This month we feature the work of two exceptional Xara artists
in a show we are calling CONTRASTS & SIMILARITIES.
Both artists work in very different styles
and yet, as you will see, there are many similarities as well.
Leo Gonçalves I am Brazilian. I was born in the state of Minas Gerais. I started
drawing when I was small. Everything I know today I pretty much taught myself. I did not have teachers, so I learned to draw by myself and later entered the profession of
graphic design and illustration in Brazil. I won some bids for printing, postage on postal, work for magazines and graphic design in general. I am specifically a designer and an
illustrator. I am married and have a daughter. For the last two years, I have devoted myself to working with Xara Xtreme, as you can see the work posted here.
Paul Söderholm lives in Raisio, Finland. He is a graphic designer at the oldest Finnish
newspaper (Åbo Underrättelser, 184 years old). With a background in computer science. Paul has provided his illustration and design services on the side since 1995 and his
trademarks are the gnurf cartoon characters and digital rubber ducks. His favorite tools are pen and paper, Xara Xtreme and Photoshop, but is an experienced user of many less popular tools as well.
Xara makes several graphics products and all of them are fun and easy to use. And Xara makes this site possible so it would be nice if you just went to these pages and had a look see. Thanks.
You are probably aware of Xara Xtreme but have you downloaded Xara Xtreme Pro? All the tutorials in this Workbook are done in Xtreme Pro, so if you don't have it, get it now.
Here are some other products made by Xara and links to the Xara.com Website.
- Xara Xtreme Pro Xara's flagship product. Now with full PDF import and export support
and Flash animation capabilities which you can see demonstrated in the upper left corner of this page. Xara is the world's faster vector drawing program and as the
artwork in the Featured Artist Gallery attests, one heck of a program. Click here to download your FREE trial version or to upgrade to
Xara Xtreme Pro today!
- Xara Graphics Studio Xara's three most popular products in one irresistible bundle. Xara
Graphic Studio contains Xara Xtreme, Xara-3D 6 and Webstyle 4. This bundle will save you a bundle!
- Xara Menu Maker Create professional graphical NavBars and DHTML menus in an instant
with Xara Menu Maker - no technical or design skills required. (And Xara does all of the heavy lifting!)
- Xara Webstyle 4 Everyone can make quality web graphics with Xara Webstyle,
whatever your skill level. From banner ads to complete web pages, simply customize the templates.
- Xara Screenmaker 3D A 3D screensaver maker that's fast, fun and easy to use. Create
animated 3D text or tumbling picture cube screensavers. (This application will make you a hero in your office or home. And it is embarrassingly inexpensive!)
- Xara 3D-6 Xara 3D is the Number 1 tool for creating stunning, professional-quality 3D
web graphics. See why for yourself. You can use a 3D program and drive yourself nuts trying to figure out all that X Y and Z axis nonsense, or you can make your life easy (and fun) with Xara 3D. It's up to you.
- Xara 3D Heading Maker Add this great interactive tool to your web site and let your visitors make 3D graphics online.
- Xara Online Web pages stand out with Xara Online's state-of-the-art web page add
-ons. Choose graphics, text and photo effects, or advanced applications, all fully-customizable and on your site in minutes.
- BuyFonts.Com All designers need fonts - get yours for as little as $2 US. Question: Is
life a contest to see how few fonts you can use? With low prices and high quality fonts that you get at BuyFonts.com, do you need to ask?
©2007 Gary W. Priester
All art is copyright of the artist and may not be used or reproduced in any form without the express written permission of the author.