Close up and Worrying

I’m trying out my new scanner.  The old one produces blurry images, and I’m thinking of doing digital prints of my drawings.   Here are some details of my drawings produced by scanning them at quite high resolutions.  Keep in mind that these drawings were done with a very, very fine point pen indeed:

I’m in a bit of a worry loop about the new scanner.  It is better than the old one in some ways, but not perfect.  If the artwork is not absolutely flat against the scan glass, it comes out looking out of focus.   I’m not earning any money right at the moment, so spending any on a piece of equipment like this makes me very anxious.  I need to decide if I should take it back.  But will find a better one, and can I afford it in any case?

As a completely rational reaction to worrying about money, I spent the whole day reading a Dick Francis novel.  Oh well.  Tomorrow will be a better day.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jesse
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 22:54:18

    Can you get the artwork completely flat? I usually have to weigh mine down with a phone book, but then it seems to come out ok.

  2. mashadutoit
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 23:09:48

    I’ve been using a pile of books, and a ceramic vessel right on top 🙂 I think a phonebook would be more sensible and (!) I’d have found a use for the old phone directories that I’ve been putting off throwing away.

    Part of my problem is caused by trying to scan from spiral bound sketchpads, where the spiral pushes the paper away from the glass. But careful pilling of books seems to be doing the trick.

  3. richard
    Aug 17, 2010 @ 12:11:09

    how better? Did you read some Louis-Stevenson?

  4. mashadutoit
    Aug 17, 2010 @ 17:30:17

    …better because I’m reading “Dykes to watch out for” 🙂

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