Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Ruby

'Ruby'
8'x6' Coloured Pencil
Copyright Laura Hardie 2010

Photoshop frustrates me, always has – not being able to understand or master what it can do gets to me from time to time. Like today while trying to correct a terrible scan of the now finished Ruby. Can Photoshop even do that, correct something that wasn’t there to begin with - like add the missing pencil strokes the scanner hasn’t picked up or tone down areas the scanner has chosen to brighten and highlight (like the yellows in this case!). Maybe I’m being too fussy and things like this just bring out the perfectionist in me but I’m really happy with this drawing and only wish you could see what I see.

Off now to see if I can find something to draw in time for the Canine Art Guild Members show.

12 comments:

Heather Page said...

Hi Laura,
Rudy looks amazing!! Even if the scanned version we see isn't perfect in your eyes, it still looks perfect to me! I find I always have scanner issues, mainly with colour. The scanned version is NEVER the same colour as the original. I use Macromedia Fireworks instead of Photoshop to doctor my images, and altough I've tried everything I can think of, I can never get the scan to look exactly like the original. The clarity is never exact either and the original always looks way better than the scan. I've found that I just have to do the best I can do to match it up and leave it at that because I could drive myself crazy trying to get it perfect. Maybe it's just that we have ordinary scanners and more expensive ones would work better. But in the end, others never seem to have any problems with my scan quality...it's just me! I think I'm too much of a perfectionist too!

Sujit Sudhi said...

Stunningly beautiful.

Brenda said...

Laura, all I can say is Ruby looks absolutely wonderful from my end!

Jenna White said...

Your drawings are beautiful, despite what your scanner may or may not pickup. I always love to watch your subjects emerge from the paper. They're simply gorgeous :)

sue said...

Its a beautiful portrait Laura but I know exactly how frustrated you feel. As I only have an A4 scanner I tend to photograph my portraits and it seems as though I spend as much time trying to 'doctor' the photos in Photoshop or Paint as I do drawing them. And then ... to add to the confusion ... have you ever looked at the images on someone else's monitor?? I use Internet Cafes when away from home and its amazing how different my website/blog pics look. :o(

Colette Theriault said...

I totally understand your frustration Laura! I've had the same issue with my new scanner and after fiddling and experimenting with it for a few days, I realized that there was a setting that I needed to change and presto! I fixed it!!! It seems I had some sort of image correction setting enabled that made everything more yellow than actual and over bright which resulted in less pencil strokes being shown. Nevertheless, Laura, that dog is amazingly rendered!!!

Bhavana said...

Hi Laura.. Have been following your blog from quite some time. I must say all your sketches are just lovely :). Cheers!!

Gillian McMurray said...

I was just complaining this week about my scanner not picking up colours correctly. If you are not happy with this scan then there is no hope for the rest of us ;o) It is truly beautiful. The eyes are so mystical.

Laura said...

Thank you all for the great comments - I'm delighted as this really is a bad scan (have I not mentioned that somewhere:))

Heather it's frustrating isn't it, especially a problem if you want to do prints or cards from a drawing! It's light coloured dogs I have major problems with but you're right, I do think we as artists can be over critical of our work and the way it scans - nothing wrong with being a perfectionist though, right:D

Sue, I admire those who can get good photos of their artwork, I NEVER can (even if taken outdoors). I know exactly what you mean though about viewing the images on someones elses monitor - when i look at my website on my daughters laptop the images look so different, a lot paler in colour. By the way hope you have a great holiday in the sun:D

Colette I daren't fiddle with any of my scanner settings for fear of making things worse:D

Hi Gillian, glad I'm not the only one - it just seems so frustrating that scanners can't scan what is there especially in this day and age without having to spend an absolute fortune for a top of the range scanner that I probably wouldn't know how to set anyway:D

Art with Liz said...

He is stunning!

Laura said...

Thank you Liz:D

Judy said...

BEAUTIFUL DOG AND BEAUTIFUL WORK.