This month, Gary has written about 7, no make that 8 features and/or things you can do to make your work go faster. These “tricks” (Gary hates that term, BTW) can also make playtime stretch out because you’ll learn how to separate text from a multi-tone background, duplicate, mirror, and connect two lines to make a shape you can fill, and that’s only two of the eight pearls you’ll learn and work through mini-tutorial style this month. Check these time savers out now!
Admit it. You did artwork within the last 3 days that you want to frame. Well, if it’s 5” by 7”, and you don’t mind printing the frame along with your art, this Month’s Giveaway will offer you some stylistic options. Gary has created five different vector frames that you can recolor, scale, probably even Slice and re-proportion. Who knows? These frames cuddling your masterpiece could make you framous. Sorry… Get'um and start framing!
A lot of Xara artists (especially Ron Duke, our Featured Artist!) like to draw shiny, complex, reflective shapes. So what is that shape made out of so it reflects? Plastic? Chrome? Swiss cheese? This month Gary takes you into both a physics lesson and an artistic workout as you learn how to draw stuff that looks like plastic and other stuff that looks metallic.
Nuances are everything in the competitive field of art. And face, it: you really want to learn how to draw chrome! C’mon along!
Starting this year, The Xara Xone is going to beef up the number of new artists we will highlight, to make The Featured Artist area more attention-getting for surfers who are just passing by, and don’t realize what a powerful program Xara is.
So to kick off the new Featured Artist Gallery, Ron Duke has kindly agreed to allow us to post some new, some classic pieces of his work, all vector, all wheel-enabled objects, and all a product of a very capable, gifted pair of hands. Ron was even gracious enough to send us a unique photo of him; one where he isn’t smiling! Come on inside and get a load of this stellar vehicular artist’s gallery!
We even have an interview with Ron where he talks about his background, workflow and offers some advice. Go to the Gallery and Interview now!