TURN YOUR SKETCH INTO A PRINT

HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU SKETCH OR DOODLE?

How many of those ideas make it to print? Do you know how to turn your little doodles into work of art? Keep reading and you will find out how to digitize your art, as well as the story behind this little chicken print.

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I have been wanting to start handlettering, but I didn't know where to start. You would think being an artist and a designer this would be the easy part, but no that's not how it went.

I LOVE THE IDEA OF HANDLETTERING AND HANDWRITTEN TYPOGRAPHY

But where to start?

I searched high and low and found Caroline who runs Made Vibrant, a website dedicated to blogging, art and handlettering. Just what I was looking for. But wait, she also has a Handlettering Course. So of course I signed right up and began sketching letters. And I got to say I love it. During the month of march she had a little challenge going on #meetyourselfmarch. Each day had a prompt, and day 10 was "My Super Power", well I really couldn't think of any powers. But what I am really good at is making Chicken Noodle Soup, yes from scratch. And that is where this little doodle came from.

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I just love it, and everyone seems to think the same, so I decided it's time to make it an official poster. Here is how I do it. 

STEP 1

Scan your sketch, or just blow it up on a copier to your desired size. I tried to fit mine on a 8.5" x 11" piece of paper. I use Saral transfer paper, the graphite version, it seems easier to erase. And Bristol board, because it's my favorite, smooth and bright white.

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STEP 2

  1. Position your printout on the paper you want to be working on. I tape it down to make sure it doesn't move.
  2. Taking a pencil trace your art. Make sure not to press too hard or not hard enough. If you press too hard the lines will be more difficult to erase. Also watch your hands, don't rub them on the paper, it will leave smudges. If you never used transfer paper I suggest practicing on a scrap piece of paper so you get your pressure right.
  3. All done, any lines that didn't go through can be fixed now with pencil. Make any corrections to your sketch now, once you ink it theres no going back.

STEP 3

Now it's time to put some ink on paper. Pick your pens, markers or what ever you want to work with and get to it. I used Recollections pen, it has a small and wide tip. Easy for going from large areas to small details.

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STEP 4

Once you are done you can scan your piece. I don't currently have a scanner so I took a photo instead. (any suggestions for a scanner, in need of one like yesterday) If you too decide to take a photo instead of scanning make sure you use a high res camera and good lighting. I tape up a grayscale chart to help with the color and contrast once in photoshop.

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STEP 5

In Photoshop I corrected the color, contrast, black point and exposure. Just make sure to make it nice and crisp. If you are satisfied you can stop here. I moved on to Adobe Illustrator to vectorize it. 

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STEP 6

Once you vectorize your art and fix anything you need to, it's time to display it nicely. I use picture frame mockups for nice presentation. 

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You can now purchase this print on Etsy

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial of getting your doodles into beautiful digital prints and I hope you share them with me.