Inkscape Beginner’s Guide is a recent (2012) book by Bethany Hiitola that is available both in print and ebook format from Packt Publishing.
- This book is great for the complete beginner. I wish I had read this book about 6 years ago, when I was first playing around with Inkscape and other graphic design tools.
- The website promises “Real world examples show you how to create everything from paths, complex shapes, to stylized text.” It’s true: Hands-on tutorials and real examples, complete with screenshots and images, are the meat of the book.
- Bonus- A general introduction to some graphic design concepts is woven into the book. It covers things you really need to know when using Inkscape; vector vs. raster graphics, how SVG and other file formats work, and how to organize a graphic design project.
image from Packt Publishing website
(Large image also posted on deviantart.)
Does this image remind you of Sanrio’s “Hello Kitty”? If not then it is clearly not a derivative work.
If it does remind you of “Hello Kitty”, then be aware that it is satire; kittens are cute, while naked mole rats are known as one of the ugliest animals on earth.
Why do I clarify these things? Read more about “Fair Use” if you’re curious.
Check out my tutorial on drawing the “kawaii naked mole rat”, or other cute but strange animals like an emu or a sloth.
The logo or icon for the Raphael JS library (that I just reviewed) is interesting. It’s sleek and cool looking, but what is it?
Image from a screenshot of raphaeljs.com
I was thinking about this, and then I noticed something cool about the logo: The letters to spell “Raphael” are all part of the design!
CC BY by Zanastardust: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zanastardust/145197704/ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Where to find free images on the web? My current favorite is using the flickr CC search, but there are many more. Read on for a list of 8 sources for free images, and an explanation of Creative Commons.
Inkscape is the free (no cost and open source) program for creating vector graphics. It’s like Adobe Illustrator, or CorelDraw, but free. If you’re just getting started with vector graphics, check out the links at the end.
This tutorial illustrates the 5 steps of making a picture “kawaii”, or cute, using Inkscape: