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31 July 2012

The Further Adventures of a Vector Graphics Newbie

Beyond Straight Edges — The Curvy Side of SVG


After creating my first vector design of a paper bag, which was mostly straight edges, I decided for my next Inkscape project to create a canvas bag, which would be a bit more complex due to curves on the handles and the wrinkled sides of the bag. I found a suitable canvas bag image to use as a model and got to work.

24 July 2012

A Newbie Adventure into Scalable Vector Graphics

A Short Tutorial


Back in February 2011 I decided I wanted to learn how to create scalable vector graphics using Inkscape. For my first project I chose something very simple — a paper bag. I found an image of a paper bag to use as a model and loaded it into Inkscape. After a quick analysis it was pretty obvious where to draw the lines.

13 July 2012

Art in New Orleans

Picture This


I was in New Orleans recently and enjoyed seeing artwork in several types of places throughout the downtown area.

First off, there are numerous galleries all over the French Quarter, especially on Royal and Chartres streets. Following are a few that piqued my curiosity.

This picture was in the Martin Lawrence Gallery, which had some very pretty things. This gallery has locations all over the world and sells art that is not specifically related to New Orleans.

Martin Lawrence Gallery

 

02 July 2012

And the Winning Blog Site is ...

*** WordPress ***

I scored each blog site using the ranking numbers for appearance, posting, audience, and tracking, with the low number winning. WordPress was number 1 across the board, with a final score of 4. Blogger and Tumblr tied for second place, each with a score of 10 (each having two 2s and two 3s).

If you've read all of the comparison posts, this should come as no surprise. WordPress is by far the most complex and feature-rich blog site in this group. Blogger is less complex than WordPress but has more features than Tumblr. Tumblr is simple, and quick and easy to use, yet gives you the power to edit your html as you see fit. In my opinion, WordPress is aimed at professionals, Blogger is aimed at casual bloggers, and Tumblr is aimed at artists, designers, illustrators, photographers, and writers who want to quickly share their work.

As is often true with many things in life, there is not necessarily one single answer. It all comes down to what's important to you and what you want to accomplish. Have I chosen only one of these sites to continue blogging on? No. Each has its own appeal, and I've found that I reach a different audience with each site. Because my goal is to communicate with as many people as possible, I've decided to run my blog on all three sites in parallel. But, since I really like the quick-posting aspect of Tumblr, I've also started some other simple blogs there just for fun. I'm using it as a visual Twitter.

In closing, I'd like to say that I truly enjoyed the experience of not only blogging about these different sites, but also learning new things in the process. After all, learning something new is what gets me out of bed in the morning. Thank you for following along with me. I hope you learned something, too.

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