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I’ve been uploading screen shots and comic book illustrations of various strong and interesting female characters ever since the conception of the Facebook cover photo feature. But I never had one of my own drawings as one because I just didn’t think it would look good if it wasn’t colored.

Well, luckily, I had an early morning today.

Ever since I figured out how to color a scanned drawing using Photoshop Elements 8, I wanted to give myself a new cover photo and used an old zombie illustration to do so.

Here it is:

zombie-FBcoverphoto

NOTE: Please don’t be that jerk who’d use other people’s art without permission.

Using this cartoony self-portrait of me.

This is actually my first time coloring a scanned drawing so there’s not much shading or experimenting going on.

There are very, very, very few tutorials on how to use Photoshop Elements 8 to color in line art, which I found surprising. Fortunately I found this Youtube video:

I had to rewatch the video a few times because it got a little confusing. So I’ll spell it for anyone who needs to work off of written and concise instructions:

1) Scan in your drawing. Open it up on Photoshop Elements 8.

2) Duplicate the Background image. Then make a New Layer. Make sure the New Layer is underneath the Background copy.

3) Click on Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Brightness/Contrast.

4) When the Brightness/Contrast box pops up, adjust the Contrast bar until it’s 100 until it looks right. The number will range.

5) Go back to your Layers box. Click on the bar that says Normal and adjust it to Multiply.

6) Now the lines on the image look like they’re bolder. Make sure to hide the original Background layer.

7) Now you’re free to color the image! Just make sure that all your color layers are underneath the Background copy, and you’ll be golden.

Here’s how my scanned drawing turned out:

NOTE: Please don’t be that jerk who’d use other people’s drawings/illustrations without permission.

I made these back in early November and am just now uploading this post so I can give my friends their birthday cards without them finding out too soon.

Supplies: Two Sharpie pens and scissors.

Supplies: Some Tri-Nib manga marker pens, a substitute brand for Copic Markers.

I started drawing out some letters, crowns and cartoon versions of my friends Cindy and Christina. I drew Cindy a few times before settling on this pose.

But I chucked it out after I made her skin a lot darker than it should’ve been. ): At least I had a back up drawing I did earlier.

Next, I cut out everything and used an acrylic matte medium to paste the drawings on a poster board.

Here’s Christina prancing about. (:

I thought there was something missing so I drew, colored, cut out and pasted some balloons in the empty background.

Done! After that, I’ll get all of our mutual friends to write in their messages. Happy Birthday, Cindy and Christina!

NOTE: Please don’t be a jerk who’d use other people’s illustrations without permission.

I’ve been getting a ton of views on this blog because of Halloween, and look! And old post called Halloween Costume Prep: Dressing up as Joel and Clementine from “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” got more than 2,000 views on Wednesday, holy cow. Thanks everyone for checking in!

What the what?

I recently came out of midterm season and had launched myself into some artsy pursuits — checking to see if I have any creative juices left.

Did a little painting of the famous silent film comic Buster Keaton. I’m not looking to finish it as a whole piece. It’s just nice to slap and swirl paint onto a canvas without needing to reach an end goal.

And then some drawing exercises of my left hand.

NOTE: I know they’re just doodles and don’t seem like they have much artistic value. But please don’t be that jerk who’d use someone’s art without permission, okay?