Dry Eraser Process: Part I

  1. Recently purchased an 8-pack of dry eraser markers with fine(ish) points for $6.99. If I’m going to actually try ‘n market this dry eraser treatment I figure it’s time to work beyond chisel tips. KnowhaImsay’n?
  2. Unfortunately the tip on this one wasn’t as durable as other brands. It began to blend alil’ under mild use. Not exactly a bad purchase…but I look forward to experimenting with another brand.
  3. Details otherwise difficult to add were a breeze with the new markers. The cap, rounded at the end and sport’n a pocket clip, helped add texture and produce nice positive space.
  4. Time to photograph the art. Straight-on too. Tricky. The board has a glossy surface. Natural lighting works best so positioning it near a window tends to work best.
  5. Now Adobe Lightroom takes the wheel for a moment. The .nef’s (aka “raw format”) contrast is juiced up, the grayscale “treatment” is applied, and that’s that.
  6. After Lightroom gifts a .tif to Illustrator the “Live Trace” feature is applied. The “Comic Art” settings work well…however, my settings have a bit of special herbs ‘n spices up in ’em.
  7. Final stage. Photoshop. A rasterized Smart Object of the .ai files is divided into three layers. Lineart on top, a blank layer below that that’s ready for coloring, with a white canvas on the bottom. Because I’m working on a laptop the color space is “Color-LCD” in order to guarantee the JPG engine doesn’t shift colors. Wondering about brushes? I use a combination of standard 100% hardness brushes and custom textured brushes. Oddly, one of my favorites brushes is a very simple one. Take a 100% hardness brush, activate “Shape Dynamic,” tweak the Angle 45%, Roundness around 56%, and set Spacing at 1% and…well, you’ve got a fun lil’ brush. Since there’s a number of directions it can go from here, in terms of coloring, you’ll have to wait for the YouTube tutorial.
  8. Soon.

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