Mr. Bean Goes Digital!

This graphite drawing (see – I really do finish everything, eventually!) is based on a paper collage by Matisse, of an alien musician shaped like a kidney bean (obviously my own interpretation). The translation from collage to drawing was fun, but it still didn’t seem finished.

So, I used soft grades of pencils to add a few cast shadows. Then, I scanned my drawing into Photoshop and the real fun began! Without losing any of the wonderful textures of graphite on medium-tooth paper, I played with Photoshop tools and ended up with this hybrid, graphite-digital drawing.

Tip! All visual artists need to become familiar with Photoshop (or a similar product). While I can’t imagine ever abandoning the smell, feel, and appearance of traditional mediums, digital is here to stay (for the next 50 years or so anyway) (grin). A good quality scanner or digital camera is also invaluable for translating traditional works to digital. 


About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

2 Responses to Mr. Bean Goes Digital!

  1. Cortney says:

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  2. Thank you Cortney! :o)


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