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Leonardo Hubber is now doing people

Updated on February 22, 2016
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Wielding my heavy computer as though it were a painter's brush, I decided to work some more imaging magic using my new-found photo-cruncher program, FotoSketcher, and make some people-portraits with it. I decided to not dip the computer into a bucket of paint or to scratch up its nice viewing screen with drawing pens and pencils. This hardware cost me way too much for that sort of nonsense. While I am always considering sparing the big bucks by taking good care of this expensive gadgetry, I should probably also think about telling folks about the cost of the FotoSketcher software. I costs zip-pop-nothing except for your time and labor to download the program from sourceforge.net. Not a bad deal, when you get right down to thinking about it.

Anyway, the other day I posted about rendering images into simulated cartoons, pencil sketches, pastels, oil paintings, and even simulated vintage photographs . The variety of graphic output is extensive – 23 different types of renderings in all. I had the plan to show many of the different sorts of “fakes” you could produce using this software. Included in the plan was showing how easy it really was to do such things. I used the screenshots of both the simple workings of the program and its many results to do the job.

What I did not display were any conversions of photographs of people. I intend to make up for that here.

Today I will use two people-photographs as graphics art simulation examples. One is a picture of a little baby. I copied the photograph from the album sent to me by Serif, the maker of the “PagePlus” publishing software system that I like to use when I am away from HubPages. The other photograph, this one in real need of viewing improvement, is a picture that my friend, Rod Gorman, made of me while I pretended to be attending to business on his office computer. Rod snapped the picture of me using his “obsolete” Sony Mavica-91 digital camera. More recently, Rod gave me that camera because I needed a digital camera and he was unhappy with owning the Sony that had, once long ago, permitted itself to be used making snapshots of GusTheRedneck.

Enough said. Here are the two photos and their conversions. The screenshots show how the simulations went forward, from initial photograph to the final graphic art renditions.

Original photograph to be rendered into different types of simulated artwork
Original photograph to be rendered into different types of simulated artwork | Source
Oil pastel rendition
Oil pastel rendition | Source
Pen and ink sketch
Pen and ink sketch | Source
Original photo merged with pen and ink sketch
Original photo merged with pen and ink sketch | Source
Color pencil sketch rendition
Color pencil sketch rendition | Source
Cartoon rendition
Cartoon rendition | Source
Original photograph to be rendered into different types of simulated artwork
Original photograph to be rendered into different types of simulated artwork | Source
Oil painting redition
Oil painting redition | Source
Vintage photograph rendition
Vintage photograph rendition | Source
Colored dots abstraction rendition
Colored dots abstraction rendition | Source

Screenshot of a rendition in progress


FotoSketcher work screen. Panel shows parameter selections. Image frame in panel can be moved about. When the image is OK, it is rendered with a click on "Draw."
FotoSketcher work screen. Panel shows parameter selections. Image frame in panel can be moved about. When the image is OK, it is rendered with a click on "Draw." | Source

Get a copy of the program

Now that you have seen some results from the use of the FotoSketcher graphics transformation program, it is time for you to download and use your own copy. the software is downloadable from sourceforge.net.


Enjoy using FotoSketcher and let's see some of your artistic simulations here on HubPages soon.

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    • PADDYBOY60 profile image

      PADDYBOY60 

      5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      I guess I am too busy having fun, being a kid again.

    • GusTheRedneck profile imageAUTHOR

      Gustave Kilthau 

      5 years ago from USA

      Howdy Patrick (Paddyboy) -

      Now, you know better. You and I never get caught up on the technology of the day, the week, the month... and something else always pops up.

      Glad you like the article.

      Gus :-)))

    • PADDYBOY60 profile image

      PADDYBOY60 

      5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Just when I think I am getting caught up on the technology of the day something else pops up. Very interesting hub Gus.

