Digital colouring in photoshop

Here’s a rundown of how I colour the Quokka cover each week. I’ll use the Easter cover as an example.

I use Photoshop CS3 and a Wacom Intuos 3 graphics tablet to do the colouring.

I do quite a few things to get to the colouring stage:

1. I draw a sketch at final print size, and get it approved by Quokka Press
2. I set the sketch onto my lightbox, and lay over some watercolour paper (190 gsm smooth)
3. I ink the lines in using ordinary black ink and a  Hunt 120 nib

finished line work on my lightbox

4. I scan the finished linework (300dpi, ‘colour’ mode)
5. I save the original scan as a tiff file (and keep a copy separate)

scanned image, before clean-up

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Quokka- Sculptures by the Sea (Cottesloe)

The annual Sculptures by the Sea exhibition is on now at Cottesloe Beach.

Quokka, issue 710, March 18 2010- Sculptures by the Sea (Cottesloe)

Art fans may recognise the sculptures: Michaelangelo’s David, Rodin’s The Thinker, the Venus de Milo, and Myron’s Discobolus.

The original draft for this cover had a pop culture reference that didn’t quite fit:

“You finally did it, you maniacs!”