Art Tutorials Works In Progress

Drawing a coiled afro with Inkscape

Alright, I think I’ve got it!

Manyara with coily-textured hair.
My best effort at a coily-textured afro.

The following explanation will probably only make sense to more experienced Inkscape users, but this style is a bit too complex for me to do a full tutorial at this point.  This texture can be achieved using a combination of several Live Path Effects.


The “Coily” Challenge

If you’re interested in drawing Afro-textured hair for real (as in with a pencil & paper) check out this tutorial over at Learn to Art.  I’ve been trying to figure out how to make this kind of “coily” hair texture in Inkscape without drawing it freehand.  I’m getting close to a solution, but it may be a while before I can put together a tutorial.  So far, it looks like my version is turning out more cartoony than realistic—which is actually just right for the visual style I am going for.

Reflection Tutorials


It occured to me that some of the tutorials and other information I post may be useful beyond RPG Maker.  Let me know in a comment if you decide to use some of these techniques elsewhere!


Natural Hair with Inkscape

Hello, welcome to my first tutorial.  Here you’ll learn how create basic natural hairstyles using Inkscape.  It’s very easy; no drawing skill whatsoever required!

This is Manyara. She'll be our model for today's tutorial.

Tight curls are probably the easiest hair texture to create.  For this image I also used the technique from Chrisdesign Blog’s tutorial on straight/relaxed hair to draw the front hair where it is pulled back.


A couple of things you are going to need…

Thanks for viewing my blog.  I will soon begin posting tutorials on how to create characters with Black/African features for use in RPG Maker.  If you want to follow along, you will need the following software:

  • Any version of RPG Maker (note that I will be working primarily with Ace, but will incorporate resources from XP as well.)
  • GIMP (free)
  • Inkscape (also free)

Watch this space for more info coming soon!


Hello world!

I’m blogging the development of my yet-unnamed RPG Maker project.  Visit often to find tutorials, “seeds” (RPG Maker resources), and opportunities to share your much-appreciated feedback.  I’m still new to game development, so your comments could have a big impact on the final product!