Questions tagged [traditional-media]

refers to the "traditional" mediums for graphic design; physical tools that pre-dates the digital. Examples could be: pen, paper, ink, pencil, paint, glue, charcoal, flannelgraph..

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How could letters overlap in manual typesetting?

Generally speaking, ascenders and descenders should not touch each other in the text body. This is self-explanatory as it could lead to text that is difficult to read. However, Erik Spiekermann ...
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Why do these letters have gaps in them?

Not sure what the correct name is. Check the picture: why do these letters have gaps in them? I could understand the letter "O" having gaps because the spray-paint-mold had to hold the inside area. ...
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Levels of hand drawing

I'm in HR and was given the task to define levels for some design related skills. This is for use in performance evaluation sessions. One of the categories is "hand drawing", a basic skill any ...
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Traditional Illustration/digtal

I have a traditional logo (as on Illustration board, inked and painted) to finish for a client in Pennsylvania. I am in Idaho. What would be is best; Mail the piece and let them use it with a local ...
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How can I improve my handwriting ability?

I really like writing encouraging letters to my friends every so often. Writing them by hand makes them feel a lot more personal, but I am always hesitant to do so because my handwriting has always ...
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Create graphs on graph paper to scale

For a science lab, I am required to draw precise graphs on physical graph paper. The process is tedious as the graphs need to be drawn to precise scale and require using small numbers (such as .05). ...
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Would a minimalist collage still be a collage? [closed]

There is a collage making competition In my school. I want to make a collage using minimal design principles. Will such a collage even be considered a collage? Because all of the collages I have ...
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How do I prepare a scanned pencil sketch for coloring in Photoshop?

I want to color sketches in Photoshop, but when I prepared the sketch (using Levels, Hue, and other modifications) to turn it into workable line art, some details were missing. I think it depends on ...
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What is the line resolution in the pond in A. Dürer's St Eustace engraving?

Concerning hand engraving, I was reading that: Modern professional engravers can engrave with a resolution of up to 40 lines per mm in high grade work creating game scenes and scrollwork. So I ...
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What is good drawing posture?

Lately I've been noticing that I tend to draw while hunched over, with my face as close as possible to the page. I've been wondering if it's better to sit up straight, although when I do that, I can't ...
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How to use hatching and crosshatching with ink?

Recently I have been trying to learn some new media, and ink is one of them. I love what some people can do with it, both modern comicbook artists and old masters. I would love to achieve effects ...
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How to use hatching and crosshatching for shading using graphite?

Up till now, my main shading technique with traditional media was to use graphite and charcoal pencils and smudge it a lot. It works fine on charcoal-heavy drawings, but charcoal has its own pros ...
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What should graphic designers consider when designing tattoos?

I searched the site but couldn't find anything relating to tattoo design, I believe it's a relevant GD form and would like to cover some of the basics here. What are necessary considerations a ...
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What are some good resources for learning calligraphy?

I'm not known for my good penmanship, but I would like to be able to make these hand lettered pieces that have become really popular in the past few years. I know that calligraphy can be a learned ...
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What kind of markers were used to make this?

What brand or kind of markers should I buy if I want to create things like this? Credit: http://dribbble.com/dvclmn
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How to scan charcoal and graphite drawings?

I was trying to scan some of my sketches in order to post them on some community sites, but the effects are quite bad. An example could be seen here: Basically, the contrast is terribly off. All soft ...
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Texture with simple brushes/traditional media

I know that for creating texture on their paintings many digital artists use texture overlays or fancy custom brushes. But how to achieve similar effects using only simple brushes? Are there some ...
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What is the type of these coarse drawings?

Disclaimer: This question might not be suitable for this site, I am not sure beforehand. Having seen this sketch on today's Google Doodle, I remembered that I have an innate crush for them - those ...