Pencil Sketch Portrait

A few week ago, I took this portrait of Melanie, as part of a studio shoot. This weekend, I learned a new photo editing technique, which converts a photograph into a pencil sketch – or an image that looks like a pencil sketch.

For those of you familiar with Photoshop, this process involves, in part, 1) a blend mode of Divide, 2) Gausian Blur, 3) converting for Smart Filters, 4) running the poster edge filter in the artistic filter gallery, and 5) another blend mode change to Linear Burn. Whew!

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To see how this looks up close, here’s a detail of the “pencil sketch”  below.  I’m excited to do more of these sketch portraits – no pencils required!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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2 Responses

  1. Very cool technique (pencil drawing) and I like your new website!

    • Blake Robinson says:

      thanks so much, Stuart! I considered Squarespace, but decided to stay with Smugmug, which sits under my website. hoping to do a pencil drawing of a dog soon!


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