When In Doubt, Adobe

Ever since I started this blog a whole 6 weeks ago, I've taken to scanning every s*crap of paper I draw on - just in case I find some use for it. Like those days when I can't bring myself out of the fog to do something creative (did everyone answer Neda's question yet? I'm still thinking about that one).

I'm still discovering this miraculous tool for illustrators and others called Adobe Photoshop. I still haven't peeled off more than a few tiny corners from this huge treasure map of techniques, but here's one (awful but useful) drawing I've been using to experiment with different effects. So far, this is what I've come up with - yes, yes, I know, it's very ugly, but think of the infinite possibilities with this really cool tool.

I started with watercolour and dry pencils and ink on heavily textured watercolour paper (first mistake), then couldn't figure out what to do with the background and ended up with a mess. Then I used the smudge, image attribute change, texture and extracting tool thingies on Photoshop to see what would happen. Here are the 4 versions I've come up with so far (the blue is the original, the rest are Adobed).


Neda said...

You are wayyyyy ahead of me, sis! I like the original drawing and the last one in the right-hand side corner (maybe because I like bold colors and defined shapes). How about you offer a step-by-step basic intro to Adobe for the rest of us? Pleaaaase?

belinha said...

Hello!I'm back!So here it is the link were you can vote and what you are voting for.CTT (portuguese post office) launched a contest giving anyone the chance to draw a stamp. This Little Witch is my proposal for the theme Children Imaginary. To win the contest I need your vote, in fact I need more than 1500 votes.But if I win in the Children Imaginary theme I'll be happy enough. It's simple:

-click the link

- Insert your email and press ENVIAR(It does not work with Hotmail accounts)

- Confirm your vote when you receive an email about the contest(open it and then I really don't know what to do because I can't vote and did not see anyone voting!I don't now if you must click a button!Probably to open the email will be enough to validate the vote, it shows the webmaster that the box is real)

This is the link:

Vote aqui na Bruxinha!

And the site is:


Thank you very much for your interest!

Neda said...
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Neda said...

I did it!!! The Portuguese post office sent me a confirmation answer ( I guessed this is what it was) and then I cliqued on the confirmation and I got this message"A sua votação foi validada com Sucesso". EVERYONE should vote !!