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After suffering from a little Anime art deprivation, i decided enough was enough and spontaneously drew something to distract me from all the game art.

Which I guess was a moot point since this picture IS game art as well, but for :iconbellacielo:'s visual novel: [link]

Intended for the main menu screen, the image features chibi FreeBSD-tan enjoying a suspicious-looking sandwich and NetBSD-tan playing a text game on a netbook (recycled artwork from an old icon, lol). ^.^v

Given this is my first anime drawing using Inkscape 0.47 (or at least a prerelease), I also made ample use of Filter effects (for texturing), embedded images, and other techniques that I picked up while over in KDE. ^__~

The sauce file can be downloaded here: [link]
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tenko72 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute! I really like the details on this.
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C-quel Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Glad this oldie is still enjoyed by some people. ^^
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nekoCAT21 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
This makes a surprisingly good wallpaper. :D
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nekoCAT21 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
I just love this picture. FreeBSD-tan better hurry with that sandwich before the OS icons get soggy!
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C-quel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks buddy. ^__^

lol! Not to worry, FreeB-chan is a voracious eater. I'm more afraid of NetBSD-tan getting her ship blown away by klingons if she keeps getting distracted like that. :D
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nekoCAT21 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
That's a game on the screen? Which one?
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C-quel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So glad you asked. ^___^

[link]
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nekoCAT21 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
I just love this picture. FreeBSD-tan better eat that sandwich before those OS icons get soggy!
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Alexisdesu Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
cute : D
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C-quel Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank ye. ^^

I almost forgot I did this (it's been a while since I've drawn anything like this, since I've turned to game programming) ^^;
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piyodayo Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist
cuteeee ;A;
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C-quel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thankies. ^^

But your avatar is quite the cutee-buns too. ^__~
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piyodayo Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist
ur welcome XD
but ur avatar is cuter than mine :3
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C-quel Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hmmm, lesee... cute blinking gadis or a lecherous little celeng...?

haha! no contest, I mean... YOU blink, lol. >v<
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piyodayo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist
ur cute little boar XD
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Drudicta Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
I found him. o.o damn he's TINY. No wonder it took so long. >.<

He's like TIYYYYYYYYYYYYY. He shouldnt be called damn small Linux-kun , he should be called Micro Linux-kun. o.o;
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hehe, but at least you're not all those terrible things you said you were. ;)

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Aside from the joy of a super comparison shot, you also get a free coupon:

[link]

Course, now that you know just how DAMN SMALL is "Damn Small", you might rethink trying this on one of the more challenging source files (like The BSD Sister portraiture, or the Amiga Yoko Cosplay). ^____^;

And now that you have Inkscape, have tons of fun with it. ^^b
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Drudicta Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
O.O I good thank you. xD I'll go insane trying to find him again. unless he's just big enough to be a black dot on the screen.

As for Inkscape, I would try to have fun with it , but my art has always been expressed in words and modificatns in photoshop. (and to computers). I could try but I be full of fail.
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Did someone say "full of fail", lol......? XD

[link]

Sorry, couldn't resist. ^^;
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Drudicta Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
*laughs* I remember that series , I never got to finish it. Silly (idiot) rangers. =3
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
"Dummy" rangers flows better, methinks. :3

I did finish the series, but can honestly say you're not missing much. [it's the black sheep of the Negima series] ^^'
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Drudicta Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
Okay. xD and I meant I never finished the original Negima.
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ohhhh... in that case, you ARE missing a lot there, lol. ^____^

But admittedly there are better anime series. ^^
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piet-san Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
OMGOMGOMFG it's updated and cutier!
And there's my eeePC on it xD
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! ^.^

Ooooh, you have an EeePC too? Yeah, I got one practically DAY 1 when it came out in my region, and still have it with me (it's surprisingly hardy). All I can say is "screw you!" Asus for trashing Linux and their own freakin' product, because my beloved 4G just keeps on rockin'! >v<

