Experiment and See What Happens

Posted September 1st, 2011 by   |  Photography, Software  |  Permalink

I just received the free new copy of PhotographyBB magazine (Volume 43) and read an article on using Photoshop to create pencil drawings from your photographs. I’ve never created line drawings in Photoshop before so I followed their excellent tutorial and put the process to the test on three images. Here they are:

Pencil drawing created in Photoshop. Three dudes in NYC celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

Pencil drawing created in Photoshop. Three dudes in NYC celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

Pencil drawing created in Photoshop. Church door, Manhattan, NY.

Pencil drawing created in Photoshop. Church door, Manhattan, NY.

Pencil drawing created in Photoshop. Running wildebeest, Tanzania.

Pencil drawing created in Photoshop. Running wildebeest, Tanzania.

For me, this technique serves as a starting point to further explore my craft of photography. What kind of art can I create with this new post processing approach? Will I be able to visualize in the field what a photo might look like as a pencil drawing?

I don’t know the answer to these questions, but experimentation with the new technique has opened my mind to new possibilities for my images. It’ll be fun to see where this experiment leads.



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