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Old 07-18-2011, 07:20 AM   #1
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Just wondering if the folks involved in rubber stamp design are actually drawing all those images themselves by hand??? It seems unlikely to me, but how else would they be doing it?
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Here is an interview by a talented designer for Gina K stamps, and yes, she draws much of the original art that is made into stamps. Sometimes designers and artists also use the computer for creating the images.

I suspect most stamp designers are also the artists who create the images, whether they do it by hand, with a pen or pencil, or with a drawing program on a computer.


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As well as drawing by hand or on a computer, some are created from images that are out of copyright. You can take something like an image from an old book and put it through a "clean up" process to make it suitable for a stamp, for example - as long as the ilustration is no longer protected by copyright, that's fine. Lots of vintage style stamps are created that way. There are also sources of royalty or copyright free images that can be turned into stamps (Dover Clip Art books would be an example of that).
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Thanks, ladies, for your replies. This is just something I have been wondering for the longest time and finally decided to ask. Thanks also for the link. Will go check it out.

ETA: Very informative interview with Melanie!
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There really is a variety out there. I have drawn images, used public domain images, and also made hybrids of both together. Most stamp art is computer altered because for stamp production the images have to be completely black and white to render well... so even a hand drawn image would probably be scanned and traced digitally.
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My stamp images are hand-drawn and scanned to file, with the exception of one set which was computer-generated. I will do some 'clean up' of stray marks, etc., digitally, but the drawings are done by hand.

Some do draw in software applications and I'm guessing many who do use some kind of stylus/tablet - I definitely would if I went that route.

Joanne covered the vintage/Dover art sources beautifully!
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