Today’s tutorial is yet another awesome little tutorial from the 2D Game Art for programmers blog that demonstrates a simple technique to illustrate the rings around Saturn. The process itself is pretty straight forward using circles and boolean operations to make your rings, and then deforming the object with the on-canvas skew handles. Well worth a read for beginner and intermediate inkscapers.
This April, developers of Inkscape are meeting up to hold a hackfest, where they will spend 3 solid days planning for the future of Inkscape, fixing bugs, and adding new features to Inkscape.
How can you help? Donate to help cover the cost of getting the developers together so they can make Inkscape better!
Here is a neat written tutorial (with a bonus video tutorial too) on creating a cartoony style scroll with Inkscape. The result of this tutorial would make a great image for your asset library or as a video game element.
Inkscape 0.91 has only been out for a few days, and tutorials that cover some of the new features are already being published. One of the new features in Inkscape 0.91 is the new Trace Pixel Art feature that allows you to take a PNG or some other bitmap of pixel art and trace it neatly into vector objects.
Here is a neat workflow tutorial on creating a simple isometric block using inkscape, and then using that block to make a little landscape scene. AS with most of the tutorials on the 2D game art blog, it is fairly sparse on low-level inkscape instructions, mainly just showing the workflow to achieve this look.
The Inkscape project just announced the availability of the next major version of Inkscape, version 0.91. It has been several years since the last major update of inkscape and version 0.91 comes packed with a bunch of new and exciting features, improved performance and many, many bugfixes.
Download it now at the Inkscape website.
Blender 2.73 was released today, and it contains an awesome new feature that allows you to export Blender Freestyle renders into SVG format that can be further edited in Inkscape. Blender is a free and open source 3D computer graphics application that is used for a wide range of different things, including 3D modeling and animation. One of the features in blender is a line based nonphotorealistic (NPR) rendering engine that can be used to create lineart-style stills and animations such as this render I created of the GNOME Builder robotic crane:
The new feature that was added to the Blender version 2.73 allows exporting of an SVG from a Freestyle render. This creates the ability to model a 3D object in blender, create a Freestyle render, export it to SVG, and then open it up in Inkscape to edit and tweak it further. Here is a sample frame I rendered of the GNOME Builder crane, after opening it in inkscape and fine-tuning all the paths and strokes, and playing with different colours:
Here is a neat little workflow tutorial on creating a cartoon cactus using Inkscape. Most of the steps in this tutorial are pretty simple, using simple path manipulations, boolean operations and the circle tool to draw and simply shade your very own cactus.
Here is a tutorial on drawing a candle in a candle holder using Inkscape. Using basic inkscape fundamentals like the circle tool, the pencil tool and boolean operations, you will learn to draw this neat simple cartoon candle. In addition, you will learn how to edit your candle image to make a few frames that can be used to create an animation. (note that Inkscape itself cant do animation though)
Learn how to draw this adorable little pink elephant using inkscape. This a great tutorial to learn some of the basics of inkscape including the circle tool, using basic Boolean operations to create simple shading, and some creative use of the spiral tool to make the elephant’s trunk.
Here is a great tutorial for Inkscape on using gradients, blur and opacity to create a simple landscape scene with misty, cloudy hills in the background.
In addition to the @inkscapetuts on twitter, the inkscape tutorials blog is now also on google+, and also on Facebook. Going forward, both the twitter, g+ and Facebook streams will be updated with all the new posts that show up here on the blog. So if you prefer to use either of those services, follow us there.
Speaking of google+, there is also the official inkscape google+ page, which features news and updates from the inkscape project. Also, there is the inkscape community on google+, that has tutorials, a gallery, and general inkscape posts and discussions.
Here is a super simple way of creating an egg shape oval using the Circle / Ellipse tool, and a little known feature of the Node Tool, called Node Sculpting.
Draw a circle
First up, use the circle / ellipse tool to draw a circle. Remember to hold down the control key on your keyboard to make sure it is a perfect circle.
Convert the circle to a path
Use the select tool to select your circle, and convert it to a path with Path > Object to Path. Now when you switch to the node tool, you will see your 4 nodes of your path.
Sculpt the Nodes
Using the Node Tool, select all the nodes in your circle path either by dragging a box around them, or using the keyboard shortcut Control + A. Now press the alt key on your keyboard, and click and drag the top node of the shape. Your simple egg shape is now complete!
Check out Tav’s book for more information on Node Sculpting
Here is a super quick tutorial on how to draw pacman in inkscape. This tutorial is short and sweet, but is a great introduction on how to use the circle/arc tool in Inkscape.
