Friday, April 15, 2011

Drawing from a Photo: Temple of Heaven



(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.)

I never had much artistic ability, although I have always admired people who could play a musical instrument or create beautiful art. So I became very intrigued when I learned how to create a line drawing from a photograph.

And I have now discovered a good use for this technique. Many of my slides are very old (like me) and don't always scan well. A slide of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in the Temple of Heaven just wouldn't scan to give me an acceptable -- the colors were 'muddy' and seemed to bleed. I was disappointed.

But I then found that I could make a black-and-white line drawing (above) that actually looked pretty good.

The picture above was scanned from a slide.

29 comments:

Debbie Smith said...

Wow! Interesting stuff! Well, George, you have many other talents for sure!
Have a fabulous weekend!
Debbie's Travels

EG Wow said...

Great idea, George! I think it looks wonderful as a line drawing!

Lynda said...

Pretty cool!!! So when you are scanning, do you use a special scanner or just a regular one for documents, etc. that we use with our computers?

troutbirder said...

Well there you go. That is the building I remember from a video I showed my 8th grade geography students.... :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is such a cool photo...love the style!!!

KathyA said...

You're not old!! And the ability to do these line drawings is so neat!!

rainfield61 said...

Haha..

A great artwork.

Mildred said...

I love this technique George!

Jen said...

You are talented at this George. Great.

Indrani said...

Such a wonderful piece of art work, you are doing so well reviving your old shots.

Maria said...

it looks wonderuful, George! I want tolearn drawing too...Happy weekend!

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Kim, USA said...

It is pretty good idea. Like me I can't even draw a straight line lol!! Thankfully we have digital cameras that captures beautiful images and we can edit it to our liking. Thanks for sharing!

FTSO

Sandra said...

i like it, and it fits with our shoot out today, you should link to it.

A Lady's Life said...

Thats great George but I dont believe you have no artistic talent.
Your collection of flowers tell more about you than you know lol

I believe that if you rolled up your sleeves, you would be able to create wonderful things.
:)

Ginny said...

Wow, this looks like it would be such fun!!

*The Old Geezer said...

Looking good! Pretty soon you'll be selling them on eBay :-)

Ben said...

That's pretty neat looking. Suitable for framing!

Leovi said...

A nice result.

Lrong said...

Interesting... might try to do the same one day...

SACHIRA said...

It certainly does look artistic. Good work!

teca said...

Hey! I really enjoyed it!
You had a great idea!

Good weekend, sir!
Hugs.

Carletta said...

I think I could play all day on my computer if I had the time. :)
Whereas you are into the drawing I am into the adding of textures to make my photos look 'artsy'.
I get lost in the moment and lose track of time quickly.
Your practice is paying off George - nice work!

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

It looks good! And to learn a new thing is equally fun and a morale booster.

Linnea said...

How fun George! We non-artists types can use all the help we can get! The Temple of Heaven was my favorite spot in Beijing and I was so lucky to see it with bright blue skies above! Thanks for stopping by.

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful George! did you do this with a pencil or in a photo program?

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

How exciting George...Happy "drawing" :-)

Reader Wil said...

How clever, George! You should do this more often! It's brilliant!

teri said...

I too love to make something out of disappointing photos- this one came out really nice!

Janie said...

Interesting. It looks very artistic, George. And this is a good idea for old faded slides. We have a lot of them that might benefit from the technique.