Fail Whale

100% Digital

posted Jan 17, 2011
not bad for a rookie
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Just for fun here, thought I'd post something experimental.Something radical. Something futuristic.

I have a Wacom Bamboo, and I'm finally learning how to use it. I present to you, a novelty. A vision of the 21st century. The first ever Fail Whale that exists only in digital hyperspace. The first panel that I have drawn on the computer. Yes, the only one without a paper version that exists here in meatspace.

So, it's rough and needs MUCH refining, but here it is for your mockery.

by NineInchNachos on 1/17/2011 @ 8:16am
are you using gimp? Is there a pressure sensitivity setting?

by The Jinxmedic on 1/17/2011 @ 8:53am
One of these days, I need to get one of those tablet thingies..

by KevinFreitas on 1/17/2011 @ 3:08pm
Gimp isn't too friendly with pressure sensitivity at least out of the box. My copy wasn't utilizing the pressure sensitivity of my Wacom. Might have to look for drivers or a plugin somewhere.

Great work Thorax and I encourage all budding digital artists to tune in to watch Photoshop Hero Stowe draw up tonight's comic 7-9pm at

by L.S.Erhardt on 1/17/2011 @ 5:53pm
The pressure sensitivity in GIMP 2.6 worked fine, and I actually found it to be annoying. I didn't know it did that, and it was kind of a hassle to undo.

I suppose if I know how and why I'd be using pressure sensitivity, I might go for it.

by NineInchNachos on 1/17/2011 @ 6:05pm
line variety! keeps your drawing from looking like it was drawn with a mouse :)

by L.S.Erhardt on 1/17/2011 @ 8:24pm
yet it was drawn with a mouse (sorta)...

I think I ought to tweak settings, because the pressure makes your line fainter towards the BG color when you press less. I'd really rather have the width of the line change.

by NineInchNachos on 1/17/2011 @ 8:34pm
well ya that's the idea. should be able to configure a brush that just changes width of line.. press harder = bigger line. try also doing color on second layer set to muliply. but I don't know jack about gimp so i'm not very helpful!

by KevinFreitas on 1/17/2011 @ 9:19pm
That was the prob I had with it. It would do transparency but not line thickness which is pretty lame. Just opened it up to play again and report on my findings...

by Marty on 1/17/2011 @ 9:22pm
I just printed it out.

by KevinFreitas on 1/17/2011 @ 9:38pm
Great success! Just got my Wacom working 100% in Gimp in Ubuntu. Use the first link mostly for getting a clean install then the second for managing the tablet in Gimp:

From there make sure you are showing the "Brush Dynamics" area in your main Gimp toolbar. To the right of "Pressure" make sure "Size" is checked.