A photo of Winston Churchill and his daughter Mary Soames that I colorized.

2 months ago 8 notes

I decided to color an old cartoon this time. It is Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie, oftentimes thought of as the character’s first appearance, although he had actually appeared months earlier in a test screening of Plane Crazy.

4 months ago 1 note

I colorized this image I found here.  It is said to be Mary Carlisle in 1932.  I tried to find more information about it, but I didn’t see anything else.  In the second image, only Mary and the chair she is sitting in are colored.  The entire image is colored in the third picture, and the fourth one is just filtered a little differently with a slight vignette added around the edges.

5 months ago 1 note

Just something I colored quickly and then added a cross process filter to it.  This “car” is the "Bee" made by Curtis-Wright.  It was a prototype car from the 50’s that hovered.  

5 months ago 2 notes

Another sketch of the old Confederate Arsenal I colored for the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville, NC.  This one and one of the other ones I colored have been added to the museum’s website.

5 months ago

I colored another sketch of the old Confederate arsenal in Fayetteville, NC for the Museum of the Cape Fear.  You can see the first one I did here.  I made this one a little brighter by coloring some green into the trees and bushes.  The bushes were hard to do though, because the the bush and the bush’s shadow sort of blend together.  So I just sort of guessed with where the green should be.

6 months ago

This photo was also colored for the Museum of the Cape Fear.  The photo depicts two servants who worked for the Poe family and one of the daughters of E.A. Poe.  Because it is a low quality photo, some portions of the photo were hard to color because I wasn’t sure what I was looking at.  For instance, I couldn’t tell for sure if the servant on the left was holding something in her right hand or if what I thought she was holding was actually part of the wood from the deck in the background.  The tree on the other side of the fence was hard to color too because it was hard to tell what was part of the tree and what was part of a crease in the photo.  

On the other hand though, it actually wasn’t all that difficult to color.  Because of the poor quality of the photo, I didn’t have to pay as much attention to detail as I usually do because the details aren’t that clear anyway.  Usually the most difficult and time consuming part of coloring a photo is trying to “stay in the lines” while coloring it, but the “lines” here were so fuzzy that I didn’t have to worry about that as much.

After coloring, I also used a filter on Ribbet.com (I think the filter was called Fiji) that I thought gave it a more vintage colored look.  I also did another version where I faded the colors out a bit.

8 months ago 1 note

Another colorized photo of Elizabeth Poe.

8 months ago

Another photo I colorized for the museum near my home.  I “boosted” the colors a bit in the second version.  The girl in the photo is named Elizabeth Poe and was the son a local businessman in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s who live in a large Victorian style home that was later donated to the museum next door.

8 months ago

This is a photograph I colored for the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville, NC.  This photo colorization went through several stages.  I’m used to coloring black and white (greyscale) photos, but this one is a sepia toned photo and it took some trial and error to get the colors looking like I wanted them too.  The first photo is the original and the second photo is what it looked like after I colored it (color splash style, I only colored the girls, not the background).  I thought there was a little too much contrast between the girls and the background though, so in the third one I added a blue tinted cross process filter to the entire photo.  I thought giving the girls and the background a common element with the cross process filter lessened the contrast between the two.  In the final one, I faded the girls out a little bit more to give it a more vintage color look.  I also removed Hilda Poe’s name from the photo.  Hilda Poe was one of the daughters a local businessman named Edgar Allan Poe (not the famous author) who owned a nice home that was eventually donated to the state and is now a part of the Museum of the Cape Fear complex.  See photos of the Poe house here.

8 months ago

This is a drawing I colored for the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville, NC.  The drawing depicts the old Confederate arsenal which is now part of the museum complex.  Coloring this was different from what I’m used to in that it is a drawing instead of a photograph.  The main difference is that old black and white photographs are actually in greyscale, not true black and white.  This drawing, on the other hand, is more like a true black and white.   The tinting method I use to add color to photos essentially just changes shades of gray into the corresponding color I’m using.  Solid black looks like solid black though, even with tint added to it.  So it basically just looks like I colored around the black in the drawing.  I originally planned to do a light blue sky with gray clouds, but I never could seem to blend the two together well and make it look good, so I just went with a gray sky.  I decided I didn’t really care for that too much though either, so I went with another version where the sky wasn’t colored at all.  I decided to post both versions here anyway though.

As for the arsenal itself, all that remains is the foundations of the buildings.  Union troops under General William T. Sherman’s command burned the buildings near the end of the Civil War.  You can see pictures of what’s left of it here.

8 months ago

A vintage photo of Santa feeding a reindeer (actually it looks like it’s just a deer, but I’m assuming it is standing in for a reindeer).

9 months ago

A picture of Elvis at Christmas I colorized.  Found the original image here.

9 months ago 32 notes

I took this photo myself at a nearby church. I color splashed the ribbons.

9 months ago