Creating art with open source vector software

Realistic wrist watch

Last month I decide it to try new ubuntu 11.10.I was amazed with it's speed and look so I stayed till now.I had some problems to install some softwares,but developers helped me to find my solutions very quickly.I have blender3d,inkscape,gimp,xara lx,etc.I was tired of routined work on my 3d projects,so I surfed on the internet.I wondered what you could do with other softwares,for example vectors.I went to xara lx website,and I saw amazing art works.They inspired me to learn a little about xara lx or xara xtreme for linux.I know there are a lot better tools in xara xtreme windows version,but for now I can't afford it.I want it to give my best with existing tools in xara lx.I know inkscape has more features and I like it too,but xara is faster,particularly when I work with gradients,shadows and transparencies.Even with higher resolution or magnified it works pretty smooth.I'v been just warming up for big things.When I saw on the youtube how you can create amazing alarm clock with xara xtreme,I decide it too,to create my own work in xara lx,even if I lack a lots of tools.I found some sports watches,and choose one photo to create it with my vector software.You could see my work on images below.I tried to create mostly every form,highlights and shadows I could see from photography.The final result is pretty amazing.Beside my sports watch,there are other art works created by me,and you'll see them also on images below this text.It doesn't matter what you are using to create art,it matters if you can create amazing art with your tools.But when you work as professional,you need speed and tools for printing,then ******** package or similar is must have.If you have your own solutions to use opensource vector or bitmap software more widely,you could share your knowledge on this blog if you like.Thanx for your feedbacks,critics and comments.

Glossy Teddy bear

Red sports car

Nikola Novak
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  • Zenox2d
  • Vrbas, Serbia
My name is NikolaI.I'm 39 years old.I'm futurist.I'm designer amateur,and 3d modeling(cars,airplanes,etc) for the online 3dstock websites is my job.I like to design both in 2d graphic and 3d.My themes are mostly futuristic(cars).Everything what I learned about design softwares,learned from books,software help and online tuts.And of course many of hours infront of my PC.Never finished school for design,because had no money for the education.Was accepted by Coventry University and Academy of Art, San Francisko 8 years ago.For Automotive design courses.Money problem stopped me.That didn't stopped me to work as professional 1 year as graphic and industrial packaging designer.During that period I learned a lot about design.I still hopping that dream will continue,or go to higher level.The time will show my new achievements.Without creative ideas I would be like an empty shell.Right now I'v focused on 3dmodeling and rendering skills.Also I'm interested in learning sketching and rendering my concept cars with sketchbook pro and graphic tablet.Enjoy my gallery.

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November 07, 2011

Thanks for sharing. Your images look great.