Sunday, December 11, 2011

Restorations

You know, Adobe photoshop is a truly amazing program. With a basic knowledge of the system, you can take an old, faded and extremely distorted image, and give it an entirely new lease of life. It's particularly useful for restoring ancient, grainy snapshots such as this:


It took me most of the day, but I managed to clean it up to a relatively pristine condition, adjusting the contrasts and straightening out the lines as best I could. While not as crisp and sharp as a direct scan would have been, it gives a good impression of what the original might have looked like, fresh from the newsstand some seventy-odd years ago:


Next, we have page two, as initially "scanned":


followed by the restored version of the strip (ain't I a clever little elf?):


OK, I know all this proves is that I have waaaaay too much time on my hands, but any picture of Sally the Sleuth in her lingerie deserves to be treated with the utmost respect. For my next trick, I'm thinking of trying my hand at drawing a two-page Sally strip in the style of the artist. If anyone has any ideas for a storyline, feel free to post your suggestions below :)

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