Tag Archives: Pixelmator

Rabbit in the grass

27 Dec

I saw this photo on Flickr which I used to make this drawing. The original was done in pencil on paper, and the coloring was done with Pixelmator.

Rabbit in the grass

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Beardus Maximus fan art, day 38

12 Nov

Bob Weiner as a gunslinging sheriff.

Beardus Maximus fan art, day 38

This drawing is made to support the sale of the collected trade comic book of PC Weenies, a webcomic by Krishna Sadasivam for Geeks and people who can tolerate them.

Krishna grows a beard in response to a challenge from his fellow comics creators, while he doesn’t like a beard. Read more about it, and how you can support the artist in this post on his blog. For each copy of the trade comic book “Rebootus Maximus” sold through the website Krishna won’t shave for a day. Let him look like a hobo and freak out his wife, who is on family visit for a few months in India.

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Beardus Maximus fan art, day 37

11 Nov

I saw Krishna Sadasivam draw a Punisher type pinup and asked myself how it would have looked if he had used Bob Weiner.

Beardus Maximus fan art, day 37

This drawing is made to support the sale of the collected trade comic book of PC Weenies, a webcomic by Krishna Sadasivam for Geeks and people who can tolerate them.

Krishna grows a beard in response to a challenge from his fellow comics creators, while he doesn’t like a beard. Read more about it, and how you can support the artist in this post on his blog. For each copy of the trade comic book “Rebootus Maximus” sold through the website Krishna won’t shave for a day. Let him look like a hobo and freak out his wife, who is on family visit for a few months in India.

That is all.

Removing the blue-line markings from your inks without Photoshop

9 Nov

On a Mac, if you have Photoshop, removing the underdrawing in blue lead pencil is easy. Just convert into CMYK and clear the C, M and Y channels, so you’re left with a black channel. However, in a program like Pixelmator there is no such option (yet). Apart from “copping out” and using GIMP, how do you remove that blue pencil without CMYK separation?

Well, I found a solution (workaround) using Sheashore. Seashore is a freeware Cocoa-based application that uses the GIMP engine. You can read and write XCF files with it (the native GIMP file format). It has a handy feature Pixelmator lacks, namely a layer mode called “Divide”.

Step 1. Scan the drawing

Here is the original blue-line and ink drawing I scanned.

Agent Smith, phase 1

Step 2. Remove the blue color

Opened in Seashore, I picked the color of the blue lead pencil. Next, I added a layer on top of the scanned image layer, and filled it with the picked color. The layer mode was changed into “Divide”, which gave the result you see below.

If it doesn’t remove the blue pencil markings, you probably picked the wrong color. While in the layer containing the scanned image, look for instances on the screen where the original blue is still visible, select that color, use it to fill the layer on top, and see if it removes (most of) the blues. If it does, then go on to the next step. You can remove any remainders of the blue color during retouch.

Agent Smith, phase 2

Step 3. Clean up and finishing touches

I exported the file from within Seashore as a TIFF file, which I imported into Pixelmator for clean up. The colors were desaturated, the image optimized and small retouches were made. Next the blacks were filled, which gave this result.

Agent Smith, phase 3

Why, Mr. Anderson, why, why, why?

You might ask, why not use GIMP if you can’t afford Photoshop (Pixelmator is a paid application, but much more affordable)? Well, because I want to use an application that adds auto-save capabilities to my applications. Such a program is ForeverSave Lite. If you have ever lost an image file due to a crash, you appreciate such little gems.

However, it only seems to work on Cocoa-based applications, and GIMP isn’t that (it is a X11-based application). Even Art Rage 2 (which I love) isn’t a Cocoa-based application (it can’t be, because it is written in C++, as far as I know, to enable simultaneous development of a Windows and Mac version, so it has to be Carbon-based). ForeverSave Lite seems to need the Cocoa framework to access the save function of an application.

For efficiency reasons, your original scan, the color-separated version and the final version should be separate files anyway. So, if your workflow enforces that, you’ll never be tempted to take shortcuts and overwrite your originals. I’ve done that, and regretted it when I couldn’t go back when I needed to.

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Tested my skilz

9 Oct

I wanted to check out the program ForeverSave Lite for the Mac. So I added Pixelmator to its list of programs. ForeverSave Lite add an auto-save function to your program, so you’ll never lose a file again (at least, that is what they claim).

Tested my skilz

After I had drawn the wolf and duplicated a leaf in the background, I saved it as a PNG file, which I uploaded to Flickr.

The utility (which is free) seems to do what it is supposed to do. I had set it to an update every minute and/or when I switch to another application. Because I had saved the file to my desktop, I could see the image changing every minute while I was drawing.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work with the X11 framework, so no auto-save for Mac programs that use X11 (GIMP, Inkscape, etc.).

That is all.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 139

10 May

On this ink sketch I did minimal digital manipulation. All I did was optimizing the image in Pixelmator. This means some of the gray values of the Indian ink are still in there.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 139

The sketch was made using a number 4 saber pencil brush and Indian ink over a pencil sketch. Aside from normal inking, I also used a dry brush technique for the mid-tones. To complete it I needed 60 minutes, including the penciling on some old and yellowish paper in a bound book with empty pages I had still lying around.

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Drawing Unknown Faces, part 130

6 May

I found this photo by using zFlick, made a sketch in 60 minutes and modified it digitally with Pixelmator on the Mac (painting the coat and the pupils), and used The Gimp, because I couldn’t find a smudge tool to smudge the plain colors for a more realistic representation of the digital colors, compared to the pencil sketch. This digital coloring took only 30 minutes.

Drawing Unknown Faces, part 130

I think this is another milestone in my attempt to become an artist.

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