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~sticmann's speed paint challenge: to use this image [link] and paint over it in only black and white.

photoshop and tablet, 30min
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:iconkurome-tenshi:
kurome-tenshi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This thing demands to be turned into a plushie...

I can actually see where you found him in that picture. Very nice.
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:iconkaracature:
karacature Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
:dance: Yay! He is pretty cuddly looking...
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:iconadmiral-squee:
admiral-squee Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Cute in a demented way. Now, if it was supposed to be in only black and white, why is he colored...?
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
The background is this [link] and the idea was to find an image in there and define it with only black and white. Can't change the colors or add to them, only shape it into something different. Fun project! You should try it! The speedpaint club is open to anyone :)
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:iconadmiral-squee:
admiral-squee Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Oh I get it. That's cool. Problem: no Photoshop.
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:iconkaracature:
karacature Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
I hear gimp is a free program that's just as effective. I think half the people in the club are using gimp. [link]
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:icondwsel:
dwsel Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009   Digital Artist
*bump* :blushes:

No photoshop?
:blahblah:

There are so many software even free ones fits great all those challenges. Often you get with new tablet Photoshop Essentials, Corel Painter Essentials or Artrage full. You'll see they're very powerful (they all have abilities to work on layers too).

If you're looking for low cost application I'll have 'some' suggestions ;)

- Artrage Full - natural painting application not very customizable brushes, but in my opinion oils look even more realistic than those from Painter. Artrage is reeeeaaalyyy low cost, updates are planned to be very cheap too (I'm telling this because 3rd version with watercolour brush is comming ;) )
- Easy Paint Tool SAI [link] , Open Canvas [link] - tools that have nice smooth lines, and great blending brushes they give very similar effects to each other
- PD Pro [link] - natural media brushes, Painter-like colour mixing (when you put together yellow and blue it turns into real green not only strange artificial rgb 'green' like in many other software), particle brushes (painting whole tree with only one stroke). Family of programs contains also very cheap alternatives and one basic freeware.
-TwistedBrush Pro Studio [link] - really recommended for painting! It contains so many brushes, very detailed brush editor (comparable to Photoshop or Painter one). 'Open' version is freeware and it lacks amount of brushes and brush editor, but you can still buy brushes in packs to save your money (if you don't need to customize them it becomes very cheap solution too)
- SmoothDraw NX [link] - brushes with good pressure response, gives 'smooth lines' comparable to those from Open Canvas or SAI, but brushes are much more simple, less customizable.
- PhotoFiltre Studio [link] - rather photo editor but contains also some basic brushes.

Freeware ones!
- GIMP [link] - nearly Photoshop... If you don't want to spend your money, don't need colour management and you'll get used to interface that will probably be your best freeware choice!
- GIMP Painter [link] - modified version of GIMP that handles more brush controls (for textured and bleeding brushes)
- Artrage Starter, Project Dogwaffle, TwistedBrush Open Studio, SmoothDraw Free, PhotoFiltre Free - simplified versions of above full versions. (I used PhotoFiltre Free for many contest entries because I don't have to bother with brushes when I only have half hour ;) )
- Artweaver [link] - painting application. If you want to know what's possible with it check my watercolour tutorial for Artweaver [link]
- you can also try other freeware like: VCW VicMan's Photo Editor, Mypaint, Rendera, PictBear, MAGIX Xtreme Photo Designer 6, Greenfish Painter, Pixia, Deep Paint, Active Pixels... etc...

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If you don't want to paint digitally you can always do speed paintings or drawings using traditional media...

I'm sorry karacature for hogging space under your image. You can hide this comment if you want to :)
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admiral-squee Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Sounds great, but I'll have to wait until I'm in college to get my hands on any of the above programs... Currently stuck in the middle of nowhere with a dial-up connection and a finicky computer.
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:icondwsel:
dwsel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009   Digital Artist
Sorry I forgot the link to it ;)
[link]
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:icondwsel:
dwsel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009   Digital Artist
Ah... I know that pain! Don't worry - WILL is always the most important thing!
As I calculated most of these (especially 'light' - freeware versions are below 10MB that means downloading each should take no more than 15-30min) ;) If you seek for something realllly lightweight one you can get OpenCanvas 1.1 (it's freeware) ~ 300KB ~ 1 minute download ;p
I wish you luck!
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:icondwsel:
dwsel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009   Digital Artist
I haven't seen that guy until you painted edges ;p
Cute and creative one :)
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:iconkaracature:
karacature Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Thank you! :) Have you submitted one for this yet?
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:icondwsel:
dwsel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009   Digital Artist
Yes, already. It's in my scraps folder or you can find it through blog ;)
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M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Aww that's cute; nice idea. the only place i see an issue is that it seems a little unclear what he/she is holding...looks like a sock or something?
Nice one. Cripes..pressure to come up with the goods for mine.. ;) Oh wait, inspiration is not up to me, it's the creative genius in the walls job to come out and help....he/she/it better get to work!
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
ummm actually that's his arm. The other one is behind him, but that one is draped across his tummy.
haha, I didn't feel inspired exactly either, but I had a few minutes to work on it so I decided I'd better get it done! This is a fun one, kinda like the Rorschach test. Just save the background and flip it around in Gimp or whatever it is you use and see if anything pops out at you. I saw rosy cheeks and bells and this is where I went with that. :)
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:iconm0nkeybread:
M0nkeyBread Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh sorry :blush:. I will try it now. First time I looked at it I didn't see much, hope it's different this time ;)
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karacature Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
that's okay, obviously I didn't define the shape well enough to 'read' as an arm. Sticmann said it was a bit too soft all around anyway, so that's probably why.
Don't worry, you'll come up with something AMAZING like you usually do....no pressure.... :laughing:
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sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Good interpretation. I like the idea :) I would like to have seen some sharper edges; it seems unnecessarily soft all over.
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:iconkaracature:
karacature Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
I suppose, but I'm sticking to my time limit! Little victories, little victories.... ;)
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:iconsticmann:
sticmann Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Very good :D
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