More Fun With Inkscape and My Cone Flower Clipart

ant, caterpillar, flower, in dome

Look here!  Even the ants have “gone green”. They are working hard recycling the fallen Cone Flower petals. Mr. Caterpillar, on the other hand, is not too ambitious!

I hope you enjoy my silly Inkscape illustration! Click on it to take a closer look.

Happy drawing!

Laurianne

Whimsical Wonder

illustration of cone flowerAs I’ve mentioned before, I enjoy photography.  I especially love to take photos of small things…. little bugs, tiny flowers, an unusual leaf… the kind of things many people walk right by without a notice.

If you’ve traveled much, you may have seen me. I’m the photographer crouched down snapping a picture of a small, barely noticeable flower while standing at the edge of the majestic Grand Canyon! My husband thinks I’m a little nuts… and I suppose he’s right. But what fun is it to shoot pictures of what everyone else is looking at? Of course I’ll take a photo of the canyon. But what I really want to do is capture what others miss. Our Creator has given us so much more to enjoy if we take the time to look beyond the obvious.

Drawing with Inkscape is just another way for me to express what I see everyday. There are times when I want to illustrate the obvious… like photographing the Grand Canyon. But I’ve found that what I enjoy most is drawing things the way eye see them… with a sense of “Whimsical Wonder”!

If you’d like an SVG file of my Cone Flower shown here, click here. I have begun a small collection of free clip art that can be downloaded for your personal use. This particular illustration was drawn in such a way that it would be appropriate to cut and use for scrapbooking or card making.  However, you are free to edit it in any way you like for your own purposes. If you enjoy any of my clipart, please let me know how you are using it.

Happy drawing!

Laurianne

Gradients, Alignment, and cool stuff like that… More Keys to using Inkscape

One of the keys to making things look a little more realistic when drawing in Inkscape is using Gradients. Gradients add dimension to your drawing and the appearance of more natural lighting. (I have much to learn when it comes to using this function effectively, and I plan to explore it further… so stay tuned!)  I use simple Gradients frequently in my drawings to “spruce them up” a bit. Take a look at the image below and you’ll see that I’ve added a Gradient layer to each of the keys.

illustration of keys hanging on hook

Click here to see my latest tutorial. It will take you step by step through the process of drawing an image of a key. In addition to applying Gradients, you’ll practice using the Alignment feature, which is something I use A LOT!

Happy drawing!

Laurianne