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How to Use Photos in Your Sketchbook Art

teacher avatar Jessica Wesolek, Artist/Teacher

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10 Lessons (1h 14m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. How Photos Work in Sketchbooks

    • 3. Sizing Photos with Collage

    • 4. Printing the Photos

    • 5. Using the Canva App

    • 6. Sketching From & With Photos

    • 7. Tipping In a Full Page Photo

    • 8. Extending a Photo Onto Your Page

    • 9. Sketching with Cut Photos

    • 10. Photojournalism

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About This Class

This is the second class in our Travel Sketchbook at Home series. You will learn how your photos can be used as tools for better sketching AND as effective graphics on your sketchbook page right along side your sketches. Our illustrated sketchbooks tell the stories our lives, and now more than ever, we are taking photos as an important part of that story.

We take most of our photos with mobile devices and the stumbling block to getting them on paper has been the difficulty of sizing them and printing them from our devices. In this class, we will solve those problems and then teach you many ways to incorporate your prints of any size, into your sketchbook pages with your drawings and paintings.

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Jessica Wesolek



My name is Jessica Wesolek and I am an artist, teacher, sketchbooker, and gallery owner living in the fabulous art town of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

My classes are about the art of sketchbooking, watercolor and drawing - in real life and digitally. They are for all levels because beginners will be able to do the projects with ease, and accomplished artists will learn new ideas and some very advanced tips and techniques with water media.

I teach complex ideas in a simple way that makes sense, and have never yet failed to teach a student to draw and be pleased with their results. I even guarantee that in my in-person classes.

My career in the arts has been long, varied, and eventful. My educational credentials are from the University of Michigan, UC Berk... See full profile

