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Peter Rabit in Inkscape by doctormo Peter Rabit in Inkscape by doctormo
Here is a practice work, I took the Public Domain image from Betrix Potter's "Peter Rabbit" and redrew it using Inkscape.

The idea was to try and develop the tequniques required to produce the same kind of water colour style drawing, but using pure vector images.

For those confused about what I mean. Vector images are images made up of mathematically perfect lines, they describe how the image should be drawn and programs like Inkscape and Illustrator allow you to intuitively draw with them. The problem comes from style, vector is very good at cartoon styles like the Simpsons or Flash vectors like MLP:FiM, but for a more rough styles like pencils and water colours vector requires a lot more work.

What do you think?
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Golden-Ribbon Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O wow you really hit this one on its head Doctormo. An amazing piece. I hope I reach there soon.
doctormo Oct 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey GR, Oh I'm sure with practice, mostly I practised by tracing existing images to get a sense of how they're achieving the pictures.
vonholdt Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nicely done sir! I find the hardest part about using blurred vector shapes is how they "overflow" outside of the line work. you've done a splendid job dealing with that!
doctormo Oct 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I agree, the lines help with that. The other option is to use a clipping mask on your colours. I didn't use one here, but for serious work it can nail those hard edge problems when you stick all your finished colours of any particular layer into a clip of the lines it's applying to.

Make sense?
vonholdt Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sound like it functions the same as a layer mask in gimp, i will definitely give it shot. thanks!
Hehe really awesome!! :aww: Great job here, my friend, I like how this pic came out! I think that vectors, when applied properly, can both make the picture smoother and keep the realism/avoid mathematicization (lol that's not a real word, but... you know what I mean, right?) Keep up the great work! :thumbsup:
doctormo Oct 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The word you're after is 'blandisation' ;-)

Thanks for the :+fav:!
No problem, and yeah, true! :nod: :D
NovaClover Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats insanely good!! I love it!
PomPrint Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb job done here Martin!!
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