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How I Created My Spooky House Using GIMP

Updated on February 11, 2015

Spooky House

Spooky house
Spooky house

First of all, I created a new layer and named it Foundation. After that, I drew the basic outline of my house using the Pencil Tool.

House outline
House outline

My technique for drawing this house was: I started from the top of the house and worked my way down. After having drawn the house's basic outline, I created a new layer and named it Upper front room. Once again, I used the Pencil Tool to draw out this room's outline, but I used the base color of that particular part of the house to draw it - 9d998d - and then I painted it.

Upper bedroom
Upper bedroom

In the creation of the upper front room, I began adding the side planks of the house and then I filled them with a texture from an old house that I made.

Side planks
Side planks

At this point, I have the upper room finished.

Upper bedroom finished
Upper bedroom finished

I am using the hex color 939c99 to fill in the side planks and then I use a combination of 7f8684 and 727976 to give them an old wood look. As you can see from the upper bedroom, I filled the windows with the color ffae2c and then applied a little Gaussian Blur so it would appear as though the room has mysterious occupants. Next to the upper room, I created a cone shape with a section of rooms.

The upper cone
The upper cone

And, as you can see, at this point, I have turned off visibility for the Background layer. I won't be needing it when I am finished with my image and I prefer not working with it.

Looking like a house
Looking like a house

As you can see from the image above, the house is coming along quite nicely - for being the work of an amateur. I managed to complete all of the upper half and I am now working my way down to the porch. I went back to some areas, namely, the area below the cone shape. What is actually a water tank. In this region, I used GIMP's Eraser Tool to carve out some areas of corrosion to give it an old worn out appearance.

You may see sections with gaps between elements. I will be filling these sections during the final phase of my project - to include final touch ups.

Almost finished
Almost finished

As you can see from the image above, my spooky house is almost finished. I've come a long ways since the last Hub entry.I've gotten the upper house, lower house, back side and the porch finished - to include all the windows and doors. Of course, my way of creating a spooky house may be a little cumbersome and time consuming. But I'm hoping it's the idea that counts. I will continue defining and detailing my house and then report back here after I have completely finished.

so, the final image is now complete:

Final house
Final house

I have made all the final touches. That includes, the vines growing up the porch area and chimney giving it a deserted, old abandoned feel. I have touched up some areas with some different shades of grey to give the wood a worn out appearance. My work is done here and I hope you enjoyed!

© 2014 Daniel Baker

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    • Danielspages2013 profile imageAUTHOR

      Daniel Baker 

      3 years ago from João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil

      Yeah, actually GIMP is very easy to learn. I am sure it won't take you anytime to learn what you need to know. And let me just say, I am just a novice when it comes to image design.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hi, Daniel. I sure envy guys like you who are good at image designing. The problem with me is that I write, but am poor at layout design.

      Back in my years as a journalist/editor, I had to rely on a layout artist to design the pages of our publication.

      Well...I guess it's never too late. This GIMP sure looks like fun.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      3 years ago

      No problem :)

    • Danielspages2013 profile imageAUTHOR

      Daniel Baker 

      3 years ago from João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil

      Thanks for the comment!

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      3 years ago



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