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I may not reply to all suggestions but I do read, consider and appreciate every suggestion.

Welcome to My Page!

Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art

I am an artist from Finland who loves drawing, nature, cute, pretty and creepy things, colors, reading books and watching good stories from TV and seeing creativity and imagination. I do mostly traditional artworks with watercolors, markers and colored pencils, but I also try to learn secrets of digital art.

Random Stuff about Me
:bulletblack: Animal: Corgi
:bulletblack: Color: Green and turquoise
:bulletblack: Element: Nature
:bulletblack: Food: Chocolate
:bulletblack: Genre: Fantasy
:bulletblack: Texture: Watercolor explosions

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

I love talking but sometimes it might take a while for me to reply. You can always check my F.A.Q and Art Status (found in a box below) for quick answers.

Thank you for the visit!
Sprouts Divider by Kawiku

Couple of Works from My Gallery

Saerianna by AgaaveTibouchina by AgaaveTrade: Thanatos by Agaave


My ACEO Gallery

ACEO Trade: Khiati by Agaave

ACEO Trade: Kasy by Agaave

ACEO = Art Cards, Editions and Originals
(6,4 x 8,9 cm | 2,5 x 3,5")

Box of Awesomeness

Their new nanny by Eleweth

More awesomeness:

Sprouts Divider by Kawiku

Art Status


My stock account: AgaaveStock

Bryo Pagedoll 2 by Agaave
Art Trade - Closed by DemonGemini6 Commish - Closed by DemonGemini6
Trade Info: Click
Commission Info: Click

To Do List

:bulletblack: Refs and designs

Sprouts Divider by Kawiku



Weird Stamp by Kojima2087I Cherish Nature Stamp I by GoodiesForYouBooks by Sesquipedalianistic
Tea Stamp by KawikuSTAMP: I Heart Coffee by zungzwangSarcasm Stamp by tailfeather
My Artwork, My Copyright Stamp by dragonmunMade in the '80s by Mr-StampI Love my watchers by Sedma
Dark and Cute Stamp by bezzalairTalk Stamp by lupehero38Artist's comments stamp by Shutsumon
Pinata Stamp by Kezzi-RoseGilmore Girls stamp by cool-slayerI Support Fantasy Art stamp by Asenceana
STAMP: I'm a Dreamer by zungzwangI Support Imagination stamp by c3ph31dI like rain stamp by RonTheWolf
DA Stamp - So Many Ideas... by phantompantherBe Unique Stamp by GoodiesForYouReplies and Comments stamp by Fairy-Red-Hime
Coffee stamp by EquidnaRojoMistakes Stamp by SuperNeko64I Support Copyrights Stamp by jo-shadow
284 : Hot, Throbbing Stamp by witegotsEquine Artist Stamp by LosmiosI Support My Friends by holls
Stamp: I'm Here for the Art by FantasyStockAvatarsdA Thanks Stamp. by jugga-lizzleI Sniff Books by MademoiselleGrief
Llama Badges by eggyllama by Mr-Stamp Winter stamp by sequelle
Random Kind Comment Stamp by Mirz123Originality Stamp by lynseylewMind Stamp by jenepooh



Traditional Art Week

This is the second part of a basic guide how to make your traditional artworks look appealing when presenting them in the Internet. This is not about changing or manipulating your traditional artwork to something is not originally, but helping you to make it look as good on a screen as it is in real life.

The Part 1 introduced some scanning and shooting tips;
This Part 2 advices how to edit the scanned/photographed artworks.

This guide is meant especially for beginning artists but maybe also more advanced artists can find something new to think about – or maybe you can share your best tips in the comment area of this article!


For editing your scanned or photographed picture you need a software to do that (or you can use the adjustment tools your scanner offers, see Part 1 for those). Adobe Photoshop is a commonly used program but hobbyists might consider it too pricey. But no worries, there are many free photo editing software available to download in the Internet, for example Gimp, which I am usually using []. I have PaintTool SAI as well at my home computer and at work I use Photoshop, but Gimp is the one I am most familiar with, so example screenshots of different tools in this tutorial are from Gimp. However, the basic tools are similar in many programs so if you can use one, you’ll find those options in other programs too.

