Character Design: Ice Cream Boy

Date: 
08-29-2012

This is one of my latest vector creations, is actually something I made to test the Inkscape program. I was wondering about how good could be using this software instead of the most common Illustrator. I don't like to debate things like which one is better without testing it first. So, what I do was creating a simple illustration like this one to see if Inkscape deserves a good or bad rating.

About Inkscape

Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor similar to Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Freehand, or Xara X. What sets Inkscape apart is its use of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), an open XML-based W3C standard, as the native format. To learn more and download Inkscape here is the link to there website Inkscape.org.

What I think About Inkscape

After playing a lot with Inkscape I can say and guarantee, it is a professional vector design tool that allow me to achieve the same things I can do on Illustrator and in some cases more. In fact I,m amaze about some of the features that were not available in Illustrator until CS6, but they have been part of Inkscape for a very long time. Like for example (Gradients in lines). This is one of the Adobe so called new exciting features for Illustrator CS6. There are other things I really like about Inkscape, the gradients management, renders and a lot of other extensions included right out of the box. By the way, not everything is perfect on Inkscape, the only thing that makes me feel a little uncomfortable about Inkscape is the performance. Illustrator have a better performance in the creation and management of large sized projects, this is a point that makes Illustrator stands, but is not enough to go over the bunch of extra features included on Inkscape.

Conclusion

Inkscape is one of the must have tools for any professional designer. By the way, if you want a full featured program for mixed media design, without having to pay hundreds for the software foundation and then other hundreds for the extra extensions, Inkscape is for you!. But even if you already have Adobe Illustrator (like myself) you should have this in your rack of resources.

Because of the performance I can't give a ten stars to Inkscape, but for me it deserves a 9 out of 10. Strongly recommended!