I usually just scan the pencils and keep the pencils as the linework in a multiply layer over the colors. I'll adjust my levels and do some manual cleanup, but a little bit of noise looks nice to me. I also tend to work with 0.3mm and 0.5mm technical pencils, so the cleanup isn't too onerous. Here's an example of how this process works out for me currently: mikedoscher.deviantart.com/art…
Usually I work on 11x14 paper and scan at 600dpi, so it makes the linework even finer, so most of the hairiness disappears on its own.
Well Im glad to know Im doing something right lol I scan my pencils in on 11x14 as well at 600 DPI. But I always dont know if I should reline them or what, setting to multiply is a good idea i will try that. Still learning the color process as I am entirely a traditionally taught artist. PS is very new for me.
Ya I saw the Marigold a couple days ago, Im a long time watcher just never thought to ask you about your lines. I do like that look that the end result brings, maybe you should jump on board with the others and do some Gumroad tutorials (hinty hint hint)
Either way, I like the style, always have. In fact you were one of the first artists I watched.
Getting a good scan is important. I usually don't mess with the scan quality in the scanner software, but without fail I'll monkey with the levels a lot in Photoshop. I might do some Gumroad stuff sometime, but I need to get this book out this year if I can.
I'm glad you like my work so much. I enjoy yours as well.
Im still learning all the settings in Photoshop, but I try to do tutorials and learn from the veterans out there. I forgot you were trying to get the book done, you should definitely focus on that 100%. Stopping mid project wouldnt be a good plan. You can always add tutorials in the future.
Thank you! That means a lot. I am always most impressed by the artists who take the time to respond to their fans.
In the meantime, if you haven't played with levels before, you may find it a very useful tool, and gives more sophisticated results than just adjusting the brightness and contrast. I go into it here in step 2, just a little: mikedoscher.deviantart.com/art…
I was once like you, and I daresay you may be something like me someday. I always have time for other artists.