Urban Design Tutorial in Inkscape

Inkscape tutorial for a simple urban design using circles, swirls and clouds.

I am still sorting through my designs and repacking stuff to make things available at our new website. But I did find some time to explain how I created an Urban design, so a new tutorial for Inkscape is published too. Cool circles, fancy clouds and flourishing swirls in trendy colours. It is available, as usual, on verysimpledesigns.com. I also made the resulting illustration available in eps format, free for personal use.

My mate Dakka made a cool set of photoshop brushes, the set is called Affects. He uses them to add cool neon coloured flying objects to his art work, but I use them quite differently. I use them to create cool feathers, fluffy fur, flower petals. They are awesome, and I figured you may want to know about them too.

The rest of the week will be a bit quiet, as someone figured we should have a fancy dress party with the Wild Wild West as theme. Now we figured to go as cowboy and indian, but when we looked around for costumes I was a bit shocked. As it is a party amongst friends you dont want to spend heaps on it, and at the same time you don’t want to look like horrible. But the costumes around here are made from bad materials, and do not even come close to something a native american would ever have worn. Now, I am not an expert in subject matter, but I thought I should at least get some things right. So I did a bit of research and I came across this beautiful online exhibition Identity by Design which gave me all basic information I needed. How the dresses evolved over time, how they were constructed, what symbols were used, beautiful beadworks and so on. With great respect to the ladies that made these dresses a long time ago, I decided to create my costume based on a beautiful Cheyenne three-hide dress. And whilst I used a cheap suedine fabric for the work, and replaced the beautiful beading by just a simple bias band, at least it looks like something traditional. The dress reaches over the calves, the ladies were very modest, and they would wear high mocassins so no bare skin is visible. Of course my dress is no where near so beautiful as the real thing, but it looks like traditional wear.

Cool tutorials

Inkscape tutorial for Japanese cherry blossom design
Inkscape tutorial for Japanese cherry blossom design

Or anyways… I think they are cool 🙂

Somehow Inkscape is still not seen as a vector program of choice by many graphics designers. At VerySimpleDesigns we try to use Inkscape almost exclusively for our vector works, and with the new release some seriously cool features have come available. As with any graphics program (or any other feature rich software for that matter), the interface can be a bit daunting for beginning Inkscape users, let alone the advanced features that are sometimes a bit hidden.

I have made a new tutorial available that shows how to create a nice Japanese cherry blossom floral design by using Inkscape’s advanced features. The video tutorial is aimed at beginner Inkscape users and it should be easy to follow for everyone. The tutorial is made with Wink, which is also freely available, and it does a great job at keeping file sizes small. The full tutorial is only 8 MB.

Inkscape tutorial to create flowing spiro swirls
Inkscape tutorial to create flowing spiro swirls

Inkscape 0.47 comes with an implementation of the Spiro curves / splines. Spiro was introduced into the graphics world by Raph Levien, with the aim to make smooth flowing curves especially suitable for font creation. But it can do so much more! I demonstrate the use of spiro curves in Inkscape in a beginner video tutorial. The tutorial gives some background on the use of the Spiro curves as well as what happens under the hood in Inkscape. Spiro curves are cool and with minimum effort they can be used to create awesome flowing swirls. The full tutorial is only 6 MB. Any feedback is highly appreciated.

Cool vector snowflakes

Free snowflake brushes for Photoshop

It is getting close to Christmas, and outside we have temperatures over 30 degC. That is the burden of living in the southern hemisphere I guess :D.

Anyways, I still do associate snow and ice with the month of December, and what better than to decorate some designs with awesome vector snowflakes. I made vector snowflakes available as free Photoshop bruses at verysimpledesigns.com. Up for grabs, nothing, nada, gratis!

Yay! Some progress at last.

It has been a while since I posted last. Somehow time flies when you are having fun.

I just returned from a short holiday (yea again) down the beautiful south coast of Australia. It is early summer here now and we went by car, beautiful coastal route from Sydney to Merimbula and I was exposed to lots of eye candy. Of course I took my camera with me and some pretty pictures were taken. Lots of inspiration for new designs and textures, so lots of goodies to look forward to.

In the mean time I worked hard on the design for our new website, and tho it still needs some tweaking, we have decided to launch it, keep it low profile until we have uploaded more items.

The main focus of Very Simple Designs is to provide digital resources that can be used for print and web design. While we fill the site to the brim with our professionally created vector stock, patterns and textures as well as brushes for Photoshop and Paintshop Pro, we offer everything free for personal use. If you are curious have a look at verysimpledesigns.com.