In this journal:
- Official Vector and vexel contest
- Vector Projects from around dA
- Are you new to vector?
- Changes to the subcategories
Official Vector and Vexel Contest: Love Scenes Contest
You have exactly ONE week to finish your entries! There are so few entries and so amazing prizes:
1st Prize: 12mth sub and 20 devDollars
2nd Prize: 6mth sub and 10 devDollars
3rd Prize: 3mth sub
Vector Projects from around dA
- crcarlosrodriguez is hosting a mythology project - all places have been taken, so stay tuned for awesomeness!
- vector-artists are still looking for entries in the Calendar Contest! Go join!
- vexelove is hosting a rather untraditional contest: "The Visualize Vexelove Contest" - read more about that here
Are you new to vector?
If you're new or if you just like to be challenged into trying out new things I have something planned for all of you. If you have already started vectoring and have run into some trouble please leave a comment here and I will try to accomodate all the suggestions in this exciting new thing I will tell you all about in just a few days!
Examples: "I don't know how to do lineart", "I can't figure out how to save a palette", "Can I use my tablet in AI and can does it react to penpressure?"
If you're really new to vectors you might wanna check out Inkscape which is a free vector program! You can also join Inkscapers! Because groups are rockin'
Changes to the subcategories
jussta and I are currently working on getting the vexel and vector category more up to date in regards of sub categories. That means exciting new categories for you to fill!
My latest vector favourites
Vector Art is a technique, meaning art created in a vector-based program. Vector art is the use of primitives such as Points, Lines and Curves. The vector programs keeps track of the relationship between these primitives. This allows the images created, to be scaled and rescaled without loosing quality or becoming pixelated. This is in opposition to "raster (or bitmap) graphics" which is an image represented by a collection of pixels. These pixels if scaled above 100%, will degrade and loose quality.
Popular vector programs are: Illustrator, Freehand, Corel Draw, and Flash (and the free inkscape). Almost everything created with these programs is considered a vector piece. I say "almost" because there are exceptions to every rule. If your vector piece combines raster and vector images then I'm sorry to tell you but it is no longer a vector piece (and subsequently does not belong in the vector gallery). Example: If you finish your vector piece and realize after exporting it to a more web friendly version, you think it is lacking something. So you take it into photoshop and apply a simple texture to the surface of the piece just to give it a little something extra. This is no longer a vector piece, and should be posted to the "Digital art > Mixed media", gallery. Like wise if you take this raster texture image into illustrator and just apply a layer style (multiply, screen etc.) this is still not a vector piece. The common factor in these two equations is the raster texture. Since this texture cannot be scaled above 100% this makes the vector technically useless beyond that raster images original size. That being said don't think you are unable to add texturing to a vector piece. Most of these programs come equipped with detailed pattern swatches, textured brushes, and even the ability to "Live trace" which does as it's name implies, traces a raster image and turns it into a vector graphic.
Just to reiterate my point and to ensure there is no confusion here is a list of generally considered Raster Bases programs: Photoshop, Painter, MS Paint, and a great free alternative Gimp. Basically everything created with these programs is considered a Raster image. I say use a clause simply because a few of these programs are capable of creating images with points, lines, and curves just as a vector program would. Photoshop for instance can create vector based images, however these are typically considered "Vexels" because of the fact that Vexel artists typically incorporate brush strokes into their images (for hair, etc.). Speaking of brushes. Just because you have downloaded and installed a brush set for photoshop or any other of the aforementioned raster programs that have the word "vector" in the title, does not deem your image a vector piece. These brushes come in different sizes and no matter how high a resolution they may come in, they still cannot be scaled above their 100% mark without loosing quality.
To put it simply "Vector is not a "style" like Anime, but a "medium" like charcoal. Asking what vector-art looks like is like asking what an oil painting looks like. It could look like Rembrandt, Picasso, or a fifth grader's fingerpainting."