I know it’s a little early… but here’s a free Inkscape Christmas SVG for you.
Here is my Inkscape Eagle picture in the beautiful frame my hubby made. I’m not completely satisfied with the print, but in the spirit of my new mantra, “Be brave enough to make bad art”, I wanted to try it out anyway. I ended up printing it out on watercolor paper. The watercolor paper does not show as much detail and the picture turned out a bit dull (though not as dull as it appears in the photograph), but I liked the texture and color. Click on the picture below to see the texture.
I have been experimenting using different papers/surfaces to see how my digital media prints out on my inkjet printer. I’ve discovered a vast difference can be achieved with various surfaces (canvas, presentation paper, photo paper, etc.) and may explore that further for a future post.
Thanks for visiting my blog and happy drawing!
If you haven’t already done so, Download Inkscape and give it a try. Inkscape is a great free (and open source) drawing program and there are a lot of wonderful tutorials online that can get you started if you are not familiar with Vector drawing programs. I have a few tutorials on this site, including this simple tutorial to help you learn how to use Inkscape if you are brand new to it.
Sometimes I get stuck… in a rut … totally uninspired. I used to think I was the only creative person that felt this way. When it happens, I feel like my ability to create in any aspect of my life is on hold. Oh how I hate when that happens. I find great joy in creating and so the inability to do so makes me feel…. well….. stuck.
Guess what! I have learned that it’s normal to feel this way, and may actually be part of the creative process. It seems that all artist types go through periods of “stuckness”. I am so encouraged to discover this. Beyond this discovery, I think I’ve found something that may help me pull myself through these periods of creative drought.
Julia Cameron poses an interesting question. “Are you willing to make bad art?” Strange question? It’s not really so strange if you think about it. If I am “willing to make bad art”, I will learn, grow, and perhaps surprise myself with a great piece of work. Instead of waiting to feel inspired I now have a new mantra…. “Be brave enough to make bad art”!
While practicing my new mantra the past couple days, I came up with a little fun art for our home. I used some of my older Inkscape vectors that I had filed away. If you’d like to have a free SVG of a Vintage Fishing Lure, help yourself. A link to my Scarecrow SVG can be found here.
Inkscape has some pretty cool filters and extensions. One that I use quite frequently is the “Jitter Nodes” extension. In the sunset illustration here, notice the outline of the sun. You’ll see that it is not smooth. Take a look at this tutorial for how to add and jitter nodes.
I’ll mention one other technique I used in the picture. Take a look at my little guy in the kayak. I wanted to give the impression that the sun was sort of highlighting the outline of his silhouette. To do this I simply chose a light color for the stroke and then used the gradient tool, setting the top portion of the stroke at 100% and the bottom portion 0% opacity. Then, I again used the gradient tool … this time on the fill, decreasing the opacity toward the back of the kayak to suggest a bit of mist or fog coming off the water.