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This whole drawing is done exclusively with vectors (using Inkscape 0.46), and by hand entirely (no tracing involved; about 3000 objects and 250 hours of work). Along with the SVG, a high-resolution picture is also available for download. See my Tutorial Presentation #1 ("TutPres01.svg") to learn how to make one of the cymbals.

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Date: 2009-05-23 01:32:38

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I can't help but imagine you worked from a photo as reference for this. I just examined the svg file and the detail is staggering. There are so many objects just for the reflection on the chrome pieces for example. It looks like you used trace bitmap functionality for some of it and free-drawing for other parts. Care to share?

And I think 250 hours would be conservative. :)


PS. Great idea for the SVG tutorial, I'm definitely checking that out.
Richard Querin 2009-05-23 02:44:35
O M G! And I thought the piano was brilliant. That is truly amazing.
heathenx 2009-05-23 03:22:23
@Gilles, great work. You must have really turned up the power, I was not expecting the final SVG for another 3 weeks.
drw12333 2009-05-23 04:46:43
Extraordinary Gilles! Magnifique.
I didn't believe it wasn't a photo until I looked at the SVG.
The detail is breathtaking, especially the gradients and the reflections. I generally find metallic effects really unconvincing - but this is true photorealism. 'Well done' is a poor understatement.

kattekrab 2009-05-23 06:27:06
great work!
riza_hylviu 2009-05-24 04:22:51
incredible work!
samurai.logic 2009-05-24 10:38:30
I think that's one of the most realistic vector graphic I've ever seen, probably the most ambitious (look at all those reflections!).

Is this a profesionnal work ? I mean 250 hours of work is a lot, does that work have been ordered by YAMAHA or something ?

Anyway, congratulation and keep going !
steren.giannini 2009-05-24 20:17:52
'Oly monolie that's just amazing. This really made me miss my drum set, all the cymbals & toms look so real. Wish I could see a pedal though.
AlterPoser 2009-05-24 22:31:43
I just pushed my eyeballs back into my head... stunning!
Zombiebrainz 2009-05-26 01:08:12
This is truly amazing - please consider attending the SVG Open ( this year hosted by Google in Mountain View, California. I believe Doug Schepers has already contacted you.
JeffSchiller 2009-05-26 03:31:57
amazing! What made you do it and spend so many hours on it?
prkos 2009-05-26 19:35:52
Geish@s 2009-05-27 00:21:21
iGallardo 2009-05-27 06:10:04
great work
Claudio © 2009-05-27 11:08:07
Amazingly detailed work!
@jpwack 2009-05-27 13:51:53
U're a genius, you know it right? And a freak indeed :) Great job!
RakelFromHell!!! 2009-05-28 05:42:22
cespinoq 2009-05-30 04:15:53
250 hours spent in this draw? Wow, what a bored live XD
Mike Chapel 2009-05-30 16:53:41
Wow, it's GREAT! Good job, congrats!
Lisérgico 2009-05-30 22:33:49

Reddit user hhh333 found the original image he may have used as reference.


From Reddit Comments:
taiwandeth 2009-06-01 01:47:17

Jaw on ground.
Adam Pieniazek 2009-06-01 02:00:59
Unbelievable. Very well done. 2009-06-01 03:17:08
That made my day!
gray gate 2009-06-01 16:59:53
Holy smoke! Awesome work. Congrats and thanx for sharing it.
Looking back for any kind of updates!

Regards, zoli
DeGenT 2009-06-02 00:20:41
*wink* there is an Inkscape flickr group *wink* :)
prokoudine 2009-06-03 22:54:27
Without tracing? Unbelievable
Rob Louw 2009-06-28 18:40:28
Amazing, impressive, incredible!
lynxpardina 2009-08-03 05:37:56
Great just great ,have you ever drawn a car or old truck ?? Great work.
artbikemike 2009-10-19 06:10:08
Awesome work, congrats
third twig 2010-03-28 08:08:58
Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Drummers United, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

really awesome
hypnotic friends 2010-04-20 23:29:28
una gran iluminacion!!!
teninopia 2010-06-25 17:41:12
Great!!! very good!!
yankol3 2010-10-08 09:38:45
jajaja very good work
oriolballesterospujol 2011-02-04 19:37:08
@querin-He stated he DIDN'T trace it, nothing mentioned about REFERENCING a photo for details, jealousy is a terrible trait and will eat you up inside...wannabee!-or in your case nadabe!
WIcked_cubs_fan 2012-01-13 02:50:24
i m in love with your works , it's very amazing . Truelly very nice than a render ;)
Synergie Design (Abderrahmen ABDELMOUMEN) 2012-03-07 01:10:25
My o my, fantastic work 2012-07-27 00:59:03
yo tendre esa bateria en 30 dias
Rosvey 2012-08-15 22:12:42

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