what about using other programs like gimp and importing them into inkscape?
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----- Original Message -----
> From: Tavmjong Bah <tavmjong@...>
> To: Tom Sparks <tom_a_sparks@...>; Inkscape User Community <inkscape-user@...>
> Sent: Sunday, 11 September 2011 7:54 AM
> Subject: Re: [Inkscape-user] shaded hatching
> On Sat, 2011-09-10 at 23:59 -0700, Tom Sparks wrote:
>> I have read Drawing a smiley face, part 3 
>> How do I do shaded hatching like in the image at wikipedia.org ?
>>  http://wiki.evilmadscience.com/Drawing_a_smiley_face,_part_3
>>  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatching
> Hatchings like those done by Durer are not easy. The best way I have
> found is to use the Calligraphy tool with the hatching option:
> You can use the Tweek tool to thin out the lines or to make them
> irregular (do a little bit each time as the tool tends to be unstable...
> you can use the node tool to fix small problems).
> Tavmjong Bah
> Inkscape, Guide to Vector Drawing Program