Thursday, November 26, 2009

Restaurant cartoon: Watercolour challenge

"I'll have the soup of tomorrow, please."

I've been "kickin' it old school" today, breaking out the watercolours to produce some cartoons to submit for exhibition at next April's Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival.

Here's a sneak peek at one of them. The theme is Magic, Myth and Mystery so I did a new version of a cartoon published in The Spectator and The Week last year. The colours are actually brighter than they look here. I've not quite got the hang of scanning watercolours, probably because I don't do it very often. Any tips on how to make watercolours look good on screen welcome!

Royston's portfolio website


  1. I find that it's really all down to the colours you use in the first place, Royston. When I'm doing work for print reproduction, I use mainly process colours (and then gouache used as watercolour rather than the proper artists' quality stuff). They seem to show up better on screen, too. This is in contrast to the ones which are primarily painted to be seen 'in the flesh', where the colours are far more subtle and don't get picked up by anything mechanical.

    There may be a nerdy type out there who can fill you in on more technical details about scanning - if there is, I'd be interested!

  2. get a decent scanner!

  3. Thanks Cathy, good info as you're clearly a bit of a watercolours whiz.

    Will, I don't think it's anything to do with the scanner (didn't your parents tell you that "a bad workman always blames his tools"?) more my lack of knowledge of the finer points of Adobe Photoshop.

  4. well, all i know is my old scanner was rubbish on colour work -- colours all came out wrong. my new one is much better.
    but yes, you can of course make adjustments in p/shop, play with hue/saturation/lightness etc..



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