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Turning a photo into a drawing

June 8, 2012

Task for digital storytelling course DS106 was to transform a photo into a drawing.

Here’s the original – I chose a photo that meant something to me (this is a friend’s baby) and that had plenty of light and dark areas.  


Using Serif PhotoPlus (don’t ask, it came with my computer), I wanted to see if you could represent the curve of skin as effectively through digital shading as you can with a pencil…. I tried this two ways: firstly, by using the pencil draw quick-fix tool under the Artistic menu.  It didn’t work out that well, as you can see:



I then followed J-rabbit’s excellent tutorial which got me much close to the effect I was hoping for….


It needs a little more grainyness, and perhaps some more dark areas to really show the potential of the shading, but overall I think this is a good start.  Thanks J-Rabbit!

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