browniethecat-deactivated201406: So... hi! I'm a huge fan! Even though I just started following you right now, I've been visiting your blog for some time now (and I watch you at deviantart). I'm starting to work as an illustrator, and I would like to ask if you have any advice for digitalizing watercolors. I really like your watercolors illustrations/sketches! Thank you in advance, for taking your time!
Well hi there!!! thank you so much! that’s so very kind of you <3 believe it or not, any scanner will do. I have a cheap Epson V30 I got off of ebay like 4 years ago and it’s still kicking and well. I am not sure if this is the best way to do it, but it’s how I do - I scan at at least 350dpi. You only need 300dpi in order to reproduce artwork well, but i like scanning at much larger sizes. I also set my scanner to not sharpen or “remove dust”, and make sure that the saturation is off so that my colors can scan as closely to the original as possible and try to capture as much information from the scan as I can. the rest I clean up with photoshop, messing with levels. :) I hope this helps. Best of luck with your illustrations!
Celestial Arrangements: Luna Jay Bendt
I don’t know what it is about the concept of fall / winter that immediately makes me start thinking of flowers. Perhaps it’s that all of our leaves are already dying.
Tiny painting 5x8” Watercolor/ink on watercolor paper.
This is a bit of a personal piece…
Fact: the latino population in the caribbean does not seem to believe in the concept of depression. At least, the latino population I grew up surrounded by.
It was tough hearing people saying “you’re full of crap, that stuff isn’t real” growing up. I have battled depression on and off for years, and have slowly but painfully learned to keep it at bay by accepting it as a part of who I am rather than fighting it for all I’m worth. I am now happier than I have ever been, knowing that depression is a silent companion but does not rule my life. Depression is a thing. It’s real. It is sad that it took some of the same people who said otherwise having to experience severe bouts of it first hand for them to fully understand.