Or maybe it's because it lasts longer than the Energizer bunny that they hate it,... machines that last forever and make the consumer happy are profit-less. ^____^'
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piet-san Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, I've got eeePC 901HD, is it good in your opinion?
One thing it has Windows XP Home Edition... at the moment ;3
I've seen eeePC version ???? which had Linux installed on it ;P
It was a custom distro of Linux partially made by Asus I believe.
Yeah, 901HD's battery life = long, and it's pretty resistant against any damages. Also the pluses are nice look and high-capacity HDD...
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have a terrible bias against hard drive netbooks (I want to be able to drop mine and not scream like a schoolgirl ^.^; )

Plus that's also the time that Asus began either crippling its netbooks, or increasing the price of them significantly, to tow the new industry line of "don't rock the boat". Even their custom Linux system -- which was a really crappy and limited hack of the really crappy and limited Xandros Linux -- was given a bunch of new defects to discourage its use. For a friend of mine who was less than pleased with her 901, I replaced it with the then Ubuntu Netbook Remix 8.10, and it was like night and day -- went from horrid to rock-solid. ^^b

In fairness, their hardware is still very good compared to other netbooks -- and certainly the higher priced ones (which make them not regret the low price point they almost accidentally got people used to) will command a nice machine with long battery life and a beautiful casing and keyboard.

But they're not the best they can be because in the end they can only really care about the bottom line, and the bottom line is they still need us to pay a lot of money for computers.

Hopefully that will change with the introduction of ARM Smartbooks, if only because the companies involved come from a very different industry where TONS of money could still be made selling $200 or even $100 USD devices that are as versatile as a netbook, but have many smartphone features integrated (including insanely-long battery life). ^^;
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piet-san Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I laugh when I see Acer netbooks. They are overpriced (Acer's netbook having the same parameters as Asus's netbook is more expensive...)
Their design looks nice, but they don't seem to be resistant in any way.
Lots of companies made their netbooks, but most of them are overpriced and less resistant than eeePC series, so eeePC wins x3

Anyway, look at old notebooks. An old Toshiba notebook is 200000000x more resistant than any of HP laptops...
I'd say the same about mobiles (except Sony Ericssons) - old Motorola mobiles are more resistant than let's say... new Samsung mobiles like Avila etc.
Sony Ericsson mobiles are somewhat resistant - I were using a K600i for a long time, and I didn't care about it much, but it somehow managed to survive drops etc.
Nokia phones are also resistant - my friend fell into a shallow river with his new Nokia Xpressmusic 5320? (Forgot the model), the keypad wasn't working anymore, but he just heated it and the keypad started working again x3
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well in fairness, my Acer Aspire One still runs strong too (although I did buy the Canadian version). However, the keyboard does suck (some keys aren't responsive) and the build quality is notably cheaper once you get to know it. So far, only the netbooks from System76 and ZaReason have excellent build quality, but probably cause they're more built to last (unlike a company like HP, which wants to make sure something breaks after the limited warranty period so they can charge you money). ^.^'

hehe, and I'll never go back to regular laptops again. I've always wanted mini computers like netbooks all my life, and I'll continue collecting and promoting them forever. ^___^

Besides, aside from build quality and the possible use of an SSD instead of a hard drive, the netbooks gain an extra bit of resilience from their weight. Since they generally weigh much less than regular laptops, a fall won't be as damaging.

Oh, and I can personally vouch for the resilience of Nokia phones -- mine not only has survived every kind of abuse, but the battery seems to last forever lol... ^______^
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piet-san Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, old Nokia phones rule. Do you have a Nokia Communicator anyway? I don't (I wish I had one anyway ;3)
Yeah, HP does make nice looking things, but anyway they aren't very reliable ;3 Their printers seem to break after some time...

So, what mini-computers (netbooks etc.) have you got in your collection?
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have a Nokia 6650 -- a very stylish old-fashioned clamshell. ^^b

For my desktop, I have a Shuttle KPC (about the size of a toaster).

