Video timelapse: Lezard

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Time-lapse of a full digital painting illustration with Mypaint / Alchemy and Gimp on Linux. ( only free and open-source application compatible with other system too ; ex : Windows ). It was recorded in august 2009 as a technology demo for the 2D open source industry, done with Blender Video sequence editor as well as VLC/Mencoder and (gtk)Recordmydesktop.

Information and link about the softwares :

Alchemy :
Mypaint :
Gimp :
gimp-for-painter :
Gimp Paint Studio :gps-gimp-paint
Linux Mint :

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link John R. Nyquist   - Reply

Very nice work David! Amazing! It's nice you put the software links up too.

link dark-blast   - Reply

we are proud to have you in FOSS creative! Nice work, great!

link David Revoy Author, - Reply

Thanks John and Dark-Blast ( nice portfolio , btw )

link Jolan   - Reply


On the other hand is there a .deb for Gimp Studio ?

And how to install Gimp Painter correctly in Ubuntu (with logo in the main menu (GNOME)?
A tutorial in a next post should be great to explain how.

So very glad to see a digital painter who use Linux and free software

link David Revoy Author, - Reply

Thanks Jolan ;
I don't have a .deb for "Gimp Studio" but I read it carefully and I really like what the author do.

To install Gimp-painter on Ubuntu, download the *.deb here :

Install it ; Gimp-painter should be installed in your /opt/gimp-painter-/ folder.
To run it you can execute this bin :

But I prefer to create a symbolic link to the usr/bin folder like this :
sudo ln -s /opt/gimp-painter-/bin/gimp-2.6 /usr/bin/gimp-painter

After this symbolic link created ; you can launch Gimp-painter from a terminal with typing only gimp-painter. Edit the Ubuntu menu is easy with this new "gimp-painter" shortcut.
If I have time , I will try to dedicate a post to this with good screenshots, and clean little code box ;)

link Jolan   - Reply

I tried to "compile" GimpPainter with a command that I found on the net but it didn't work

So I tried in Windows but it was very slow and very not attractive (lol)

Thank you for this tips. And glory to free softwares

link Rainer   - Reply

very nice work :)

link RetoucheLibre   - Reply

Ouch !!!
I previously saw this incredible video but I did not remember your name until you post your comment on my own blog. As we say in french : "chapeau bas".

link kocsi monika   - Reply

lines of marvelous work. I try my painted, but I'm not a graphic like I can not really draw a bar, I painted I hope we start to do my film is a short-RPG
Tovabbi a lot of luck working time in Hungary

link Anthony   - Reply

Hi David, This is a great Tutorial.

I was wondering what program you use for the screen capture?

link David Revoy Author, - Reply

@RetoucheLibre & Koksi Monika: Thanks !

@Anthony: Thanks, I use the software recordmydesktop and gtkrecordmydesktop. Maybe I will do an article soon about.

link Tef   - Reply

Wouaaah !! Je suis impressioné David ! Comme souvent d'ailleurs par la qualité de tes illustrations. Ta vidéo est trèèèèèès enrichissante car j'apprends pleins de choses (et surtout tu m'as fait découvrir Alchemy qui est vraiment top !)

Bravo :)

link Yoyo   - Reply

¡Es muy buena, este pintura! Te agradezco mucho :-)

link riptyde   - Reply

David, Excellent work...I love your style.

I don't remember where it was, but I thought I had read a reply by you stating you still had the full length, unedited, real time footage of this painting. Is that true? If so do you have a link to download it? I'm learning digital painting and I would really like to watch someone paint in real time.



link SomeFunkyDude   - Reply

Whoa! That is so cool. Thanks.

link Naran   - Reply


Belle leçon humilité. J'avais portant comment la journée en me disant que j'allais peintre et finalement il est 16h et j'en est pris plein les mirettes. Je reste sans voix devant tant de maitrise "carac design+creature+lanscapes+inovation= DR ;-)
Est le plus génial dans tout ça c'est que tu le fait avec des logiciels libres de droits. ça donne envie de jeter photoshop et de foncer vers cette voie que tu nous ouvert.
à Toi l'explorateur numérique



link Paul   - Reply


I am an amature artist and enjoy making art alot. Lately I have had no inspiration to paint or draw new illustrations. However, having bought a new wacom intuos 4 recently, I was forcing myself unsuccesfully to draw and paint. Thanks to this video, I now have a new way to start paintings (with alchemy and mypaint).

