Episode 050: Comics

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This 50th episode is 40 minutes long. I am not sure if this  “Double Length” is caused by the complexity of the work or simply a bit of laziness. But I declare “celebrating the 50th” as the official reason for this.

The log files of my blog show from where clicks are coming in. One of the most successful linkers is Jeff (jeffegg2) on flickr. He drops a comment with a link to this site whenever appropriate.

There is a GIMP users group on flickr that I found out about on this way. And there I found a tutorial from Shelly and Roy about making a comic like drawing out of a photography.

I was looking for such an effect for a while. My final goal is to do something like Roy Lichtenstein did – replacing every colour gradient with solid colour or a dot pattern. I think this is a step on that way.

I am not very happy with my result. It still has too much “non-comic” in it. If you compare my work with this image from Shelly and Roy, you see that I am not really there. 😉

One thing that I found out after I made the video: these images are very ugly to scale down. So work in your final resolution.

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9 thoughts on “Episode 050: Comics

  1. Ah! I’m looking forward to watching this one. I’m not sure exactly where you’re going with this since I haven’t watched it yet but I used Gimp to do something similar a few years ago. I rasterized a picture of my daughter when she woke up one morning with the craziest bed head that I had ever seen. She was about 3 years old at the time. 🙂 I tried to make it look like a pencil sketch when I was done.

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  2. @heathenx; Nice picture, well done.
    @Rolf; Nice show and a absolute food for thougth episode again.

    The 50th episode was a very special edition to me. For the first time in my live I watched it in a linux surrounding. I installed Ubuntu like any other new software.Installing it and deinstalling it without loosing windows worked! Great. Someday I will forget to use Windows
    The next step in my odyssee will be working with Gimp 2.5.1!

    My compliments @linux @ Gimp developers and their tutors like Rolf.
    Keep going on. I’m a thankfull watcher an user.

  3. Great show, Rolf. I really liked this one: a detailed show on the steps to take to achieve a desired result. As you said, a real playground here. Now up to the 100!

  4. Haven’t watched yet, will do so on the train in to work…

    Thought in the mean time I would swing this line art tutorial your way. Since GIMP’s brushes aren’t quite as easily customised as Photoshop’s, I found it easier to do the lines in Inkscape. Then there’s a follow-up tutorial on pop art, which ads the Lichtenstein style. Could be done in GIMP using the newsprint filter.

    I’m going to get held up in moderation for those links aren’t I 😉

  5. Thanks for the links! I had ideas in that direction, but this is a good starting point.

    All your links went through because you didn’t mention pharmaceutics to enhance certain body parts. These words are blocked. I use Akismet for spam protection – and it works wunderbar! It catches at least 50 spams a day and let slip one through once every week or so. I never check the spam for false positives – if the comment was important the author will try again. 😉

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