No, not the kind you eat, the kind you make w/ 2 B&W negatives. Here’s the negs that went into this one:
When i first started hand-coloring my prints, i didn’t plan at all – i just had an idea in my mind’s eye, and flat out did it.
Once I started doing assignment montage illustrations, i’d put a piece of tracing paper over the print, and rough out what i thought it should look like w/ colored pencils. I was on a deadline, couldn’t afford to blow it. But I’d still attack art prints the same old way, on a wing and a prayer.
But more recently I’ve had instances when i only have one final art print, and started planning alot more.
I always scan the print at hi-res/B&W/tiff, so it’s archived. Then i make a reduced size file of that, and go to work w/ photoshop, the main tools are hue-saturation and selective color layers, created by selecting areas with the magic wand tool. Just picking the larger areas, don’t bother w/ details, that comes later.
The order of the layers makes a difference, try it out, you’ll see what I mean. (It may depend on the version of P’shop you are using.)
Then i make a print on copy paper, and dig into that with colored pencils.
It’s also possible of course to make a few variations of the P’shop file – easy to get lost in tweaking perhaps, but i don’t, i just don’t have the patience. Sometimes i’ll ‘paint’ a bit on the layer mask to blend, soften edges, but if it takes more the the time it takes to smoke one cigarette?. I’m done, that’s it, fini!
I had these 2 sandwich prints:
The negs were shot in Joshua Tree NP in So.Cal., it’s one spooky place. I had two shots of the round stones, sandwiched on the same landscape. I was printing on a new paper for me, a fiber based textured matte, which i wasn’t sure how much I’d like – the scanner i use sidelights whatever you’re scanning, really emphasizing texture, and this texture is rather pronounced.
So when i print these out, *and hit ’em w/ colored pencils*, i am still lacking any clear cut answer, path to the finish.
But after some thought, i finally decide to do this one:
I like the way the two stones look.. sort of transparent.
Here’s the final:
And the final w/ a bit of digital icing on the cake:
I guess if these prints could talk, they would say ‘what a long strange trip it’s been’!
RE: ‘materials/supplies’ – I recently bought some watercolors for all of $10, 12 tubes, all ‘classic’ colors which i like. (The marshall watercolors I’ve been using for years are about gone.) They don’t work well on the papers i am using, sooo… a few words to the wise?
‘You get what you pay for’… and… ‘always ‘test’ first, on a scrap.’