Whew. I'm going to need some of Dr Rentel's Vitality Pills to keep up with all the directions this thread is going in. The key matter to me is to observe where you take this filter, which in most cases has not been entirely anticipated by me. Issabella, for example, has particular aesthetic sensibilities which are not mine, and by her various outcomes illustrates visual effects that I would not have thought were in the filter's reach a week or two ago.
That's it. That, in just a few words, what Issabella wrote is the importance of not only this thread but the larger GimpChat framework. Thanks be to GnuTux and others for founding this raucous zoo. These tools are too large to learn on one's own. (Gimp or G'MIC). To see how others use the tools, to see how others go about getting their outcomes, gives everybody big hints on how to reach their own outcomes.
I particularly like the stele in your post (#63
) which looks somewhat like a Stone Age flint arrowhead. The hedcut pattern on the stone, following its geometry, looks like an alien script and lends a great air of ponderous mystery. I wonder if you considered diminishing or even suppressing the hedcut pattern in the sky, to give greater emphasis to the stone? Pen-and-ink was my first drawing medium, and my mother - who also illustrated in that medium - eventually pounded into my head that with a strong contrast medium like India ink on white cold-press, where one didn't
draw was every bit as important as where one did
: 'Frame the inkwork in white.' was her constant guidance, and that sticks with me. Dark hedcut on light background can also overwhelm. In my humble opinion, it need not be everywhere; only where it has to be. Figuring that out, of course, is the fun of the game.
Hedcut with Blur by color was one of those discoveries that occured to me only after seeing where this thread was taking off, so I thorougly enjoy how you've picked up where I left off and carried the technique elsewhere. The hedcut pattern, in the manner that it sort of follows edges and sort of doesn't, reminded me of loose-brush painting styles, which in turn gave me the thought that a blur-by-color control image based on hedcut patterns would give rise to interesting faux loose-brush styles. Now you've gone ahead and made 'interesting' fascinating. Thank you.
You can steal my oranges anytime if that's the kind things you're going to be doing with them. As you may gather from my remarks to OMG, pen-and-ink, white-on-black is something I have a sweet spot for. Thanks also for bringing to fore that there are many, many Gimp-G'MIC filters in the tree that don't get much attention nowadays in the noise engendered by the new filters. That's a shame; they have not, in any sense, lost their vitality - just mind-share.
It is certainly possible to automate your technique into a new filter. To those adept at G'MIC command line, a Gimp-GMIC filter is a graphical UI wrapped around a G'MIC command, and -- in almost three times out of four -- a G'MIC command is just a packaged sequence of other G'MIC commands. That makes a Gimp-G'MIC filter subject to the same taking-apart-and-reassembly process that engenders new and modified g'mic commands from other g'mic commands. Behind the scenes, Lylejk's Stencil is a repetition of blurring-unsharpening-cutting an image. To that you add -smooth
, just wrapped in a Gimp-G'MIC filter. It's not a difficult process to take these front-end steps and combine them with Stencil to synthesize a new filter (in fact, Ronounours seems to have
me and done just that -
!) One of the goals of the gmic.eu Tutorial pages
(its first anniversay being Pi Day
, tomorrow, and already today over the Date Line) is to cultivate a wider facility at the G'MIC command line, along with the theory behind the significant commands. In the command line setting, Gimp-G'MIC filters assume an entirely different character: they are mere assemblies of convenience that, like so many Erector Set gadgets, can be quickly taken apart and reassembled to fit some new purpose. The ability to dissolve and reassemble Gimp-G'MIC filters is just one of the benefits of grasping the principles of the underlying command line, in that it frees one from the tyranny of Gimp-G'MIC filters that almost (but not quite) do what you need them to do. But perhaps this is a topic of another thread