Photography Project: Create a pencil sketch from a photograph

Sketch of moon bridge at the Huntington's Japanese Garden

Sketch of moon bridge at the Huntington’s Japanese Garden

Someday I will get myself enrolled in a proper art class, in the meantime I will continue to extend my photographic journey into different directions.  This week, I decided to give a pencil sketch technique a go.

Similar to last week, this is one of those cases where I blindly followed instructions and had no earthly idea what I was doing and why.  I ended up trying this technique on three different images before I found one that I was happy with.  This is a photograph from the Japanese Garden at the Huntington Gardens and Library.  One of my favorite places to photograph.  The original was taken with a color infrared camera.  The technique comes from Digital Photography Magazine, one of the few I still subscribe to.  They have a nice assortment of articles and techniques, and of course the addictive gear reviews.  I decided to invest the extra time in creating a textured border, but can’t quite decide if it muddies things up too much.  I do feel like a computer generated sketch is too predictable and not “human” enough, some day I will give “free-handing” a try…..

Color infrared image of the moon bridge at the Huntington's Japanese Garden

Color infrared image of the moon bridge at the Huntington’s Japanese Garden

 

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