It's safe to say that I have been well and truly bitten by the colourising bug! At the moment I have a number of different photos on the go but each one is a deliberate choice to force me to learn new skills or work on specific processes. This photo is by far the most detailed and complex I've worked on so far. The shear amount of detail in this photo by Dorothea Lang is incredible and only really noticable when you zoom right in. Part of the challenge of this photo was all the signs on the shop as rather than just use colours I chose I wanted to make sure I used the actual colours that the signs used which meant researching every single one and trying to find a colour photo of each. Whilst I wasn't able to find an exact match for every sign for those that I didn't I did find similar signs which all used roughly the same colours.
I do have to say that if it wasn't for my new Huion H610 graphics tablet this photo would have been near impossible to have coloured and certainly not to the level of detail I managed to achieve.
You can view my full size colour conversion below.
Recently I've got more and more into colourising old black and white photos using Photoshop but have often found that using a mouse is quite cumbersome when it comes to making fine selections and 'painting' accurately. The obvious solution was to use a graphics tablet but which one? In the past, many years ago, I've owned two graphics tablets but never liked either of them. The first was a basic one, I think made my Trust but it was quite frankly rubbish and no better than using a mouse. This was partly due to the pen being very 'unpenlike' and unwieldy, partly due to the fact that the surface of the tablet was very shiny and so the pen just slipped over it and partly because it offered no varying levels of pressure, it was just on or off.
The second one I owned was a Wacom one. Now Wacom undoubtedly make some of the best graphic tablets going but they also cost a lot of money. Whilst this tablet was much better than the Trust one it was also tiny, so tiny that it was very hard to use accurately. With it being nearly 10 years since I last used a graphics tablet, how much had the technology come on and were Wacom still pretty much the old brand you should consider?