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1. Introduction: My name is Jessica, and I have been an avid sketch booker and sketchbook teacher for over 15 years. But long before that, I loved photography, and taking pictures was the way I kept track of my travels and by every day adventures. When I started doing that by drawing in sketchbooks instead, it only seemed natural that photographs would play a part. They help me to save a scene that I can't finish on site, and they also serve as graphic elements which make my sketchbooks more inclusive in my pages more exciting. I have put a little slide show together to demonstrate for you how photos can entice and inspire and even carry us off two other places in spirit. At least our classes time will focus on all the ways photos can be used as part of our sketchbook art. 2. How Photos Work in Sketchbooks: One thing that we love to dio when we are on a trip somewhere is we love to take photos and no, with their phones in hand, we always have the equipment that's necessary to take a shot of anything that's interesting and photos air, not sketches. And a lot of people are purists, and they're saying Fits a sketchbook, then you're not having any photos from, and some are so purist that they say they won't even sketch from photos. But that's personal choice. I think that in a travel journal, especially interspersing photographs with sketches, is a really important thing. Ah, lot of that is, if you don't, you won't finish your travel journal for about 14 years. Everything can't be sketched in a travel journal, so people will stick in a ticket from something or a napkin from somewhere. And that's all OK, and I think that photos air just like that, and they can add to everything, and they can also give you information that you don't have in just a sketch, so you'll see that in my travel journals. I've got a mix. These air sketched these air little photographs of buildings in the towns that I stopped in . If I had taken the time to draw each of these as a sketch, I would still be doing it right now. Over here. I'm sketching over here. I printed out a photo of the map quest map. Where is going that day? These air sketches. Nothing on this page is a sketch except my little flowers that I took from this picture of the decor at a sleep in which I thought was amazingly cool anyway. And so I drew some of flowers out here. But I wasn't going to try to duplicate what was already really cool. And this up here was it's ah, advertising photograph. And there's no point Am I getting crazy and doing all of that either? So I put a photo in. This is almost all drawing. This is a photo of the sign printed out. I just didn't think it was worth my time. Teoh work all this lettering out perfectly, cause it's not that interesting of a thing. It's mostly they're just to, you know, point out that there was a weird sign on this road again, about from from the map quest that is printed out here I loved this how this motel looks, but I wasn't gonna spend all the time it would take to sketch it and make it look as good as it does in the photos. Likewise, the inside of the room. This brings me right back to what those rooms were like without having you draw it. But I didn't want to draw our walk in the woods. And I did want to draw the Bible on the desk and on on this page over here. We went out to dinner at a lovely restaurant and the photo does much, Uh, it was raining anyway, so you couldn't sit up drop, But the photo doesn't much better job of both the restaurant building and the sign with a little couple Italian couple on it. I'm not going to do justice to that. So you can pick and choose what you think would be best if you drew it And Houston, your travel sketchbook or if you included a picture and you didn't have to dry, the taking of the pictures is really easy. There are seven million photo APS and so editing your pictures are is very easy. And but with a stumbling black has been for everyone for quite some time is about printing the pictures here again. These are all photos on this page. It was raining that lighting was weird. The mood was there, the wet pavement. It was all happening already. How can I do better without right? And here we have my shopping day Travel journal from Sutter Creek, California Again, I drew most of this, but there were little vignettes in this garden shop that I did not want to draw because I liked the photo I took of them better. So in this there's a book cover that is also a photograph. So what is the issue? And using photographs is mostly getting a printed in the right size for you to use them. The whole printing thing with devices, um, has been really strange. Is the tripping point for more photos being used because you can take the photo easily? You can edit the photo with any number of APS. You can show the photo on Instagram or Facebook, but printing the photo that something else is always seems to be this problem or that problem. But the biggest problem is to get the photo to the right size that you need in a sketchbook . So, like, for example, here in here, this was a whole that I had in my drawings. This is all I had left for hit over here. This is all I had left for this book cover. They had to be a certain size. Now you can. There are APS that you can size your photograph, but then you were stuck printing that photograph out a za ones A on a whole page of photo paper, which isn't inexpensive. And so that doesn't work either. And then page layout programs air not easy. And they don't exist on the iPad for the most part. And so we need unanswered to how to get from here to here. We're going to tackle the problem by getting to know a couple of abs with which we can do a lot with our photos and know what we're doing. Size wise. The first sorry to say for everyone who's not an apple head, but is and I've had iPhone only app, but the 2nd 1 is for everybody, and we'll learn how to work with collage in with set page sizes in an app to kind of extrapolate the sizes that we need for our page. And then we can print from the ABS, cut out our pictures and be all set for what we're trying to dio. 3. Sizing Photos with Collage: The first step is to go to the APP store and to search photo, collage maker and printer. And it's this one right here and it's free to download and the ads will drive you nuts and you get maybe, I don't know, 20% of the possible collage formats. And so the price of upgrade for everything is for 99 end. You probably going, I'm going to do it, but it's an in app purchase. So for now, you're just going to one download and open the photo collage maker and printer. There are a lot of collage APS made for the iPad, and they're all nice. And they all make collages that when we're talking about using a collage maker as a tool for our real life sketchbooks were talking about the most important thing being having some control over the size of the photos that we're going to print. And this is the only app that I have found. It will do that when you first open the APP. You may or may not see a grid sitting there, but you will see this bottom part here. These two white boxes that are the width and the height that you want your collage. It may be set on pixel when it's first there, but