So I’ve been working on my coloring book for a while now and it has been so much fun. The drawing was easy and cathartic. The inking was time consuming but so rewarding to see the illustrations come together. Putting the layout together has been an absolute joy. The only part of the process that I have really been struggling with is scanning, cleaning and converting the inked drawings into their final form for the print file. .
I have tried several techniques and watched a bunch of tutorials to try and get a result that I am happy with, but nothing seems to be working. I am so proud of my art, I think it is some of the best I’ve done in a long time. I want it to look it’s best. I want all the small details that I have sketched and perfected and inked to come through in the final book for people to indulge in while they color. I don’t want it to look like a crappy-stock-photo badly-vectorized cheap thing that someone threw together in an afternoon. I’ve done my research and those books exist. I’m going to be self publishing through KDP, so I won’t have much control over the printing or paper stock. But I do have control over my images, and I want them to be perfect. .
All of this to say that today, I think I finally figured out the combination of settings and edits that I think will be as close to perfect as I can make them. Which is great. But that means that I’m going to have to redo all of the scanning and cleaning for all 25 of my illustrations 😫 Well, all but the one I just did today, so 24 in total. Which means that I won’t be able to make my end of June deadline ☹️ It’s a self imposed deadline but it still sucks, because I wanted to focus on Camp Nanowrimo in July. But I think this is for the best, it means that in the end, the book that I end up publishing will be my best work, and I hope that people will see and appreciate that 😊
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