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Emerald Eyes by microUgly Emerald Eyes by 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 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Nice. I might just start using Inkscape. :) 
dagonsphere Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
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.
microUgly Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Send me a note with your email address.
maylin86 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  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:
microUgly Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
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.
maylin86 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  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:
maylin86 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  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:
BeigeGhost Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  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!!
microUgly Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Thanks :)
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