Gallery

Gallery

This gallery contains 11 photos.

Here is a big compilation of all the art I’ve done in the last 5 years. If you want to use any of it, or you would like something similar, then contact me .. I’m cheap 🙂

Paisley!

Lorraine bought me a big book of paisley and I have been inspired!

First I drew a doodle. I had to trace over it with gel pen to make it neat enough. Then I scanned it in and put it through inkscape to vectorise:

paisley 4

coloured paisley4 patternI used inkscape to fill in the gaps with colour – this was a bit of an accident, I was trying to get it to pick up the outline, but it wouldn’t. However my accident looks pretty good I think! I can imagine this printed on fabric..

Elder god?

cthulucat

Biro sketch, scanned in and vectorised using Gimp and Inkscape free software

Hello Lorraine!

little kitty fish

I just got notification that Lorraine is following my blog. Hello Lorraine! Here is a whimsical cat I drew for you xxxxx

Whale blimp

LIttle biro sketch on notepapers, into GIMP to tidy it up and then into inkscape to vector using edge detect. I’m getting quicker at it!

whale blimp vector

Crusty girl

Little biro sketch, tidied in GIMP, vectorised using edge detect in inkscape.

crusty girl

Cat Deco (and Inkscape Triumph!)

sarah cat transparency

I put up the pencil sketch of this a few months ago – it’s the tattoo design I made for my friend Sarah.

I’ve now had a chance to tidy it up on GIMP and convert it to a vector in Inkscape. I finally figured out how! It takes much longer than drawing the initial image but I guess you could write a script to do it? Is it easier in Photoshop/Illustrator or are all graphic artists just masochists?

Inkscape and GIMP are free to use though, thanks to their energetic developer communities, so I’m not complaining. I enjoy the bracing intellectual challenge of figuring out how to get them to work.

I’ll list it here in case I forget, or it helps anyone else.

  1. Scan sketch into GIMP as .jpeg or .png.
  2. Go to “mode” and select “Greyscale”
  3. Adjust the “brightness/contrast “so that the imperfections in the paper are not so visible and the lines are as dark as possible
  4. Use “threshold” to adjust the image so it becomes just black and white with no grey.
  5. “Select by colour” and click on a bit of black
  6. Copy
  7. Open new image, “advanced options”, select “transparent background”
  8. Paste into new image
  9. You should have a block outline of your sketch on an transparency.
  10. “Export to”  from GIMP as a .PNG with a transparent background (and uncheck the “background” box). Make sure you change the extension as well as the file type.
  11. Start Inkscape
  12. Open your .png image into Inkscape. Check the “embed” box.
  13. “Select all layers”
  14. Go to “Path” then “Bitmap trace”
  15. The right hand panel should show a thumbnail of your picture. If not then you’ve done something wrong with the transparency.
  16. click “2” for “Colours” (you’ve only got black and white)
  17. click “OK”
  18. Wait for a while, depending on how complex your image is and how slow your computer is.
  19. Then you have to save it back as a .PNG again (it wants to be an .SVG) before WordPress will upload it.

But anyhow, this is now a resizeable image. So theoretically I could make a giant stencil and spraypaint it on the wall of my house. Yippee!

birch transparency vector

Colourbunnies

coulour bunnies

Some more silliness.

Castleface

castleface_transparency_vectorized

Here is another sketch, in biro on a cheap lined notepad. I used GIMP to make it greyscale and the threshold tool to remove the lines.

There’s a website called http://vectormagic.com/ which let me vectorise it for free – but it only lets you do a couple and then you have to pay. Oh Inkscape, why aren’t you easier to use?