I have to say this only is an attempt, but this is my way to say sorry to a former very very good friend of mine. I don’t know what she’s doing right now or where she is, but I’ll try to find out next week.
Inkscape is a standard conform vector graphic editor. It has basic functions and is a very good tool for illustration. It’s not as advanced as Illustrator or Freehand, but you can create some very good pictures with it. Examples from my gallery: devotion, powerstation, both created with Inkscape.