For my netbooks, I have one EeePC 45, two Aspire Ones (includng the Canadian), one Dell Mini 10v, one System76 Starling and one Zareason Terra. I've had more but I've already sold/given them to people interested in a good Linux netbook -- I will be sending a few of these to family as well once I'm done playing. ^^b
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ZOMGKAWWWAAAAI! :dummy: Thank you so much for making this, though now I feel embarrassed that you made such a fancy menu image for such a slapped-together VN. ^^;

NetBSD-tan is adorable, but FreeB... my GAWD.... she could melt metal with her adorableness. Something really magical is happening with her hair, too. :meow:

And those texture effects look awesome! I really have to play around more with Inkscape. O.O
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
>>>ZOMGKAWWWAAAAI! :dummy:

Seriously, I'm still trying to figure out how to pronounce that. ^___^;

And don't feel embarrassed,... well okay, feel a little embarrassed cause it's so fun and lolzworthy to see you embarrassed,... fufufu ^.^ .... but yeah despite appearances this is still pretty much a slapped together picture. Besides, the VN is open sauce after all... no guarantee that it will positively outrgrow its humble beginnings. ^.^

And glad you like FreeB-chan so much. Kinda unfair that I sorta gave her more attention than poor neglected Net-chan,... but then again, it's kinda hard not to pay attention to someone with more hair than Cousin IT. ^^;

And as for the textures, check my response to Katt-chama. I explained how I went about doing them relatively painlessly, although part of it relies on 0.47 (which currently you have no choice but to use, fufufufu... ^o^ ).

[link]

A little later, I might begin a Public Service posting detailing all the new filter effects and what they do. ^.^
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BellaCielo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's pronounced "zzzzz-oh my god! kawaii!" I think.

And I'll check out that post and that mini-tutorial you made. ^^
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Minachi-arisa Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awww... so sweet XD

i love this XD
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank wuu! ^o^

Yep, this is for a mini game/visual novel my friends and I might make. ^____^
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Minachi-arisa Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wahh,, visual novel..
sounds interesting~
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shigeru-chan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
awww they're so cute & lovely!!^^

awesome coloring & shading!! :D

are they ~BellaCielo-san OC??

err.. I also can't understand about RenPy visual novel site. Err.. how can we play a game which on the website game list and also did you ever make visual novel game? ^^
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you Shige-chan. ^-^

It's hard to say they're our OC, since OS-tans are, you could say, everybody's OC (they're "owned" by many people). ^.^

The first FreeBSD-tan and NetBSD-tan weren't created by us, actually, but we both improved on the original designs (Bella NetBSD, and I FreeBSD). Other OS-tans, though, we did 100% by ourselves, though (e.g., me with Amiga-tan). ^___^

Oh, and yeah feel free to ask me any question you might have about RenPY (I actually sponsor its development... ^^ ).

Renpy is a free and open source visual novel maker, so it allows you to create your games freely without paying any money or worrying about evil hidden license clauses. You still have to give credit to the use of the RenPY engine, but the final games you produce can either be free or paid.

To play a game on the main Game List:

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- Go to the game list: [link]

- Click on a game that sounds interesting -- this will take you to a small description of it. It'll also tell you if its free or paid.

- If its free and you want to try it, click on the Web Page link.

- And from there, click on any link that lets you download the game. Usually they will offer a Windows version, Mac version and Linux version, since Renpy works on all platforms. ^.^

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Of course not all the Renpy games may be on the list, so feel free to search the web for other good ones. For example, this is my favorie paid RenPy game: [link]
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siya Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
I'm pretty sure I don't find FreeBSD's taste in sandwiches very appetizing...

Adorable, though. Can't deny that! ^^
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
uber-lol, and thank you. ^__^

Aside from penguin (which I hear tastes just like chicken), its funny how she's literally eating "glass" (as in glass window and glass apple, lol). ^^;
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Kattlanna Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwwwww! From their chibi form to their expressions, to their large and soulful eyes, chibi FreeB-chan and NetBSD-chan are absolutely adorable! :D

The attention to details (especially on NetBSD-chan's netbook) and the usage of all those textures, entirely done with vector graphics are amazing! How did you do all of those?

