Wednesday 12 August 2009

two more images from The Playwright, the most colourful, sexiest thing likely to ever come from my hand. And if that sentence sounds like one of the Playwright's own double entendres, so let it remain.

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Blogger spacedlaw said...

Beautiful! I particularly love this second one.

12 August 2009 at 01:37:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How are you able to paint watercolour onto photcopies without the paper wrinkling? Have you used watercolour paper in the copier (or printer if you scanned and printed them)? Or have you soaked and stretched the paper after coming out of the copier?

(Apologies of this is a bit sad, being the second photocopier-based question I have asked!)

Ben Smith

12 August 2009 at 03:32:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

I soaked and stretched photocopies.

Then I painted with watercolour, big brushes, very wet. there's no room for error because the paper falls apart if you go over it more than once.

then I scanned and put it in photoshop and cranked up the brilliance, which causes a little distortion of the texture, which you can see in the first image if you click and enlarge.

Once or twice I damaged the paper and had to start again. And once or twice I damaged it and made a feature of the damage.

Picture and lettering are on the same sheet. I scanned at 600 dpi then separated the two, bitmapping the lettering at 1200.

12 August 2009 at 05:32:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

ps. I did try colouring digitally to begin with and abandoned that as looking like the complete opposite of what i wanted.

12 August 2009 at 05:46:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm amazed the paper held well enough. I like the sound of the method, its a very fresco-like approach. 'Cartoons' coming full circle.

Ben Smith

12 August 2009 at 06:44:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Matthew Adams said...

Do you lose any line quality when you soak the photocopy? i would imagine the toner would soak off a little bit.

I have a friend who does something similar but uses one of those little scanner/printer/photocopier things, and I suspect it uses ink and not toner. He also photocopies onto watercolour paper.

12 August 2009 at 07:48:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

there is no disturbing of the toner, and no mixing between toner and paint. if I put it on thick it sits on the surface in bubbles. Sometimes I let it dry like that. very nice effect.

12 August 2009 at 14:29:00 GMT-5  

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