Over on the Fedora Magazine, I have recently just published the first two tutorials in a series that introduces the basics of Inkscape. The goal of these tutorials is to present Inkscape in small, easy to consume articles that help you get started with inkscape if you have never used it before. Each simple step has animated GIFs that allow you to see how to do each part.
The First tutorial shows the absolute basics of Inkscape – how to create simple objects such as stars and circles, and the basics of moving, rotating and resizing them.
The second article introduces the Fill and Stroke dialog for adding some extra colour to your drawings, and also introduces the basics of the gradient tool