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Jan 19, 2014, 8:23:22 PM
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Tempus Fugit. by linnsetane Tempus Fugit. by linnsetane
Painting on wood panel. Alternate title: Tempus Fuckit. I'm just going to call it an experiment, and leave it at that. :P

On a related note, to those of you who paint: How do you digitize it? Do you use a camera or scanner or what?
I think I took about 30 photos, and pretty much all of them either got a stupid glare or ended up too dark/blurry when I tried to adjust the lighting. O_o 
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mooninthescorpio Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Great to see the finished painting. You did excellent work, even if it was an experiment. You handle the brushes even better. Hope I can see more similar artwork from you :)
About scan or photo: it depends the size of the picture. If it's smaller than 40 x 50 cm, I always scan it, in multiple parts, and after that, paste them into one single picture. It requires a lot of patience to paste the pieces properly, but you can get the best quality in this way. My A2 sized charcoal drawings are pasted from 6 different scans, you can imagine how much work was that :D
There are available scanners in A3 size but they're too expensive for home use. But if you earn money by selling prints, it can be a good investment.
If it's larger than that size, I rather prefer photographing. I also use an Olympus camera, an older DSLR model, it has quite enough quality for that. Your camera is near the same quality, I know that type. There are some rules to make a good photo. Never use flashlight, it just distorts all the tones and colors. Rather try to take the picture outdoors in daylight, or use longer exposure. Also worth to use tripod, and be careful that the camera is parallel to the painting, to avoid shape distortion. It's better to step backward and use zoom rather make a close-up picture for the same reason. The image still needs some editing, it can be done in Photoshop or Gimp easily. I usually adjust only the tone levels (or curves), and the color balance to reach the original's color tonality. If you use multiple colors, there will be more work on it, blue tones can be distorted quite harsh by the camera...  The most important I think, to adjust the white balance to the actual light (in the camera settings of later in PS). It will be never perfect, but worth to try it in all possible ways. Hope I could help you, even if something was also described by others before. Good luck!
linnsetane Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to write all this, I really appreciate it! :)
Sidh-Art Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
So you decided to keep it b/w.... Good decision, i think! :thumbsup:

I can't use a scanner for most of my stuff... took me years to find a proper technique for takin' pictures. Pretty hard to explain in a few lines.
linnsetane Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014

I thought scanning/taking pics of drawings was a pain in the ass, but paintings are sooo much worse. Grump   
Sidh-Art Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yeah! :)
I only use diffused daylight without takin' a flash or something. I usually take a place near my living room window.... the light is best there in the afternoon. 
It'll be up to you to find a proper place yourself. :) 
linnsetane Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
I'll definitely try taking it in daylight next time, maybe there'll be less of a glare then. Do you do any touch-ups in photoshop afterwards, or just leave it as it is?
Sidh-Art Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Till today, i don't even have Photoshop. :D I only correct things like contrast a bit,  usin' IrfanView, ha! :) If you have a good place to take pictures, you don't need programs like photoshop and such.
linnsetane Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Awesome, that's what I was hoping for. I'm having the same problem with drawings that are too big for my scanner, it's such a mess to patch 'em together in photoshop.. Hopefully I'll figure out how to take some decent pictures soon. ;P
Sidh-Art Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
What? You "glued" them all together, piece by piece???? Hell!!!!!
linnsetane Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Haha, yeah. A small A4 scanner and a lot of A3 drawings... It's not a good combo :P
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