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Acid Candy by Anarres Acid Candy by Anarres
So, as promised, I have updated the image. My apologies in advance.

Inspired by Grimcinder's Cotton Candy. I don't like pink, though, so I made this one that, come to think on it, has a slight TimBurtonish twist, and is definitely less peaceful and more disturbing than Grimcinder's one.

It's my fault.

All done in Inkscape, in about two hours ("about", because I was supossed to be tending to the installation of a network printer on thirteen machines, so it was nonlinear). I like the colouring effects, and how their acid softness contrasts with the black and white of the figure. This is one of the first times I've worked with gradients, and the result has pleased me (not that it is any complicated, though. I still think that, with layers, gradients are Inkscape's worst implemented feature).

By the way, inkscape is Free Software, and you can download it here for free.

This image is Copyright (c) 2005 Gatonegro. You can use, modify it and redistribute it under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution - ShareAlike license (version 2).
You can download the SVG source code here.
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:iconlightbringer777777:
Lightbringer777777 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
perfect ...
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DJAnt1320 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Mindblowing.
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:iconkrimsyn:
Krimsyn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008   Writer
Sick
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:iconanarres:
Anarres Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
Why?
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:iconziashu:
Ziashu Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007  Student General Artist
Acid candies are the BEST!!!! (no tongue anymore XD)
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:iconkernel-script:
kErNeL-sCrIpT Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Man, great work! I'm a Inkscape user too, and your art is a inspiration for me!
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:iconanarres:
Anarres Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
Obrigado pelo cumprido!

Sempre é bom conheçer outros desenhadores que ussam Software Livre. :)
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:iconkernel-script:
kErNeL-sCrIpT Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Opa, fala português, que legal =8^D
Pois é, eu gosto muito de Software Livre, e ultimamente estou usando o GIMP, ele me surpreende a cada dia.
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:iconsandrita89:
Sandrita89 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
muy bueno!
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:iconanarres:
Anarres Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
Graciñas! :)
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:iconfuneral-of-joy:
Funeral-Of-Joy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
Sorry for double comment but...do you use a tablet or is this made with a mouse?
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:iconanarres:
Anarres Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Oh, you are very welcome.

I didn't use a tablet, because I didn't had one at the time. I would now, but there wouldn't be much difference, I think.

See, the fact is that the calligraphy tool in Inkscape is very powerful. Many people underestimate it. You just have to play with its settings.

And remember that once you have several strokes of calligraphic paint, you can join them into a single shape, and simplify that one. This little trick makes things look much more paintlike.
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:iconfuneral-of-joy:
Funeral-Of-Joy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
it's GENIAL. i love it. :+fav:
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:iconrainbowrose:
rainbowrose Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
that's awesome
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:iconanarres:
Anarres Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Thank you!
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:iconpersephonevt:
persephonevt Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2006
Awesome, unique, and creative. Could you send me info about your prints?
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:iconanarres:
Anarres Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006
Thank you, I'm glad you like it.

The information for my prints is under the picture, in the link that reads "Print Available". It's the standard DeviantArt printing system, which IMHO is rather expensive. I would suppose that the resulting print is of very high quality, though.

Alternatively, you can download the source for the image and have it printed for you somewhere (or print it yourself).
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:iconmommys-lil-monster13:
this is SO COOL. jesus. i'm even downloading that program in a vain effort to make something as awesome as thiss. hahah excellent!
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:iconanarres:
Anarres Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006
Sigh... I had this written, and my connection chewed on the message. Let's see if I can recall...

I am glad that you like it -- it seems that this image is becoming quite popular as of late.

The program, Inkscape, is easy to use and powerful. You can start simple, and explore slowly the more advanced concepts as you discover the interface. Apart from the fact that it is Free Software, I really like it as a program in itself.

If you are going to give it a try, download the source I provide at the bottom of the image description. That way you will be able to examine how the picture was done.

