Derby #190: Magic
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Finders Keepers...

Finders Keepers...
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neeznoodle


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This was drawn by my 10-year-old daughter (her 11th birthday is tomorrow, but she was 10 when she drew it). She LOVES to draw and was really excited to have me enter this for her.

blk909


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neeznoodle wrote:This was drawn by my 10-year-old daughter (her 11th birthday is tomorrow, but she was 10 when she drew it). She LOVES to draw and was really excited to have me enter this for her.


She did an awesome job!

kaznai


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Your 10 year old already has a better grasp on drawing creatures than I do. I can't say that doesn't make me a little insecure. I'm mighty impressed.

I don't usually have much to say, so words from me mean you're doing something very right.

Lish64


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I was following your / her progress in the pre-derby topic. This came out nicely, tell her she did a great job for her first entry!

woodykins


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Lish64 wrote:I was following your / her progress in the pre-derby topic. This came out nicely, tell her she did a great job for her first entry!


Thanks, I will.

I laughed at your post when you wrote "her first" entry. This might be her only entry! Man, oh, man but that was time-intensive. I DID learn a lot about Photoshop that I didn't know before, and could certainly do it quicker in the future, but I think I would really need to become proficient with halftones to really do justice to her work. I'm not sure if I have the patience for that right now.

woodykins


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kaznai wrote:Your 10 year old already has a better grasp on drawing creatures than I do. I can't say that doesn't make me a little insecure. I'm mighty impressed.


She's an amazing artist. She's been drawing ever since she could hold a crayon at 18-months. My desk is currently cluttered with pages and pages of her art.

If you like her dragon, you should see her cats. She truly shines when she draws cats and dragons. Perhaps I will let her enter another derby if there is one that fits her abilities as well as this one (and I polish up a bit more on my Photoshop skills).

locustpr


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Adorable, I hope we see more from you two.

renegadetim


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I would assume your daughter is going to want to enter more derbies if she is always drawing and wanted to enter this so badly.

I know that this had to be a great bonding experience between you and her working together. Instead of possibly encouraging her not to enter anymore because she doesn't know how to get it onto the computer yet, and it being so time consuming for you, why not, try to find an artist who would do the collab with her with your guidance? The artists here are really friendly and I'm sure someone would be willing to help with coloring of a design and collabing.

Just my two cents as I wouldn't want her to get discouraged by not winning and it being so hard to enter again. Eventually collabing could teach her the ins and outs of everything she needs to learn as well.

She definitely has talent though.

neeznoodle


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renegadetim wrote:I would assume your daughter is going to want to enter more derbies if she is always drawing and wanted to enter this so badly.

I know that this had to be a great bonding experience between you and her working together. Instead of possibly encouraging her not to enter anymore because she doesn't know how to get it onto the computer yet, and it being so time consuming for you, why not, try to find an artist who would do the collab with her with your guidance? The artists here are really friendly and I'm sure someone would be willing to help with coloring of a design and collabing.

Just my two cents as I wouldn't want her to get discouraged by not winning and it being so hard to enter again. Eventually collabing could teach her the ins and outs of everything she needs to learn as well.

She definitely has talent though.


When I first posted on the derby comment thread about not knowing how to proceed, someone suggested I collaborate with another member. At the time, I shot down that idea. Now, it sounds a lot more appealing.

How would I go about finding someone to collaborate with on future derbies?

neeznoodle


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Did something happen to the thumbnail for this entry? It seems to have disappeared on my end. I just see an empty box.

neuropsychosocial


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neeznoodle wrote:Did something happen to the thumbnail for this entry? It seems to have disappeared on my end. I just see an empty box.


I can see it on my computer.

If your daughter is interested in pursuing art, photoshop skills are invaluable to have. She could start to learn how to transform/develop her images in PS herself. Collaborating with an established artist here might help her development as well, and not just in PS skills, but a sort of mentoring, possibly. I appreciate your willingness to help her develop her talent and interests - that suggests some good parenting that will serve her well, regardless of whether she chooses to pursue art. Good luck to her!

RIP A.A. Blanks (Obituary)

paigeg


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Your daughter does have terrific promise. Definitely encourage her to learn more skills, with paper, and with the software. She has a good grasp on composition - I especially love how the dragon's tail wraps around the leg.
BTW, I didn't see if anyone commented on your scanning issue, other than suggesting tracing paper.
When I scan a drawing, I set it to 300dpi, then desaturate it so it's just grayscale, and the background is pure white. I beef up the lines in PS if they need it, then I select by color and copy just the linework onto a new transparent canvas. This isn't 100% foolproof - for some reason I lose opacity in the lines and have to re-fill them. But that's quicker than having to erase all that gray!

neeznoodle


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paigeg wrote:When I scan a drawing, I set it to 300dpi, then desaturate it so it's just grayscale, and the background is pure white. I beef up the lines in PS if they need it, then I select by color and copy just the linework onto a new transparent canvas. This isn't 100% foolproof - for some reason I lose opacity in the lines and have to re-fill them. But that's quicker than having to erase all that gray!


Excellent advice! Thank you. I'll be sure to do this next time.

Last night I was playing around with halftones, and now have a very basic grasp of them. I'm actually starting to get excited about future entries, and am certain I will improve my speed on formatting her drawings with each subsequent entry. Your advice will certainly help me do so.

I may request a partnership at some point, but for now I think I want to continue learning this on my own. It never occurred to me to teach my daughter about PS, but I can do that, too, as I increase my knowledge. Many thanks to Spiritgreen for his/her tutorial on halftones (it was far better than anything I found in my 5+ books on Photoshop!) at http://shirt.woot.com/Forums/viewpost.aspx?PostID=4382556&PageIndex=6&ReplyCount=252#post4384363.

tgentry


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This is a notice that the background shirt color you're using doesn't quite match the color from the swatches provided in our templates. For future entries please download the latest templates and use the colors provided.

neeznoodle


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tgentry wrote:This is a notice that the background shirt color you're using doesn't quite match the color from the swatches provided in our templates. For future entries please download the latest templates and use the colors provided.


This was my first entry and I downloaded the template you have available last Thursday. I used the exact swatch that was on the template. Please tell me what I did wrong, so I don't make that mistake in the future.

tgentry


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neeznoodle wrote:This was my first entry and I downloaded the template you have available last Thursday. I used the exact swatch that was on the template. Please tell me what I did wrong, so I don't make that mistake in the future.


As to what you did wrong, I can't say, but this is your color compared to the royal blue swatch (I assume that was royal blue?)...

neeznoodle


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tgentry wrote:As to what you did wrong, I can't say, but this is your color compared to the royal blue swatch (I assume that was royal blue?)...


I bet I know what happened - I think I used the eyedropper tool for the background color, since the swatch numbers are not listed on your Artist Template, just the color names. I will not make that mistake again. Thank you for the response.

ekio


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What a talented daughter you have. I do hope to see more from you two!

neeznoodle


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ekio wrote:What a talented daughter you have. I do hope to see more from you two!


Thank you! I'm really having fun now that I have a grasp on hafltones. Had I understood them for this I could have made it sooo much better. At one point I was ready to quit, but now I'm having too much fun to stop. As long as my daughter keeps drawing, I'll keep entering.

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