Category Archives: drawing

Alchemy on Ubuntu 12.04

Alchemy is a great drawing tool for inspiration.

It provides very unique methods of drawing that embrace chaos and very finely balanced tools & effects – random, collage, scribble, displace, pull-shapes, whistle input – no undo but regular autosave. Alchemy is the ultimate doodler.

Download Alchemy Here ( i got Alchemy-007-tar.gz – for LINUX )

I needed java to run Alchemy.

sudo apt-get install default-jdk

I tried the openjdk-6-jdk but there was an error so I installed default-jdk which worked.


tar -xzvf Alchemy-007.tar.gz

make executable

cd Alchemy

chmod +X Alchemy


and it should work

Configuration: an Acer 5920G; with a Wacom Bamboo Tablet; running Ubuntu 12.04 with Gnome Desktop ; Alchemy-007.tar.gz ; java version “1.6.0_27

Neither OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea6 1.12.6) (6b27-1.12.6-1ubuntu0.12.04.2), nor
OpenJDK Server VM (build 20.0-b12, mixed mode) appeared to work with Alchemy.

Alchemy Drawing Software for Inspried Chaos

Sometime the art does not require accuracy.

The more bizzarly ambiguated the surface the more tooth the vivid imagination has to bite on.

Alchemy is that tool – it can draw from whistling – it can random collage – whatever it does it highly out of control.

Yet humans are good at managing chaos – walking is basically controlled falling.

Whatever it is it is total fun. You will draw things that will draw out modes of the unconscious – little fluffy clouds become dragons.


Mypaint Drawing Software : Free Opensource Software on Ubuntu

Mypaint is an excellent drawing application, huge canvas, the interface gets out of the way, lots of great media, pens, brushes, charcoal, etc.

I just ran

sudo apt-get install mypaint

and it installed in seconds :D – I love the ubuntu repos <3

The occasional crash is fine as I save my work all the time and just reopen it.

I have tried drawing with GIMP which is OK but more for Photo editing – so it very good at adjusting lighting in a digital painting – using layers and the dodge and burn tools

Free software is great for teachers and students as you can give away copies with a class.

Krita ran too slow – it looks great just like painter but it runs slow for me and a responsive interface is essentiial.