that's not that useful for us when we're translating to our riel world sketchbooks, and so we're either going to be on centimeters or on inches. And, um, I am doing inches and of the book I use most often is a portrait orientation, and it's a 5.5 inches wide, and it's 8.5 inches tall. And so that's where I'm setting mine. And then I'm gonna have a really good reference in the shape up here of the grid for how it relates to my page of my sketchbook. So after doing that, you want to click this little grid button over here, and when you dio, you're going to get a 1,000,000 choices of different grids, and you don't get a 1,000,000 if you have the free one. But you get way too many if you have this one, and so there is a lot of choice, and it really depends about around the photos that you are doing. And remember, we're not necessarily gonna use this whole collage, as our group of photos were trying to size and print photos to cut out and put wherever we have the spaces on our page. And so we're more interested in looking at the shape of the interior boxes and the size Ah , one that I like very much is, uh, to the left of these full sheet shaped ones here. And it is this one. It's the three on each side format, and that gives us six squares that are a really nice size before our page. That's that size. So that's how you choose your grid, and there's just there's everything here. I mean, you can get ob longs, and you can get really strange shapes, and you can get banner shapes. It really depends if you're doing a landscape. If you're doing a square. Um, it just totally depends on subject matter. Once you have your grid set up, we have some choices you can go. I'm looking for another appointment. You can go to the camera app, and that's going to allow you to take photographs live that will show up in your Grete where you can go over here and you can tap that to access your photo library in my photos up. I've gone to an album of photos from the road trip I took last fall, and I'm going to just go ahead and choose thes top six for the sake of is the nurse. So there's all six of them and done. And now I have them all inserted in this collage. And once photos air in the clause, you can do some manipulating. That's a two finger, uh, reduce and slant. And I don't know why you'd want to do that, but you might want to do that. You can zoom in and like on this one, I'll just go in really close on that on that scene until you close up at the tree. This already is a top is already a, uh, but close up of the one on the right. I won't do anything there, and I think I'm pretty satisfied with that. This would give me when I print it, um, six square photos that are approximately approximately three inches high, not quite to use and to cut out in two years on my sketch book page. If you tap on a single photo of the six, you get these choices. You can throw that photo away with trash right here. You can take a photo with the camera to replace it. You can return to your your photos up and pick a different photo instead. And you can go into this control and this gives you several editing features at the bottom , which is wonderful. You can filter, you can adjust. You can add effects and blur and focus and flip and draw on the photo you can do put taxed on it. This is, I believe, only available in the paid version. But you can pretty much do a lot of what you can do in any photo ap. I'm not going to go into that right now, But, um, once you've done what you've done and you're done and you tap done, you're back where you, uh, where you started. But your photo will have all of those edits. Don't to it. You also have the option to go at this in a more deliver it way and to choose one photo at a time and think about it instead of thinking about six at a time. And you do this by tapping any block and bringing up that choice right here again to go to your camera and take a picture or to go to your photos and choose a picture. And we're going to go to our photos and choose a picture. And we're going to go back to my fall trip and I'm going to choose. Um, I don't know. There's a sculpture that's kind of fun looking and again, you can do a little sizing here if you want. Um, remember that this doesn't matter if there are agree background edges in the collage block because right now we're not using this as a collage. We're using this as a format for getting pictures that we can cut out. So if it to get the height of your thing in and you have left over at the side, you don't care. Now, once you put in a single picture and you tap that picture, you have your choices again of throwing it out of replacing it with a camera shot or a picture from your photos app, or to go into at it and do lots of fun things to it. I'm back to my six photo version again to look at some other grids. Um, possibilities. Once you once you have your photos loaded in it doesn't mean you're stuck with that grid. So we're going to come down here and hit that grid button and get all over choices here and you'll notice that whatever one you tap gives you Ah, a different rendition of the same photographs. And again you can move your photo around inside, whatever the window is, we're going to go back in here and look at some different formats. It would work really well for our sketchbook. There are so many to choose from. It kind of can make you crazy, but, um, you're going to find some favorites. And, uh, some horizontal kinds of things will fit better in that kind of a window, and other others will fit better in a more variety. Kind of Ah, an arrangement. Anyway, up to you with way too many choices to even be able to stand it. If you tap on the claws, you get back to this choice area down here and we're going to go over, and we're gonna tap this background one and too many choices again. And like, what good are they? Well, let's just take a look. Let's try that one. And it just gave us green lines. Graduated green lines right now, So that isn't doing much for us. We can use this slider here, too. Increase the lines of the grid and decrease the size of the photo that shows if that works for you. But the other thing we can dio is weaken Tap on this again on the collage It's off. Go back to grids and come all the way. I think this is paid version only. But come all the way over to this D's with a lot of white in them and do something like like this. And now you have You have a choice here, you can have a group of photos arranged it with a white border around them or without in this or in any of the grid. Four months. You can use this, uh, slider button over here to increase and decrease the size of the photos inside the frame. Some from here, we're going to move on to the actual printing, which is in the next video because this one got too long 4. Printing the Photos: so, up until this point we've been talking about using this collage maker just simply decides photos that we're going to cut out after we print them and put them into our layout on her page. But after we have explored this particular option, it might occur to you that that would make a pretty page all by itself in your sketchbook. In your travel sketchbooks, especially sometimes this is really good, so there are a couple of options for that direction. One