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I’ve colorized Edmund J. Sullivan’s 75 b/w line art drawings for his artistic rendition of Edward FitzGerald’s ‘Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam’ first edition.

How does one make anything out of some black lines and a lot of white space? First, crop out any excess, then delete all the white and put a background color or a slight scene behind the black, one that won’t overpower the drawing; then select only the black and put a gradient through it until it looks fine, perhaps shifting the hues somewhat; then bevel it to apparently raise it up a bit into the 3rd dimension; and finally,  to texturize, add a slight oil paint effect.