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Sunrise over the Sea

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Started as an old drawing of a chickadee in flight, then this happened.

I'm not sure how much I like the sides, but I've been fiddling with it on and off for a while and figured I should move on.

I was planning on coloring it, but I don't know now. Maybe I'll come back to it later? :shrug:
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Another very cool job! just logging back in - finally and seeing your work. I love the piece. It has movement direction and flow. In my opinion the greys on the right could be balanced with some greys on the left. Looking forward to seeing more of your stuff. p.s. great technical descript.
ArbiterChrono's avatar
I like it. (The grey on the right might be what's out of place though.) :D
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Thanks! And yeah, I think that's what's bugging me. I couldn't think of a way to get the 'under watery' effect without greys :(
Leguim-May's avatar
Wow. Really good. May I ask how have you done it?
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Well, the pose of bird itself came from a photo I found a long time ago and absolutely loved-

Or, did you mean 'how' in a technical sense?
Leguim-May's avatar
I was wondering more about the technical part, yes.
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Once I had a general idea of what the border shape was going to be (circle in an oval, I mean), I started in Gimp with the Ink tool and drew out one section (the bird in this case). It doesn't have to be perfectly smooth, just enough to get the overarching shapes to a point that I liked. Then imported the image (as a *.jpg or *.png) to Inkscape and traced around the image with the Bezier/Straight-line tool, tweaking the curves and edges as I went along. It helps to have the raster image on a separate layer in Inkscape, usually at the bottom of the layer stack, so you can change the transparency easily and just leave the layer locked.

After that section was at a point I was happy with, I exported the vector file to a *.png (hiding the raster layer before exporting, of course), imported it back into the Gimp work file and started on a different section, and so on. It's fairly simple to move it back and forth as long as the Gimp and Inkscape documents are the same resolution, so you don't have to fiddle with resizing and aligning.

Then I just had to pick away at it. :la:
Leguim-May's avatar
Oh. Quite... complicated, in my opinion, but the results are certainly immaculate.
I do have to ask (as someone who has not used Inkscape, or Gimp, for that matter): Wasn't there a way to draw the bird section directly with Inkscape? Just wondering.
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Thank you. And I may have over complicated it in my explanation. The whole process is essentially just: 'rough sketch' > 'line work' > (new section) > 'rough sketch' > 'line work' > (new section) > lather rinse repeat.

And yes, there is a way. But with my hand tremors I would have to clean it up afterwords anyway :noes: so I figure I may as well just work in Gimp since I am more comfortable scribbling around in a raster than vector. :shrug:
Leguim-May's avatar
Well, yes, when you put it like that, it sounds less complex.
Also, I'm hardly one to criticize: my first drawings were digital drawing over a scanned paper sketch. Results were... less than perfect.
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I think everyone's been there at one point or another. I know I have. :grump:
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