Monday, March 24, 2008

Line Drawings and a Freebie

Yikes, that was a long flu! Thank goodness the rest of the family didn't get ill as well--it's hard enough taking care of a well little boy while sick, much less somebody who needs a lot of attention...

This week's challenge @ 2Peas was to do a line drawing of any kind. Being sick, I kind of used the easy route: the photocopy filter (foreground color set to black, background to white). For some reason this picture responded really well to that treatment, and all I had to do was some minor clean-up afterwards, then paint it with a low opacity brush until I liked the results. I chose a thin font (Birch Standard) then stretched it up until it fit the original lines of the photograph--that way, nothing looks cut off. Here's the result:

Heather Taylor, Boredom

But there are many other ways to go. This tutorial by Deke McClelland uses the photocopy filter, then enhances the end product with double cross-hatching, which produces a semi-comic book look.

Here's another by John Sweeney that I'll have to try, so this is also a note to myself.

Wow, and here's another by Stanley Ashbrook that uses the Smart Blur filter! (Don't you love Google?)

And finally, this fabulous one by Melissa Clifton (actually, 2 of them: one for inanimate objects, the other for people--the latter involves actually drawing with the pen tool).

Ooh, can't wait to try those!

And finally, a freebie of those frames and doodles that didn't quite make it through the criteria of Little Dreamer Designs (I've fixed the main objections, anyway!):
Boys and Girls Element Pack. ETA: Element pack is no longer available. Thanks for looking!

Heather Taylor, Boys and Girls Element Pack

And here's a layout I made with the little frame:

Heather Taylor, You and the Dirt

7 comments:

  1. both layouts are awesome, thank you for the tutorial links, they'll be really useful to make backgrounds for my drawings (if I ever go back to that :P).

    hope you're feeling better from your sickness! it seems that it's everywhere :(

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  2. Looks great!
    You should consider listing your freebie on
    http://digifree.blogspot.com/

    I think her program has some requirements, like tagging with freebie or naming the preview or something.

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  3. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today.

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  4. The link to the download wasn't working for me...I would love to have this.....
    grammadiane@charter.net

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  5. I like your work, it is fantastic, but for me the link didn't work too, is there a possibillity to fix?

    margreet@donatz.org

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  6. yes link not working - says the download limit has been reach

    really cute though

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  7. Wow, just found your site through digifree. I would love to have this, but the link wasn't working for me either. Is it possible to get it? Thanks so much for your willingness to share your work!

    blessedby3qtz@gmail.com

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If you want an answer directly, please provide your e-mail, as I'm unable to access it... =) Thanks!