Episode 076

Episode 076 – Grunge Patterned Snowboard

by heathenx

In this episode I will demonstrate how to draw a very simple snowboard and apply a grunge pattern to it in Inkscape v0.46.

The grunge pattern brushes for Gimp used in this episode can be found at Hawksmont Universe. If you like his work then why not give him a small PayPal donation. He’s earned it. πŸ˜‰

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18 Responses to “Episode 076”

  1. Zombiebrainz Says:

    Excellent work as always! Thanks for the link to the grunge brushes — always good to have these in your toolbox πŸ™‚

    Thanks again!

  2. Galatea Says:

    As always your doing a great job. I just love your screencasts, there’s always something new to learn, I didn’t know about the bitmap vectorisation thing so thanks for that πŸ™‚
    I have only one question which is a little bit out of subject : what’s that scripted font your using ? I think it’s maybe “hand of sean”; .. I’m kind of customising my Ubuntu and that font looks good.

    again merci beaucoup for sharing πŸ˜‰

    ps: excuse my poor english.

  3. heathenx Says:

    @Zombiebrainz and @Galatea

    Thanks for going easy on me. I flubbed up the section where I was using clip and the layer/multiply didn’t work as expected. Thank God I’m not a professional otherwise I would have fixed that stuff. πŸ˜‰


    The system font that I use is called “rufscript”.

    Add this to your apt source:

    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/andrewsomething/ubuntu hardy main
    deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/andrewsomething/ubuntu hardy main


    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/andrewsomething/ubuntu intrepid main
    deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/andrewsomething/ubuntu intrepid main


    sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get install ttf-rufscript

  4. Darth_Gimp Says:

    Hx great job as expected!

    If you are interested, I would love to share with you some simple but effective changes to your gimp setup. You mention that you use Gimp often and I think this will be helpful.

  5. heathenx Says:


    Sure, I would be glad to get some tips from you. Just go to our Contact page and send us an email.

    Thank-you. πŸ™‚

  6. Galatea Says:

    thank you πŸ™‚

  7. RedBirdiii Says:

    Impressive as always..
    You are a source of vector inspiration..
    I’m really grateful!!

  8. Particello Says:

    Great Work, Heathenx!

    For this work, i think it would be quickier by transform the texture you’ve done in Gimp in a Pattern by the command Pattern->Object to Pattern..But..As you said..that’s the flexibility of Inkscape! πŸ™‚

    Thank you for sharing your work!

  9. heathenx Says:


    Yup, the pattern tip would have been wise too. One would not have to fiddle with clipping the texture. Woulda, coulda, shouda, I guess. πŸ™‚

  10. mauve Says:

    Clipping the texture makes it much easier to ensure high-quality results than an image fill. If you used an image fill you run the risk of breaking the pixel-alignment of the texture, which will make it look grotty.

    I would have put another duplicate board over the top, with a black/white/transparent gradient to simulate lighting and make the board look less flat.

  11. heathenx Says:


    Simulating light would have been a nice touch. I thought about adding bend glares where the board flips upward on both ends but that likely would have taken a few for minutes pushing the video to the 40 minute mark, which I don’t care about but some would rather I get to the point quickly.

  12. schrottplatz Says:

    cool! could you do sth like this? this would be very awesome!
    (the S they did using inkscape)

  13. heathenx Says:


    I’m not sure if I could duplicate it 1:1 but am I am pretty sure how it was made. The shapes appear to be a collection of spiro paths and spiro is only available in the 0.46+devel builds, slated for 0.47. Check out my sneak-peek episode 067 for a quick introduction. I believe Andy Fitzsimon was the creator of that image and it appears like he is using a shape as a spiro brush. Out of respect I wouldn’t want to duplicate his work. Why not contact Andy and ask him about it?


  14. fireclown Says:

    Fantastic work always looking at the work you create and the ideas you throw out there. This one really took my attention, and I have created an ultimate Emo-Skate deck!!! πŸ™‚ this tutorial is so practical not just for snowboards but many design oriantated things… and I think if my EMO-Skate Deck was produced it would probably be priceless haha. Good work and a great theory to produce something for free for people to use.

  15. fireclown Says:

    Ohh sorry double post but been spending time on this area and put some work in and just wanted to post some of the latest work and say thanks to everyone here and the time and effort you put in to help people.

    Skate retro – pool board : http://i633.photobucket.com/albums/uu51/fireclown/skate-retro-pool.png

  16. shoes Says:

    Dude that is cool, as a skater that is very inspiring to me. With that site it looks like I will refer some bros.

  17. Dave Says:

    Thanks for the screencast, pretty cool stuff! I was debating taking some photoshop classes, I might have too, but your tutorials actually help get past my noob status lol! Thank you!

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