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Old 04-08-2012, 12:58 PM
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Apr/May 2012 Contest Discussion

Add your comments, questions or general discussion about the contest entries here. This is also a great place to share your techniques or ask others about theirs.

Most members are eager to hear comments/suggestions about their entries, so please take the time to help each other out.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:47 AM
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Re: Apr/May 2012 Contest Discussion

This contest challenges you to transform the provided photo into an artistic white on black chalk sketch. Working with white on black takes some practice, but can produces some wonderful results. The stronger entries will mimic the chalk texture as well as balance what details to highlight.

The below link provides some excellent examples: white on black chalk sketches
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:19 AM
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Re: Apr/May 2012 Contest Discussion

I got stuck into this challenge and really enjoyed this one.

I used many, many layers to achieve the final effect, and sadly, the 100kb upload limit destroys a lot of the detail, but I think the final effect is acceptable. I have used a smudging effect for a lot of the image and overlayed the detail afterwards, just as you can do when using chalks. It was fun.
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:27 PM
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I got stuck into this challenge and really enjoyed this one.

I used many, many layers to achieve the final effect, and sadly, the 100kb upload limit destroys a lot of the detail, but I think the final effect is acceptable. I have used a smudging effect for a lot of the image and overlayed the detail afterwards, just as you can do when using chalks. It was fun.
Did you work on the pic at full size and crop at the end, Cap'n? I find that resizeing then artifying works - then you only have to worry about the file compression.

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... The stronger entries will mimic the chalk texture ...
Can you link to a bigger pic, TPaul? It's difficult to see the effect on the small pics you've linked to.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:43 PM
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Re: Apr/May 2012 Contest Discussion

Links will not be accepted for entries. The link I provided for ideas is just that. You can Google white on black chalk sketches and see what you turn up.

Have Fun!
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:46 AM
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Did you work on the pic at full size and crop at the end, Cap'n? I find that resizing then artifying works - then you only have to worry about the file compression.
as a matter of rule, I always work with the full size image. I'm just used to it because of the retouching work I do.

However, I did resize one layer, make some adjustments and then enlarge it again, in order to get some of the chalk texture right, a process I've not used before, but which worked pretty well on this project.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:43 PM
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Re: Apr/May 2012 Contest Discussion

edbayani, you need to resize your image to 800 pixels by 600 pixels. It is too good of an entry to be disqualified because of the size requirements needed for a final entry.

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Old 05-09-2012, 07:09 PM
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edbayani, you need to resize your image to 800 pixels by 600 pixels. It is too good of an entry to be disqualified because of the size requirements needed for a final entry.

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That was my thoughts exactly. I was coming here to raise the same point.

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Old 05-20-2012, 07:19 PM
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Re: Apr/May 2012 Contest Discussion

It's after 1am here and either I'm tired or having one of my thick moments. I'm having difficulty replacing my entry with a newer version, but when I click 'edit' I only seem to be able to edit the text. Could someone give me a pointer on how to change it?

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Old 05-21-2012, 04:03 AM
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As you were! Thick moment over; new version uploaded.
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