of them is to go ahead and print this page in the very same size as your page in your sketchbook and do a process called tipping in Very simply put, you confined that under bookmaking classes, but very simply put, you remove a page from your sketchbook, except for about 1/2 an inch at the spine. And then you cut this new page, or you won't have to cut it if it's got square corners. But if it has round corners, you'll have to round your corners. But you put this new page and by double stick taping at our gluing it to that tab running along the spine, and then it looks just like It's a page in your sketchbook for the back of it, of course, but this is a good option to use a really pretty collage like this, as is in your sketchbook. Now, the other option is that we print it of the size that it can be, uh, glued or taped into your sketchbook with some foundry around the edges. And to do that, we tap our clients to get back to our measurements, and we would change our measurements by whatever border we wanted to be left. So let's say that you wanted 1/2 inch border all the way around. You would take a whole inch off your wit. Here we go, down to 4.5 and a whole inch off our height. We go down to 7.5, and then when we print this entire collage out with the photos, uh, it's going to fit on our page, just like a beautiful big photo in and of itself. So those air both possibilities, and now we're going to need to go on to How do we print at the bottom of the screen? Right here is a printer icon. If you tap that, you get whatever printing resource is you happen to have connected to your iPad. What's coming up for me right now because I'm in my office in the house is that I'm picking up my brother color laser printer, which is on this network. Um, another one I print to is a cannon portable printer. And that's out in the greenhouse. So we're not seeing it here, but, um, this is basically all there is to it. You choose your printer up here. If it's not showing, then you hit the arrow. When you find whatever printer is available and however many copies you want and then you basically just gonna hit this print button, the layout on the page here is interesting enough to show you, although I don't get the logical association. But I'm going to cancel and go to this settings button right here. Where? At the top. Here we have a choice of landscape and portrait play with that because it's I think, according to your printer page set up, I don't know, but it can look strange. And so choose one and look and choose the other. And look, um, until you about what you think you like. I'm going to go back, okay? And back to our print button. And so basically, all you're going to do at this point is you're gonna hit print and get a beautiful print of your photo collage I've print usually to a mat photo paper and not too heavy of a weight. I look for the lightest weight that I can so that I don't bulk my book up too much. But you do want a really nice color and you don't want a lot of fingerprinting, which is why I don't use the gloss. Now, if you don't have a way to print from your iPad, then you can share this collage, and I will show you where that IHS this This is the share button down here. If we hit that, we get the usual share options so that we can airdrop it to our computer for printing. Or however it is that you do it. If you don't do it printing straight out of the iPad here, it might make sense to make a reference chart for yourself. In order to not waste a lot of printing ink, we can go in and we can trash our photos, leaving us with the empty grid with the grand white there, you might want to make a print of this and keep it with the actual dimensions on it. Like each one of these with a pen, you could write the actual dimension of that size and of that size. And keep that around us a reference. And then when you're working in your real life sketchbook and you want a particular size of photo, you're gonna have an idea what is the best grid to use for that? So that pretty much does it. This is how we can take our photos from our iPad or our phone works the same way and use thumb to combine with our sketches in our travel sketchbooks. 5. Using the Canva App: I'm including the Can va AP for the sake of android users because it can be used on both the Iowa's and the Android platform. I'm working on an iPad still, but I believe that it works the same way another tablets, and that's gonna be up to you to find out because I don't have any other tablets. So the first thing is to search for canvas C A N v a. And when it comes up, I have already downloaded it. So I'm gonna get open. You do your download thing to get it onto your, um, unto your device. It is free. It also has a pro version. The free version is confusing enough because there's so much, so much to be done, so many choices. So the free ones gonna work just fine for our purposes. So let's go up here and let's open it and go through whatever they hit you with here, and you should come up with a page like this. What we want to look at is page size, and that's these choices running along here. There's also custom dimensions, and so we could set our exact journal page like we did in the other app. But, uh, we can also do something here, which is to choose a size like here is a flyer eight. Now, by 11. That suits the D paper that's going to go through our printer. Oh, there's a flyer that's vertical. And eight now by 11. And then if you go through here, there is also a brochure which is right here, which is 11 by it in half. So this represents pretty much a spread in our sketchbook. There's still another choice, which is announcement, um, which is five by seven inches. So that really is a single sketch book page in the size we're working in. I was thumb borders around it for our purposes. Right now, I'm to go back, and I'm going to get the brochure. And what's gonna happen is that a blank page is gonna open up and a whole panel of template choices on the love, and we're gonna ignore that. Although you might go and look into it for other projects. We're more interested in printing out photos that are gonna work on our sketch book page or spread. So we're going to stay blank here, and we're going to out of photo up here is something that says photos, but it's confusing because what it goes to is stock photos of theirs. So we want to go to our camera roll, which is right here, and I'm just going to choose any old thing here. And I tapped it to get it to show up on the page. And then you can get rid of that panel by hitting that little tab, uh, and having it go away so it doesn't confuse you. So here is my photo. It's strange looking because I ran through a, um, watercolor. AP was kind of need, but at the size right now, if I pulled us around, it would take up. They're almost a whole page in my 8.5 by five sketchbook. That might be something I want. It might not be, um, I can resize by pulling the handles and getting it any size I want. Except I can't know the size because there's no ruler, um, feature, but so is a guessing game. But I mean, we can guess pretty well where artists we We see space pretty well. So, um, weaken size bring in photos and size them and make an entire page to print, um, and not waste photo paper. And