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Art

Nia

I just created a full image of Nia from the smaller portrait used in-game.  It’s mostly just for fun, but I’d like to do the other characters too.  Anyway, it was a nice break from writing.

A black woman in a denim jacket, purple shirt, and jeans.  She is waving "hello."
Nia, waving “hello.”
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Writing

Writing

For the next few months I’ll be focusing on writing.  Now that I have the right tool for the job, I should be able to get the story done relatively quickly.  In the meantime, I have a slight backlog of character designs that don’t have their character written yet.  So, you can still look forward to a few character design posts as I get those done.

It’s amazing what a difference it makes to have free & low-cost software like Ywriter, Inkscape, GIMP and RPG Maker.  I would never even have dreamed of doing a project like this otherwise.

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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.

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Art

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.

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Tutorials

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!

Manyara
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.