Drawings in the Margins: Create a Poem with Pen and Ink Sketches

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Tutorial: AKVIS Draw

Drawings in the Margins


AKVIS Draw opens up huge opportunities for creativity. Even if you don't have any drawing skills, with this software you can create a sketch that has a real hand drawn look. Artists and poets often draw such light airy sketches in the margins of their albums and diaries. Now you can easily fill your website or blog with beautiful pictures that will complement your stories or poems.

We will show you how to create artistic works to illustrate a fragment from the poem "Stanzas to Augusta" by Lord Byron.

In the desert a fountain is springing,
In the wide waste thee still is a tree,
And a bird in the solitude singing,
Which speaks to my spirit of thee.

Note that you need an image editor to combine the pictures into a collage. Or you can place the drawings directly to a web page.

    Original Images Page with Illustrations
    Original Photos Result

  • Step 1. Create a new image in the photo editor, for example, a white image of 800x1200 pixels.
  • Step 2. With the Text tool inscribe the lines of the poem.

    Adding Text
    Adding Text
  • Step 3. Open an image with a tree.

    Photo of a Tree
    Photo of a Tree
  • Step 4. Call the AKVIS Draw plugin from the menu: Effects -> AKVIS -> Draw. The program makes a hand drawn pencil sketch from your photo.

    Adjust the effect parameters. You can remove odd strokes with the Eraser .

    Photo to Drawing in AKVIS Draw
    Pencil Drawing in AKVIS Draw

    Apply the result and return to the image editor.

  • Step 5. Now, we need to remove the background. The easiest way is to use the Magic Wand - click on the white area, then press the Delete-key.

    Copy the tree to the page with the poem.

    Drawing of a Tree
    Drawing of a Tree
  • Step 6. In the same way, add a bird to the picture:

    Photo of a Bird
    Original Photo

    Drawing of a Bird
    Drawing of a Bird

    and a female silhouette:

    Photo of a Lady
    Original Photo

    Sketch Portrait of a Lady
    Sketch Portrait of a Lady

    Note: You can adjust a transparency for each image; all of them are located on different layers.

  • Step 7. Save the result.

    Poem with Sketches
    Poem with Sketches
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Effect Parameters — Effect Parameters
   — Canvas — Canvas
   — Frame — Frame
   — Text & Watermark — Text & Watermark
   — Presets — Presets
   — Preferences — Preferences
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
Examples Examples
   — Drawings in the Margins — Drawings in the Margins
   — AKVIS Draw vs AKVIS Sketch — AKVIS Draw vs AKVIS Sketch
   — Pencil Drawings Gallery — Pencil Drawings Gallery
   — Creating a Pencil Portrait — Creating a Pencil Portrait
   — Portrait of Little Marie — Portrait of Little Marie


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