Back to the drawing board!

Posted: January 1, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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candlelight-Mo14-webYesterday I made 8 scans of the drawing for Candlelight at 600 dpi stitched together electronically in Photoshop creating a huge 700 mg file
candlelight-edit-Mo14-webWhen my brain called it quits after 12 hours Old Man Crow helped edit out the brown edges where the scans join but the drawing needs another couple of days getting the lights and darks balanced and working up the edges to evoke a sense of candlelight
Here’s the edited scan inverted
candlelight-inverted-Mo14-web there are some lovely things starting to happen but it ain’t done yet
then we have to decide on the font and add the text!
PS I am working this out as I go along if anyone has any good hints about how to scan big drawings more easily they would be most appreciated!
Here’s the gridded sheet of tracing paper Blu-Taced to the back of the drawing that helped line up the edges
scanning-with-a-gridthe first gardenia for 2015gardenia& here’s the Tarot Cards we pulled for 2015 from the Tarot Chesta by Chester Harris The-Magician-Tarot-Chesta-by-Chester-HarrisThe-Magician-text-Tarot-Chesta-by-Chester-HarrisI pulled The Magician for the first time since 1989 when I was in my last year at art school3-of-cups-Tarot-Chesta-by-Chester-Harris3-of-cups-text-Tarot-Chesta-by-Chester-Harrisand Old Man Crow pulled the Three of Cups
You, me and the Ariel P !

  1. dinahmow says:

    Good ideas? Mo, I am the world’s greatest bumbler.No photoshop and often no idea! But good luck anyway. And here’;s to health and happiness in this shiny new year.

  2. Patricia says:

    lovely. and happy sailing to all of you

  3. Ha! New toy = must play . . . a wonderful way to exhaust yourself.

  4. Happy New Year Mo, Rod and Ariel! Beautiful drawings Mo.

  5. You are the ladder and he the trinity–together united to traverse the heavens and earth. Looks to be a magical year!

  6. Carol says:

    Great start Mo! I must agree with Di about not having any helpful ideas for printing. I always consider any printing that works for me to be miraculous. Love your sailing drawing – Ariel looks so intent!

  7. Dotti says:

    Like the way you call it girlfriend!

  8. Dotti says:

    Get an A3 printer!

    • Mo Crow says:

      I have the good A3 printer & it’s still going strong, looked at the A3 scanners but they are too expensive and would still have needed 4 passes to scan each drawing, there is a big flatbed scanner at one of the printers here in town but they want $180 per drawing x 38 that’s way too much! am trying to keep costs down so the book & CD set can sell for under $100, another friend suggested photographing them all with a good digital SLR and a tripod but I prefer what the scanner does to the drawings!

  9. fiona says:

    Mo I am watching on in awe and wonder – amazing! Hope you solve the brown-edge problem and enjoy choosing fonts – they can change the look and feel so much!

    • Mo Crow says:

      Old Man Crow worked out the to delete the brown edges where the sheets overlap by selecting colour range with the fuzziness down to 30 % , then selecting the background, the trick is in not cleaning it up too much!
      The fonts… I lean towards Gothic spiky, Old Man Crow prefers a plain sans serif we will find the perfect font the good thing is the text layer can float until we get there!

  10. Dana says:

    The Magician…sounds like an alchemical year coming up for you! Transformation station, so to speak. I’m excited.

  11. handstories says:

    I don’t know what most of your scanning words mean, but I do love that drawing of yours- & all of the intricacies of it. Happy days to the three of you!

  12. That whole scanning and piecing together thing is way beyond my area of expertise; sorry I can’t help you there! Looks like you’re doing a fine job of it, though. Those tarot cards are interesting- I don’t believe I’ve ever seen that deck before. Happy new year!

    • Mo Crow says:

      Chester Harris handcarved each linocut for the 78 Chesta Tarot cards then hand printed 60 decks. I am the caretaker of the Crow Deck which he gave me back in 2004 just before I was diagnosed with cancer, the day he arrived with the deck there was a big gathering of crows in the she-oaks in our street, you can see the full deck here

  13. margaret johnson says:

    Oh, all your hard work is beginning to pay off Mo, just beautiful, takes my breath away. Can’t help you with the scanner, sure it will get easier as you go along. Magical results!! oxox

    • Mo Crow says:

      Hi Marg, am enjoying getting to this stage of the game, the challenges of editing use the logical side of my brain, the cognitive cogs are loosening up but it hurts a bit when the metaphorical rust comes off in chunks, it will get easier x fingers! just finished getting the shadows & light working better on the “Candlelight” illustration, will rescan it tomorrow. I need to go in and see the curated Dobell Drawing Out show again this afternoon, there’s some very inspiring work, especially by Ana Pollack, here’s a link to her river piece Flux combining drawing, animation and music. I always enjoy seeing John Wolseley’s work & there is a huge drawing of the bush in Kalorama up in the Dandenongs by Mary Tonkin.

  14. grace says:

    this is going to be GREAT to watch as you go along….
    a real education, too…Love to you Both for this New Year

    • Mo Crow says:

      Doing the happy dance here Grace it looks amazing and was so much easier having worked out so many of the logistuics the first day, will put up a new post soon!

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