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!

FINALLY! Inkscape 0.47 released

Seems that it took ages, but last night Inkscape 0.47 was released. I am a HUGE fan of Inkscape. I know, it does not offer all the features one can dream about, but it has some very cool features that makes it unique from the commercial software. And it is FREE!

I do use some commercial software for my vector work too, but lately I try to use Inkscape where possible. Also for the new site we are about to launch, I have created some simple Inkscape tutorials. The CMS is up and running, and we are still discussing template layout, but with some effort it will be open to the public this week. Till then I hope I’ll find some more time to play with Inkscape … all the cool new features such as spiro and the new filters and live path effects are simply awesome.

Visit my Zazzle store!

I have always wondered how people can build up a successful business through internet. And I do not mean those that can do something extaordinarily, but just the John and Jane Does of this world. I see heaps of scam sites and I bet you know them too: “Buy this remedy and loose whatever you want to loose in weight in just 3 days” or “buy medicines cheap and end up with fake products”. I can believe that there are people desperate enough, or naive enough, to buy products from those crooks. But I could never run such a business (scam). That clashes with all my feelings of being honest, rigeous and feeling good about what I do in life.

I also think that most of the skills I have are not extraordinary. I dabble a bit in vector programs, 2D and 2D graphic programs, I love photography and I design and develop information systems. I have run some courses in scripting and building for 3D worlds and I have written some tutorials to show how some great effects can be achieved just by knowing what program and tools to use. I never considered making money with that. Mostly because it is fun to help others, and because I think it is just a trick and not a skill to know how to do things. Creating new and orginal designs is something that reveals the artist within, and not many have that talent.

Thing is that a lot of people without great talent, skills and just by applying tricks, are also making good money by using the internet. And I know that as long as I just keep thinking about it and wondering about it, I will never be in that group. So how to commercialise?? It starts by building a name, making yourself known on the internet. Link to several sites and start participating. Now that is not something new to me, but I am as paranoid as uhm.. dunno what would make a good analogy there.. but paranoid. I always have kept my identities in forums and websites I visit seperated. I am NOT a promoter of social networking.. I do NOT need fake friends …which is a funny thing to say as I moved from one site of this planet to the other for someone I met through the internet… I however would like to establish some business through the internet. So I have to be a bit more forthcoming and let all of this make sense.

I will work on this in the next few weeks, most likely in conjuction with the new domain I have set up. I have opened up my own store in Zazzle, where the funny designs I recently made will be available. So nothing more to add than Visit Syllie’s store!

Cool.. now only to figure out to expose this to more people. Anyone having ideas to draw more persons to this blog? I still got to learn a lot!

Halloween

We Dutchies do not do “Halloween”, neither do the Ozzies. But we do have some friends that live in places that celebrate Halloween and any celebration is a reason to pimp a website I guess. So I created a cute vector pumpkin which has an alternative life as icon too for some friends. It is as usual a very simple design, and it brings this website in a Halloween mood too.

Vector Pumpkin for Halloween
Vector Pumpkin for Halloween