so a defaulted program such as gaussian blur in a vector based program made out of mathematical equations such as illustrator which can be expanded and doesn't necessarily pixellate unless you've made it the smallest degree of sizing possible is categorized as "mixed media"? mixed media is like a box for lost toys. it's sad and depressing. i hate the thought of losing the privilege of a vector artist of putting my work which is almost completely solid vectors and gradients into a "collage" gallery when the entire piece is created 100% in adobe illustrator. it's like having a whole can of chicken soup and you have to make sure you're taking out all the vegetables and broth and only eating the noodles out. it gets so tricky when you think about it. we've got this heavenly program with all these advantages and filters, but as soon as we create a jpeg, png, gif or tiff, it's no better than a rastor or vexel. it's still going to pixellate. i just don't like the thought of my work going into mixed media where noone would see it, i rarely ever go in there myself. i think there was a looooong discussion about blurs about a year ago in the chatroom, that said they were okay in moderation. though i'm still not giving up on coining the term vections. ^^
The thing is, just because it's created in Illustrator doesn't make it 100% vector, just as if you create something in Photoshop it isn't necessarily raster.
You could investigate alternatives - such as transparent gradients, line styles/appearance panel or even the blur brush I created... all of which are 100% vector.
I think if you really want to post your work in the vector galleries, then you'll find one of the vector methods to create the effect rather than using a raster effect.
The problem with allowing a small portion of raster in a gallery defined by another medium it is hard to moderate... to where is the threshold? How can you tell one person it's not allowed and another it is allowed with the potential of drama and upset. It's best having a pure gallery.
I do regard you as a vector artist as the bulk of your work is vector don't get me wrong. However not all of your work is 100% scalable.
well i don't think transparent gradients will help with a certain shape. i'd be stuck with circles and curves. and making layer after layer of transparencies just to create a dream like haze other than one gaussian blurred layer would beef up my file size, and possibly make me crazy.
i know you might think having a new gallery that allowed blurs would be difficult, but where did we get the term vexel from? and when we have vexelled projects , aren't we still aloud to use vector layers in them? vexel is pretty much an extension of vector. it's not pure vector, but has it's own unique qualities that we all appreciate. ^^
i just prefer blur because i can't find the same quality in my prints that i would with a bunch of transparencies layered over each other. i shudder to think how many i'd have to create. i just don't see the softness that I can achieve with a tiny bit of blur. if you show me work that has this quality, then maybe i can be persuaded that there's hope.
but forcing people who've done hours and hours in illustrator into the grade school art collage category just seems bleak and unsettling. and all of my work is scalable sweets as long as it's a vectored piece. just give me the size you need.
Vexel art came across as people thought they were creating vector but infact weren't - they were using things like the lasso selection tool then filling it with the paint bucket! It was always 100% raster - no elements were actually vector. It only took on the appearance of vector.
You can find the same quality in vector with things like blends, the blend brushes (see the work of ~HumanNature84 as you know) and a mixture of transparent radial gradients. Try gradient meshes with the blending mode lighten and darken. This is also a good way to achieve a blur effect.
Why would you want to post work under the illusion of it being 100% vector when it's not? I appreciate you want to belong to a category and it's admirable. However if you want to really belong, you'd find a way to create your work in 100% vector.
This being said, I'm not going to be moving deviations etc... in the gallery because there is a lot more things to focus on. Photos being posted in the gallery for one! The problem being is if one person is obviously using blurs in their work, then they give the perception that this is vector to others and it's a tad misleading.