Getting started

At first - of course - you have to digitize your artwork by scanning or photographing. The more careful you're with that first step, the easier it will be to post-process your work and prepare it for screen.

Before starting to process the work, always duplicate the first layer and then edit the copied layer, not the original one! This way, if something goes wrong, you can easily go back to the original layer, duplicate it and start over. I usually create a new layer for each edit step and merge layers when I am done with post-processing.

Also have your drawing or painting near where you can easily see it so that you can compare the original version to the version on your screen. We are trying to make the screen version to look as similar as the original version so it is good to have a reference on hand so that you don’t go too far with your edits.

Cropping is an important step to make your artwork look. If you hung your artwork on the wall the framework would do the job but when we are operating in digital environment, you really need to crop all the extra and messy edges away from the picture with a crop tool. Of course you can leave white borders and uneven edges uncropped if those are part of your artwork, but by no means there is no reason to leave part of a scanner desk or background plate from photo shooting showing in your finished drawing or painting.

Locating Crop Tool in Gimp
The Crop tool can be found from Toolbar icons and via Tools menu. 
Crop Tool by Agaave

Couple of examples from various artists of pictures where borders have been used as a styling effect.
In these works borders are part of the artwork.

Dead Horses by CaitlinHackett Daenerys by BrigitteRoka
The Warden of Wylde Warren by Shiantu The Witch House by MadLittleClown |Instincts| by Rykhers
You haven't even read a page yet by kurootus Lost by meimicat
mix magic by kiriOkami

At this point - before starting to edit colors - you can also check that your work is straight and not tilted in any direction. If the work is crooked, you can try to fix the perspective with a help of perspective tool. (Usually it is just easier to make sure the picture is straight when shooting it than trying to fix it afterwards).
Locating Perspective Tool in Gimp

Perspective tool by Agaave

Editing colors

If you compare your scanned or photographed picture with the original artwork, you can see that the colors very rarely match. Digitized version can be too light, loose some tones or hues or even catch extra colors somewhere. These are not always easy to get fixed but it is worth giving a try!

Locating color editing tools in Gimp
Colors menu by Agaave

If you want your artwork to be a bit more sharper and brighter, try adjusting Levels or Curves with your photo editing program. This is often all you need to do after scanning (and cropping).
Editing Levels

Levels 00 by Agaave Levels edited by Agaave

Levels is my favorite of all color adjustment tools. The levels show image's black point (level 0 on the left), midtones (level 1,00) and white point (level 255 on the right side) as a histogram.

There is a simple rule of thumb that works almost with any work: drag the cursors from the edges a bit towards middle. You can also push the middle cursor a bit to right. This makes the shadows appear darker and the highlights look lighter. Be careful and check the original artwork so that you don’t overdo this adjustment and get too dark or bright result!

An example of comparing edited and non-edited work
Before and after adjustments by Agaave

Editing Curves

Curves 0 by Agaave Curves 0 2 by Agaave

The defaul Curve is straight and its channel is Value, i.e. the brightness of the pixels. You can also choose a color channel (red, green or blue) and work those separately. 

You can bend the curve by adding anchors on it and dragging the line to the wanted directions. A rule of thumb here is that a gently sloping S shape will usually give a nice result: dragging the line upwards makes the picture lighter and vice versa, dragging in down makes the image darker.

Brightness-Contrast. It usually doesn’t hurt to add a bit contrast but do not overdo this or your work will bung up and doesn’t look natural anymore. If you’re posting sketches that are very light, it is useful to boost contrast so that people can actually see what you have drawn.
Brightness and contrast

Brightness-Contrast 0 by Agaave

With Color Balance you can for example get rid of yellow from you photos caused by artificial light. If your scanner tends to overdo or dismiss some colors, you can fix those problems with this tool as well. Also Hue-Saturation allows you adjust colors separately. Try out these tools to see which works best in your case!

