Tweaking The Monkey.

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.~ C. S. Lewis

I started out drawing illustrations for my posts with colored pencils and a pen, and uploaded the drawings “in the raw”. Lately, I’ve been dougleaving (Medium)playing around with some software and have been modifying my images. Below is my original drawing with just pencils and pen:

See ya never again, city!

See ya never again, city!

I was happy with my drawings until I started playing around with them digitally. I think I prefer the modified image, which is below the original…

Part of me likes the sketchiness of my original drawings, but I really like the way the modified image “pops”…

What do you think?

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. ― Lao Tzu



  1. The modified image seems darker (especially on and around monkey) and is missing some of the subtle lines of the original sketch. I like the original sketch better.

    1. Hi Joanne,

      Thanks for the input. I think Doug, the monkey, is a bit dark too… I’m going to continue playing around with it to try and keep some of the sketchiness of the original.

  2. The modified version seems darker, especially on and around the monkey. It is missing some of the subtle lines of the original sketch. I like the original sketch better.

  3. The modified image seems brighter to me. (I decided this before seeing Joanne’s post. lol I’m not trying to be contradictory.) Meaning is what the individual gives it I guess. 🙂 I like the modified better.

    1. I like the brightness as well… I’m going to aim for a sketchy brightness compromise… Or something. Thanks for chiming in!

  4. I like em both but prefer sketchy over bright… it feels more personal. Lookng forward to seeing more!

    1. Thanks for helping out. I look forward to drawing more!

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