Getting Ready for a new book

June 3, 2011 | 8 Comments

I can’t help it… I seem to have the urge for late night sketching on Friday night. SO even though I really NEED to do something about at least 6 of the pans in my tin that I have hit the bottom… I decide to sketch them instead. I will need to start the new book next week.

Interesting that this book that will probably take me up to mid July is no. 40!


  • Ontheroad says:

    You got me curious; is 40 your lucky number, or a special date, day? 🙂

  • Liz Steel says:

    thanks shirley – I scan my page and then do some adjustments in photoshop to make the paper more consistently white and then drop a off white 'multiply' layer over the top . Hope that makes sense.
    Ontheroad – stay tuned…. coincidentally last night was 40 days till I go on my next trip – so 40 days to fill No. 40.

  • Hi Liz,
    I am enjoying seeing your sketches of my home town, Sydney. They are great! I have a technical question: do you photograph or scan your work? With plain paper, I find it very hard to keep the lighting level across the page.
    I'll click the 'follow-up' to get your reply… thanks.

  • Lovely as usual! But you lost me with a white "multiply" layer…I understand what multiply means in Photoshop, just not how you'd do a white one!

  • Yes, when you have a moment, Liz (LOL) I too want to understand the white multiply layer. Love the beginning of this book.

    I'm still wasting time trying to decide on palettes.

  • You mean it's necessary to DECIDE?? Oh, nooooo…

  • Liz Steel says:

    it is not a white multiply layer but an off white (or cream) layer. I got the idea from Wil Freeborn. I know he has done a demonstration somewhere..but I did find this explanation
    "The Moleskine paper is quite yellow. So what I generally do in Photoshop is take a colour sample of the paper colour add a new layer and fill that layer with the colour then turn this layer off. The layer with the drawing I use auto tone, colour and levels to accentuate the tone and colours, but it takes the yellow tone away. I then turn that yellow layer back on and choose “multiply” and reduce the transparency to what looks right."- Wil Freeborn

  • AnAis says:

    Fantastic drawings, Liz!
    See you in Lisbon!! 😉

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