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(upgraded comment to answer) Scott, brendan and tim human all provide good advice regarding scanners. I actually do a lot of work with paintings and drawings, and photographing them is almost always a better option than scanning. I have a low-end professional flatbed scanner on my desk, but I almost never use it anymore because I get better results in less ...


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If you look at the levels of your scan, you can see that it is scanned too bright. Ideally the range of color information goes from almost black to almost white. Try to change brightness settings on your scanner and avoid "helpers" like sharpening oder presets for text scans


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The sketches you've shown above are examples of 'Pen and Ink' drawing. Check out http://www.flickr.com/groups/pen_and_ink_drawings/pool/ for examples. As e100 said, though, the illustrations used for the Google logo were more based on fashion design sketches.


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The main problem we are having is that the image was achieved by drawing with white, so you are asking how to simulate the "not mark making." In any event, white or black, the defining feature of this work is the line weight variability, where the expressiveness of the lines is created by a relaxed pressure on a carving tool. You will need to figure out ...


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Albrecht Durer was a masterful engraver, but the only way he was going to achieve 40 lines per millimetre was by accident. He was working at a time before (just before, but before nonetheless) the Venetian glassmakers' trade secret was leaked and they lost monopoly control of their new cristallo (which was less than 50 years old when St. Eustace was ...


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I found a few websites don't know if you would have already found them but; http://www.learncalligraphy.co.uk/ http://cmcgavren.home.sprynet.com/chiselpt.html http://calligraphy.tv/frameset/samples.html (dvd) Also found some books; http://www.studioarts.net/calligraphy/ (seems a little dated) ...


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Check your scanner's settings. One of the purposes of scanning is to get text documents in, and for those to look good when scanned some scanners will tend to up the contrast and do some kind of sharpening to help get that sharp black-and-white look. If you are able to get into the preferences, try to find things like Exposure or Sharpening and just play ...


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If you watch David Coleman's process video at http://dvclmn.tumblr.com/post/45481184326/my-process-get-out-a-sketchbook-and-draw-draw you'll see that he appears to get a variety of effects using the same brand of pen for all his sketches. (Then they are tweaked I'm Photoshop) It's not so much the brand of pen that is important - it's how much ink the ...


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I am assuming that given they're to celebrate the birthday of "Martha Graham, the US choreographer who helped to pioneer modern dance" that they are influenced by the practice of choreographers. They might be actually be directly used as dance notation - I don't knwo anything about the subject. They are somewhat like less stylized fashion design sketches, ...


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I was going to say something about posture, but when you get to my age, it hurts no matter how you sit. From a technical perspective, there is value in changing your distance in order to both get an overall sense of the work and a close-up view. You have close-in covered. One way to get back from the work (aside from getting out of the chair) is to use a ...


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Oh, the good old days! :-D These, I would say, stems from Letraset clip art: (seriously; am I the only one old enough to have worked with this? :-S )


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There is no real right way to make the marks: the difference in mark-making between Van Gogh and Michelangelo is vast, but both can be said to be crosshatching. The thing to keep in mind is that you are not "filling in" but "defining" an area. To this end, one typically will identify the "shaded areas" and use that opportunity to describe and define the ...


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As an engraving (and etching) is analog, there is no 'resolution' to speak of--at least not in the way we think of resolution today (amount of data in an image). In the context of 'how much detail can they fit into the etching' that would have depended on a few things, namely: the quality of the paper, the material being engraved, and the tools and skills ...


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Does it matter? My entire thought about creation of art is "Whatever works for you." There are no rules or best practices directly related to creation. It's only in production where there are guidelines. Now, that being posted, you may find that you feel better and can draw longer if you just try and take care of your posture a bit more. :) I developed a ...


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Use Scratchboard to get the engraved effect you show. We used to make our own in grade school. Start with a sheet of heavy bond paper. Cover the paper with a thick layer of wax. We used crayons in various saturated colours. After the paper is covered without any gaps, cover the whole page with india ink. Add a drop of detergent so the ink will stick to ...


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I agree with @horatio's label of Google's art as a cartoon. I think you might be confusing a sprite sheet (going by the name of the file being shown in the URL) as commercial illustration (per your updated example). A sprite sheet is the digital equivalent of a stack of animation cells. The sprite sheet is imported by the application, in this case the ...


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I would say that in both the traditional and modern sense(s) of the word, they are "cartoons"


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You can get paint gels that are made to be mixed in to various types of paint to thicken it, add texture, make it more suitable for 3D structuring and / or add matt, gloss etc. Here's a few from http://www.eckersleys.com.au/ (no affiliation or recommendation, just the first search result) Or, the DIY / low budget approach is to just either: Mix ...



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