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Tree of Life
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Published: July 4, 2007
© 2007 - 2019 Si2
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hobohollis's avatar
This goes so hard. Do you sketch then scan?
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Yes, everything is hand drawn and hand painted and then the individual elements are put together and edited in Photoshop.
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Oh okay. I love your work. I do a lot of scanning and then work on it in photoshop, but i have a lot of trouble using my actual drawings in the piece without it looking unfinished. I always end up just using my work as a guide which i draw over in the computer, but that causes me to lose that sketched look. Is there a process or technique you use to separate your lines from the paper?
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Ok, this might be hard to explain but hopefully not.

Once I've scanned in the drawing into Photoshop I will use 'Levels' to adjust the contrast and get rid of all of the bits of 'dust' or whatever you call it so what I am left with is just the black lines of the drawing. Then I double click on the bg layer in the layer menu and press ok. This unlocks the layer that the drawing is on. Then I go to the 'select' menu and use 'colour range'. Once this separate window opens up make sure that the colour you are selecting is white and put the 'fuzziness' up to 200 and press ok. Then press delete, then de-select, then use the 'levels' to darken everything (selecting and deleting all of the white makes the black lines slightly lighter around the edges. Whacking the levels all the way to the right twice will get rid of this) and there you go - your line drawing is separate from the paper.

This is what I use on pretty much every drawing as it allows me to easily work behind the line drawing. I'm sure there are other ways of doing this but I find this to be a very quick way. I have added 'select colour range' to my shortcut menu which helps to speed the process up. I hope this makes sense and I hope this is what you meant. If any of this is confusing and doesn't make sense please let me know.
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Oh gottcha. That's pretty similar to way I do but should work a little better. Thanks a bunch for explaining it
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You're welcome.
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Oh also do you use bristol paper?
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Nope, what's that?
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plurpleMoonStudent
i can see that the splatter is heart shaped very clever and very nice
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That wasn't intended and I've never noticed it until you mentioned it but now that I've seen it it works kind of well with the theme of the piece. Thanks!
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hi:)

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Thank you very much.
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frankandlucyHobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is truly amazing. it brings out a feeling in me, one that i cannot put my finger on.
it's magic.
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LemonzLolHobbyist Photographer
I found this while searching for Celtic designs and ideas on google lol well done, I love it.

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LemonzLolHobbyist Photographer
:)
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i like to think of the blood stains as representing the pollution from the city which would be killing the tree, perhaps thats how you meant it to look. either way, a lovely piece of art. well done. Fav'd!
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That's not what I had in mind when creating it but I like your idea. I enjoy hearing other people's interpretations as there isn't just one way of seeing something, it's however the individual sees it.
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HoultonStudent Photographer
I really like your style you have some amazing illustrations
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