Here is a 8-class lesson plan & curriculum by Máirín Duffy for teaching the basics of Inkscape to primary school children. (the class was specifically designed for teaching a US 7th grade class.) The course is themed around the students creating a logo for their fake rock band, and then creating different items based on that logo, such as posters and t-shirts.Each of the 8 lessons has a bunch of resources to run the class, including lesson plans, student handouts and exercise sheets to print out and give to the students during the lesson.
All the resources and course outline is available on this page. Máirín has already tested and run this class on a class of 7th graders, and blogged about the progress of each day — well worth a read too if you want to see how well this class performs in real life.
Even though this class is aimed at 7th graders, following along the course is also a great introduction to the basics of Inkscape for kids of all ages.
Here is a neat two-part tutorial explaining how to draw a cute cartoon tractor. This tutorial has both written instructions and screencasts, so whatever your favourite way of consuming inkscape tutorials is, it should have you covered. The tractor that you learn how to draw in this tutorial is also featured in a neat little game that is currently being developed called Tractor Trample.
Have you ever noticed that in Inkscape when you have objects that are perfectly butted up against each other, that there is still a small gap rendered between them, exposing the background colour underneath?
This is a known issue with the way the SVG renderer in Inkscape does antialiasing, and there is even an Inkscape FAQ entry with a few ideas on how to workaround the issue.
However, I find that there is a simple workaround for this issue in a lot of cases. Simply group your objects together, and duplicate them twice:
One issue with this approach is that it doesn’t work very well if the objects you are using have any transparency, as you are duplicating objects below, which changes the way the top object looks. Also in drawings with many thousands of objects, duplicating them does tend to make inkscape a perform a lot slower. However in most cases, this technique works great as the finishing step in your workflow to remove the pesky gaps.
Here is another tutorial from, where you learn how to design a star-shaped badge motif with a bendy banner laid over the top. This tutorial is also a great explanation for different ways to put text on curves, bending paths with live path effects, and using the interpolate extension to easily make a line of the same objects.
After the tutorial last week on how to create rope with Inkscape, I was playing around with the technique outlined in the tutorial, and came up with a few vector rope assets that you all can now download and use. These three designs are all licensed CC0 1.0 Universal.That means they are all royalty free and free for both commercial and personal use without attribution.
These artworks will be great for use as a border or flourish in nautical, sailing and boating designs. Also suitable for cowboy and wild west style artwork, or anything that requires a rope or string design.
Rope Border is an SVG vector clipart of rope in the shape of a rounded rectangle border.
Rope Ring is an SVG vector clipart of a single unbroken rope in a circle loop
Rope Ring with a granny knot is an SVG vector clipart of a single piece of rope tied in a circle loop by a granny knot at the bottom. Also known in heraldry as a Bourchier knot, the granny knot is visually similar to the reef knot, square knot or grief knot.
Here is a neat tutorial on creating a simple chat icon using inkscape by . It uses a lot of the essential basics of using inkscape, so some basic knowledge of Inkscape features is required, but
Today István Szép of Pesto Design is holding another live tutorial event on Google Hangouts Event is now done, but you can watch the video here. This will be a halloween themed event, so he will be showing us all how to draw a pumpkin jack-o-lantern in Inkscape! Don’t stress if you cannot view it live, as the videos are always available afterwards to view as well!
This is part of a series of Live Drawing Events that István has been conducting over the last few months, and they are pretty awesome! Jump over to his Google+ page to find all the videos of past events.
Here is a set of free cartoon animal clipart that can be used for anything. All the images in this set are totally free can be used for any purpose and do not have any watermarks that will stop you from using them anywhere!
These cute animals are available over at the Open Clip Art Library. There are many more in this style than in the sample below, so head past the break for the entire list of animals in this set. As with all the artwork in the Open Clip Art Library, these SVGs are Public Domain, so you can do pretty much anything with them!
Here is a neat tutorial that uses both Inkscape and GIMP to create a bunch of puzzle pieces from a single image. The tutorial also uses an extension that is not included in Inkscape by default, so to do this tutorial, you will also learn how to install extensions for Inkscape.
In this tutorial, learn how to draw vector ropes in Inkscape using the Pattern on Path path effect with inkscape. This technique is super useful for drawing a whole bunch of different vector assets with inkscape, like rope or laurel wreaths or anything that has a simple shape that is repeated along a path.
Lets get started!