Tuesday, October 06, 2009

up for debate

canonet ql17
Perhaps it goes back to hours I spent as an undergraduate in a printmaking studio, but I really enjoy 'offsetting' illustrations when rendering them in photoshop. Like with my good friend, Blind Contour (have you met?), I find the resulting 'imperfections' beautiful. But, I wonder if it is the same for you... Which leads me to the question : What rendering style resonates the most with you?

Option A : in the lines (above)?
Option B : outside the lines [offset] (below)?
Option C : doesn't make a hill of beans difference...quit your rambling Suzanne!
canonet ql17 : offset

31 comments:

Aris said...

I like them both. And most of all I love the line quivery and honest,

Jude said...

In this case it could be the subject matter, for me I prefer the crisp and clean "in the lines" since option B gives the camera a fuzzy, out of focus look.

Rosie_Kate said...

Hm... I have to say I enjoy the visual interest of the offset color. It gives it a sort of "painterly" feel.

moreidlethoughts said...

I lean towards the "offset," but that may be because I am a scribbler. ;-)

Mommy with Crayons said...

My vote's with the offset one.

that's just it said...

errrr, if it wasn't a camera and it was more of an organic object, i would say the second. but for this example, i like the first.

dave terry said...

I actually like them both and simply can't decide.

Sometimes I can be of little help.

...dave

cindy said...

when i was little i would color inside the lines and outline them in black - ugh! having said that i like them both and your ramblings. carry on.

computerarte said...

I like option B, gives us a idea of some movement and volume! I admire your work;-)

Sheila said...

Well maybe not a hill but it's a couple of beans worth for me to say for this subject matter I prefer 'in' versus 'offset' because the latter detracts from your wonderful detailed linework.

~Valentina~ said...

I like both! but if I have to pick, "in the lines" is the winner ;)

DeVona said...

I vote #1) inside the lines, followed by#3) it doesn't really matter, then #2) offset. But in five minutes or tomorrow, I may have a totally different response!

cactus petunia said...

Unfortunately I can't appreciate the offset because of all the years I spent in the printing biz...I can't get past it being "out of register!"

So I guess I'm destined to always color inside the lines!

Amy Hall said...

i like the first option! :]

TeresaR said...

I think it's my anal-retentiveness, but I prefer the first...the second also makes me feel like my eyes are fuzzy (which they may be anyway). :>

Speck said...

I prefer the offset one because of the "interestingness" factor. With the first one my brain registers "Camera. OK I get it. What's next?" The second one also registers as a camera, but my brain says, "Whoa, something is different here. Let me look at that again." And the eye lingers over the drawing more. That's a Good Thing if you are wanting to produce "eye-catching" graphics.

Chey Shelton said...

Well, I have to say that you did a really good job with the offset, but I've never been a fan of it. It does have really good uses from time to time, but I prefer the option A. Offsetting makes me feel like I should be wearing 3D glasses!

Anonymous said...

I actually prefer the offset one... Because it reminds me of old instruction booklets that would often have this offset in colors. So for me the offset goes well with the 1969 Canonet.

elisabetha said...

hmm...i think i prefer the first one. the offset looks beautiful at first, but the more i look at it the more computerized it looks to me, and detracts from the quality of your beautiful lines.

sarahgraphic said...

When I make a print I try so hard to make the colors line up perfectly, but I'm not sure why I do because everyone seems to like offset better anyway. But personally I prefer the color to stay inside the lines.

littlemithi said...

Ofset - but yes, I've spent a lot of time in the print rooms too ...

Diahn said...

Offset! Love it! Of course - I'm a big fan of the blind contour, as well...maybe they are related!

A J FRENCH said...

I like the top one best, the off-set one looks like you missed the edges! if the fill was more irregular,that might be cool

Jennifer B. said...

I like the first one, but probably because I know it isn't a print. And if it was a print, the offset colours wouldn't bother me too much. Nice drawing!

OUTSKETCH said...

Offset is my favorite for sure! To me the 1st is an illustration of a camera, the 2nd of photography. It feels closer to what it's like to use the camera.

mae said...

You had me with "blind contour"! As someone who used to color the lines then fill the entire outer field in blue violet, I like the colors...

MoolyBee said...

I like the offset look - maybe it comes from working at a printer for 5 years(!) I do the same thing with my little drawings, pulling edges in and out of the line to get the movement where I want it.

You make me laugh every time I read your blog - Thank you!

mick statham said...
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mick statham said...

This is an odd one. When I use photoshop to mock up my screen prints I generally go for the 'off set' look. However when I do the actual screen printing itself I try to line up everything. Bizzare, eh? In this case I think I prefer the first version though.

Anonymous said...

Offset is more attractive to me.

Nikira said...

I like the first one. Its easier for my eyes. Cleaner look.