a series of questions How do people create their artwork to s decent quality that can be reduced to a useable size? What programmes do you use?- just one like PSE or a combination? How do you get the colours to remain vibrant? are there any recommendations as to decal paper?
I do have a friend who is in the printing trade who has an ink jet, but I don't want to go cap in hand completely ignorant of the process. Unfortunately, I (as we all have) have been spoiled by the quality of LBM. I harbour a fantasy of being able to get close to that level, but perhaps that is unrealistic. The darn thing too, is that I cannot identify the decal paper Steve uses. I have asked him a few questions already and don't want to be seen as a rival-these will be for my own use.
So folk, has anyone been able to produce decent artwork independent of sophisticated equipment(and arcane knowledge)and could you share some secrets?
For the pavaises, recessed heater shields with metal rims and the simplest flat shields for my Communal Italians I followed Eric Donaldson’s lead and just laser printed MSpaint derived designs onto the thinnest printer paper Ai could find and then cut them out with a scalpel and wood glued them in place. Simple yet effective especially after the edges are “painted in” to ensure a nice finished product. However, more complex and curved shields did need to be free handed in a similar style so not all plain sailing.
I have two sets of shields one is flat and round, the other is home-made and convex so whatever medium I use has got to be thin to follow curves. My other scheme is to create decals for Chariot sides and front. The problem here is rather about getting the shape correct to cover the whole or simply going with small emblems that I can place anywhere. On top of everything is my desire to get the images crisp and bright. Where can I find Eric Donaldsons examples? Cheers