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Emerald Eyes
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Published: December 19, 2006
© 2006 - 2019 microUgly
Pencils: *renecordova's Sketch Cover (Coloured with permission - thankyou)
Inks: Inkscape's Trace bitmap
Colours: mwah

Colours vectored in Inkscape.

I'm really happy with how this turned out. I've been wanting to produce an illustration that looked like traditional comic book colouring but with vectors only.

I original thought something like this would be really complicated, involving blends and gradient meshes but this drawing only involved layering radial gradients.

Crappy wallpaper version is here.

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VORNORACK's avatar
VORNORACK|Student Digital Artist
Nice. I might just start using Inkscape. :) 
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dagonsphere's avatar
I love this! You did an awesome job on her! I too would love to get a hold of the SVG to play around with creating wallpaper, as well as learning your technique.
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maylin86|Hobbyist General Artist
I really love how you did the coloring and the different shading with use of gradients. I finished outlining a character (that I scanned in) using only the Bezier tool in Inkscape. I was just curious if you just take a shape that's colored, such as a circle, and shape/adjust over the pants outline?

Inkscape makes coloring look so easy, but when I try to color my character's pants, it only colors the pants half way. I've tried adjusting the threshold for the paint bucket, even adjusted the "Grow/Shrink By" and "Close Gaps" section but nothing seems to work (fill and stroke does half too). It works out great filling in a simple square or circle. I can't really find out what it is I'm doing wrong. If I need to take a colored shape and adjust it to the shape of the pants I outlined, that's totally fine. I'm just confused about whether or not an object that's grouped can be filled. Everything's closed so there are no openings.. I've also made sure to not have a stroke color when I fill an area on the pants, but not matter how much I zoom in to keep filling a spot, there's always a white line that gets thinner each time I try to fill it. :|

I'm using version .48 and so I don't know if it's just me or if it's a bug/glitch in Inkscape that was fixed. I read where people had this problem, but I don't know if it's in relation to what I'm dealing with or not because it dealt with the paint bucket being a new add on to Inkscape. All I want to do is color my character, is that to much to ask! :la: XD Mr. microUgly sir, because you are a Inkscape color guru, would you happen to know what would cause this? I would be glad to read a tutorial of how to fix my problem, but I'm having trouble narrowing it down to why it's doing what it's doing. :| Also, if anyone else knows what I'm talking about, please do let me know. I'd reallllllly love to color my character. :( Thanks to anyone in advance for their time and patience in reading my comment! :la:
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I will use the fill tool when I won't need to manage the path much--because it creates many nodes, it can because a chore to reshape a path and may be quicker just to draw a nice simple path from scratch.

The issue you've described isn't a bug, rather its a side effect of the method used to produce a fill effect. You can read about how to work around the side effect at - [link]

If you need help in future, I highly recommend you check out [link] Most questions, like this one, have already been answered and the members are very helpful.
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maylin86|Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! Thank you so much! The links will help me out tremendously, especially since I didn't know that Inkscape had a forum. Thank you! :la:
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maylin86|Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! I figured out what I was doing wrong. When using a bezier tool to make a shape, I needed to go all along the outside of my character and then close off the shape by connecting the last node point with the very first. *forehead slap* OTL Now it should go along quicker now that I don't have to re-trace (literally) my steps. XD :la:
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BeigeGhost|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey there.. great job! Its inspirational for me... I am working on getting the photoshop comic book colouring style but with vectors only. I really like what you did with this one!!
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msandersen|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice. Maybe the limbs that bleed into the background should have a mask to fade the colours in rather than abruptly cut off (not sure if Inkscape does this, or maybe use transparency in the gradient). This is most evident with the hand.
Otherwise, this looks very nice.
The SVG isn't available anywhere, is it? I find it easier to learn by example.
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Fading the limbs could have been done with a mask but it would have made managing the objects a little more complicated.

I haven't publicly shared the SVG but don't mind providing you with a copy... except I don't currently have access to it as I'm in the process of moving. Remind me in about a month - I'm going to have very limited Internet access after tomorrow.

Until then, you might find these snapshots I posted helpful - [link]
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human-powered's avatar
That's awesome, man.
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Garfield900's avatar
I love the Attractiveness of it all.
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BalloonPrincess|Hobbyist Filmographer
Awesome work! The tatoo is a great touch. :)
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withchy-pooh's avatar
sweet you color quite well!
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you're welcome :D
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microUgly's avatar
Thank you :)
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renecordova|Professional Filmographer
wow dud, thanks a loot , thanks for u time on this sketch ¡¡ i gonna put this colors on my galery too




thanks
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microUgly's avatar
Thank you. I'm glad you like it :)

Those other two colourings in your gallery look awesome.
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Mungo23's avatar
Sweet as!!
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