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Gimp Computer Art Design Software Program For Artists

Updated on September 29, 2010

Gimp Art In Progress

A Smudge here and there made this old demon drawing look more sharper.Copyright Wayne Tuly 2009
A Smudge here and there made this old demon drawing look more sharper.Copyright Wayne Tuly 2009

Gimp Art And Design Software

Gimp is a free software for artists and I've ben using it the past few days to sort out some of my older drawings so that they look alot sharper and more smoother artwork, although I need to learn a few advanced things about the Gimp software I feel by just using the smudge and burn tools that are incorporated into the software that these are more than enough for now to update my existing artwork.

Although the advanced features like layers interests me, but because this software is free, it gives you the idea that you can almost do anything with it and so this is going to be an ongoing hubpage series on the stuff that I have learnt to do with Gimp and I'll show you the before and after results of my work to prove that I am using it and experimenting different applications and computer art techniques.

See some more examples of my smudging with the gimp software

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Drawing Editing Is Easy With Gimp

In the example below I uploaded an old drawing I did about 4 years ago that was in one of my old computer files...gathering virtual dust I might add! and I began editing the drawing by adding blacks and some greys and then smudging to create some great smooth textures and computer shading, then I started to add colour gradually with the airbrush tool, using various sizes for colour application, although I haven't finished the drawing using Gimp yet as I can foresee several layers of smudging and shading that will need to be made up to combine with zoomed in details that I will have to draw in right at the end.

Although I haven't used Gimp for a considerably long time I can see the benefits of using it for whatever art I am drawing offline and then to scan it in and just have a play around with some of the softwares features is what helps you to learn anyway.

Get some extra plug ins for Gimp, to make it more closer to Photoshop,

 Cheers to Sunforged for this link, because I wouldn't have known about it otherwise.

Wardevil Shaded Pencil Drawing Before And After - Still Not Finished Yet

The original wardevil pencil sketch drawn offline. Copyright Wayne Tully 2009
The original wardevil pencil sketch drawn offline. Copyright Wayne Tully 2009
The after drawing on Gimp, bearing in mind all I have at the moment is an optical mouse to draw with. Copyright Wayne Tully 2009
The after drawing on Gimp, bearing in mind all I have at the moment is an optical mouse to draw with. Copyright Wayne Tully 2009

Gimp Design Software

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    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yes I can't wait to explore more of the gimp software to see what I can really do, although once I master some of the advanced features I can create some great artwork like the bloke who does loads of videos at even though he does concept work for computer games and has probably had training, his work is ace when he uses the gimp interface.

      Cheers Robert!

    • robertsloan2 profile image


      9 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Yes! So glad you got GIMP! It is good for so many things. I'm not surprised you found different tools for your first discoveries than I did. GIMP is wonderful for taking a pencil sketch and making it visible online if it fades out too much too.


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