By digitizing your drawings, you’re opening up the doors to new ways of both sharing and selling your artwork. In just a few simple (but specific) steps, I'll show you how to take your ink drawings from paper to press!
Why take this course?
While digital drawing has emerged as one of the most popular “new” techniques among artists, there still is something so special about creating a hand drawn piece with pen on paper. Many artists are able to make a living selling their original drawings, while also benefiting from turning their drawings into digital versions of their original work.
By digitizing your drawings, you’re opening up the doors to new ways of selling your artwork. For example, there are many online platforms like Society 6 or Redbubble where artists can easily add their digitized drawings to countless items like t-shirts, mugs, bedspreads, shower curtains - you name it! And while you still may want to sell your original artwork, making prints from your originals is an amazing way to generate revenue long-term from just one item. This is especially true if you’re able to license your work to other companies to use on their products. One example of this is when I sold some of my floral ink drawings to a wallpaper company and they turned them into large-scale wall murals.
This tutorial is for you if:
You’re a beginner and want to know how to digitize your drawings using either a scanner or digital camera and Photoshop.
You have or have access to either a scanner or digital camera
You have a basic understanding of Photoshop (e.g. how to create layers) or willingness to follow simple Photoshop instructions
You work in pen or ink
You want to learn a different or new approach to digitizing your work than you’ve been previously using
You want to sell prints of your original drawings
You want to create different products using your drawings
What We'll Cover
Work through the course at your own pace, and easily access all of the information any time! Access to the content will never expire - so you can refrence the steps in each tutorial over and over again.
How to prepare your ink drawings to be photographed or scanned
Tips on how to photograph your images in both natural and artificial light for the best, most clear image
How to properly scan your drawings for the best possible results
How to save and open your drawings in Photoshop / Illustrator
The tools I find most useful for cleaning up and editing drawings in Photoshop while preserving as many of the original details as possible
How to create a isolated image of your drawing with a transparent background in both Photoshop and Illustrator
How to save and export your final image
Several ideas on how to use your now digital drawing and different ways you can monetize on your work!
"Karla's art is what made me want to start drawing again. She is so uniquely talented and definitely someone I'd want to learn from. Her process is so easy to follow and got me results quickly without having to do a ton of research. Thanks, Karla!"