Seeing this has really inspired me to make a test run visual novel, but I can't think of any ideas! x_x
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah yes, and the netbook is actually an old art piece I did back in my EeePCLinuxOS days, readapted for the present day.

HOORAY for recycled artwork!! >v<
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
fufu, thank you Katt-chama. ^o^

[oh, and sorry for not replying to your latest and greatest yet, I was just in the general vicinity here -- I'll get to those and all the Christine-sama goodness shortly] ^^'

Yep, I kinda felt sorry that Bella seemed so uninspired lately and was talking a lot about only reusing old artwork for her VN, so hoped a nice Main Menu image might help jump-start some creativity. ^^

Yeah, and the detail I added is nothing compared to the incredible stuff I saw in the KDE Oxygen theme -- once you look closely at the detail its positively amazing the stuff that was added that, ironically, would never really get appreciated in daily usage.

That kind of hyper-detail was a little too much for me, but I left with a few good pointers at least. ^^b

You'd really have to dissect the Sauce to get a complete understanding, but here's how I did the majority of the texture work:

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1 - the background is actually an embedded image; using Extensions>Images>Embed Images, you can make any bitmap a permanent part of the SVG. So anything you draw in Photoshop, for example, can be integrated seamlessly in the vector file, so no need to pass around 2 (or more) files. ^__^

2 - the wooden rim of the basket uses a regular gradient, but over it is a semi-transparent duplicate layer that uses Filters>Overly>Tartan. Not sure how to rotate it, though, but the effect is pretty cool nonetheless. ^.^v

3 - the basket weaving is of course a Pattern Fill. But since we still can't distort a Pattern Fill yet, I used a radial gradient to trick the eye into thinking its curved. I also rotated and skewed the same pattern to make the other three sides. ^^

4 - over the weaving I used a new technique I picked up in KDE that's super efficient at making very randomized texture noise. And it helps if you have a tablet to make the process faster. First you take the Pencil tool and then squiggle away madly over the target path. When you're done, select the squiggles and press CTRL+L to remove excess nodes, to bring the file size and CPU load done [dramatically]. Then under the Stroke Style tab, select one of the dotted dashes so that it breaks up he squiggly lines into dots or dashes or whatever. And then finally reduce the transparency a lot so that the texturing is very subtle. Repeat the process with thicker dashes, darker hues or different colors as much as you want to get very natural-looking pseudo-texturing. ^^

5 - The sandwich also uses the above pseudo-texturing too, although complimented by a semi-transparent layer of Filters>Overlays>Clouds.

6 - And finally, the table cloth also uses Filters>Overlays>Clouds, but I created the initial red pattern using just giant strokes. I then took the new Smudge tool and set it at rotate objects, so I could pass it along the vertical strokes and rotate them (or SHIFT+rotate for reverse rotation). This allowed me to create a more natural-looking perspective shot in very little time. ^^

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It takes some experimentation, but there's tons of little jewels in Inkscape 0.47 that I think are worth exploring. ^___^

Also, as far as ideas go, a little bird told me you're interested in adapting Zerosanity to the visual novel format. Might I recommend starting with the current ROM-chan saga, since you already have so much of the artwork done? ^^
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doctormo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Downloaded, thanks C-Quel!
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
np! Yep, occasionally we have to indulge the inner BSD.... -v-
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doctormo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Didn't you get my note on dA?
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Patience young Padawan, I have a gajillion things to respond to still. -.-
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doctormo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ah I forget, your a popular Artist in these here hills. Me I'm lucky to get a message a day. :-D
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C-quel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hehe, well as I mentioned before, I am popular but not necessarily for the right reasons, lol :P

*crawls back into dark side*
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