The new scanner for the new year!

Posted: December 30, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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new-scannerthe new scanner set up and ready to start editing ‘The illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow’
the-foliothe folio with all 38 drawings from the last 4 years, I haven’t seen them since putting each away interleaved with glassine
workbenchthe workbench ready to tweak each drawing before scanning
besommy besom ready to sweep out the old year
tarotthe 4 of vessels was the tarot card for 2014, after clearing the house this evening Old Man Crow & I will pull a card each for the New Year
Let the Good Times Roll!
PS a little later, here’s the first experiment with stitching 3 scans of one of the rough sketches together, it works!
crow-scan-experiment--Mo14rough sketch for Playin’ the Blues Mo 14

  1. How exciting. What format will you put the files into? I am interested as I am thinking ahead to scanning in the Fool pictures at some point.

    • Mo Crow says:

      each image is on a big sheet of Saunders Waterford H/P 425 gsm watercolour paper so I will scan them in colour to get all the nuances with 8 scans per image, then stitch them carefully back together in Photoshop and add the text for each song at this stage, saving as .psd (Photoshop Document). Each edited image will be huge as I save at 600 dpi but will be reduced to 12″ x 24″ for printing. Will use InDesign to create the PDF for the commercial printer at 300 dpi in greyscale, once the numbered edition of 100 books are printed & bound I will hand colour each page spread with a dash of flame red series 1 Winsor & Newton gouache. The tweaking, scanning and editing for each image will take 3-7 days x 38, preparing & binding the prototype book will take a few months then getting it ready for the printer will take another few weeks. Old Man Crow still has quite a lot of editing to do on the recordings as well but there is plenty of time, we have the gallery booked for the launch in September 2016.
      PS it would be a lot easier with an A1 flatbed scanner but the only one I could find here in Sydney wanted to charge $180 per image… that’s over $7000 just to get the scans happening… and way out of our budget, architectural plan scanners are not good enough, I tried one and was not impressed
      PPS photographing the work with a tripod and a very good SLR camera is a possibility but I really like what happens with the scanner & my fine detailed work

  2. Gosh, that is just a bit daunting. I will watch with interest as I am going to embark on my first attempts with the Fool of the World.

    • Mo Crow says:

      this is our third book but will be the first one to be commercially printed we learned a lot about making books with Cooking with Cats in 2003 and An illuminated Book of Cats in 2010
      Over the years I have hand bound over 70 numbered copies of Cooking with Cats and 17 of An illuminated Book of Cats!~
      PS Must say I am very good at finding the most intricate ’round about way of making anything & am sure other people would find much easier, less time consuming and better ways to do this!

  3. dinahmow says:

    Happiness and good health to you and yours, Mo. With just enough of other things to leaven your year.:-)

  4. Carol says:

    That’s exciting to have your scanner ready, Mo! Such a labour of love for you both. I read this post thinking you were early with your preparations for New Year then realised that today is New Year’s Eve! Crikey! I’m going home today from Bundeena to see the New Year in with our little dog, who won’t be impressed by the fireworks. Happy New Year to (((((you, Rod and Ariel P.)))))

  5. Eliene says:

    It will be exciting to see this book [stage 2] come to fruition as the months roll by. Have fun with the tweaking….I like the sound of the ‘dash of red’ in each drawing. BTW Happy New Year…will you be watching the fireworks at midnight or possibly catch the earlier display and avoid the huge crowds.

    • Mo Crow says:

      we were really spoiled with the fireworks back in the 90’s when CPR the trio of Chris Clarke, Pete Cox and Rod played a private party every New Year’s Eve at the Mort Bay Scout Hall in Balmain with the perfect view of the Harbour Bridge straight down the harbour, these days we look out the bedroom window and can see the really big ones as we are so close to the city (could walk there but the crowds would be way too crazy!)

  6. Dana says:

    All Right!!!! A beautiful new scanner for your fabulous drawings. I can hardly wait. Happy New Year Mo.

    • Mo Crow says:

      it’s a CanoScan 9000F MKII the latest version of the last one which was 6 years old and getting very noisy with a burned out LED which made a pink line through the scan it worked fine for small work where that line could be avoided. 6 years is about all I get out of each one, this is the third scanner since 2002. I love how scanning the work has freed up the process allowing me to take the drawings way too far and just use the bits that work!

  7. Ingenious of course! Finding the means to make the gorgeous get done!!! You are the most———so, early on the morning of new years eve I raise my cup of kindness and offer this bit of trivia with love and admiration – In Scotland, New Year’s Eve marks the first day of Hogmanay, a name derived from an Old French word for a gift given at the New Year. There’s a tradition at Hogmanay known as “first-footing”: If the first person to cross your threshold after midnight is a dark-haired man, you will have good luck in the coming year. Other customs vary by region within Scotland, but most involve singing and whiskey! And, sung by Dougie MacLean – “Auld Lang Syne” written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song

  8. Fantastic! It must feel great to have gotten this far with the project – a true labor of love… Can’t wait to see it all finished…

    • Mo Crow says:

      Just about to open the folio, have a long look through the stack to get back to the beginning, it’s so exciting and looking forward to having the prototype ready for the printers by the September Equinox!

  9. Liz says:

    A great tour of your digs and a tip of the hat for your “stitched” postscript

    Happy New Year already!

  10. arlee says:

    A very happy, wondrous flip of the new page to you, Mo—and many many more 😉

    • Mo Crow says:

      and to you & yours Arlee, just finished going through the last 4 years of drawings to get to the beginning of the series, flipping the pages & am amazed that the more difficult drawings that I felt worked least are some of the best!?!

  11. handstories says:

    Your new year is just brimming with excitement and potential!
    Wishing you the very best!

  12. grace says:

    looking forward with you….Big Love,

    • Mo Crow says:

      started the year yesterday with 12 hours straight of scanning and editing, it’s an hour before dawn on Day 2 and have decided I need to do more work on the drawing, rescan with 8 passes & restitch them back together electronically in Photoshop, this is the year of hard thinking & ruthless editing, thank goodness for the gardening, I need to touch the plants later today!

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