something’s burnin’…

Burning sulphur. What do you think? Post a reply here or join the conversation on fedora-art-list! The SVG is available if you wanna poke at it!

(inspired by “Sulfur burning at night” by Johannes Hemmerlein at Wiki Media Commons.)

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.


7 thoughts on “something’s burnin’…

  1. Ugly

    Blue and yellow together? Bleh…


    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2008, 5:46 am
  2. Unclear

    I don’t think I would have understood what that is if you didn’t expressly tell me. In being honest, I’m not a fan. The colours clash, and the fact that it’s hovering on the surface of the water seems strange (though perhaps this is what actually happens? Idk.).

    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2008, 3:29 pm
  3. Very Cool

    I actually really like the look, any chance of a cool video tutorial on how to add that nifty flame effect?

    Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2008, 6:37 pm
  4. Maybe this is a stupid question…

    …but has anyone on the fedora-art-list smelled burning sulphur before? The graphics are really nice, but I’m not sure burning sulphur is what we want people to associate with the Fedora experience.

    I’m not trying to be a jerk — again, the graphics are nice. It just seems like a really bad association to make. I suppose this started with whoever dubbed the core 9 release “Sulphur”.


    Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2008, 5:53 pm
    • Re: Maybe this is a stupid question…

      The Fedora art team didn’t choose the name, it was voted on by the Fedora community.

      I have no idea what burning sulphur smells like. Someone on the list burned it so maybe he would know. I was assuming that it would smell like rotten eggs as water with sulphur in it tends to smell, but other folks told me it actually doesn’t. I really have no idea, though, what burning sulphur smells like, and I would assume that most folks don’t either.

      Posted by mairin | March 2, 2008, 7:29 pm
  5. Totally unrelated to your post…

    A friend’s wife is running a project getting young girls interested in programming, by designing a video game for the OLPC… and they need graphics. If you’re at all interested, the wiki page about it is here:


    Thought this sort of thing might be up your alley.

    Posted by superlib | March 4, 2008, 11:36 pm
  6. colors & flame

    Yes, burning sulfur smells about as ugly as it looks beautiful, I took several noses full of it when I took the original picture at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Burning-sulfur.png.

    But since when do we judge pictures based on what the object smells like? Leopards, Lions and the sun are also featured images, do you know what a leopard smells like? or the sun? 🙂

    Anyway, I feel honored that my picture inspired you to make a wallpaper for Fedora! Maybe the following comments helps you improve your work?

    Check the original images again:

    • the flame is absolutely blue, not gray. you get a better idea of it when you look at the daylight picture: there is a very (!) thin blue layer (the part of the flame which is visible at daylight). this is the blue I would choose.
    • the part of the sulfur which burns is melted to a blood-red liquid. you cannot see that in the nighttime picture because it is too dark and the flame overrides it, but you can see it in the daytime picture even though there the flame itself is hard to see.

    So for an SVG of burning sulfur, i would try to do what’s challenging in the real world: use all three of the intense (!) colors: yellow (sulfur), blue (typical sulfur flame) and red (the color of liquid sulfur when burning). it is a circle: the BLUE licks on the YELLOW to get more RED to feed the BLUE.

    Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2008, 6:21 pm
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