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28 January 2015 @ 03:13 pm
Still Life With Hippopotamus  
still-life-mippo4

I realized I never posted my drawing of our noble friend the mippo to lj.buddhistmippo is an excellent model; stays still and his smile never looks forced. He's the first drawing from life I've done in over a decade, how did that happen?

Pixel art, done in the GIMP with wacom tablet/stylus
 
 
 
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2015 06:30 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Thanks! I'll give that a try.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 28th, 2015 06:31 pm (UTC)
not promising I'll have answers, but do feel free to ping me if you have questions! I've been using this to draw for a while now (and did the Jahanara pic in it too)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2015 06:34 pm (UTC)
I just looked but as soon as it said I have to build source code, I resigned in defeat. I have no idea what that even means. Poo!
Nathanielelsmi on January 28th, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
You do not need to build source code! Here's the latest version for os x: http://download.gimp.org/pub/gimp/v2.8/osx/gimp-2.8.14.dmg

(Found by going to http://www.gimp.org/downloads/)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2015 07:56 pm (UTC)
That's where I went, but the language was so unclear!

Is there some kind of stylus one has to get? Or some kind of flat board? Fumbling around with my wireless mouse while watching the terminal display is like drawing drunk.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 28th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
people *do* draw with the mouse, or with trackpads. I don't know how they manage it.

I use a wacom intuos 3 tablet & pen - I actually have a spare tablet I could send you. (I'm afraid even just the pen is expensive, but pretty sure it's less than half the total price).
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2015 08:57 pm (UTC)
I'm going to see if the spouse can find them cheap over at his university store, as they have art and graphics design departments. I don't want to create one more hassle for you, when you have to be already maxed out with a continental shift imminent!

But thanks!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 29th, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
okie! Let me know if that doesn't work out? Apparently we do have a spare pen also, though we won't have access to either for a few months because shipping.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 29th, 2015 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Nathanielelsmi on January 28th, 2015 06:56 pm (UTC)
(And in case you are curious: "source code" is, like, the .rtf manuscript version of a program, as compared to the finished formatted book that anyone can just pick up and read. "Building" source code means converting it from the program-writer-friendly easy-to-edit format into the finished format.)
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 28th, 2015 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Yeah--and when one doesn't even begin to know the language . . .