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Sponge Painting Cartoon Landscapes

Aug 24, 2013, 11:13 (This post was last modified: Aug 24, 2013 11:29 by Wendy Black.)
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Sponge Painting Cartoon Landscapes
This tutorial is how to make layered cartoon landscapes. The work design is a lot like sponge painting. The artist takes a sponge and cuts out a shape rolls a small amount of paint onto the sponge and applies it to form patterns.

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First I will start by filling my new backgound light blue (3fb7ff html). Edit--> Fill FG color (Ctrl+comma).

1. Now I am going to make 6 transparent layers, (Ctrl+Shift+N) six times.
2. You will notice how I renamed my layers "hills 1-6"
3. Working on layer hills 1, I create some mountians with the Paths Tool (B).

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4. Once I have my paths made I select the button "Selection from Path" and fill it white.
5. Select Eraser Tool (Shift+E) and change your brush type to Galaxy (AP) use the eraser only on the lower half of the mountians.

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6. Switch the brush to Fuzzy Circle 15 and use it along the lower edge.

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7. Begin work on "hills 2" layer by making more steep hills off in the distance. Follow the same method but fill these hills with a dull blue-gray (6784a2 html) color. Then add in a gaussian blur.

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8. My next set of hills used olive-green (678447 html) and the layer after that lime-green (80c437 html).

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9. For now skip over layer 4 and place these hills on layer 5.

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10. Using the Rectangle Select Tool ® I cut and paste this middle hill over to the right.

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11. Going back to layer 4, I select the Blend Tool (B) and set a gradient from (2ac338 to 678447 html) making a nice green blend.

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12. I select from the lower part of the dark green hills all the way to the bottom of my image. Then work on layer 5.

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13. Using the "Galaxy (AP)" brush I use Eraser (Shift+E) as before but on the top edge of these foothills. Next I choose Paint (P) and select pure Red and Yellow to make some flowers.

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14. Minimalist applying the flowers to the mid sections of the hills.

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15. On the top layer 6 I am going to make a tree, it doesn't matter where. I start by making the trunk with the Pencil Tool (N) in black.

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16. I use a very light green and add the leaves with the "Galaxy (AP)" brush. Now the tree should be the only thing on layer 6. I choose Layer --> Transparency --> Alpha to Selection and Cut with Ctrl+X.

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17. Now select none and you will see in the brushes the tree is found in the Clipboard Brush. I set the scale to 0.30 (30%) and began a line of smaller trees in the back. Then increased to 0.50 (50%) and ending in the foreground with 0.80 (80%).

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18. I finished up adding a new foreground layer with some dark hills and blotted them with a new brush made from a filled circle and erased with the Galaxy Brush. From start to finish this image took only 80 minutes and could have been quicker... I was busy making this tutorial.

Download my file:
.xcf  samjack.xcf (Size: 1.24 MB / Downloads: 70)

And remember: "My time in this land has made me harsh and rude. I did not mean to insult you."
- Samurai L. Jackson

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Aug 24, 2013, 20:46
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RE: Sponge Painting Cartoon Landscapes
Thank you Ofnuts. I have seen a lot of talent since joining this forum. I am sure there is plenty of room for other people to improve on this work.

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Aug 25, 2013, 09:39
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Ms. Black,

Pardon my intrusion, I don't usually join or sign up for discussions. I have been following your tutorials and others in this forum for some time now without the need to ask questions. But something I noticed gave me pause. I am running Gimp in Linux version 2.6.7 and I don't have the Quick menu I see in your screenshots between Filters and Windows.

Your tutorials are very well documented and I have no problem understanding them. I look forward to seeing you complete the bioship you have spoken about in other postings. This tutorial among others in these forums are most helpful and informative.

I would like to know what that Quick menu is all about?

Curiously Yours,

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Aug 25, 2013, 10:35
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(Aug 25, 2013 09:39)Unscene Wrote:  something I noticed gave me pause. I am running Gimp in Linux version 2.6.7 and I don't have the Quick menu I see in your screenshots between Filters and Windows.

Your tutorials are very well documented and I have no problem understanding them. I look forward to seeing you complete the bioship you have spoken about in other postings. This tutorial among others in these forums are most helpful and informative.
...

welcome lurker lol (no offense) . Since you mentioned that "quick" sub menu, I didn't even notice it, but now I'm curious too! (I'm guessing its a set of plugins or custom menu)

@WendyBlack: Great job on getting the samuri J style down, looks good!
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Aug 25, 2013, 14:35
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RE: Sponge Painting Cartoon Landscapes
Yes Unseen, the boys are 100% correct. It is my script-fu menu renamed. In fact, when I snag a script I like I add it there so I don't have to go fishing through the menus for it. At the very bottom of most scripts you find something like this;

Code:
(script-fu-menu-register "script-fu-anyscript"
             _"<Image>/File/Create/Misc")
I change it to look like this;
Code:
(script-fu-menu-register "script-fu-anyscript"
             _"<Image>/Quick")

In the words of Bill Gates, "I am not a code guru, I leave that stuff up to the professionals."

Thanks!

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