What a week it's been! I know I've had a lot of fun and judging from my recent poll, others have too! It's been great to see the week has been ran by not just myself but members of the vector community. Not only that, but so many people have helped promote the event. In both cases, I'm extremely thankful.
So what happened during the week?
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.
Evolution of Vector is a contest for any experience to enter and doesn't close until 11.59:59pm PST Wednesday 16th February 2011. Check out this article to find out more and check out the fabulous prizes!
Thursday was a fabulous vectorORGY for Vector Week hosted by *ssst and %vexelove! A fabulous mass collaboration of vector artists, each spending 30 mins each in turn to add to a vector piece.
The contributors were in order of play: `ChewedKandi, `LineBirgitte, ~Muktinsh, *Charmed-Ravenclaw, ~gordo258, ~TheButcheress, ~nellies, ~carostar680, ^pica-ae, ~JenCamacho, ~DeviantJC, ~1---ROB---1, ~DeviantJC and *ssst
Much fun was had and it was great meeting some new deviants into the vector community.
The Week's Events & News
Many events and articles happened during the week. If you've not had a chance to check them out, they are listed below...
Sunday 16th January 2011
Evolution of Vector - Contest starts
Vector Trivia event hosted by the vector group #vector-artists.
Winners: 1st Place - ~YasminaCreates 2nd Place - *ssst 3rd Place - ~BryanKun! Congrats
Monday 17th January 2011
Featured chat with web/graphics designer Ryan Putnam aka ~RypeArts aka the owner of VecTips.com.
News: Project Educate: Getting into Vector
News: Project Educate: Ryan Putnam featured chat log
Tuesday 18th January 2011
News: PE: Golden Pen Awards: Abstract
News: PE: Golden Pen Awards: Animal
News: Project Educate: The Vector COMMUNITY!
Wednesday 19th January 2011
Featured chat with internationally respected illustrator Cristiano Siqueira aka `CrisVector. The event will be taking place in #CommunityRelations
News: PE: Golden Pen Awards: Objects
News: Project Educate: Vector Art, Technically Speaking
News: PE: Golden Pen Awards: People
Thursday 20th January 2011
Chat event: VectorORGY with *ssst thanks to %vexelove #vexelove's chatroom!
News: Project Educate: CrisVector featured chat log
News: Project Educate: The 100% Vector Rule
News: Project Educate: Exposure and the Vector Community
Friday 21st January 2011
Deviant Submitted News for Vector Week!
News: Project Educate: Introducing Inkscape - written by ~BDT466
News: Featured Group: #AI-Resources - written by `FantasyStock
News: SPOTLIGHT FEATURE 7: VECTOR ARTISTS - written by `jcroxas
News: PE: Golden Pen Awards: Scenes
Saturday 22nd January 2011
News: PE: Golden Pen Award: Vehicles
News: Project Educate: Other Vector Galleries on dA
Judging from the reaction of the community, I'll be looking at other vector themed weeks and events for the community to take part in. I don't want to plague you with each week being a vector week, but I'm sure they will happen more often!
The best part is, you can help run the events! So if you ever want me to help you run an event, send me a note and I'll be more than happy to help!