The Oxygen project is an impressive example for the artist skills some people of the KDE project have. Now a newcomer came up to help the Kalzium project and showed his first drawings which are of a high quality.
David Vignoni and Nuno Pinheiro seldom need any further introduction: they are the theme art directors of the Oxygen icon project which creates the new iconset and general art for KDE 4. The other members of the team are also well known to the occasional commit-digest reader: Kenneth Wimer, Thomas Lübking, Riccardo Iaconelli, Casper Boemann, Johann Ollivier Lapeyre and Nuno Póvoa.
These guys concentrate on KDE in general: the Oxygen iconset, the future Windeco of KDE 4 (no, I haven’t seen any of that yet), the future KDE 4 sounds, and so on.
However, some projects have special graphics needs. Especially the KDE games and KDE edu sections have applications which need specific pieces of art. In such cases sometimes one of the Oxygen guys steps up and tries to help, but sometimes other people from “outside” step in. This happened recently with Kalzium which was searching for artists to create an entire iconset for the elements of the periodic table.
The call was answered by Jarle Richard Akselsen: judging from his self description he used FLOSS for several years but only have internet for a couple of months. He now wanted to start giving back something – and started painting icons for the kalzium set. Here is his first contribution:
The last contribution was this:
Impressive, isn’t it?
I’m not sure if Jarle had any previous experience in drawing, but he mentioned that he used Inkscape only for these experiments. Looks like KDE has a new talent – and Kalzium will get a full and nice drawn iconset.
I now hope that he will fully join the artist team and will stay with KDE for quite some time. It can only enrich the KDE project.