Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Adapted "Walking Man" cartoon recreated in Inkscape

Adapted from the guide on page 10 of 25 Quick Cartoon Characters by Christopher Hart, I've added some colour and also a little piece of grass with a couple of flowers. All good practise in Inkscape.

Although I am currently working with cartoons, I still like to try and get practical and more or less accurate colours. For the Rugby shirt, I simple carried out a Google image search and then when I found an image I liked, I used a really handy desktop utility called ColorPic, which returns the hex code of any colour on screen. It's free and absolutely essential for any budding colourblind artist working digitally.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Colourblindness - Did you know?

Colourblindness is genetic.

Too much orthodontia cartoon recreated in Inkscape

I've started working my way through the tutorials built into Inkscape and reading one article before I try drawing each picture. That way I actually get to learn Inkscape properly as I go along. I'm learning loads of stuff about vector drawing and really do recommend the program. And it's FREE! What's not free, is the book 25 Quick Cartoon Characters by Christopher Hart, but it is well worth the few pounds it costs, whether it's for you or the kids. I'm over 50 and finding it really useful!!!

Colourblindness - Did you know?

“What colour is this?” is the most annoying question you can ask your colourblind friend.

Basketball Star recreated in Inkscape

I expect these cartoon characters would be a lot quicker to draw with pen, pencil and paper than in a vector graphics program, but recreating them this way gives me great practice in Inkscape. This character is from page 8 of 25 Quick Cartoon Characters by Christopher Hart.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Old West Sheriff recreated in Inkscape

"There's a new sheriff in this here town. This is the kind of cowtown that needs a lot of law. There's right and there's wrong. You got to do one or the other. You do the one and you're living. You do the other and you may be walking around, but you're dead as a beaver hat."

The Old West Sheriff is recreated here in the free vector art package Inkscape using the guide on page 7 of 25 Quick Cartoon Characters by Christopher Hart.

The Sheriff talk includes phrases from The Alamo and Winchester '73.
"There's right and there's wrong. You got to do one or the other. You do the one and you're living. You do the other and you may be walking around, but you're dead as a beaver hat." - John Wayne as Davy Crocket in The Alamo.
"This is the kind of cowtown that needs a lot of law." - Will Geer as Wyatt Earp in Winchester '73.

Friday, 27 July 2018

The Man with a Plan cartoon character recreated in Inkscape

The Man with a Plan cartoon was recreated using the free vector art package Inkscape following the guide on page 6 of 25 Quick Cartoon Characters by Christopher Hart. For a book with so few pages, I am learning loads and getting some good practice and insight into Inkscape as I go along.

Useful article about colourblindness (Colour vision deficiency) from the NHS

The NHS have useful information on their website about colourblindness, including information on; an explanation of what it is; types and symptoms of colour vision deficiency; tests for colour vision deficiency; issues for people with a colour vision deficiency; causes of colour vision deficiency; how colour vision deficiency is inherited. The NHS page can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/colour-vision-deficiency/

Trendy-haired teen cartoon recreated in Inkscape

This wee lass is recreated from page 5 of 25 Quick Cartoon Characters by Christopher Hart using the free vector graphics program Inkscape.

Colourblindness did you know?

The first document written about colourblindness was by a chemist, John Dalton, in 1798. He himself was colourblind.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Glasses Girl cartoon recreated in Inkscape

She looks more like a woman than a girl, but hey-ho. She is recreated in Inkscape from page 4 of the 25 Quick Cartoon Characters book by Christopher Hart. I've done a quick animation test on this head using Crazy Talk Animator 3 and posted the result on my Mad Dog Youtube channel.

Colourblindness facts

Colour blindness, or more correctly Colour Vision Deficiency affects 8% of males (1 in 12) and 0.5% of females (1 in 200)

Useful Hex colours

Please note that the below list will be added to periodically




           #5e481e Brown
           #542a0e Brown
           #63390f Brown
           #603101 Brown
           #451800 Brown
           #a1caf1 Baby Blue
           #2c4c63 Deep Blue


           #d8c078 Blond
           #e3cc88 Blond
           #f2da91 Blond
           #f2e1ae Blond
           #f2e7c7 Blond


           #f4846c Coral in Gold (Rimmel)
           #f69687 Nude Pink (Rimmel)
           #a8050e Red
           #d7020f Blood Orange
           #f32021 Red (Pigment)

Green eye created in Inkscape

Feel free to use this png eye in your projects. A linkback would be nice, but is not necessary.

Annoying things people say when they find someone is colour blind

What colour is this then?

You're not colour blind?

What's it like to be colour blind?

How can you drive and see traffic lights?

Colourblindness did you know?

Most colour blind people do see colour and it is rare to only see black and white. It is in the way that colour blind people see colour that is different, making it difficult to distinguish colours as a non-colour blind person would.

Colour wheel workaround in Inkscape and other graphics programs

Anyone learning about art will have come across the colour wheel, that thing that is really useless to the colourblind. Graphics programs tend to default to this method. Inkscape, for example, shows the following as default for colour selection.

My workaround to ensure that I am using at least a smattering of the correct colour is to use the HTML or Hex code colours. To do this, say for example I want a skin tone, I would search google using the term, "skin tone hex code". Google will return several skin tone values in Hex which will look like, "#ffe0bd"

Within Inkscape, you would then replace the code in the RGBA box with "ffe0bdff". The hash mark (#) is not required but the "ff" needs to be added to the end as this tells the program that you want a solid color.

You can use this workaround in many graphics packages. In fact, the only free package where I have yet to find a workaround is in Sculptris, which is a real shame as it is otherwise a fantastic graphics tool.

What's your workaround. I'd love to know.

Colourblindness - Did you know?

According to the New Yorker the found of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg suffers from red/green colourblindness. He told the magazine, "Blue is the richest color for me," which is why Facebooks domineering colour is blue.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Classic man cartoon recreated in Inkscape

My second attempt at a cartoon following instruction from Christopher Hart's most excellent book, 25 Quick Cartoon Characters. This one, I feel, went a little better than the last. Image recreated in Inkscape. Instead of just sticking with one layer, I used several this time to enable ease of colouring.

Classic boy cartoon recreated in Inkscape

Following instruction from the book 25 Quick Cartoon Characters by Christopher Hart. This is my first attempt at one of his cartoons, although I am using, and learning, Inkscape, a free vector art design tool, rather than pen and pencil. I can see a few things which have gone wrong with this cartoon, but will move on anyhow. The book, below, is only 33 pages long, but pretty damn good and not too expensive. Click the book to view on Amazon.