How to prepare a sketch for painting

So your design portfolio is full of brilliant pencil drawings and now you now want to inject a bit of colour to your illustrations using paint. So how to start? Traditionally, a drawing would be created on tracing paper before being retraced onto the desired painting surface, using carbon/transfer paper. This could take between two and six hours, just to be ready to paint.

Nowadays, with a scanner and printer, you can print on almost any surface and be ready to paint in just a few minutes. I use Epson's 4880 Ultrachrome archival printer. These prints can be submerged in water and no bleeding occurs.

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Terese Nielsen is a freelance fantasy artist and illustrator.