Archive | June, 2009

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 183

30 Jun

This rough sketch started as a red colored pencil sketch, with a more refined black lead drawing on top of it, which I separated into a black pencil drawing and processed digitally.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 183

I tried to give it a 3D look, but that didn’t turn out as I wanted. I guess I have to practice a lot more. Of course, the sketch isn’t very lifelike to begin with.

That is all.

Just something I drew

29 Jun

I didn’t have a good idea what to draw next, so I decided to use Art Rage 2 and my Wacom Intuos 3 tablet to just draw something.

Just something I drew

No idea what to draw? Then just draw something, and your inspiration will follow.

BTW I love this mask and inverted mask in Art Rage 2!

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Leo Laporte likes to play it safe

29 Jun

I guess you all heard Leo Laporte goes to China for a couple of weeks. On several TWiT podcasts (especially MacBreak Weekly) it has been suggested that Leo runs the risk of being held into protective custody for an indefinite period, and that Scott Bourne has to hire some commandos to get him free.

Leo Laporte likes to play it safe

Leo is taking no chances. Suddenly he’s no journalist, he likes man with neck beards (which he erroneously calls “throat beards”). However, he doesn’t like them too much either, because that would possibly give the wrong impression.

Bon voyage, Leo.

That is all.

(The above story is fictional. A resemblance with any individual living in the present or past, either in name or likeness is purely coincidental.)

Panels with Inkscape and GIMP

29 Jun

I continued my experiments with Inkscape. I drew the black and white version of this panel, divided into 11 sub-panels (so without the color fills, flattened the exported bitmap (which contained anti-aliasing gray tones) in GIMP, and filled the sub-panels with colors in GIMP as well.

Panels with Inkscape and GIMP

Reading through the support wiki of Inkscape I saw you cannot suppress the anti-aliasing effect, so this has to be done externally in an image editing program. That being so, I can just as well color the pages outside of Inkscape and only use the vector drawing program to produce black and white images (or: black, white and transparent) to overlay on the bitmap artwork.

To show the page borders, I have made the image border visible (which is normally invisible in the WordPress template I’m using for this blog).

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Can Inkskape be used for lettering comics?

28 Jun

I wondered, do I really need Adobe Illustrator, or can I use one of the freeware programs for creating vector graphics? Inspired by the Lettering with Adobe Illustrator, Pt 1 video made by Jerzy Drozd from the Art & Story podcast, I tried to create a word balloon in Inkscape.

Comic sample

Now I haven’t used Inkscape much, so please don’t judge the suitability of this free open source program by what I have made. Like anything else, you need to study before you can apply. Not following my own rule of thumb, I dived in and tried anyway. Needless to say, I have to study Jerzy’s video more closely and read some of the manual of Inkscape before I would starting to use Inkscape for lettering comics.

So, the objects for a word balloon are the following (top to bottom):

  1. text
  2. oval fill without outline
  3. tail with fill and outline
  4. oval fill with double width outline

By putting the oval fill without outline on top of the tail, the tail is open on the side of the oval, so tail and oval visually form one shape. In fact, you should probably group all four objects, so you can easily drag them to another position on the page.

Since this is not a tutorial, but just a test, I will leave it at this. I guess I also answered the question: yes you can use Inkscape for lettering your pages.

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Drawing a cat, part 13

27 Jun

I saw a nice British Shorthair cat on the cover of a Dutch cat fanciers magazine, which I use as an example for the next drawing. I draw the first rough sketch in blue pencil, the white patches in red pencil and drew the final rough sketch with a rollerball pen.

cats, part 13 (original scan)

After importing the scan into GIMP, I did all kinds of digital manipulation to enable me to make the next flattened image.

cats, part 13 (final version)

Creating the fill for the cat was a lot of work, as the rollerball pen drawing wasn’t closed, because of the white whisker hairs running though it. I had to do the outline of the fill manually (of course, on a separate layer).

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Testing, 1, 2, 3…

27 Jun

I wanted to know if you can use YouTube to create screencasts. So I made a short (8 times sped up) video clip to test.

If you hit the HD button and watch it full screen, it’s pretty good. I also saw I can produce in 16:9 ratio, because that’s what the full screen mode supports. All good things to know for when I produce a screencast for real.

Here is the image I drew on screen.

babyboy-2.tiff

That is all.