then we cut the mountain, used them in our sketchbook where they go. You can also print out something. I'm playing copy paper. When you get this done, and then take the actual measurements and, you know, adjust a little bit, like if that's if this is a little bit too big for where it needs to go, then you can come back in, and I know that you got to make it just a little bit smaller. The dam is just all intuition and guessing games. While a photo is selected like it is here, there are different things that you can do to it. You can do it. Fax and filters and the adjust right here. Get you a, um, a light adjustment thing. Um, you know, exposure and brightness and contrast and saturation and all the exaggeration would give me a brighter color on out if I liked it. I do like the vignette feature at the bottom here because it gives you kind of a nice look on a photo. A crop up here, you can do a lot of different things with it and one of those. I mean, you can pull the handles in obviously and get just a part of a picture. But you can also pull it out, pull the photo out of the frame there and get just a part of your picture that way. Tap off the photo and you'll be left. With that result, you can duplicate the photo you can. The position I didn't find to be something that was very useful over here. Um, and you can adjust the transparency of the photo and you can under position. I think it is here. You can send something backwards and forward if you have more than one photo. So, in other words, if I had another photo which I'm not gonna bother to go on get. But I'm going to duplicate this one. And you had you wanted one photo in front of another and maybe you wanted to take back the transparency or the the opacity of the front won. So the other one showed through. You can do that kind of thing, But basically as faras making collages, you only have two choices. One of them is to find one of their templates that you, I think, looks good and suits your purposes. Believe me, there's so many to look at here. Um, and you can replace the photos in one of their templates with your photos. So the printing process here is also different. Close that tab again. Basically, you download when you get your page done, you download here and it prepares your design and ask you to start buying their expensive one. But, um, then it gives you your saved your design. So now you go back to your photos when you will see the most recent photo is your save designed from there from the photos APP, You can always print, um under the share button and go this way sometimes here we go print. And there again, like in the other app. There's my print box. There's the printer that happens to be on this network, and I would print out this page, and I would cut out the photos and use them for my purposes in my travel sketchbook. So this, uh, concludes can va and includes everyone whether you have apple devices or other ones. And now we can go forward and use some photos in some photo projects. 6. Sketching From & With Photos: So now we've learned enough that we have total control over the photos we take with our phone and what we can do with them in our sketchbooks, because we have those Tuapse to help us to get them in the right size and the right shape to use. So how do we use photos in a sketchbook? There are just so many ways, but the most obvious one is to use a photo to sketch from now. You may or may not include the photo. I'm going to show you some pages where I do include the photo because I like that kind of a page. You can see the difference. Sketching from a photo is a nice thing. A lot of people say it doesn't have the right life or dab three thing. Some of that's a good thing. It'll hold still for you. It allows you to measure things for proportion purposes. It also simplifies the look of a thing, and it's hard to put into words. But, ah, flat glass is easier to see where the shapes and the colors and everything are than a real life one. Now, when you're working in a sketchbook, sometimes you want easy you don't want. Although I really believe in finished art in a sketchbook, you want a simpler thing than an oil painting in a museum. So this isn't This is an example. It's a perfect example of a very simple thing. I was add a wonderful gathering with my God daughter and two my God daughter's and my mom, and it was a long time ago, but I can remember very well sitting here and sketching this. I don't know if it was a mimosa or what it waas, but it was so much easier to finish later, when I had the photo and put the photo in the book, all I did on site was just idea that I was going to do it and I did a pencil sketch. But working from the photo, I was able to finish a simple sketch. This is less less simple by far. Actually, this is a book I started in February of 2018 and I was purging things nice things, not junk. And so, as I was saying goodbye to them, I was sketching them in this book and working from a photo made that a whole lot easier, even though the thing was here in real life, working from a photo just allowed me to to measure into to just approach it more simply, Here's another example of how to use a photo and sketch from a photo. Um, I could have done this sketch from this napkin, and there was something about I started that way. And then there was something about it that I wanted the napkin in here in the napkins, kind of wrinkly. It came from a gathering of ah creative sisterhood group that I belong to at that time. And it was, it's thick and it just made a mess. When I run to keep it in the book. I didn't know how it glued in there and make the book fat. So what I do? I took a photo of it, and I printed the photo, and I was able to put the napkin in with the sketch of the napkin, and I could work from either one of them. I, um, not sure. I think I worked from the rial napkin and added it later, but it makes a really need page with the two of them there together. So here's a step beyond just taking a picture and sketching from it. For whatever reasons, um, a picture could be the inspiration for something. So these were a couple of awesome blockages chair sculptures by my friend Melinda Morrison , and I saw them on a studio tour, and I asked her if I could take photos of them. And she said yes. And I was just intrigued that there was a bird on each chair and, ah, the bird's nest here in the water color palette and the dish of water to stall. The concept spoke to me, but I didn't turn up that I wanted to draw exactly that. I wanted to make my version. And so I drew only one share in one big pallet and a lot of birds around the palette there on hair. And there's a nest on the palate, and there's a nest down here and a couple more birds here, where the water's dripping from my from the brush. My picture doesn't really look at all like either one of Melinda's sculptures, however. Those pictures air here because they were the birthplace of the idea for this page, and that's a really neat thing to do when you're sketching from pictures. So your first photo project for your travel sketchbook or any sketchbook is to do a page that somehow combines a photo that you sketch from with the sketch that you made from it. If you're not practiced withdrawing it, be a good idea to go around your house and to find a really simple thing and something that you feel like. Why congrats that, like that's just shaped like a roll of toilet paper like we already drew and take a picture of it and try to isolate it in the picture, not have a lot of other stuff because you want to use it on your page and then goto a page in your sketchbook and draw a picture of the thing in the photo and then put them both on the page so that, uh, and then uploaded to the project section so we can all see how you responded to this step in our process. 