Many people like to use vectors for line art because it lets you draw (immaculately!) clean lines which can be edited with ease. I've got a foot in each camp when it comes to digital art. When I want to paint, I use programs like GIMP, Photoshop and Sketchbook. If I need clean lines and precise shapes I reach for Inkscape every time! Drawing with vectors is nothing like drawing with a pencil.
The following Instructable focuses mainly on the first cat in the image above, the one with the orange background. It's built up using very basic shapes and a little bit of colouring in. You can get a similar result in pixel based programs such as GIMP and Photoshop, or, if you'd prefer to follow along using the more traditional pen and paper you can do that too- they're all drawn using very simple shapes!
This is definitely a beginner's guide to drawing with vectors and using Inkscape. It assumes you have no previous knowledge. If you're familiar with the tools already- please use the list below to skip through the steps.
- Introducing Inkscape- Draw Freely!
- Introducing Inkscape- Document Settings
- Introducing Inkscape- Setting Up The Document
- Too Long; Didn't Read? aka- The Blank Canvas
- Creating The Body
- Creating the Back Legs
- Creating the Head
- Creating the Ears
- Creating the Back Feet
- Creating the Outer Front Legs
- Creating the Front Paws
- Creating the Tail
- Creating the Nose
- Creating the Eyes
- Fleshing Out the Tail
- Filling It All In
- Bringing Back Some Edges
- Colouring The Eyes
- Creating The Fence
- The Gradient Background
- The Full Moon
- The Stars are Shining
- The Finishing Touches
- The Finished Black Cat
- Quick Cat- Tail Up
- Quick Cat- Rooftop
- Quick Cat- Pouncing
This is my second Instructable, and an entry for the Halloween Paint & Draw competition for 2012. I hope you enjoy it!
Step 1: Introducing Inkscape- Draw Freely!
Download link to Inkscape: http://inkscape.org/
An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
Inkscape supports many advanced SVG features (markers, clones, alpha blending, etc.) and great care is taken in designing a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open, community-oriented development.