This is part 2 of a tutorial for drawing the “QT” PCs that I use in my infographics and cartoons. In this part, I will demonstrate how to draw the system unit and add some final touches.
This is an advanced tutorial, and demonstrates the use of “pattern along path” and “clipping a set” along with the use of basic tools in Inkscape.
You can also see this tutorial as one long image in my deviantart gallery.
Welcome to the Cute PC Tutorial:
You should already have the screen, keyboard, and mouse completed as shown in the previous tutorial. The color chart is included again for reference.
- Use the rectangle tool to make a tall rectangle, just a bit shorter than the height of the keyboard and screen.
Make sure to use rounded corners.
- Copy the first rectangle and position them next to the screen and keyboard. The bottom rectangle shoudl overlap just past the vertical center axis of the first one.
- Align guides to connect the outer edges of each rounded corner, as shown in the screenshot. To create diagonal guides, pull out a normal guide and shift-click-drag it.
- Use the pen tool to draw a shape connecting the top edge of both rectangles.
Note: This shape should overlap the bottom rectangle.
- Use the pen tool to draw a side panel, using the guides as in step four. Color the side panel dark green and lower it beneath the front rectangle and top shape.
- Draw the disk drive, USB ports, and power button on the front rectangle using the rounded rectangle tool. This fills the top falk of the containing rectangle, and you can very the configuration of shapes for variety.
Remember to aligh shapes with guides, leaving a bit of space on the top and sides of each one.
- Draw a rounded rectangle in the bottom half.
- Make a diagonal line across the rectangle.
- Make a small dot, and select both the dot and the diagonal line, holding shift. With these selected, choose ‘extensions>generate from path> pattern along path’ from the top menu.
Check the box for “live preview” and tweak the values until the row of dots looks nice and even.
- Copy and align the row of dots, and then copy the copies.
- Draw a shape containing all the dots you want to show, and fill it with color. Group all dots, and then select both the dots and the shape. (Hold ‘shift’ and click to select multiple shapes.)
Finally, with these selected, choose ‘Object>clip>set’ from the top menu.
(To undo this action, select the resulting shape and choose ‘Object>clip>release’.)
- Use the pen tool to draw curving cords that run from the system unit to the screen and keyboard.
|H= Base||H= Base||H= Base||H= Base|
|S= 153||S= 152||S= 255||S= 255|
|L= 80||L= 141||L= 201||L= 239|
|S= 153||S= 152||S= 255||S= 255|
Note: Steps 8-11 are a bit advanced. For more info on using “pattern along path” and “clipping”, see the links at the end.
You can add white circles to the eyes for fun, and voila! A cute PC of your very own.
I hope this tutorial was helpful! Please feel free to comment or contact me with any questions or thoughts about it.
Related Inkscape Tutorials
- Clipping Tutorial from the Floss Manual on Inkscape
- Pattern Along Path Tutorial by Cedar Wood
- Pattern Along Path Section of the Inkscape Manual
- Patterned Background Tutorial by Tucson Laboratories
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