Color Ballpoint Drawing: "In Memoriam: Gerald R. Ford"Click the above image for the full-sized piece (1755x1275, 955KB JPEG).
(Spawns new window.)Gratis
image hosting provided by PhotobucketIt was a nightmare to get this piece into the computer - and onto the Web, in a small enough filesize for Photobucket - without completely destroying the penstrokes of the original. It's been said that scanners never do justice to hand-drawn art; while very true, a careful attention to the digital side of things does help.
The headline isn't 100% accurate - I used a highlighter in addition to color and black ballpoints.
Also - like it or not - the piece went through pretty heavy digital editing. Contrast and saturation were tweaked to attempt to restore the appearance of the original. There were some parts in the blue patch I attempted to white-out and color over in the original - the ink wouldn't stick to it, and they looked white. It was an eyesore - and I've edited those out here. Considerable manual attention to the JPEG compressor settings was given - if I didn't have the level of control The GIMP allows, the piece would have been completely destroyed.
Pentel EnerGel 0.5mm Needle Tip rollerball pen (liquid/gel hybrid ink)
Pentel Extra Fine Precise V5 rollerball pens (liquid ink);
Hi-liter (I forgot the brand - but it's spelled that way. Chisel-tip.)
The GIMP 2.x (on Linux).