At last I have a good scanner, an affordable gem of a machine. I was lucky enough to get advice from amazing Australian artist Edith Rewa (who makes art with very fine pen lines and was compassionate enough to point me in the right direction, yay 😀).

I can’t believe the difference it’s made. It’s a great feeling to know that I can continue drawing in the style I’ve grown to love, I was starting to think there wasn’t a scanner up for the job. Black and white, I (naively) thought would be so much easier to reproduce in print than colour. Little did I know it’s not! Well, not when you hatch/cross-hatch so finely. Anyway, here we are… and I am very much in love with a piece of technology called the Epson V370. Man, I love this scanner.

So now I’m nearly ready to start exploring digital colour. I’ve ordered PaperLike so I don’t freak out so much at having the Apple pen sliding around on top of the ipad. It’s a whole new world doing this from scratch at my age (not full crone but definitely not spring chicken!) but I like the idea of incorporating some colour into my drawings, and also having the option to keep them monochromatic. So photoshop and Adobe sketch could be a convenient answer. Maybe.

I drew this twig as a starting point, it has more basic outline which could come in handy for trying digital colour for the first time. Being drawn in hand first also means I feel I’ve done something familiar and ‘real’ to begin with.

I’m going to do a series of flowers/plants/leaves in pots as a colour learning experience.

Here is the first, I’ll post more as they’re done.

1200 dpi, aaaargh so clean and crisp! I love it!

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