My solution for all those many graphics, illustrations, sketches and reference photos used to be to put them all in a steel file cabinet, or have my sketch books scattered in various places in my studio. It began to be impossible to find an exact sketch I knew I had "somewhere" so I created a digital file cabinet in my computer. Every file now has a place. I collected my scans, paintings, photos and transferred the into appropriately named folders and sub folders and put the whole batch on an external computer drive. This way I have a portable file of all my work that does not clutter up the valuable space on my computer and is safe from any unforseen crashes. A complete article explaining the how and the why is on my website if you should want to see the whole process. Creating a Digital File Cabinet
This has made my work so much easier and I know I always have a back up in addition to being able to find what I am looking for.
©Ginger Nielson and 4RV Publishing LLC
From the book, Little Charley Thornpaws by Caelaach Mc Kinna
illustrated by Ginger Nielson