Is it Pointillism? Looking closer it seems you've used a textured paper? And looking closer still, it appears that you've laid out some lines with a dry stylus before you began finishing??? Or maybe a combination of the three?
I'm doing pencil on canvas. I've been using the canvas mounted on boards so the surface is hard enough to darken. Several different softness of leads, but I'm really loving the textures I can get just using a regular old #2 pencil. I have used a non-print purple pencil to lay out grids just for reference. Sure am having fun!
As to the punk rocker question. Computer work is not cheating. However, bad computer work applied to an exceptional piece is... well, unnecessary at best.
The masking edges are obvious and distracting. There are two better ways to get the desired result.
1. Bone up on your masking. Magnify closer, and take half a day. When you delete, experiment with different feathering. (SAVE YOUR MASK WHEN YOU'RE DONE. BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE)
2. Select the area to be altered and copy/paste it onto a new layer under main the layer. Shrink the selection by 1-2 pixels, feather the selection by 1-2 pixels and delete the selected area from the top layer. Now make a third layer under all three. Fill this layer with what you want. I would start with 50% gray. Now, experiment with the layer settings/styles and opacity on the middle layer (the one you pasted onto) until the bottom layer comes through in a satisfying matter. You can try to turn off the middle layer and see if it gets right. But you're prolly gonna need it to help with edging. Though you can pull the opacity way back until it's just enough to mask the edging.
Anyway... The piece is inspiring. The computer work is, well... less than that.
Yep Id prefer to use no photoshop at all, I just cant seem to get the right lighting to take a quality digital pic without the pencil reflecting. I completely agree that I overdid the maynard one, (I tried to use the brightness/ contrast adjuster to make it pop.) Certainly a high wire walk when it comes to using photoshop to fix for reproducing.
I might even consult a professional photographer to get good images of these when Im done. I'll post the original Maynard when I get a chance just so you can see the orig. The small ones like little Walter are easy- just scan!
And yep you busted me- I spent days on the drawing then minutes on photoshop. Doh.
Thanks for the help/ info brotha.
Jeez it's one thing to hear kudos from Gus the UPS guy but when artists who do KILLER stuff compliment you... definitely puts wind behind the pencil. Im gonna dig this place. Can we curse here? (I do suffer from tourettes from time to time hehe.)