Posts Tagged With: inkscape

Inktober 2019 Collage

Inktober 2019 collage

I thought I would pull all my doodles together (almost all) into a single collage for the year. I imported all the doodles into Inkscape and converted the inked lines to vectors so I could easily resize and arrange them.

 

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Stained Glass Class – Week 1

stained glass cartoon

Our local art center was offering a class on stained glass window making, so my wife signed me up as an early birthday present.  It’s one night a week for 8 weeks, so I thought I would document some of the process on my blog.  The first week we learned about all the steps in the process, the tools involved and tried our hands at making different styles and shapes of cuts on scrap pieces of glass.  Towards the end of the class we got to pick out a “cartoon” of a design we liked, and duplicate it with carbon paper onto a sheet of oak tag like paper.  I originally considered trying to do a custom design, but thought I’d stick to one of the designs the teacher brought for my first attempt.  This was the design I liked the most.

stained glass board

One of the things on the extensive list of supplies we needed to get in the first week was a board which we would be doing all the layout and assembly on.  We could purchase one, but I took this as homework and just made one.  It’s 1/2″ plywood with about a 3/4″ high right angle border.  The lines I just added to hopefully reveal if my angles start going wonky.

inkscape cartoon

The other thing I did was digitally recreate the design from the cartoon in Inkscape so I could quickly try out lots of combinations of colors to fill the panels.  Eventually I settled on this design.  Now I need to head to the local art glass studio to buy some glass ahead of the next class.  Then I get to start cutting.

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Doodling a Little Camper

little camper

We had a project for a Christmas present the I needed to draw up a little camper.  This was the cute little guy I ended up with.  I’ll post more about the final project after it is given.

Original idea sketched in Krita, then this design built out in Inkscape.

little camper shapes

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Knick Knack Shelf

Knick Knack Shelf

Hey look, I made a thing!  Unfortunately, it’s a shelf, which I seem to make a lot of.

I have a tendency to buy lots of little trinkets and toys I want to put on my desk, and then not have much actual space to place them, so I made a double decker shelf.  I decided not to do any fancy routing of even finish for the time being, because I just wanted to get it done.  My wife and I think it actually looks nice unfinished.  I also thought I would use pocket screws to mate the top and bottom to the sides, not thinking that I would not have much room inside to drive the screw into the final side.  I ended up having to use the smallest socket wrench I had, a 1/4″ socket and a bit to screw on the top.

I decided to build a french cleat into the back of the shelf instead of traditional hangers.  I made a bunch of little 1×2″ cleats and screwed two into the wall to mount it.  I think that will give me more flexibility in the future if I want to adjust it or make something bigger.

The last little job I did today was to add another small shelf off my monitor stand to hold up my LEGO Saturn V rocket.  I’m calling it launch pad 39V.

 

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Batgirl

batgirl lines

In my continuing efforts to work more on drawing the female form, I thought I would take a stab at Batgirl.  Not happy with it, but it’s not horrible.

Proportions are a little off, pose is wonky, needs more dynamic action…

Original in pencil and brushpen, quickly converted to lines in Inkscape, then some fixes in Krita.  All on my Surface Pro 3.

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Skull Stencil

skull stencil

I was asked to help with a woodworking project and build a stencil for a large (18″ tall) skull that would be painted and then areas be cut away.  I redrew the design to clean it up and make it symmetrical, but the overall size exceeded what I can cut on my Silhouette Cameo.  So I broke it into two large decals, with registration marks in the eye (will be cut out anyway) and then made another smaller decal to cover the seam so no paint would sneak through.  Hopefully it will come out well, this is one project where someone else gets to do all the woodworking.

Drawn in MyPaint on my Intuos 4, traced into vector graphic in Inkscape.

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Storybook Characters

Story Characters

I was asked to help illustrate a story book as a gift for someone leaving an organization, and this is one of the model sheets I made up for the different support characters.  Overall, I think the book did a good job humorously capturing the many feats of this beloved colleague.

I did the initial sketches on paper and in Krita, but the finished art was done all in Inkscape.  I built the characters as interchangeable parts for consistency across the pages and to speed things up.  I ended up having to recreate so many different hands and arm/leg positions that I don’t know if it really made anything faster, but they definitely looked the same throughout.

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Inkscape Spider-man

inkscape spidey

inkscape spidey

I’m trying to push my posing a little bit, so who better to start with then ‘ol crazy legs Spider-man.  I built most of this in Inkscape trying to minimize the number of shape defining lines.  I might find time to shade it someday.

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Iron Giant

iron giant

iron giant

The signature edition of Iron Giant came out on BluRay a few days ago, filled with tons of great special features and commentary.  The film has also been remastered with some new/enhanced scenes added.  I’m also excited about the art book that’s coming out on the 20th.  I had to doodle the big lug.

giant parts animation

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