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Sophistemon
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:25 pm    Post subject: Sophistemon's Artwork (Requesting Requests)  Reply with quote

I have been using Inkscape for a rather long time now, and I have been steadily getting better and better at it.

That said, I am hardly an artist. I cannot make any claim to being talented, and I must admit a small degree of envy towards those that are blessed with more ability than I, several of whom are members of this very forum.

That said, here is a link to all of my "work", though you should be warned that most of it is Town-related avatars and suchlike. I will also post an image of my newest creations as they occur, which is not very often. Still, any opinions, whether good or bad, are welcome. Constructive criticism is encouraged because I would love to know how I might improve my admittedly meager skills.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



This is a rather oddly-shaped sabre, though it is hardly the most unorthodox rendering of that weapon-type that I have ever seen. I suppose that you could consider it a merger of the sabre- and scimitar-blades, if you were so inclined to do so. I have already been informed that "the hilt could use work[, b]ut the blade rocks." How might I improve the hilt? Or anything else, for that matter?

Your varied opinions are eagerly anticipated.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks really cool. And it does look like a cross between a saber and a scimitar, a great one at that. More of your artwork is eagerly anticipated.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it looks great!  Keep on drawing...
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All I can say is...How? I've opened Inkscape many times and I can't figure out how to get clean looking lines like that.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kyrian wrote:
All I can say is...How? I've opened Inkscape many times and I can't figure out how to get clean looking lines like that.

Perhaps your lines are too thin, Kyrian? Have you tried making them thicker? Select the line by clicking on it and then hit "Ctrl-Shift-F" to bring up the "Fill and Stroke" menu. Click on the "Stroke Style" tab to modify the width of your lines. Thinner lines tend to look, at least to me, a bit craggier than thicker lines. I prefer my lines to be between 1.500 and 2.500 in width, depending on what is being drawn.

Is that helpful?

Also, keep the comments coming! I can only get better if people tell me what needs to be improved!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the first thing I thought of the hilt was that it seems to be going the wrong way.  I feel like it should bend up not down.  Though I could be wrong.  But overall I think it is really cool.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

McBish wrote:
Well the first thing I thought of the hilt was that it seems to be going the wrong way.  I feel like it should bend up not down.

Would you mind explaining? I (loosely) based the hilt on this one, but I am most eager to hear your thoughts on the matter.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure if I can exactly explain what I mean.  It might have just been a first impression since now that I think about it I have seen hilts like that.  Maybe it has something to do with the bump in the middle where someones fingers would fit around.  Sorry I can't articulate it better just something seems a bit off.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sword is totally awesome.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



A simple scimitar, though the color-scheme and macabre engravings imply that it might be designed for nefarious purposes rather than noble ones.

Comments and critiques?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TOTALLY an enchanted sword that can only be used by Evil characters.

Awesome. =)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a sexy looking blade, sir.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the first one, I agree on the hilt problem.  The blade just looks to ornate for such a simple hilt.  The second is pretty damn good.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A rather ornamental battle axe drawn with the nature-lover in mind. The bear and wolf iconography are drawn from various aboriginal designs that I have a fondness for. The vaguely alchemical symbol is there because I got bored of bears.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe move the alchemical symbol to the middle instead of the end, but otherwise, it looks pretty good.  You're really good at making weapons, Soph.  Almost as good as you are at making great characters.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the symbol should be right where it is or at the base of the head.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Wukei about the placement of the symbol.

Great looking axe.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both of the new pics look great, Soph! But as been said, a slight change in symbol position would make it even better.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uberblah wrote:
But as been said, a slight change in symbol position would make it even better.

Why is that, exactly? Is its current position unbalancing in some way? I simply figured that it added a sense of finality to the haft of the weapon, like a period at the end of a sentence.

I am, however, quite eager to hear more opinions on the matter.

Also, I've been seeing a lot of positive replies but little in the way of constructive criticism. I would love to learn how to add more detail, or to shade, shadow or texture my work. Any advice on those topics would be most welcome, as would any other advice on how I might improve my work.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just think that if the symbol was more centralized, it'd be more prominent. When I was reading the comments about it, I didn't know what they were talking about because I didn't see it at first. But that's just me. I can't speak for everyone.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A symbol or signature is usually put on a handle or head of a weapon right at the base of the head.  On swords, it tends to be on the blade right near the hilt, on longer weapons it's right under the head of the weapon.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So moving the symbol to the top of the haft would make it more of a signature left by the weapon's smith than just another "ornament"?

That is intriguing. I did not know that.

You would advise, then, that I move it?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honestly?  It took me a minute to figure out what he was talking about.  But that's because I was looking for the symbol near the head.  So, though it looks fine where it is, it would make more sense near the head if you're going for a signature.

If you're not, then I'd agree that it'd make more sense near the middle, or removed all together.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ignoring the silly symbol for this post...

One very simple way to start shading is to pick a direction where the 'light' is coming from (Make it simple - Left, right, or top) then do what you did with the scimitar edge (At least, I'm assuming this is how you got it so smooth) - duplicate the object and cut off the edge at about the middle of the new shade-object (or wherever the shading is meant to begin), adjusting the new-middle edge of the shade-object to make two lines running parallel until they merge. Then color the shade-object black, and set its transparency value to something between 10% and 30%.
*Thinks that was a bunch of garble*
Then again, I usually just get out the brush tool and draw my own shades from scratch. But that's me.

As for texture, groups of very very thin lines (like, smallest you can get them) usually do the trick for most solid objects. Note that they don't have to be perfectly straight.

Hope I helped.


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