Another Moth-eaten Sweater


I did this drawing using a Tombow acid-free black brush pen. I also tried with several real brushes with ink, but the brush-pen was so much easier. I’ve been practicing drawing with a brush and watercolors lately because I love this guy’s style, and he draws a new cartoon everyday!

Just out of curiosity, what do you like better – crisp computer lines or hand-drawn brush lines?


And stay tuned for the next episode of the Moth-Eaten Chronicles….

27 thoughts on “Another Moth-eaten Sweater”

  1. Hi Sara,
    Thanks for visiting. I loved looking at your studio on flickr, it’s amazing! Is it the one that’s going to be on the cover of the Paper Cloth Scissors Studio edition? I think mine will be inside for one of the features.

    I haven’t had a chance to comment on any of your photos or blog yet, you’re so prolific!

    Thanks for the tip on the moth holes. Now I have another excuse to buy an embellisher! the cost is low compared to the clothes I’m going to have to throw away!

  2. Hi Pam,
    I found your blog and want to tell you how much I like your art. I saw you in the CD of Quilting Arts TV.
    I also like the computer drawn lines. But I don’t know what you would do with the other ones! perhaps it would look great too or even greater if you have a special clue how to do it! (I kind of waggle at it!).
    This nice picture remember me to give a tip on moth holes, you just need to run lightly the embellisher (eventually with a little bit of wool roving) from the back over them and they disappear!!
    I will often visit your blog!

  3. Thanks for all the input!
    I don’t use a computer tracing program. I sketch with a pen or brush, scan it, and then draw on top of it with my wacom tablet. That way I have control over the whole process.

    You can get some great effects though using Live Trace. It’s fun to play with.

  4. This is a fabulous look at the same work in two different formats. I like elements of both. I certainly have had enough of computer graphics in every genre (fabric, art, wallpaper, …), things that are just too perfect! It’s certainly why I prefer the first, I can see your artist’s hand, the varying width of the lines makes it come alive. I like the second because the colors are extremely saturated, especially the blacks. When I study Estes’ cartoons he’s very good at calibrating the black (or computer enhancing it!) and it works.

    I’m curious if you’re using Live Trace with Illustrator to generate the second version. My daughter is having very good results with scanning her drawings so she can color them but still preserving the character of her hand.

  5. Thanks Judy, astute observation. Even when I convert my drawings to computer lines, I do try to preserve the original gestures and spontaneity.

  6. I think the hand-drawn is interesting, but I prefer the crisp computer lines. I think because it is more what I expect of your style. For what it’s worth. 🙂

  7. I find the hand drawn image because it seems more ‘alive’ to me. The computer generated image is so static I am not drawn to it. A loopity-loop moth would add even more humor.

  8. I have to say I like the first one better. Not sure if that’s the clean puter or the hand drawn. I like the emphasis of the lines in the first one, it stands out more.

  9. My vote is for the hand drawn. It looks more artistic to me…like Jacque said ‘shows the hand of the artist’! It also makes the focal pieces of the compostion pop out a bit more and appear more prominent.

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