1987 Airstream Sovereign

Digitized sketch from a photo of a 27 foot 1987 Airstream Sovereign built at the Jackson Center Ohio Airstream factory.

Digitized sketch from a photo of a 27 foot 1987 Airstream Sovereign built at the Jackson Center Ohio Airstream factory.

Image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license as it is a derivative of a work on Wikimedia that is covered by the same license requirements.

RV, RV manufacturer, travel trailers, vintage RV
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1958 Airstream Traveler

1958 Airstream Traveler; RV/MH Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana

RV/MH Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana

This digitally created sketch is derived from an image by PunkToad on Flickr under provisions of a Creative Commons License.

history, Indiana, RV, RV show, travel trailers
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Super C Motorhome

Class-Super-C-Motorhomes-Diesel-Class-C-RV -- Creative Common Share and Share alike

Digitized sketch of a photo of a Super C Motorhome on a Ford F-550 SuperDuty RV Chassis with a Diesel Engine. Chateau Super C Motorhome Manufactured 2014 by Thor Motor Coach.

Image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license as it is a derivative of a work on Wikimedia that is covered by the same license requirements.

Class C, motorhomes, RV
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Transforming a photo to artistic sketch for a non-artist.

headhead-edI can draw simple things, but I’m not really an artist, so, wanting to use “sketches” instead of photos for a project, I went looking for software that could transform photos into sketches. 

I’ve used free online software in the past for this, but none seemed very versatile.  My photo-editing software, Paint Shop Pro, can create sketches, but it’s hit and miss getting good results and it’s not very intuitive for tweaking on the image.

4734292815I decided to try commercial software and the first one I came across seems to be perfect for what I want to do.

According to the product page for AKVIS Sketch, it “converts photos into pencil sketches and watercolor paintings. Now you do not need to handle a pencil to feel like an artist. All you need to create your original work of art is good taste and AKVIS Sketch.”

4734292815-2AKVIS has a number of artistic photo manipulation software tools.  A 10 day fully functional trial period is available for each. 

My 10 day trial of Sketch has expired. I liked it well enough that I’ll be purchasing the AKVIS Sketch software. I would like to include some of the other software, but that’ll have to wait.  In the meantime, here’s some of the images I converted during the trial period.

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One of the things that I noticed is that increasing the color saturation – more color –  of the photo resulted in better “sketches.”

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5108705689 colored pencil high

After several hours of working with the program, I had saved 4 presets. I processed each photo with each preset and saved the result, with little additional adjustment. Later, I selected my final version from those that had been saved and deleted the rest.

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3520432580 colorpen

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2293135486 detailed

10909757506 bluepen


4734292815 image by FairbanksMike on Flickr under provisions of a Creative Commons License
3207444420 image by Bill Debevc on Flickr under provisions of a Creative Commons License.
5108705689 image by cloudchaser32000 on Flickr under provisions of a Creative Commons License
3520432580 image by craigfinlay on Flickr under provisions of a Creative Commons License
2293135486  image by Nicholas A. Tonelli on Flickr under provisions of a Creative Commons License
  image by Don Graham on Flickr under provisions of a Creative Commons License

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Ben Long Ear

Sometimes, the search for additional information for an old photo yields little.  Sometimes it yields a bit more, but poses more questions.  Sometimes, some of the questions are answered.

For this search, I started with an image, the first one below, and a name, Ben Long Ear.  The image is one that I am using for Zazzle products.  For each image, I try to locate additional information beyond what is readily available at the original source, usually Library of Congress. 

See what I found at Haw Creek Reflections on Ben Long Ear, a Crow Indian who lived in an area we may visiting later this year.

A pair of old pictures, rather than being worth the proverbial thousand words each, leave more questions than answers.

Who was this man? What tribe? Who was his family?  Where did they live? Why was he imprisoned? How long was he in? to mention just a few.

Ben Long Ear

Half-length portrait, facing front;
Photo created about 1905 by Edward S. Curtis.
Library of Congress image.

Ben Long Ear at McNeil Island Penitentiary

Ben Long Ear,  Inmate #2454, 1914
McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary, Washington
National Archives image.

Did this man commit crimes that actually harmed others?  Were his offenses a result of indigenous people running up against the morality of the newcomers to the land?  Was he railroaded so that others could take some advantage?


Haw Creek Reflections provides background information and links for images used for products in our Zazzle store.

Ben Long Ear

Products with this image on Zazzle.


Additional Information

Crow People

American Indians

history, Montana, people, photography, vintage image
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