    • GusTheRedneck profile imageAUTHOR

      Gustave Kilthau 

      5 years ago from USA

      Bok DDE -

      Thanks for the kind comment. The photos are of good quality mainly because I obtained the originals from others - and the conversions were all done through the FotoSketcher program on the computer. I enjoyed working with them and like the results to a reasonable degree.

      Gus :-)))

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An interesting insight to Leonardo Hubber is now doing people, the phots are so lovely.

    • GusTheRedneck profile imageAUTHOR

      Gustave Kilthau 

      5 years ago from USA

      Good Doctor bj (drbj) -

      Just finished my lung treatment and was about to crater for the night when I thought to myself, "Self, go check your Leonardo invitation deal before you sack it in..." and here you were.

      Now then, "St. Francis," countryman of Wilbur's Mill's famous friend, "the Argentinian Firecracker - Fanne Fox," now Pope and in charge of all in-cathedral workings and collection plates, etc., may re-do the ceiling in the Vatican's famous chapel (recently stuffed with smokers and all), but he surely would not want even a friendly visit from a handsome or an ugly devil. In fact, I wonder how any kind of devil could slip past those short-skirted Swiss guard cross dressers to get close enough to the man to even tell him "Howdy," such as I might be inclined to do.

      I plead guilty to being good-looking. I've been looking good for a long, long time to win the lotto. Alas, I have never done so. Probably because of my lack of due respect for Popes and those folks over there in Bhutan who execute those who disobey their long-standing, religion-based law against harming incoming migrational storks inside of which the Bhutanese believe reside their reincarnated ancestors.

      Hey, Good Doctor, you now can brag about acquaintance with someone who knows about Popes and smoking chapels in need of redecorating, cross dressing, short-skirted Swiss Guards, handsome devils, Argentinian strip tease dancers messing around Congressmen, and Bhutanese ancestors inside of migrating storks returning back home periodically to check and see of the locals are still keeping their chopping blocks at the ready for stork protection.

      Come to think of it, now, I should have simply gone to bed.

      Gus :-)))

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Can you travel, Leonardo? I hear the new Pope is thinking of re-doing the Vatican ceiling. You handsome devil, you!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      5 years ago from Norfolk

      Why am I smiling again! It seems you have this effect on a lot of people, have a great day Gus

    • GusTheRedneck profile imageAUTHOR

      Gustave Kilthau 

      5 years ago from USA

      Hi Sally (sallybea) -

      Well, I surely did like your article about making really fine art out of really fine photos. Not bad stuff considering you were stuck "inside" of that giant bubble deal. I'd be interested in seeing what a real artist-type, like you, can do with a program like FotoSketcher. when I have a go at it, it is just an amateur whose real art stops at the saddle shoe level. :-)

      Gus :-)))

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      5 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Gus, great idea, has some similarities to the article I wrote Pictures to Painting - turn your Photographs into Original Oil Fine Art Masterpieces.

      Would not mind having a go at that myself. Voted up.

    • GusTheRedneck profile imageAUTHOR

      Gustave Kilthau 

      5 years ago from USA

      Howdy Laurie (Rayne123) -

      Whoever worked out the FotoSketcher software programming must have been quite an accomplished graphics artist - or maybe had plenty of friends and working buddies who knew their stuff. He, she, or they surely did make it nice for those of us who are duds with drawing.

      Gus :-)))

    • GusTheRedneck profile imageAUTHOR

      Gustave Kilthau 

      5 years ago from USA

      Hello Jamie (jhamman) -

      Good to see you once again - wish I could offer you some of that coffee in the cup atop the FotoSketcher work panel. :-)

      I hope that your world straightens rightside-up again. Scares me to think of being buried by an avalanche of all of those coins falling out of your pockets. Lordy, lordy...

      Gus :-)))

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      5 years ago from Reno NV

      People TOO! A man my world is upside down. Jamie

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      Rayne123 

      5 years ago

      That is pretty cool, good ole technology of 2013

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