What is Vector Art?
In digital art there are two layer formats: raster and vector. Raster formats are based in pixels and vector is based in paths and points.
When you resize a raster image, you are expanding the pixels. Your program has to try to estimate what the colours would be for the additional pixels created. Due to this, the image loses it's clarity and creates a pixel effect.
When you resize a vector image, you are increasing the distance between the points. Due to this, the image doesn't lose it's clarity and doesn't pixellate.
The key element of vector is that it's infinitely scalable without any quality loss and it's why we love it!
What is Project Educate?
Project Educate is a Community Relations ran series of events which focus individually on each of the galleries of deviantART. It is exists to help give further exposure to the galleries concerned, help educate those in new mediums/genres and host events surrounding those galleries for those who are already part of the galleries.
Vector Week will be running 16th to 22nd of January 2011 with a series of events, articles and contests for those wanting to know more about vector and those who are already part of our scalable community.
During the week, several events will be taking place in dAmn, the deviantART Messaging Network (for the chatrooms if you will). In order to keep those informed of which events they'd like to make time for, I've decided to post a schedule of the big events happening:
Sunday 16th January: A Trivia Event hosted by vector-artists. Test your vector knowledge and win some fabulous devwear prizes! (time to be announced)
Monday 17th January: A featured chat with Ryan Putman aka RypeArts. Ryan is the owner of big tutorial blog VecTips and a regular writer over at VectorTuts+ and is a freelance web and graphic designer, who's primary medium is vector. This featured chat will be especially useful those who want to know more about writing tutorials, using vector in webdesign and graphic design as well as finding out what it's like to run such an influencial blog. This will take place at 9pm GMT/2pm MST in the #CommunityRelations chatroom.
Wednesday 19th January: A featured chat with Cristiano Siqueira aka CrisVector. Cris is an internationally respected vector artist who works as a freelance illustrator. Creating amazing vector pieces for web and print. He is also a senior member of the art collective depthCORE. This featured chat will be especially useful for those who want to know about what inspires him, what projects he gets involved in, being a freelance illustrator and much more! This will take place at 7pm GMT in the #CommunityRelations chatroom.
Thursday 20th January: A Vector Orgy hosted by vexelove. Similar to Photoshop Tennis, a vector orgy is a social and learning gathering of deviants wishing to contribute to a live collaboration. You have 30 mins to add to the vector collaboration and then you pass the file on! This is a fun event and regardless of your ability and skill set, everyone is welcome to take part. All you need is Adobe Illustrator! This will be an all day event!
Further events to be announced, including the announcement of the winners of the third annual Golden Pen Award winners, informative articles, a big vector contest and much more! Be sure to follow the journals of ChewedKandi to keep up to date on what's happening!
Useful Linkage for the Vector Galleries
Tips on Self Suggesting DDs
Golden Pen Award
Vector CR Update - December 2010
Vector CR Update - November 2010
Vector CR Update - October 2010 - part 1
Vector CR Update - October 2010 - part 2
Vector Art Daily Deviations - December 2010
Vector Art Daily Deviations - November 2010
DD's I've Featured collection