Back to the basics - video tutorial using circles in inkscape

It's been a while since I first started to write tutorials on game art, yet the very first ones are still popular. After receiving a lot of request to cover those early steps in a video tutorial, I finally sat down and made a video of the first tutorial 'Let's get started with circles'.

I am using inkscape v.0.91 - a free and versatile vector drawing program ( get it here ) on a windows pc. There might be small differences when using the program on a mac or with linux ( mainly as far as shortcut keys goes ) but those changes should be minute. 

The process used in the tutorial can easily be achieved in other vector tools like Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw as well. The commands might be named differently and sometimes the workflow varies a little but it should be fairly easy to follow the tutorial even if you use a different program.

This video is an introduction to using inkscape's basics and the circle tool to get started with game art creation.


I hope you enjoyed the tutorial as I will continue to record some of the older but still popular tutorials as video tutorials. 

I am working on new and more advanced tutorials (the special effects and the animation with spriter tutorials as voted by you) as well. 

Chris Hildenbrand

2D game artist, pixelpusher, vector bender, face turner for over thirty years. I worked on more games than I can remember... The most recent release is "Super Crossbar Challenge" for iOS (Android coming soon) with Shattered Box, Fredbear Games and PlayPlayFun.


  1. When I create an ellipse, then click Object To Path, then select the Node Tool, my nodes are not in convenient places, such as the top of ellipse. They are in strange places around the ellipse. What causes this and how is it fixed?

    1. I figured it out. I had Switch To Arc (Unclosed Shape) selected in the Ellipse Tool. I hope this helps someone else.

    2. This was so frustrating! Thank you for posting.