7. Tipping In a Full Page Photo: project number to something that I mentioned in one of the app lessons. And that's called a tip in page. And what you're doing is you are allowing a photograph that you take to be a whole page in your sketchbook. I'm going to just show you how these look and how they're done, and then if you do it or not And, um, how you do it is gonna be up to you. But the basic thing that I always stood was I used double sided photo paper. If you can't find any, um, I think they still make it. I used to buy it from Staples, but there are a lot of digital printing paper companies online. And so search for a matte finish, double sided photo paper, and you're probably found it. Find it. So obviously I had to size my photos to be the size of my page. And then I The tricky part honestly, was to place them on the page. You want you want to have some wiggle room, place him on the page to be printed eso that they'll print back to back that honestly was the trickiest part of all, and the only way that I came close to doing it was to leave extra border space and to center it on the page to be printed. And that way I had the best chance. I've run it through once and run it through twice, and it can land in the same place so that you have a two sided photo. Now. Then you trim it to the size, the image You've already gotten sized, but, um, the print out you term to the to the size of the page of your book. This is another five by five by a It's not five by five. Another 5.5 by 8.5. Um, book. It's not the same one we were using before, but it is that same size. So one of the pages got cut out with an Exacto knife in a ruler, so it didn't want to chew it off. But I got I put a cutting mount underneath, and I just did a lovely cut, and I left about 5/8 of the of the, uh, page, the original page out the spine, so that would continue to be bound in there. And so then you have your choice. In this case, you have a to side of photo. You have your choice about which side is going to suffer the tab Service speak. Which side will be hurt less. But it will between these two. It was obvious because over here I had just plain background I could work with. And over here I had a whole lot of detail, and I just loved how that sky looked. So this side was the one that got put double stick tape put on the top of the tab. And over here I had to make the tab. Work with it and you can leave the tab plane, and you can write some journaling along there. Something about the photo. That's an easy way to do it. But I have another sample here where I got more fancy. This is an old school building and so creepy and cool. It's the old ruin. Uh, not far from Santa Fe here. And I the other side of this, I have a beautiful tree, and so I didn't want to mess with that photo, as you can see. So that photo went on top of the tab, so that it could be whole. And then the other side, I had the tab to work. Within this time, I extended the photo to the tab, and it doesn't. It's not a dead match is, but it's still kind of nice to look at because it kind of echoes the photograph. Now you can do single sided print and you can put it on the front side of your tab, and that will be fine. And when you turn it over depends on the paper that you have used, Um, art papers that are to be printed on do not have anything on the back and in fact, are pretty nice to draw on and paint on. If you used Kodak photo paper, you've got a big bunch of Kodak logo and it have to deal with, and you might want to, I don't know. I don't know. Um, you might want to put a whole nother page and and suffer the thickness just to not have that situation going on anyway. Tip in pages are just really a nice surprise in a sketch board because you're going along and you just don't expect that you don't expect the whole page to be an image. So Project number two tri tip in in your book do a lot of testing and playing first before you before you actually do the deed and get the lay of the land. But it's a great sketch booking trick. 8. Extending a Photo Onto Your Page: and speaking off, continuing the photo art onto the page as we did with that one tip in page. This is a very fun thing to do to, and you can try it for your project three. Ah, here. I had a photo. This was a nice lunch I had with a friend. I had a photo where the table was a wire mesh and it got cut it off right there. And I thought it might tie my page together into this other blue door If I were to take blue pen and to continue the grid. I didn't do a great job of it there, but it did the trick. It continued this onto the page, made it a part of the page and tied into the blue. In the next photo, I did it again. Up in this corner, all of this rust colored red pedal here that is all done with watercolor pencil on the page . The actual photo is a sunflower that was made arrested, mental, and I took a picture of it, and I actually cut it out and then drew the pedals further out in the colored pencil to match the kind of the red that was in the middle. But down here I left the photo hole. But I picked up the motif of the two flowers and drew that next to it, making that harmonize. So using a photo and bringing it out of the photo onto the page is a really interesting creative thing to Dio. 9. Sketching with Cut Photos: as I showed you with rusted metal, some flour cutting. Cutting out photos is an art form to it can be really interesting. You can, of course, do the collage thing that we talked about and get partial photos in interesting shapes that you can use almost like people use washi tape or whenever. For borders. You can crop in for just the interesting part. And this was some stars bus. I have no idea who. Um, but the stars were very cool. So that was all I wanted of that. This was this sign. I loved the words, but it had kind of a creepy beat up frames. So that's gone. This pay for parking sign is completely cut out. There was all kinds of stuff in the background, and so I took the whole thing out, including a little bubble at the top of the pole, and put that shape in in this pay phone, which is a real relic. Um, I cut the entire shape out of the photos so that there would be no background, and I would just have this. The idea of cutting things out of your photos can be used as a a great design element on this spread was about a book I read is called Self Storage. And it was just a really need book about a gal who made her living by buying the, you know, storage unit contents. And but she paid the most ever for a nem empty one that just had a box. Um, just the word Yes, in it. So the whole idea that came out of the book was that anything that you should do, ask yourself the question. Would it make you