tjost wrote:I think your colors are fine, it's probably a case of the roughness of the image (from your pencil scans) That being said I'm not sure I'd like that particular combo of colors emblazzed on my chest wether they work or not I learned Illustrator in the mid 90's too, it's come a ways since then but it's basics are the same. If you don't like it and your comfy with Photoshop I'd just ink in directly there. I do half my stuff in Photoshop and half in Illustrator if I want cleaner lines (plus the new blob brush is great and speeds up the work flow) Get a small tablet if you don't have one, I'd recommend a Wacom Bamboo 6x8 or if you can swing it an Wacom Intuos (the sensitivity gains are worth it and there's less lag to contribute to that floating pen feeling) Then in Photoshop import your scan, make a new layer and ink with a brush set to pressure sensitivity to control line weight. Voila!
I agree with what tjost says here. In my experience people don't like purple and green together. I like the way it looks in your design, but I don't think I'd wear a shirt with those color combos either.
I also agree about the pencil lines being just too rough. I've dropped the drawing on paper and scanning step and just draw everything directly in photoshop. I've been using illustrator since the early 90's, and am comfortable with it, ,but don't really have the patience to want to ink with it. If you're comfortable with beziers you can use a combo of photoshop's brush tool and path tool to get some pretty good results. Definitely get a Wacom tablet if you don't have one.
If you don't have and can't afford a tablet right now, you can get smoother results with scanning pencils, but your pencil drawing has to be really tight. What you'd have to do your drawing on something with a smooth surface, like hot press illustration board or bristol paper, scan into photoshop, and adjust the levels and curves till it looks like you inked it. It's done in comics all the time. Most of the time it's not as good as a skilled inker's work, but guys like J Scott Campbell are capable of producing piece where you'd never know the difference.