And if you are going to try and replicate the acid strands/hair/paint splatters, remember: Calligraphic Pen, <Control><+> and <Control><L> are good friends.
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RaoulDuke Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005
this is great dahling!

im really excited about this one.. the contrast is great having it black and white with the trains in colour all confused just like it should be. I get the idea of a zillion things going through his mind, breaking confinements. The way his face is so vacant..

I just heart it all over.
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Anarres Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005
I am very glad that you like it.
This piece is one of my favourites, perhaps because I made it in almost no time -- it was very spontaneous and non-programmed. I too think that the contrast of colours and monochrome worked quite well. I myself can't stop coming back to look at it. :D

I think I'll get my chance to do a bit of advertising here (shame on me): Acid Candy will be soon avaliable (provided that it gets past quality control) as a poster in several sizes and finishes, a postcard and a puzzle. I've also tried to keep the prices down (mainly because I don't think it fair that DeviantART gets 50% of the benefits, for they risk nothing).
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smallness Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2005
Neato torpedo!
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:iconanarres:
Anarres Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2005
Uh... The torpedo is the picture or myself? :hmm:

Anyway, thanks a lot.
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smallness Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005
Umm. The answer is 21?
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:iconanarres:
Anarres Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005
I thought the answer was always meant to be 42?

Or I am again completely misled here?
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smallness Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005
Well...
A bat and a ball cost £1.10.
If the bat costs exactly £1 more than the ball.
What is the price of the ball?
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:iconanarres:
Anarres Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005
ĦI know! ĦI know! ĦI know! ĦI know! ĦI know!
(Insert franctic waving of a hand from my seat at class here)

It's a trick question, and the answer is £0.5.

Unless you are being very, very wicked, and then the correct answer would be 42.
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smallness Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005
Yayy!
:clap:

It's simply not in my nature to be wicked ;)
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:iconanarres:
Anarres Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2005
Either way, I got it right. :w00t:
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
hey man... just incredible! :+fav:
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:iconanarres:
Anarres Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2005
Thanks a lot. I'm glad you liked it -- from your gallery I see that you have a good criterion.
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verbalshadow Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
check out the inkscape website New Feature: On Canvas Gradient Editing
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:iconanarres:
Anarres Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2005
Oh, my. I'm off to check it.

Yep, it's true!

I use Debian Unstable, so it will be some time until I am able to use this feature, though.
Perhaps I should compile from the CVS. But I love so much apt-get...
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verbalshadow Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
good work, the acid hair paths look complex. Inkscape does have some flaws, layers being the most in need of work, the gradients are ok but not terrible. the dialog could use some work though.
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Anarres Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
Well, gradients look just fine -- the problem is getting them there: it's the gradient interface what is awful. (Also, there are limitations on the types of gradients that Inkscape can handle -- four-point-gradients, for example, are not viable, because the SVG standard does not support them.)

Layers -- let's just skip it for now. The feature has been long demanded, and was implemented in a hurry. It totally lacks an interface that deserves the name. I wouldn't really mind if (like gradients) they didn't interfer with the rest of the work: you could just leave them sitting there, untouched, and work with just one layer. But the program sometimes behaves strangely when importing other SVG images, and places them on separate layers. They're easy to bring back to the same layer (ctrl+a, ctrl+x, go to layer, ctrl+alt+v), but the trouble is that you must notice that they are in different layers...

Oh, well, it will get sorted with time. That's the power of Free Software: it's alive.

The acid patterns on the hair are, in fact, rather simple: I just set the calligraphic tool to minimun width and doodled with it, pulling strands from her head. Then picked the strands by sectors and joined them in the same shape ("control"+"+"). Simplfied (control+l) to give them the inkish aspect, and then filled with gradients.

Actually, forcing the gradients to fit acceptably took more time than doing the hair structure.

But I'm happy with the results. I'm glad you like them, too.


[ Nota bene: Rereading the prior paragraphs, I rant a lot about Inkscape . But, be it clear, I love it: it's simple, powerful and extremely well done, especially considering that it was developed in less than two years (I'm talking about the interface -- the core was there with Sodipodi). And, above all, it's Free (yes, as in "free beer", but more importantly, as in "Free Speech"). ]
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