say yes, we allowed, and if so, then you do it. So I was on a trip and I decided I needed to find some letters for my wall that said yes. And I did. I found them and they were wood, and they were about 1/2 an inch thick. And they were big. And so I couldn't really put him in here anyway, that I may have to go in the while anyhow. So what I did, I took a photograph, and they're so big that they had to be several photographs, but I sized them to be their size in real life, and I cut them out, and then I cut out. Photo is what I could arrange on the page here and here and here. I could even overlap thus onto the photo that I have of the cover of the book there. And I got the whole look that I wanted of my riel letters in their riel colors in their rial size. But they could still go on the wall because what's in here is a photographic representation . And it was also a really good device for my layout of my page. I stick this here and that. Their my little sketch of the story, June. It fit right there. And the whole thing I thought was just a big success. Now, this page was a planned for cut out situation. And so our little project to go with this idea is also going to be planned for Sometimes you see a thing and interesting interesting thing. And maybe it's got to do with the story of your life right now. This is really interesting because you can't get these, of course. And I part of my staying at home has been cleaning Cem pantries and closets and guess what I found? It must have. They must have been Oh, my gosh there, years old. But they were viable. They were still wet. And we've been using him toe wash off our grocery packages when we get home. But anyway, you don't have to choose something like this. But the idea is that sometimes you find something and you'd like to sketch it, and then you look at a part of it that is really intimidating, like all this lettering and all these angles in the logo itself. Now, some people could just sit down and sketch this stuff like it's a piece of cake. I'm not one of them. It would take me just a really, really long time. And yet they love the idea of sketching this. So what I did was I took a picture of it against the most simple background that I could. So it would be very easy to cut out what I needed to cut out. I sized the picture for about how big I would like it on my page, cause I'm gonna put some story with it. And then I printed it two times. One time is going to be to cut out one time is going to be my reference so that I can tell how to draw the rest of it. So far, I very neatly cut out the part of the photo that I don't want to draw. And I put double stick tape on the back and I stuck it on my page as straight as I could, which is I'm looking at this. It's not that straight. That's okay. A little bit of wonky. I'm not gonna die from now. All they have to do is draw the rest of it. You notice right away. It sure looks like a roll of paper towels already, doesn't it? And putting that bottom on is gonna be really easy and putting the top. And here is the thing that we have the the wipes sticking out. And I did that on purpose, so it makes him more interesting sketch. But when we're sketching out, we're gonna pretend that it isn't, and we're going to go ahead and draw that entire oval and that entire oval that's back there, which is the same size. Is this fun? Because it's the cover, and so am and these are gonna be parallel lines. This is gonna parallel the curve there. This is going to parallel the curve here and then we will work on putting our wipe in after we've got the part we know how to do. Done. Let's look at what's going on so far. So I have my white at the bottom and my white up here above the label. This is gonna be my blue top. This guy. I made a little hole there. I put the cover on and you can tell by the race remarks that I had the hardest time with that because I it's not the same oval because the angle is more up. And so it's rounder. But I don't think it matters because that could be in any position, so nobody's going to call you wrong. But anyway, here is my basic structure. And then the next thing I'm gonna do is come out of here and construct my wipe, and I'm gonna not be as crazy as they are here. I'm going to just mek some simple, simple folds and I'll be back to show you that in a minute. So here we are. I didn't follow my photo exactly here, except for the general shape I came up like that with my one parentheses, my ark there I always think of them as parentheses. It's a lot easier to draw them. And then from the end of it, I just meant s Kirby over here and from each of those curves brought back a full of line, this one because of the way the curve wasn't needed to show a little bit of the back of it . And then I also I broke it in there. But I also put kind of matching wrinkle lines as it comes out of the can, because that's gonna happen. And then I was careful about making sure an enough of it down here, so I didn't have to deal with any more of that Top that lid because that lived was a real pain. And so now I think, shape wise and everything, I'm pretty much there. I'm gonna Inc it in and I will use are kind of ah shading wash kind of process, um, from the toilet paper rule and paper towels to do the white areas and then the lifting method, the darker color application for the turquoise parts. And I'll show you the finished product. So here's my finished piece and I have to say, I really like it. There's something about the hybrid deal that is just really fine. It's like I didn't have to draw all those complicated things and you know where this really comes in handy and we'll see in our future classes. But when you do a recipe and you're using brand names, this comes in really handy. You don't have to have all those hours of duplicating logos and everything. In hindsight, I would have edited my photo to bring those whites up. The beauty of this is that that's a photo I could either if I have it down with replaceable adhesive, which I happen, Teoh, Um, I could replace it. I could also do a an edited print with riel white lettering and come in and just cut it out and put it right over the top of that because these are all the same size. So I know that I could do a matchup. So I hope I'm gonna add more to my page and I'll be putting it in the project section. But, um, and you don't have to go and choose Clorox wipes but choose something fun. Maybe from the pantry or just something, Maybe a vase of flowers where you love that vase and you would like to sketch it. But you sure don't want to do all those flowers or the other way around and you just work with your photo and you just cut out the part you don't want to do when you're drawing the rest of it. It works, so just dandy. 