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Artist and developer
Michael J Hammel
goes all Frank Miller in this month’srainy, grainy Gimp graphics tutorial. One day a real rain’s gonna come…
We chilled out with a peace, love and understanding montage.
is a contributor tothe
projectand the author ofthree books on thesubject, includinghis latest,
The Artist’s Guide to Gimp Effects
Man with Gun
Men with Gun (Red Tie)
s a child I never spent much time with Marvel orDC Comics in my pocket, preferring instead to idleaway my hours with images of Star Trek andmoonshots, parked on the front porch with Arthur C Clarkeand Isaac Asimov, reaching for the stars with Carl Sagan andhiding under the sheets to listen to Dr. Dimento on the radio. Iwas a weird kid, even by comic book reader standards. ButI’ve grown up since then, and as my wife says I’m far morepersonable than your average geek. I read less, watch moviesmore, and perform a reasonable bass on
. And I’mstill not into comics.Despite this it is nearly impossible, even for grown but stilldemented geeks such as myself, to have completely avoidedthe impact that comics and their darker, brethren GraphicNovels, now have on society. Constantly reaching for evermore bizarre ways to bloody the cast, movie producers haveturned to comics for story concepts, most notably totranslate the theme of the comic world on to the big screen.Ignoring the hideous adventures that were
, Hollywood seems to have found its comic groove andis happily embedded in the world of super heros.
Hats off to the heroes
So it is that this geek must pay homage to the genre. Recenthits such as
The Dark Knight
have added aslightly darker tone to the circa 1970s incarnations of ofSuperman and Wonder Woman.
tookthis new vision to even darker realms. Fortunately for this
left a reasonable graphic mark upon mewith its high contrast and splashes of colour. Which leads tothis issue’s tutorial…This month we’ll use multiple stock photos to show ourrugged hero patrolling the bad lands of the city under a rainsoaked and miserable night. The whole thing will be black andwhite with just a single splash of colour. What’s fun aboutworking in black and white is that the image is more likely tofit into the gamut of the local ink jet printer. I’ll address theone place this might not be the case when we get to thetouch of colour.
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