Archive for January, 2009

Episode 081 – Create a Pencil Icon

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Episode 081 has been posted. In it I converted a Photoshop tutorial from PSDTUTS to Inkscape. That’s something that I find myself doing rather often (converting Photoshop tutorials). This one teetered around the 38 minute mark so I hope it won’t bore you to death. Check ‘er out. 😉

Episode 080 – Drawing a Light Switch

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Episode 080 is now up! In this one I draw a fairly realistic looking lightswitch and illustrate some useful concepts like path and node snapping, multi point gradients and a few other things. Bonus little 5 min tidbit at the end as well on something else.

Toying with Inkscape Extensions

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

In continuation of my on and off again interest in Inkscape extensions, I decided to modify an existing python extension into a slightly different one just to see if I could get something to work. I realized that what I have added to the Effects menu has no business being there since it isn’t an effect. However, adding new items to the Effects menu is pretty easy as opposed to compiling the whole application if I chose to add this new option the the Help menu where it really belongs. “The quickest route to point B” is my motto.


Next up is an uber-simple effect that actually does something. 🙂

And the winner is…?

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

My wife and I took our kids bowling yesterday. As usual we had a great time. Although on the second game I sort of let my guard down and my oldest son caught up to me. We were tied right up to the last frame where I did everything I could to pull out a win, including using the bumper rail. Winning isn’t always pretty. I think I won by two.  My son wasn’t too disappointed…he’s a good sport. I caught the winning frame on video. 😉

Updated Tango Icons for Inkscape

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

I noticed that an updated Tango icon set for Inkscape had been posted on the Inkscape-dev mailing list. I don’t think it’s finished but it’s more complete than the set that is currently shipped with Inkscape. I am now using it and I love it.  Give it a try if you are interested.


Is this a lousy screenshot or what?

New Video Repository

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

We have gotten to point at the where we have created quite a number of  Inkscape videos. We are getting close to a hundred if you include our microsodes, which are shorter screencasts illustrating the basics. All of these are still easy to find on our website and laid out quite simply for any new viewer landing on our website for the first time. We think it’s rather easy to navigate through the number of episodes. Additionally, we have provided RSS feeds so that one can keep up-to-date on the latest videos. RSS is convenient for a number of reasons, unfortunately, not all episodes are displayed in our feeds. That is intentional. We only wish to display a few of our most recent videos. This has made things a little difficult (but certainly not impossible) for those who wanted to locate all of our videos in one spot to download them all without mucking around on our web site. This is why we have chosen to add video repository.

Richard and I would like this new video repository to be as simple as possible. Just a location where we can advise people to point their download scripts. Nothing more. All videos, episodes in AVI and FLV format along with microsodes will be located here. For those viewing the repository from a browser, we have added the file sizes of our videos so that the viewer can get a sense for how large they are before downloading. We are unable to include descriptions of our videos at this point but we’re not entirely sure if it’s needed anyway. It’s a start and if we can improve things in the future then we will certainly try.

Our new repo can be be found at We have added this link to our sidebar on our website for convenience. Just look for the the “Video Repository” heading. We hope this will aid those wanting to download everything or at least get to some older screencasts at little easier.

Art House group started up over at

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Any open source-y artists out there might want to check out the new Art House group over at It was started by cb2k, who is a regular contributor to our screencasters Flickr group. You can check out cb2k’s great stuff on Flickr right here.

Here’s and excerpt from the group’s description:

Welcome to Art House an open source artists community group.

The main aims of this group are to promote community spirit and education with the emphasis on open source software use.

Sharing Quality Links to Open Source Tutorial Sites and Artists providing inspiration and insight.

Feel free to share your experience, advice or ask questions about creating art with open source software.

Now if you’ll excuse me I’ve got some pony shopping to do.

Episode 079 – Create a Rolling Stone Magazine Cover

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Episode 079 is available.

(Shortest blog post ever).