Creating character artwork in GIMP
Posted 29 November 2006 - 07:38 PM
Us a bit more smudging in strengh 75-80 . It`s a really nice effect which could make this picture a lot better
Posted 29 November 2006 - 08:18 PM
Exactly what do you mean by "Smudging in strength 75-80"? Some sort of blur filter or going over the image with the Smudge tool or something similar?
Posted 02 December 2006 - 12:47 AM
Hmm, well the Smudge tool is an idea to use if you want to hide brush strokes and even colour gradients.
I would think it creates a very different effect than what I indended for this piece. But maybe I'm still misunderstanding you. Could you for example point out one part of my picture and explain what change you would like to do with the smudge tool there? Just so I get a better idea of what kind of change it is you are suggesting.
I'm thankful for all critique and suggestions. And don't worry about language. I'm not a native english speaker either.
Posted 02 December 2006 - 08:51 PM
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/346 ... _scale%3A5
Posted 02 December 2006 - 10:26 PM
I'm not overly convinved at the benefit of using the smudge tool too much, however. Your version looks nice of course, but I feel there is some value is retaining some "structure" in the strokes, makes the image livelier. But if the image comes across as being non-complete that way I suppose you have a point. :-)
You are correct with the black shadows though. If you look at the tutorial you'll see I didn't use any blacks at all until the very last step. I felt the sky should produce enough contrast to warrant a black shadow around her midriff. I agree that the hat shadow is off though, thanks for pointing that out!
Thanks for the help!
Posted 17 December 2006 - 12:29 PM
Thanks, I appreciate the kind words!
I used to mostly paint in traditional media (oils, charchoal and the like), but these days I work almost exclusively on the computer (I'm strictly an art amateur though. I'm a scientist by profession). I used to work on the Amiga computer (Deluxe Paint V rules!) back in the day. Man, those were the days, still have the AmigaOne machine sitting around, even though I use Linux these days. I have played around in GIMP for some four years I think.
I don't know what OS you're running (I'm a Linux user), but assuming your drivers are installed correctly, you need to tell GIMP you have a stylus and not just yet another mouse. The pertinent settings are in Preferences->Input devices. That's all I can tell you for now -- getting the tablet to work under Linux is a somewhat involved process (it's getting easier by the month though), I couldn't begin to tell you how to trouble-shoot Windows or Mac. Also, I do know that Wacom drawing boards works perfectly with GIMP, I don't know about any other (cheaper) brands.
Posted 17 December 2006 - 04:49 PM
I am using Windows too.
EDIT: Apparently I'm supposed to almost be able to fully use my WACOM tablet right out of the box. I think I've found the problem too. I need to manually change the colors from this window if I'm right.
Is there a way to make it react like my core pointer? You might have come across it when working with linux.
Posted 17 December 2006 - 05:50 PM
That said, the core pointer should not have to be assigned to the tablet. You seem to recognice the different input units, and that's often the biggest hurdle. I don't know why you have more than one of each type though, that could very well be a problem (what in the world is a "Wacom tablet puck" by the way?).
Assuming all else is OK, I would think just going into Preferences->Input devices->Configure extended input devices and choosing "Screen" or "Window" for each unit should activate them properly. Experiment with choosing the "Screen" or "Window" setting, if one causes strange results, pick the other.
Posted 18 December 2006 - 01:18 AM
I think the PUCK is when you touch the pen tip to the tablet.
EDIT: Seems that I can't edit any active brushes or gradients for the PUCK. It just changes the core pointer. :s:
EDIT#2: I don't know how these windows work. Maybe I need to set the core pointers for GIMP but I'm not sure. I disabled the other set of tablet things too.
Posted 18 December 2006 - 02:16 AM
Concentrate on the "... Stylus" input devices. The "Additional Input controllers" windows is of no interest to you, leave that as it is. The only one you should tweak in GIMP is the "Configure Extended Input devices" (flip the Device list button to get to the pressure/eraser stylus settings). You shouldn't have to change the button allocations at all, just set the "Screen" or "Window" radio buttons. If you've tried both "Screen" and "Window" settings for your stylus without getting it to work it's likely not a problem with GIMP, but something else weird with your tablet drivers, gfx card or similar.
Posted 18 December 2006 - 02:49 AM
Screen and Window doesn't change anything either, and I think I lost my manual for my tablet. :s: