I have a Q if you don't mind! I was wondering, how do you get the gold ink to show up nicely in scans? When i scan my pieces with gold ink, it tends to just look a solid flat color. But also I'm using a different brand, so if you don't do anything, that might be it.
I don’t! Don’t get gold ink to show up nicely in scans, that is. None of my pieces with gold ink are scanned, they’re all photos taken with a fairly high resolution camera (it also helps that my drawings tend to be on the small side).
Scanning is useful for getting a flat image with no lens distortion and the appearance of having a sort of ambient light source, but that basically makes it useless for getting metallic accents, no matter what brand you’re using. My lighting setup for gold ink is one softened ‘fill’ light to light up the paper, and a smaller light source (I always use a cheap desk lamp) pointing to the paper at an angle, so that I can see the light reflected in the edge of the gold ink. Obviously, because the light reflected by the metallic parts is brighter than the light reflected by the paper, it will tend to darken and flatten the rest of the image. Some of that can be fixed with a little post-production, fiddling with the exposure, curves, etc., but hey, just experiment until you find something that works for you!
Help, I need to find a tumblr post and my installation art final assignment mark might depend on it — (I am an intensely disorganized person and liked the post, but I have so many damn likes that I can’t find it)
I remember not too long ago there was a post circulating with some drawings/illustrations of a tiny person, working on a tiny laptop propped up on an eraser or something (the person was like as tall as the eraser), writing with a huge pencil, etc. I think the comment/caption was something along the lines of working on a project that was slowly turning into being about life after grad school?
EDIT: haha wow you guys answer fast, thanks a bunch!!
Just posting to let you guys know that I’m still alive (vaguely)! I haven’t had time to polish up any art because I’m in the last legs of my BFA, provided I don’t flunk any courses. So in two weeks I WILL SEE YOU ALL ON THE OTHER SIDE OF MY EXAMS AND ESSAYS!!
Hey hey, I know it’s a little atypical for me to post announcements like this, but I’ve been getting a weird amount of people asking me (like >5) for permission to draw flowery people based on the last couple drawings I’ve posted.
Now, I understand that there’s a fear instilled in online art communities about art theft, but you don’t have to ask me for permission to draw things based on my work! If you take things in your own direction with your own art style, using the same motifs that I use is totally okay. So long as no lines are being directly copied/traced, no images being copypasted and recoloured, no character designs being lifted from other work and being used for profit, it’s cool. As long as the heavy lifting of the actual drawing and design is being done by you, it’s not theft! It’s more like, appropriation, or inspiration. And that is how the art community works: ideas circulate.
To illustrate my point, the person who made me totally fall in love with combining flowers and people in an organic looking way was maruti-bitamin (her art is totally rad, go check it out right now, it’s gorgeous), and you can see that even though it’s kind of the same motif I’ve taken it in my own direction. So relax! Do idea mashups of stuff you’ve seen before. Draw from what inspires you. When you draw, you’re participating in a community-wide dialogue, and it is damn exciting.