Color Balance and Hue and Saturation

Color Balance 0 by Agaave Hue-Saturation 0 by Agaave

Color Balance is handy if your picture has caugh extra color somewhere or if you need to work only the lightest or darkest parts of your image. You can pick either Shadows, Midtones or Highlights and edit only those by adjusting Color Levels instead of having the effect on the whole picture.

Hue-Saturation is absolute life savior for example in cases if your picture looks too yellow. Just pick yellow color from the color wheel, tune its saturation down, maybe add some extra lightness and voilá, yellow is gone.You can also edit the whole image's lightness or saturation if you choose Master in the middle before adjusting.

An example of edited work

Levels and saturation by Agaave
In this picture the left one is a plain scan (cropped though), in the middle picture levels have been adjusted and the right one shows the picture after saturation is boosted.
It is also good to keep in mind that people have different screens so go and check your artworks on different computer screens (use your friend’s computer, a computer at school or at your work place etc.) to make a note how dark or light your own screen is compared to those. Calibrate your screen if needed!

Last but not least, have fun and experience to find the best settings how to make your art look as appealing as possible with the tools you have available. Just remember not to overdo editing but keep natural look and stay loyal to original artwork - unless that's the look you're aiming for. Post-processing might feel like an obligatory task but the more you learn to know your tools and what they do, the quicker and easier editing will be. Enjoyable editings! 

Other tutorials about post-processing:

Make Art Look Good Online by Jon-Snow How to scan traditional art by luleiya Editing Scanned Drawings by Red-Priest-Usada Tutorial - Scanning by TaniDaReal


  • What program(s) do you use to edit your artworks?
  • What post-processing tools you usually use?
  • Share your best post-processing tips in the comments!


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You're welcome!


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Dan-Harding Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!!:)
Agaave Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure! :dummy:
Lelixiana Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my, I haven't noticed you're a volunteer now! Congratulations then! :la:
I wondered why are you so active lately... those very helpful tutorials you posted and also making my friend's Gawarin 's deviation a DD! :heart: I can only imagine how hard it can be to take care of all duties as a volunteer - and yet you find time to answer every single comment! :aww: I think I just admire you even more x'D And you're the best traditional volunteer ever! I couldn't name anyone better ;)
Agaave Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks a lot for your kind words! :huggle:
I have been CV since October; gosh time flies so fast! It feels like I just started.
I am sure I am not the best but I try to be the best I, myself, can be. :giggle:
There are really interesting things to do and take care and of course I am still replying each comment and question I get. That's not gonna change now or later! :meow:
BalineEquine Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's your baby's, baby geno ;P
Got my Nord Genosssss!!
Agaave Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg, Willimon is going to have a bloodsplash baby! :happybounce:
Cannot wait to see the design you come up with! :la:
BalineEquine Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yussss! :happybounce:

I have the base done- but the BS is proving hard to decide xDD
JR-Dragona Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student General Artist
Agaave thank you so .. so much for the DD. It was a nice surprise for me and I really appreciate it. ^^ :) :)
Agaave Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome, it is a wonderful artwork! :love:
Lelixiana Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Muhehe, another of my friends got a DD! :3 And that would be another one who deserved one a looong time ago :D Great choice! :heart:
virnagray Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the llama and visiting my gallery:)

Have a lovely day:)
Agaave Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same to you! :huggle:
greensap Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thanks very much for featuring my Artwork ... Love & light
Agaave Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure, its a magical work of art! :aww:
LadyMignonette Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the watch !!:blackrose::blackrose: I really love your work, you are probably one of my favorite artists now, I'm glad I found your page. :heart:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome and thank you! :huggle:
Looking forward to see what you'll create next!
David681 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Thank you very much for the DD :)
Agaave Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! You have tons of gorgeus art in your gallery that needs to be seen! :love:
theperian Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for adding 'Howling for You' to your collection! :heart:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :boogie:
Calmality Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for choosing my art for a Daily Deviation! It means so much to me, I can't believe it! :heart:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's my pleasure, it is an awesome artwork! :aww:
theficklemuse Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 Thank you so much for the Daily Deviations I was not expecting that, what a pleasant surprise!   :hug:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's totally my pleasure, you have really cool style and your art deserves to be seen! :huggle:
W4t3rf1r3 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the :llama:
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