Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pencil me Cute

 The Real ME..... 2 years old. I made my eyes green in the pencil sketch because they are green.
Sandra Back IN the Early Forties Sometime

 If you want to become a pencil artist, make the sketch light, print on card stock and go at it with your pencil or pen or charcoals.... I tried it on the dog sketch and it looks pretty good.



Pencil Sketch in Photoshop 7.... Short Tutorial
Open photo
Create Duplicate layer
Click on bottom layer and Crl Shift U to de-saturate to black and white... or how ever you do it.
Click on top layer and Crl shift U, same as above  (make the layers black and white, your choice of how)
Crtl I to invert
Click on top layer, go up to down arrow in blending mode. Color Dodge and photo turns white
Go to filters/Gaussian blur and drag it until it looks right
to make it sharp use Dodge and Burn tools. Burn makes it darker and Dodge lighter.
I found it works better to save the pic as a JPEG and then reopen it to use the Dodge/Burn tool

35 comments:

BlueShell said...

Wow...I'm the first one??? Great!

Oh Sandra...those sketches are fabulous: breathtaking...I have no words because you are a real artist, Honey!

God Bless you...and your talent!
Kisses
BShell

diane b said...

Those green eyes are adorable. The tutorial is over my head but I'll continue to enjoy your work.

SquirrelQueen said...

Aw, you were just he cutest little toddler. I love those green eyes in both the sketch and the photo.

Have you ever noticed that Mallards always seem to be smiling? The smile really shows up in the sketch.

Maple Lane said...

How fun! Such a cute photo of you and what pretty eyes you have. Hope you have an enjoyable day!

Pam said...

Your childhood photo is adorable with those beautiful green eyes, Sandra.
I love the all the wonderful sketches you created.
Maybe I should give PS a whirl but I have heard it isn't easy to learn.
~:)

DawnTreader said...

So very cute! I know there are similar functions in Paint Shop, I must experiment further some time.

From the Kitchen said...

I love those ringlets!!

So far, I just use the photo application on my IMAC but have thought about Photoshop. You have Photoshop 7?
Do you like it?

Best,
Bonnie

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Great job on those sketches. You are an adorable little girl. I have some pictures of me as a young girl and keep wanting to something special with them in Photoshop. This might just be what I should do.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Well these are super, love the green eyes, you need to frame that one.

♥ Helen said...

nice :) I love the green eyes as well.

SweetMarie said...

That is such a sweet picture of you. You were a such a cute little girl with big green eyes! You look just like yourself, except I thought you had blue eyes. Do yours change color?
These pencil sketches are really cool! I love all of them, but your header is my favorite!

Snapper II said...

What a beautiful little girl! I like the pencil sketch pictures. Looks like you are having a good time with them. Love ya, Madeline

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! How COOL! Golden Thanks for this ... my mom for sure will give it a try. LOVE your new blog header. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

You REALLY have green eyes? Oh how wonderful! Green eyes fascinate me. Not that I've seen any (probably) in real life... Come to think of it.

See how rare they are?

See how lucky you are?

:-)

Do you wear lots of green, to bring them out, so to speak? Green stone earrings? Green scarf around your neck? Etc. Oh, to me, the possibilities are endless.

Guess I'm just hung-up-on individuality. And you have such marvelous individuality, built in. With your green eyes!!!!

"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading,
to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him."

- Maya Angelou

TexWisGirl said...

you are very cute!

Reena Walkling said...

What a cutie!

Deborah said...

Thanks for sharing this!
Have a great day
xxoo
Deborah

Remington said...

BEAUTIFUL! You were as beautiful then as you are now....

Catherine said...

Looks like someone has been playing! Very fun!
xo Catherine

Andrew Fulton said...

Wonderful to see.. you were a real cutie.. beautiful eyes xx

Eva Ason said...

Love the picture of you as a little girl ^_^
Thank you for the little PS lesson.
I should try that I think.
Just home from work - and now it's chillaxing time on my agenda. Have a lovely day!

Eva

George said...

I really like what you've done to create these pencil sketches. Thanks for the tutorial. When I get the opportunity, I'm going to try some 'playing' myself.

Ann said...

Well weren't you just the cutest little green eyed 2 year old. I love the pencil sketches and I'm going to try your tutorial. Hopefully I can find a little time tonight to play around. If not there is always the weekend :)

Ginny said...

You were the cutest little girl EVER!!!!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi, Sorry I haven't been around this week. We have bee traveling and taking more photos... Hope you are having a great week.

Great photos. That is an adorable picture of you... Love your B&W pencil drawings.

Hugs,
Betsy

Deb said...

I love your creativity Sandra...such a pretty girl...and a beautiful woman...

Chatty Crone said...

You were beautiful then and you are now - I recognize you from that picture. Another thing in common - green eyes. And is that tutorial in English? sandie

S. Etole said...

My daughter-in-law has green eyes! Your sketches look like great fun.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

aw, you're very cute!


beautiful green eyes.
awesome sketches, too.

EG Wow said...

Your pencil sketches are great! How lucky you are to have green eyes! Very special!

Susannah said...

All I have to say - YOU WERE SO CUTE AND ADORBLE!!!!!!

Janie said...

Love those green eyes! The artful pencil tinkering is up my alley. How CUTE are you?! I think you should put that photo on the wall somewhere. Make note pads out of it, or create postage stamps with that little girl grin. Thanks for sharing this post with us.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks for all the info, Sandra. You were a real cutie and still are!

Debra Dickinson said...

Thank you for the tutorial! I learned about it from http://annssnapeditscrap.blogspot.com/. And appreciate you both!

Rose said...

You were sure a cutie! You would laugh if you saw pictures of me...of which I don't have any.