How to turn a photo into a pencil sketch
I had an idea.... what if I used the computer to turn a photo into a pencil sketch? Then I can transfer it to a doll face- without needing to know how to draw so well. All I'd need to do is "color it in." Isn't that fun? I think so!
I've been talking a lot about that Arranbee doll, so I decided to use that image as my example. You can use any photo you want. Make a doll of your best friend!
I used ADOBE PHOTOSHOP to do this technique. You may be able to use some other software, but I'm only familiar with Adobe Photoshop. If you know of another way to do this, let me know and I will publish it!
Step 1: Open your image in Photoshop, Choose
Image->Adjustment->Desaturate to change the photo to black-and-white.
Step 2: Click Layer-> Duplicate Layer, duplicate the background as background copy (click ok).
Step 3: Use Image->Adjustment->Invert, then the image will look like a negative.
Step 4: From the layer palette, set the blending options as Color Dodge. (Layer palette it located on the bottom right.) Click on "normal," and a dropdown will open. The image will turn completely white.
Step 5: Choose Filter->Blur->Guassian Blur, set the radius 4 pixels.
Step 6: Choose Layer-> merge visible. You are done!
Now that you have your image, resize it so it is the right size for your doll's face. Print it on high quality paper, then use your favorite transfer technique to transfer the image.
Here's another example. This time I used a picture of myself.
Rivkah's Bio: Rivkah is a mixed media doll artist residing in Seattle, WA and has been creating art dolls for nearly a decade.
Rivkah works in both cloth and clay mediums and will gladly make a custom doll or set of characters for a library, lobby, school or personal collection. She can work from a picture or photograph, and her ability ranges from whimsical to fine art. On her Doll Maker's Muse website Rivkah offers OOAK Dolls (One Of A Kind), Patterns & E-Classes, Doll Making Kits & Supplies, Workshops and Assistance with sculpting or sewing projects. Rivkah teaches flexible private groups and classroom workshops in and around the Seattle area and is available as a traveling guest instructor for doll clubs.
Rivkah's dolls have been exhibited around Israel and in the US. Her dolls have been published in Soft Dolls and Animals Magazine, Art Doll Quarterly Magazine, Doll Crafter and Costumer, as well as books by Patti Medaris Culea and Li Hertzi.
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