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dynamite duo

I made this picture for my illustrator friend Susan Burghart for her wedding day, but then I caved in and sent it to her early. Hang in there, Susan!

The speech bubble is a Napoleon Dynamite reference, we both like that film a whole lot. We grew up in the same state but Susan grew up 'east of the mountains' (nearly N.Dynamite territory). That gave us lots of room for teasing each other at art college because I'm 'west of the mountains' and since we were living in London, no one knew what we were talking about. Apparently we western kids are known for being preppy mall rats and them eastern kids are known for big hair, lots of make-up, getting pregnant early and being really nasty when you have to play them at soccer (they bite).



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Sep. 3rd, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
That's flippin' sweet. How are you doing the colors there? I'm intrigued by the white speech bubble on the pinkish background.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's just scanned texture and then planning with opacity in Photoshop colours. Funny it looks pinkish to you, I thought it was a yellowish-brown background! I always forget how different these things can look from computer to computer, but I know they do.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Sorry, 'playing' with opacity, not 'planning'.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Ah -- Is that how you get the greys for your shadows, as in the ongoing airship strip, for example?
Sep. 3rd, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Yes! My friend ellenlindner taught me to use various opacities of black rather than grey, because it's much easier to lighten and darken them as needed.

For airship, we're using black at 25% opacity. Sometimes you need to lighten the black for printing, because it usually looks lighter on-screen and darker printed out.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
So do you define the region to be darkened before you scan the drawing, or is that all done in "post-production"
Sep. 3rd, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
I scan the line art bitmap at 1200dpi, then convert to grayscale, then isolate the gray, invert and copy and paste just the black line layer.

Then I make a separate layer to go in between the two layers and colour in with black, either by hand or using the paint bucket. (Make sure 'contiguous' and 'all layers' are turned on for the paint bucket tool if you do this). This creates a middle tonal layer, and you can alter its opacity.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
I see, I see. All very intriguing. I badly need to get me some Photoshop skills.

Loving your friend's stuff, too. Something tells me that she (and perhaps you) would enjoy this site I found. Awesome poster art for lots of cool bands.

Sep. 3rd, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks for that! Just bookmarked it.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
That's lovely! your friend's work is super stylish too!
Sep. 3rd, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, I love Susan's work, and she's taught me a lot. I was really fortunate to be on the same course as her.
Sep. 4th, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)
I've learned loads from my art school friend Tom - http://www.slackjaw.net/ - he's always good for hints and tips. And support, too! Art school friends are the best!
Sep. 3rd, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
haha the horse is awesome
Sep. 3rd, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
The horse is awesomely fat! Try keeping a saddle on top of that mamma... whoops!
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