Friday, April 11, 2008

Hand-coloring



One of the challenges with going digital was trying to figure out how I going to be able to still “hand-color” and produce originals. Through a lot of trial and error, I discovered that I liked working with pastels on the digital prints.

My black and white images start as archival pigment prints made on 100% cotton rag, acid-free paper. The first step is to shave down soft pastels to a fine powder.





I then apply the powder using various tools designed for

pastel artists. Color pencils are used to add highlights and fill in small areas.





I still have prints that I printed in the darkroom on fiber photo paper.

To color these I use photo oil paints.




I find hand-coloring very calming and meditative and time seems to fly by. This is one of the reasons it was so important that I find a way to hand-color digital prints. I am still learning all aspects of digital photography. I probably will be for the rest of my life. It's a little overwhelming at times but I am enjoying the journey.................

2 comments:

  1. Hi Dianne!
    your gallery is amazing and yourblog is very interesting to read! I've started from the last entry, but soon decided to read from the beginning!)

    I also doing my first step in digital photography. mostly I'm interested in BW photos.

    Your works are very inspiring! thanks for sharing them and your thoughts!

    Do you have a degree in painting? I wonder who difficult it to hand-coloring photos without good skills in painting?

    Best regards from Moscow,
    Dimitriy

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  2. Thank you so much Dimitriy!

    I actually have no background in painting or anything like that. I have learned by doing which is always the best way for me to do things.

    Thanks again, I really appreciate your comment!

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