New workflow for sketching; ooh, batch import!

So here’s my new workflow:

  1. figure out the gist of what I want to say
  2. write down some titles
  3. sketch a couple of ideas into my idea book (thanks Mom!)
  4. pull the storyboard together
  5. draw it on my DS
  6. copy the files using the USB adapter
  7. convert the DRW files to PNGs using a scale of 2.0 (nice and not too blurry even blown up)
  8. batch-import all the PNGs in a directory ( extension or Microsoft Powerpoint Import Image -> Photo Album)
  9. post the presentation to
  10. blog about it


I really wish I could just automate step 7, but oh well! ;)

  • #7 – scripting with the GIMP?

  • Wish I could, but DS Colors uses some undocumented format. There’s a Java program that interprets it on the PC, but I’m probably not supposed to try and figure out what it does if the program isn’t properly open source. =)

    In the meantime… tch!

  • Seems a shame if ImageMagick or Gimp can’t convert the format :-(

  • why not just:
    1. make doodle in notebook or wherever
    2. take picture with cameraphone
    3. post picture to flickr with shozu or whatever
    4. if you like it, title it and embed in html code to your blog

    seems easier to me!

  • … because my paper notebook doesn’t come with all the colors and a good erase button! ;) I like the colors. I also like the little airbrush-y effects I can get with the soft brush. There’s something to be said about digital ink…