kortirion suggested I use Boromir or Aragorn for my subjects as I try to figure out how to get that pencil sketch effect I used to fake for concert posters using photoshop 7. So, I did. Hey, someone should get something out of it.
Actually, we both did, because I now have pages and pages of notes on what I was doing, but 2 reasonably reliable ways to get the effect I was after. If I can incorporate the coloured pencil look, I will be a happy camper.
Here are some icons - I have not added them to the *available* page at my website, but they are available to those of you who come here. (I am also updating the available icons on my site, but it is in progress, so a few are showing up at a time...)
Here are the sketch trials from tonight
I like some of these better than others, but it is still sort of experimental. It is a series of photoshop tricks, so it requires some skill, but no artistic talent other than the kind of eye that tells you if you are pleased. Some pictures work just great, and others (Boromir! ) just refuse to cooperate.
So, if you were serious, I *can* tell you what I did - and you are welcome to the directions, and i will be happy to answer questions about them once you see them - if I can. I am sort of seat-of-the-pants, and it's like asking me for a recipe - I tend to say things like "shift the gamma until it looks bright"