Sulphur is fun to draw

I really like drawing sulphur in Inkscape. 🙂 I came up with an easy way to do it. Basically you use the star/polygon tool in polygon mode. Set it to make 6- or 7-sided polygons, spoke ratio should be at about .8, rounding should be at 0, crank random up to .17. Then draw a shape to your liking – this will be one sulphur crystal, Sketch out paths to break the base path of your crystal into rectangular pieces. Then cut the path with those lines. Use varying shades of yellow with small very bright yellow highlights to make it look like a crystal. Once you have a few crystals, duplicate them like crazy and use the grid arrange and the align tool to randomize how they are compositioned.

Maybe if I have time one of these days I’ll do a tutorial. 🙂 It’s fun!

(p.s. I spent some time tonight gathering together an archive on the wiki of web promo banners that have been created for Fedora. If you’ve got one I forgot please add it 🙂 )

About Máirín Duffy

Máirín is a principal interaction designer at Red Hat. She is passionate about software freedom and free & open source tools, particularly in the creative domain: her favorite application is Inkscape. You can read more from Máirín on her blog at blog.linuxgrrl.com.


9 thoughts on “Sulphur is fun to draw

  1. Srceencast

    I’d love to see a screencast, or some pictures, would that be possible?

    Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2008, 8:09 am
  2. > It’s fun!

    And looks really awesome too! 🙂

    Could you do a Sulphur wallpaper? :). Crystals somewhere near right bottom corner or something like that. I really like colors of that banner above [1]. Really really great work!

    [1] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Artwork/PromoBanners?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=fedora9alpha-banner2_mo.png

    Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2008, 8:12 am
  3. The crystals look great, however it says to me; Fedora 9 will smell like fart.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2008, 8:58 am
    • technically sulphur smells like rotten eggs, which isn’t exactly the smell of fart. but it’s okay. the smell will scare werewolves like you away 🙂

      Posted by mairin | February 6, 2008, 2:21 pm
      • no, that’s hydrogen sulfide

        It’s H2S that gives rotten eggs their smell. Elemental sulphur is much less offensive, it has only a slight smell.

        Posted by joe_buck | February 7, 2008, 3:55 am
  4. Right, is easy and fun.

    I tried a variation and it works pretty good too: instead of various shades of solid yellow for the different faces use a yellow gradient with different orientations.

    Posted by nicubunulj | February 6, 2008, 11:21 am
  5. Crystalline cool.

    The new banners are *superb*. I can’t wait to see more of what the Artwork team conjures up for Fedora 9!

    Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2008, 1:01 pm
  6. Tutorial PLEASE!

    Yes a tutorial would rock!

    Posted by Anonymous | February 6, 2008, 1:42 pm
  7. Inkscape-fu

    The crystals are pretty. A screencast would be awesome.

    Posted by mgedmin | February 6, 2008, 3:10 pm
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