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Old 05-12-2006, 06:36 PM
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goose, what a pity it isn't 800x600px.
You could have had a winner there!

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Old 05-12-2006, 11:41 PM
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lol, goose; you stole my idea (and my real sketch)

looking at the latest discussion i see others had come to the same conclusion i had about pencil sketches versus other good works. in light of that, i've changed my entry. i just couldnt convince myself it was pencil. by a long stretch it might qualify, but it was pushing the limits, so i went with something more real.

i'll explain the technique after the voting

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Old 05-13-2006, 01:48 AM
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lol, goose; you stole my idea (and my real sketch)

looking at the latest discussion i see others had come to the same conclusion i had about pencil sketches versus other good works. in light of that, i've changed my entry. i just couldnt convince myself it was pencil. by a long stretch it might qualify, but it was pushing the limits, so i went with something more real.

i'll explain the technique after the voting

craig
come on admit it craig, you drew that and scanned it in
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Old 05-13-2006, 02:05 AM
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If it weren't for filters...

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Originally Posted by goose443
Here's a second attempt. It's a very different direction from my first one but it's definitely a graphite sketch. I dont remember all the steps but I'm sure I used mostly noise and blur. I also added a harp as an artistic embelishment.

...my renderings would look like this too. lol
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Old 05-13-2006, 07:48 AM
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Although the original looks ok on my screen, I decided to lighten and soften my image slightly to make sure that it does not look too inky. Just to prove it to myself, I actually did a very small test drawing and I am pretty sure that I can come very close to the flowing grey shades and the darkeness of the outline in the posted image using pencils, fingers, eraser and a smudge stick on smooth finish heavy paper.
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Old 05-13-2006, 08:58 AM
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DQ Warning

oltenius,

Your current contest entry does not meet the rules.


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5. Your final image size must be exactly 800 pixels high and 600 pixels wide.
Please correct this to prevent your entry from being disqualified.

~Thanks

Update: This entry has been corrected.

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Old 05-13-2006, 09:50 AM
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nancyj,

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come on admit it craig, you drew that and scanned it in
i can only wish that i could sketch that well. mine would look a LOT more like goose's second entry

craig
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Old 05-14-2006, 07:56 AM
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I'd be very disappointed if you didn't enter this month. Come on mate you've got almost three weeks! I'm keen to see how you'd approach this task.
Peth,
Thanks for your interest, it is very stimulating!
I worked on the image because I didn't want to disappoint you, but I gave up after all.
I tried several techniques but it wasn't very convincing to me. So I do need more time to make it convincing, wich I don't have! We also had finally good weather over here, so that didn't motivate me either to sit inside by my computer!
Turning an image into a painting is much easier than turning it into a sketch, so I only did the Flower Bouquet contest instead:
http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/photo-based-art/13429-contest-creative-interpretations-flower-bouquet.html
But I didn't spent much time either, maybe 20 minutes.
I am planning to do more photo art in the future, so you can see more serious attempts.

Thanks for your interest en motivation!

One final word to all the participants:
I wanna see strokes!!!
Just using a few filters isn't very convincing as a sketch!
(if you think that I am to much of a perfectionist, just ignore me)

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Old 05-14-2006, 01:31 PM
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Several people have brought up an issue that I'm surprised hasn't stirred the pot yet. Turning a photo into a 'digital graphite pencil sketch' can be done in 3 ways; filters and adjustments to simulate a drawing, drawing on the photo with tablet or mouse (along with filters and/or adjustments), and simply drawing with pencil and paper and scanning afterwards. The first approach makes this an image editing contest, the last approach makes it a drawing contest, and the middle approach makes it a combination of both. To me all 3 are legitimate but different methods, but the mix makes it really tough to compare and judge the entries (especially since I'm having trouble pinning down what method was used for some of the pics).

Or am I drawing a mountain out of a molehill?
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Old 05-14-2006, 01:58 PM
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...Or am I drawing a mountain out of a molehill?...
I think so.

My approach will be: of all these images which one, at least to me, most resembles a pencil drawing? And, if there are several, which ones do I like the most?

How the artist arrived there, is not that important to me. The exception would be if the rules specified "no filters" or "only layers" etc

Sure I would like to know how some of the postings were done because I want to learn how to do such magnificent work. But the actual technique used doesn't play a role in my voting.
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