Fun With Doodling

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TheNut 179 Jul 13, 2011 at 03:45

I picked up a Bamboo Pen and Touch tablet during the weekend and I’ve been having quite a bit of fun with it. I originally bought it so that I can take notes down on the computer rather than using pen and scrap paper, but its use has evolved beyond that. Quick and dirty UML diagrams, outlining class relationships, and of course doodling :lol:

I came across some pretty good HTML 5 drawing demos and thought, heck, why not reinvent the wheel and build one of my own! So after about a day’s worth of Javascript sword fighting, I whipped up Web Doodle.

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Click to Doodle!

Unfortunately HTML 5 doesn’t support pressure inputs, so the Bamboo device and similar ones have to rely on software to control the brush properties. In my particular app, I added in several configurable properties to control the brushes.

The web app is still in its infancy, but I’m looking forward to adding more to it as time goes on. Online posting and sharing is pretty much a no-brainer, but I’m also investigating the possibility for gaming. There’s an old game called Pictionary that I would like to remake. Something my colleagues and I can do when the boss isn’t looking :lol:

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rouncer 104 Jul 15, 2011 at 04:54

i like your shading man.
The lines look nice and hand drawn (neat) trying to get that with the mouse is a complete pain.
just to change the subject a little, ive moved my art to skin and tattoo gun recently, ill post something soon - im practicing on pig skins. the difficulty factor is slightly increased cause you have to constantly wipe excess ink off the skin as you do it, and you have to make sure the ink gets imbedded properly, your not allowed to scratch around like usual.
But shading is pretty intuitive, you just add a bit, wipe it off, add a little more till you get the right depth of colour. (but you have a different gun for shading. it has a bigger needle battery at the tip.

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moe 101 Jul 15, 2011 at 11:07

Nice! Tooltips on the icons would be cool. I like the icons. I had some need for good icons in the past, but could not find anything usefull and painting them yourself is always a pain in the ass. Did you paint them yourself, or did you find some resources online?

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TheNut 179 Jul 15, 2011 at 22:01

Moe, other than the sketchy icons, I used some from icons available online. OpenClipart is a good place to start when looking for general graphics. Some of the other icons I used came from the Tango Desktop Project. There’s also the Crystal Project.

Rouncer, yeah, the mouse is a bit difficult to work with. It’s great for straight lines, horrible for curves ;) That’s what I find so neat about the pen tablet. I thought at first writing without looking down at what I am doing would be tough, but it’s quite natural. The device also supports touch, so oil and finger type paintings would be an interesting possibility. Speaking of which, I watched a documentary on Leonardo da Vinci and the various art projects he took on. His techniques, and of course results were quite fascinating.

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fireside 141 Jul 16, 2011 at 00:55

Finally got around to trying this. I think the shading tool is one of the most intuitive I’ve ever tried. I would consider it useful if it had colors, had a fill tool, and could save in png. A rounding or smoothing algorithm would be nice also. This is an app that really shouldn’t be a web app.

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rouncer 104 Jul 16, 2011 at 07:37

this pic was done totally freehand no take backs with a mouse, its about this hard to do a freehand tattoo.
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oh damn, i just realized nudity isnt allowed on this site, can you guys let me keep this here, its in arts sake only…

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moe 101 Jul 16, 2011 at 17:14

TheNut, I will check out the links. Thanks.

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Reedbeta 168 Jul 16, 2011 at 19:58

No, rouncer, put up a link to it (with a NSFW warning) if you want to post things like that, but DON’T put them directly on the forum.

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rouncer 104 Jul 17, 2011 at 18:18