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Energetic Katharsis V by logismoi Energetic Katharsis V by logismoi
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graphite and charcoal
51cm x 33cm Mayfair Cover
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unicyclebabyguy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student
Fucking excellent, I agree with the statement about the contrast. I'm sure this is darker in real life, and if you were to edit it in photoshop it would make a great picture amazing.
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Would be cool if you took it into photoshop and improved the contrast.
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logismoi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Thanks for the suggestion! I suppose I have mixed feelings about post-processing my scans. I think if there was a broad discrepancy between the scan and the original I would consider doing so (although, I'm no pro at using the free Photoshop clones). Otherwise, I think I'd prefer to leave it as-is, and by doing so, invite suggestions and criticisms for consideration in revising my technique. If someone prefers to post-process their work, that's fine also; but for me, I think leaving it as faithful to the original as possible fits best with my philosophy of artistic authenticity -- especially if the original is somehow lacking.
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
sometimes the scanning process looks a bit washed out, or faded looking. so i bump it up in levels. makes the image easier to see.
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unicyclebabyguy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student
Both me and my art friend were faced with this very dilemma. Between the two of us we both had the same idea about being faithful to the original work at first. After spending much time on several pieces only to scan them and find they always end up too light/washed-out looking we came to the conclusion that since we are making a digital copy of the work, and the hardware isn't capable of recreating how it really should look, it's okay to use software to enhance the image. If someone wants to see the original picture they can meet me in real life. :)
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logismoi Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Thanks for the advice. I tried modifying the contrast in my poor man's Photoshop (Paint.NET) and it only seemed to make things worse. Of course, this may just be a testament to my lackluster photo manipulation skills. However, I do think some of the original subtlety was lost in the course of scanning, assembly and resizing. Oh well, like you said, there's always the option of "real life" if someone is sufficiently interested in travelling to see my work in person.
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unicyclebabyguy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Student
Might I recommend Gimp? It's basically like a light version of photoshop, and it's free. If you have any questions you can send me a note.
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logismoi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Thanks for the recommendation. I've also tried Gimp, but like Paint.NET, it seems bumping the contrast tends to wash things out even more. :/

I've uploaded a slightly larger version of the scan which may be a little bit better.
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:clap: bravo...

I think the same about camera raw, it isn't always the best.
Making the image closer to what it really looks like side by side, real image and scanned, I think all we can do is make it digitally as close as possible to the actual image.
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MBKKR Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
I featured this piece here:[link]
Hope you don't mind? It's a great piece!
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