Digital Art with InkScape – Drawing Grass the Easy Way

Ever thought about drawing some grass? Me neither until recently but I’ve found a cool way to do it in Inkscape. Have a look:

Create the Blade

With the pen tool draw a line with the line shape set to Triangle Out.

Bend the Brass

Using the Nodes tool click on the grass in the middle and pull it out to give it a realistic bend.

Move the Origin

Now using the selection tool, click on the blade twice. A cross will appear. This is the origin – drag it to the bottom.

I needed to use black as a colour, click on another colour or gradient to set the blade to how it needs to look.

Clone the Grass

Go to Edit > Clone > Create Tiled Clones.
Click reset Before starting.

SHIFT TAB

Set Shift X – Per Column to -85%
Set Shift Y – Randomize to 25%

SCALE TAB

Scale Y – Randomize – 10%

ROTATION TAB

Angle – Randomize – 10%

APPLY TO TILED CLONES:

Rows, Columns 1 & 500

Click Create and wait for the magic.

A patch of grass created with Inkscape

There it is – a patch of grass, this can be copied or new clones duplicated as required. But I loved how this was a nice, effective easy way to create grass in Inkscape.

Any ideas for something that you’re struggling with? Let me know.

© Simon Farnell 2013 – 2022



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My name is Simon I'm an engineer, creator, free thinker and occasionally writer. For far too long I had ideas and nowhere to put them for the world to see, that's why Planet Simon was created. I'm an experimenter, explorer and fascinated by the world around me and the people in it. My exploration goes further than the known universe and expands out to universe's I've created in my mind and put onto the creative canvas. I'm not the person I used to be and over time I have evolved and the blog is evolving with me. Whatever this blog is in the future it's a place where all are welcome and ideas can roam free to find their magical place in the universe. I'm an experimenter, explorer and fascinated by the world around me and the people in it. My exploration goes further than the known universe and expands out to universe's I've created in my mind and put onto the creative canvas.

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