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:ARTIST RANT: I have the overwhelming urge to beat the living daylights out of my scanner.. I really do. I love the how the details came out once I finished the painting but like many of my pieces, I have to scan it in pieces. By themselves they looked fine but one I put the pieces together on the computer, it looks like there's this dividing line straight down the middle. Unfortunately the photo I took of the piece while it was matted and framed makes the painting look much darker then it is. Curse you technology! :RANT END:

Anyways I wanted to do something along the lines as my piece Vintage [link] but move it up a decade or two. This is based off of the old Air Force posters from WW2 where there is a plane and a pin up girl involved.

Materials Used:
watercolors
watercolor paper (11x14 inches)

Car - 1932 Packard Standard 8 Coupe/Roadster Model 902
Pin Up Girl - Varga Girl by Alberto Vargas
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wetdryvac Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
For what it's worth, a couple things can help. The most obvious is a larger scanner deck, which I thought was never going to come down into my price range. Turns out Brother manufactured a printer/fax/scanner machine, model MFC-6490 CW, that handles sheets up to 11.something by 16.75 inches. It has a lot of quirks: Noisy, cheap, plastic, bugger-all expensive on ink if you actually use it for printing, can't sheet feed sanely despite having a sheet feeder... but I got it new for about $169, which was about $1000 less than I expected to pay for that size deck, and after level correction for spot-high yellow, it produces sane scans.

The other fix (involving either gimp or photoshop) is to bring in your half-images into your primary document with about 1000 pixel (assuming 10000 pixel width) overlap. Set one transparent 50%, maneuver it to pixel-for-pixel overlay, and drag a rule to the horizontal split. Nab your eraser set to 500px gausian erase, set it to snap to rule, set it in the foreground layer, and drag down the rule - instant soft, often indistinguishable edges. Even with a large scanner deck I find myself doing that a lot.
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DawnstarW Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Think my best option would be trying to find a scanner with a larger bed. Mine's with only a 9x12 inch bed and lately I've been working on 11x14 inch pieces. Thanks for your suggestion and info though! I'll keep a note of it. ^_^
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wetdryvac Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
*nods*

The specific scanner I use appears to have come down below $169 now - I'm seeing it on the shopping search at Google for $149.99.

Horrible long link follows: [link]

*shrugs*

I can't say good things about it as a printer, but as a single sheet (sheet feeder is crap) scanning unit, it's lovely.
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Tsukashi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I completely agree with your rant! I like working on big papers but scanners are just way. too. small.
srsly-what does an artist have to do to get a giant one?
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:icondawnstarw:
DawnstarW Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
For anything that's larger then the standard 9x12 inch bed, I would have to order it online and it would end up being an industrial one. >.< you can only imagine the price for those.
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:icontsukashi:
Tsukashi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh geeze-probably way more than any artist ever has...ever
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:icondawnstarw:
DawnstarW Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah probably >.<
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CurryReis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
I can see how you would be pretty annoyed with technology, I probably would be too if something like that happened to me, but if it counts for anything, I like it that way too, it looks a bit as if it were out of a magazine or something :)
Great artwork by the way, love it!
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DawnstarW Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You know I never thought about that so it makes me feel just a little better. Would have been happier if there wasn't such a huge difference between one side and the other. In person it looks great though.
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