Keep up the great work,

Paul van Aar.

link Emanuele Sangregorio   - Reply

Hello, i saw you at the 2010 blender conference.... clap clap clap clap! You just made me want to buy a graphic tablet to work on our new short film :) see you next year!

link Deevad Author, - Reply

Thanks for the comments !

@Emanuele : Cool ! See you next year too ;)

link jose152   - Reply

well done sir. *takes of monocle*, im impressed :)

link Jendrick   - Reply

Wow, this is very creative. It blows my mind how many different approaches people take to make a piece of artwork. Do you think it's possible to use MyPaint for all of it? I love MyPaint, but I prefer having a definite canvas size. I've been playing around with it, but I haven't found a way to set the size of the canvas. Do you know how to?

link Deevad Author, - Reply

Hey thanks,
For the infinite canvas of Mypaint there is no way for the moment to set a size of a canvas , that's the bug n°1 on the tracker since long time and the developpement team wait to find a good solution.

Here , if I need a custom size ( for book cover ) I create in Gimp the virtual sheet of paper, select all and apply a border to my selection. Like this I can know the proportion and the limits.

link rosengrant   - Reply

where coul i find/purchase either a poster ot the ful res version of this?

link REVOY David Author, - Reply

@Rosengrant : Hey ! Nowhere for the moment. Email me ( use contact ) and ask for this picture 'timelapse lezard' ; I will manage to send you a good resolution ; after you will have to put it on a USB stick and go to a copy center , or a photo service to print it.

link GJAnders   - Reply

Could you please give me a link to the basic brushes you have for Mypaint, I've been searching all over the forums and can't find it, by the way I really enjoyed this video and as a beginner in digital painting I often look to it for inspiration., thanks!

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

@GJAnders : Thanks, for the brush , you can find them here :

link Ben   - Reply

The girl looks a bit like a futuristic Sintel. Great work! This is now my desktop background :)

link Cecilia   - Reply

Wow, that's so amazing.. I can't stop my mouth from falling down the jaw !!

link Jena   - Reply

Merci maître David !

link Raul   - Reply

First time I see that kind of painting! It's really cool how you turn chaos into something so beautiful!

link Rahul D   - Reply

Wow, brilliant work. what are the tools involved in this?

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

@Rahul D : Thank you, you'll find all the info in the intro of the video.

link Myrte   - Reply

This makes me want to paint my dragons in krater to *-*

link Taposy Rabeya   - Reply

I love stippling technique too! Love the effect of it. Thanks for sharing your work. Great art! Would love to see the complete piece!

link Gary   - Reply

Excellant travail artistique, mais ton anglais-parler...

link Zac   - Reply

Bonjour David :)

Suite au premières vidéos regardées sur Youtube, je m'intéresse à ton blog... et là... C'est le drame... "Le compte Youtube associé a été clôturé"
C'est réparable ou c'est foutu-foutu ?!

Merciiiii. (Oui, je sais, je fais du déterrage de post, mais au moins ça a l'avantage de détecter ce genre de petits soucis :D)

Belle journée à toi :p

link David REVOY Author, - Reply

Bonjour! Merci pour le signalement.
Pas de dégats: ce n'était pas ma chaîne Youtube; j'avais juste mis le lien ici de quelqu'un qui l'avait charger sur Youtube et qui manifestement à cloturer son compte. J'ai réparé l'article en mettant le lien originelle (chaine Vimeo qui me servait à la base il y a dix ans à acceder a du 720p en video; alors que Youtube tournais qu'en 380p avec une qualité assez brouillon qui rendait les capture de bureau illisible...).
Bonne journée et merci encore d'avoir pris le temps du commentaire.
(ma chaine officiel de nos jours: )

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