10. Photojournalism: I'm sure most everyone has heard the term photojournalism. And yes, it is just one word. No space between. And it refers to the process used mostly in magazines. Um, online now. Kind of a lot, too, but it's telling a story or reporting a story, using images more than the words and putting them in a sequence and having a beginning and having an end and having a whole story. And so our final project for our photos in sketch booking class will be to create a story using a series of photos. And it will be challenging because you have to do it at home during this period of time so it can be how to with steps that you take pictures of each step. It can be that you wander your property in search of an adventure of some kind, is probably going to be dogs, cats or birds. Tell the story of a day in the life of one of your pets. Um, I chose what is going on outside in the garden. What's going on outside in my garden in mid April as I am recording. This is new growth. We have winters here in Santa Fe cause were 7000 feet near. And so things die away and things come back. And one of the most exciting things in my life every year is to go and remove the dead leaves and the mulch and the leftover twigs and so on and see the new little sprouts, new growth coming out of the ground or coming out of the branches on my shrubs. So what I did, I took my iPhone camera out into the garden and I walked around and I took close up faux knows, which is so great that you can do that so easily with your camera devices, as opposed Teoh a riel old fashioned, I guess. Camera. But anyway, I just walked around and I took close ups of where I found new growth. And I have a really great tip for you and doing this kind of thing, and I'm gonna use that photo to show you, instead of trying to take these pictures against a really busy background of twigs and leaves in whatever in the garden. What I do is I take a piece of I use fun foam. You can use white card stock or or white paper as long as there isn't too much glare coming off of it. Some papers just actually reflect too much light and get in the way of the exposure on your camera. But, um, this is a piece of you get 12 by 18 piece of this fund film and a craft store if you could go toe one now, but you might have something like this around, um, and it's it's stiff enough that you can hold it with one hand while you shoot with your other hand and you just put it behind what you want to isolate, and then you take a photo of it, and I learned something recently, and I'm so embarrassed that I didn't know it. But I am not a selfie taker by far, and I just learned how to use the up volume button on my iPhone to take one handed photos. I know, I know I've had an iPhone since there was an iPhone, but somehow I missed that memo, and I have been using two hands to take all my close up photos. And that's not an easy thing when you think about it and you can't do a trick like backgrounding like this. The next thing I did was I gathered all of the photos of the new growth into one album, and I called it new Growth and so that I could study them and think about them and look at the shape of them and try to imagine how it might be a neither a sketchbook page or a sketchbook spread to tell a new growth story. And looking at it this way, I can see that the most things that I have going on how to do with my white lilac Bush the most story here is about the white lilac bush. So having made the decision about the white lilac, the next thing to Dio would be to, uh, select everything that wasn't that and take it out of this album's that didn't delete the photos, of course. And now I can just I can look at these, um, as a group, and it starts to be easier to picture. What I am going to look to do is use photos to tell the story, pick something to actually sketch as I think this through, Think too much about it. Actually, I I'm going to choose to go to the can va AP and have a more free approach to this on what Either would be 1/2 of a row, single page or a full spread. Um, I can do some cropping there, and that is great, but I don't feel I can find a collage grid, Um, in our first app that can work with these shapes that I've got. Anyway, I am going to go to look for our, um, brochure page. And now, if you remember, that's the 8.5 by 11 paged, and it's on its side, and it's going to represent for I know how this and I'm picturing in my imagination that my summer line, my spine is right here. And so I'm going to bring these photos in and try to move them around and full with, um, there is an access to albums, another little short coming, and I did I find here, but it's OK because I think I can find most of the photos I need, so that's one of them, and I'm just gonna make them smaller for the moment as they come in so I can get them on the page. Okay. I think that's pretty much all that I'm gonna play with. So I'm gonna get rid of that town. So this has taken me a month of Tuesdays, and, um, you don't have to get as carried away as I do. I do have a very long history in graphic design, and so I get stuck in there with the perfection of everything. So what I did here, I'll explain it to you. Um, but you can feel free to just have any kind of linear arrange, man. You can have a step by step with all your photos the same size, whatever floats your boat. I threw things away. I resized on my re crapped. Um, I rearranged them. I got excited about, um, about the two pieces on the right here. My pointer doesn't seem to want to work now, so we're gonna forget about that on the right. Instead of using the one photo of the the whole branch with both sets of of buds, I decided I would use the to blow ups instead. And I, uh e I separated them as if they were the whole photo, but it's just more interesting to me because I'd lined the stems up in size that everything was more interesting to me because it jumps the jumps of the space. I wanted the model. That was the beginning of the new growth. And then the new growth kind of exploded in this photo to the left without, and I thought that would be a I'm going from right to our yeah, right to left instead of left to right in this. But I think it's OK. All the directions work. And so that is what exploded from the buds on that branch and then on the left side will be I'll decide later whether I want to sketch that which I really am feeling like I want to dio and, um or if I if I just keep it in the photo journalistic story the way it ISS because it's obviously a close up of of what's to come. And I left a blank space so that I could put a little information about the plant, and I fooled around with the text tool in can va hair and got myself a little title. I may, or I may not hang on to that I could absent. I'm drawing what's on that page. Supposedly, um, I could have the printout photo of the type. So anyway, this is the idea. It's not what you have to duplicate. You can do your own idea, but I just wanted you to see what can be done in a sketchbook spread using photos to tell the story of something even when we're staying home. And we don't have that many stories of something that is probably gonna be The biggest push on this project is to find something Teoh make your story about. But when you do, please share with us by uploading to the project section. And I will be sure to look at and comment on everything I see there. And I hope that you have ah, whole new idea of the creative possibilities of using your phone to take pictures as you document your life and of using those pictures as a part of your sketching process in your sketchbook. Even though those two things seem very different, they're not their pictures. And we can use pictures to make are illustrated stories of our life, lives wonderful