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bottled up with a book

Another one for the portfolio. I got this idea while listening to the beginning of Jane Eyre on LibriVox, the bit where's she's tucked into the window seat. My downstairs neighbour, David, is really into recording audio books for that organisation, and I did a little reading a couple weekends ago. (It was then I discovered that I really, really don't like E. Nesbit's poetry.)


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Jun. 22nd, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
I'm afraid you will end up with hundreds of comments from me that go something like "that is so adorable!!! holey crap you are talented!!!" and for this monotony I apologize. However, you are partially to blame, being so insainly talented, so therefore I do not feel guilty leaving such repetitive comments on your blog. The illustrations are too lovely not to comment on, and I will soon run out of adjectives to describe the awesomeness of your artistic talent, thus repetitiveness. So there you go.

Jun. 22nd, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Nessa! No worries, I am very vain and love compliments. ;-D
Jun. 22nd, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
Love the use of texture in your work - makes me want to have the pic in my hands rather than on a PC screen.
btw - Do you have trouble scanning watercolours? Whenever I've tried they come out totally washed out, and I can't seem to find a scanner setting that results in a close approximation of the original. I've resorted to using a camera but that's not very satisfactory either.
Jun. 22nd, 2007 07:44 am (UTC)
Hi, Dave! Great to hear from you, seems like a while since the comics jam. I hope to get in on another one when my show's finished.

I don't have too much trouble scanning in watercolours, mainly because most of my work is fairly solid fields of colour and line, not washes. But in this particular piece, there are some washes that didn't come through so clearly, like a bit of the grey sky in the lower window pane. It's not bad, though. I have an Epson Perfection 1200 Photo scanner and it seems to do the trick. Sometimes it helps to go back in Photoshop and 'burn' the places where the wash needs to be a bit darker, or play with the brightness, hue and saturation.

But mostly I compensate by making my colours a bit more solid, nothing too subtle. Not sure if that's a good thing, because I really admire some people who have very delicate work, like Lizbeth Zwerger and Elena Odriozola.
Jun. 22nd, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
OH! This is one of your cutest pieces yet! I'm almost disturbed by how much it appeals to me! There's still a big part of me would like nothing better than to be shut away in some cosy place with a good book...
Jun. 25th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
that's so lovely Sarah. Your work looks gorgeous. Fritha xxx
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