Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Drawings for Kalzium update

Long time since the last blogg. I don't use Inkscape so much during summer. When using it again in the autumn I do some playing/experimentation and some off-topic illustrations first.

After Christmas I was ready to get on track again and finished up the drawings I left half-done last spring, to warm up. After some productive weeks I'm now getting closer to reach my first goal of have a complete set of illustrations for the iconic-view of Kalzium. It's only missing nine illustrations (elements; 63-71) in the Kalzium I use to for testing. This is the first half of what done lately, contributed in January and February, second part will follow soon and the rest (9) will hopefully be completed within a couple of month (or sooner).

Google summer Code for Kalzium: There is a Kalzium beautification idea on the; Summer of Code/2009/Ideas I really hope this can be realized as it can make Kalzium appeal to a broader group of users.

I was thinking to also replace salt with stable soap because reacting fat with NaOH will make it solid and reacting fat with KOH will make soft or liquid soap.

This is a Parker 51 ink-pen even if its tip looks like a roller-pen. Palladium is one of the metals inside the catalytic converter.

Mercury in many of these energy-saving light bulbs, so don't throw them in ordinary garbage and "run" away if they crush.

Argon gas between the glasses in energy efficient windows.

Osmium needle on 78-rpm record-player; the phonograph.

After my last blog-post about graphics for plasmoids/widgets; I ended up getting a SVN account (this is at first very scary for a non-developer). Blackboard, whiteboard, projector-screen and window -SVGs is available in: trunk/playground/artwork/Oxygen/jarle/ for anyone interested.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful - I'm so glad you're still doing these. They're great!

Anonymous said...

Indeed. Looks great. However, I found the names hard to read - could you consider having them aligned horizontally?

moltonel said...

Very nice indeed.

It's often hard (for me at least) to know why a specific object was chosen to illustrate an element. Could Kalzium show the one-liner explanation for each illustration ? Something like "Argon is used between panes of double-glased windows, as a thermal insulator." printed beside the picture on an element's "info sheet".

IAnjo said...

I think the background, although "cool", makes it harder to see the rest of the elements.

I think a lighter background would work better.

Jarle Richard Akselsen said...

Thanks everyone. moltonel - There is a explanatory file witch only content a few descriptions for now in Kalzium. Someone or I have to fill it in. If nobody else does it, I'll try my best to do them after I finished with the rest of the drawings. I'm not so good at English, so I was hoping someone else did they ;-)

Anonymous said...

These new drawings are great. My only gripe:

At first glance, your tantalum capacitor looks a lot more like a yellow LED. Maybe make it a bit less symmetrical in Z and X directions. :) Great work nonetheless!

Marcus D. Hanwell said...

Great work, having talented artists around really enhances the work we do. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

The picture for oxygen is not so good:
For diving you use normal air not absolue oxygen.

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