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A little about my artwork: I interpret the words written on a page by telling the story behind the story working with pen and ink, watercolor and Photoshop, I fuse old techniques with modern ones to create a world that every drawing can speak to a child or grownups.

Friday, February 3, 2012

2012 Tomie dePaola Award Part 5

 I used to add color using water color over my pen and ink drawings.

But that all changed when I was taught how to work in Photoshop, 

It took me six months to understand how the program worked ; it took me another
 six months not to look like I was painting on a computer.

So the question I get asked is "why bother?";
in someways it saves me time. But what I truly like about it is that it gives
me more freedom to play with color with out messing up the original pen and ink.

Nothing less fun then re-drawing an image that took you days to ink, and it never comes out looking as fresh. I also love to layer the color tones overlap them then blend
 I feel it gives the artwork some depth.

Depending on the illustration I can use a few layers or many

This one had quite a few layers with all the characters on one page it was easier to
 keep them apart then blend them together later.

I think I spent about two weeks from start to finish.  

well worth the time!

Almost done
(BTW this is version CS5)

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