Learning Inkscape - An Order of the Stick Avatar Guide


  1. Introduction - Guide to the guide
  2. Reference material - Finding background pictures for our avatar
  3. Layers upon layers - Using layers, select, zoom and importing images to set up our workspace
  4. It all starts with a circle... - Making a head with circles, fills, strokes and the eyedropper
  5. Making the body - Making the body with rectangles and object ordering
  6. Out on a limb - Arms and legs with the pen and node tool
  7. Hands and eyes and mouth and... - Finishing the base model with the hands, eyes and mouth
  8. Gender change - Making a female body shape with the node tool
  9. Clothes make the avatar - Building a costume
  10. A trip to the hairdresser - Adding features to the head
  11. Giving your avatar props - Finishing the character with items or weapons
  12. Exporting the goods - Exporting your creation to PNG for the web

Note about the guide

Welcome to my guide on making an Order of the Stick avatar with Inkscape!

These webpages serve both as a tutorial for Inkscape and as a worked example for building a stick character in Rich Burlew's Order of the Stick style, designed for those with little prior Inkscape experience. The guide walks through the creating of the image shown here. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you'll have fun!

- David Shaw

These pages have been designed to be best read in order: you can use the links at the bottom of each page to go to the next page. If you like you can jump between them on the index page.

If linking to this site, please link to the index page. Other pages may be reorganised or renamed.

Order of the Stick is Copyright © Rich Burlew 2003 - 2007
Last updated: 12th December, 2007 by David Shaw