to pick colors from the original photo as my color palette and put it on the black and white drawing (converted into RGB). I used some of these colors and create three new colors, based on existing colors in the color palette, because I needed them. With those I created this colored sketch, using the original photo as a reference.

Rooster, colored end result

Now the white in the original digital image file is on a separate layer, on the bottom of the layers palette. Next is the layer which contains the colors, then the layer containing only the black of the black and white sketch, and on top is the layer for the colored lettering (Roo-ooster).

While the sketch only took me 45 minutes, I needed another 55 minutes to do the rest, and even an hour to get everything described and uploaded.

That is all.


Giraffe 2

10 Feb

This is a traced image done in Art Rage 2.5 of a giraffe. The photo I used for tracing can be found here..

For the drawing I used a limited color palette of 5 colors, which I created with both Adobe Kuler and Color Schemer Studio OSX.

Giraffe 2

I needed approximately 1.5 hours to complete this drawing.

The strange thing is, that the parts where I used more of my imagination are much better than the parts where I copied the photo more or less mechanically. It seems if you do the latter, much of the information goes lost in the use of the limited color palette. On the other hand,  if you translate (part of) the image in your imagination (e.g. with the horns on the head) to fit the limited color palette, it comes out much better. I guess that is why an artist needs a reference photo in these cases, so (s)he can translate parts of the image internally before applying color on a canvas or board.

Although this drawing is not as good as the first drawing of the same giraffe, I have learned a valuable lesson here. When in doubt, rely on you imagination, and it’ll come out better most of the times.

That is all.