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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Sketchbook...



I've been thinking about how to apply the 'direct-drawing' thing both Michelle and PG have talked about. It's hard for me to think about too many extraneous exercises when I'm in mid-project, but this is my compromise.

I'm fascinated by Medieval illuminated manuscripts, especially when they use natural forms for ornamentation. I found a fairly amazing book at the library that reproduces the highly decorative "The Hours of Catherine of Cleves" illuminations. I have been daily sketching some of the natural illuminative forms that I like best. Usually for about 15 minutes as a warm up before I get to my 'real' work (the jobs I am currently commited to do). Anyway, this particular page of my sketchbook represents the last several days worth of warmups. It is fairly light pencil sketching, so we'll see how well it shows up. (Michelle - your pencil sheep turned out clearly. What else can I do scanning-wise for lighter pencil sketches?)

5 comments:

lorna said...

They're gorgeous. I love decoration and organic forms and those are fabulous.

michelle said...

I see what you mean about the scan. I use an hp and scan at 300dpi then reduce the file in photoshop to 150dpi as a jpeg. For some reason this seems to work well.
Good for you, sketching a little every day. It's a good feeling to start off the day with a sense of accomplishment.

Maya said...

they are lovely! :)

I have been researching persian miniature paintings recently...they have the most beautiful decorative features!!

PG said...

So pretty! I love these.

If you want to get them to show better, try adjusting the brightness/contrast. And sharpen if you've reduced it. To see what it will look like on screen, choose 'view actual pixels' which will give you an idea of whether you need to sharpen. Sorry if you already know this...

tlc illustration said...

I did do the 300dpi/brightness & contrast stuff. I didn't sharpen because they still weren't even dark enough to fully see. I think I will try scanning again and see if I can get it any clearer.