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C-chan's Inkscape Tutorial by C-quel C-chan's Inkscape Tutorial by C-quel

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This is an official post of C-chan's old Inkscape Tutorial, which he produced as a resource for his friends and potential Inkscape users in order to learn the basics of Inkscape usage. It was also eventually going to touch on how to create Anime-style artwork in Inkscape.

However, the project was abandoned after the pattern section due to both time constraints and some lack of interest. After the release of Inkscape 0.46, some of what is discussed in this tome is already obsolete.

Nevertheless, it should make for an interesting read, as this is one of the rare pieces of literature that C-chan published within his forum (wall-o-text posts notwithstanding).

For the source, you can access a special Tutorials folder located here: [link]

It not only contains the source for this Inkscape tutorial, but it also contains source art for some of the examples used in the tutorial, as well as other random tutorials from his forum era.
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havingunt Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! I have a question! How do I do hard shading? Otherwise known as cel-shading. I don't want to use a gradient.
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C-quel Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello.  :)

What an odd question... cel-shading in Inkscape is perhaps the easiest thing to do as far as proper-shading is concerned. :)
True, gradients are built into the base path,  but don't look natural IMHO... I really truly only use gradients in rare instances where the colour shift can be gradual and well-disguised.  ^^

In order to imitate cel-shading, you simply need to superimpose one solid (or semi-transparent) path over another solid path.  Which one gets superimposed depends on how you choose to imitate a cel-shaded image.  You can either make the base paths the lighter colour and superimpose the darker "shaded" paths above (the traditional approach in raster images masked in GIMP or Photoshop), or you can make the base paths the darker shaded colour and superimpose the lighter paths on top.

I forget which approaches I used in the following examples but feel free to download the SVG files and study them in Inkcape for an idea of what I mean.... :)

www.pigux.com/deviant/source/o…

www.pigux.com/deviant/source/U…

pigux.com/deviant/source/mainm…
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havingunt Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the help. I've decide to do it by using the calligraphy/brush tool. It didn't overwrite my outlines, but it would change my fills. That is what I was looking for. I just need a little more experience! I just finished my first Inkscape work, you can check it out on my profile.
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GreenGunia Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This reminds me a lot
and I mean a lot

Of working with anime studio. :P
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C-quel Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah yes, I remember that... only it's free and a heck of a lot easier to use than that or Adobe Illustrator. ^^

For a more traditional drawing program, MyPaint is another good one I use. THAT one would require a drawing tablet, though. :(
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GreenGunia Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I actually have a tablet

Send me link?
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C-quel Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You got it. ^^

[link]
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GreenGunia Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:3
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nekoCAT21 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
Just started going through this tutorial... Poor Kagami.:D
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C-quel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh yes, she's been seriously vectorized. ^__^;
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