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Interview with Artist Jurryt Visser: Pixel vs. Vector Mixmaster

I introduced Jurryt a couple of weeks ago, and with his previous feature, he has proven himself truly worthy of an interview. Aiden Kolh, a writer, photographer, and painter, sat down with Jurryt for quite an intense and eye-opening interview. Enjoy! Think positive, live day by day, set your goals and make sure you got the will to reach them. That is life at its best. Aiden: Hello, Jurryt! Now, you are from Holland. In itself, the Netherlands is a rather artsy country where many, many famous artists have come from. Tell us about yourself, and, if so, how has the Netherlands’ reputation for artists such as Van Gogh, Escher, Kooning, and so on, influenced you to create digital art? Jurryt: Hi! My name is Jurryt Visser and I am a graphic designer and a digital artist. The Netherlands is a really artistic country as well, maybe together with England the country where you need to be for arts. Everything around here is quite fashionable and art really 'lives' here. Without any doubt, the environment, commercials and attitude of the people influence me greatly in everything I do with design. The Dutch history is full of art as well. Think about van Gogh, who inspired me a lot when I was younger. He had a great style which no one appreciated, but still very unique in that time. Besides the historical and modern famous artists, the history for example with the VOC (Verenigd Oost Indisch Compagnie) inspired me as well. It still does. The Dutch have been all over the world and left their fingerprints basically everywhere. It's the same what I want to do. I want to go to Indonesia to stay there for a long time, to focus and dedicate myself to make unique arts which can be related to the Dutch history as well. So to come back to your question if the Netherlands inspired me in what I do. Yes, it did and still does. Aiden: You are now 20 years old. When did you start graphic design, and what motivated you to do so? You mentioned van Gogh as being an influence when you were younger. Where did you begin? Jurryt: Well, at a very young age I started drawing and people said I had the feeling for it. I never did something with it, because I just didn’t know you could make work out of it. Years later, when I was, I think, 14, I started to go to the graphic design university and I gained so much interest when doing "my own thing". I had some teachers with who I could philosophize about arts, design and being an entrepreneur, so within 2 years, I was sold by arts. My last 2 years at school, was more free time than school. I almost didn’t go to school at all, because I had my own clients and I prefer being alone when I make digital arts. Finally in 2007, I had my first 'piece' online, which seemed to be getting popular with many people. That was really cool and motivated me to develop myself further. Van Gogh inspired me, besides mentioning his style, in the way no one ever appreciated his work. But now, everyone adores his work. It motivates me to keep trying to be unique, even if the "mass" of the people don't appreciate it. Eventually you are the one who makes something unique everyone likes. Aiden: You have a rather unique style of art that you create. Tell us about it, and how you developed it. Also, if you could, briefly relate how you go about creating such images? Jurryt: Thank you. It started several years ago. I told a teacher of mine: I want to create something that combines and balances photography with digital arts perfectly. He was laughing a bit and wasn't really serious about this. I always looked up at this teacher, because he has a certain reputation which everyone wants to have in his line of business. But because he was a bit "good luck", it motivated me to just do it and show him and everyone else that I can do it. I wanted to prove myself. I devoted several hours playing with this idea and eventually I had my first art piece which balances photography with digital arts, I think, quite good. In that time, I received a lot of positive comments about the style, that I wanted to try more, bigger, better quality. I came with some pieces which were not really good, but others were really loved by the people as well. I asked a friend of mine to make a photo in this pose. He did this. After tweaking the image in Photoshop the best I could back then, I started to illustrate it in Illustrator. I was rather amazed I was able to design this and opened my eyes to try to do it even better. Many people already have mixes of digital arts and photography, photography with digital arts elements in it. I wanted to make the perfect balance between them. Aiden: A while back you showed me a picture you created of a panda bear. What made you design that, as you said it was experimental? Jurryt: Um, because I am very busy with my work, doing graphic design for clients, I almost haven’t any time to do digital arts as well. I was bored, had some spare time and wanted to draw something. Just for fun. But why a panda? I don't know for sure. As you know I love Asia and in Asia there are pandas. For some reason pandas really adorable, but they are still bears. Aiden: You have mentioned to me in the past that you work about 80 hours a week, all graphic-design related work. Tell us about that, and any goals you have for the future. Jurryt: Yes, I work as a Creative Director at the design agency I work and besides that I have my own international business running. Besides digital arts, I really enjoy designing a brand identity, website, or any other print media. As long as I am the designer and the one who makes the graphic decisions. With my own business, I want to go all over the world. I'd like to see a great verity of cultures, arts, corporations... and food! With my own business I'm planning to go to Indonesia next year. I first want to stay in Singapore, Jakarta and of course other places to get inspirations. I will stay there for at least one year and want to work there. I still have clients here in the Netherlands who are willing to go further with me, even when I am in Indonesia. That says something. I already have a designer here in the Netherlands who is willing to freelance for me here. After 1 or 2 years, I want to go to China and / or Japan. Feeling, tasting, seeing their way of working and thinking. Helping people there with arts from a Dutch designer. I want to show the people all over the world that nothing is impossible as long if you want it. If I want to go to Indonesia and other countries, I will do that. I will blog about it, I will work for it. With this, I hope to inspire people to look further then just their own country, or state. There is so much more about arts and design than we think we know. Aiden: Beyond historically influential artists like we’ve talked about, who are some modern-day designers that you enjoy watching? You are a part of the slashTHREE artgroup, you contribute to deviantART, as well as the Behance network. What about people you see here on the internet? Jurryt: I'm not sure if I really enjoy 1 designer in particular. I enjoy their works and just random work I see. I have respect for many artists and digital artist. For example, I have major respect for Anton Corbijn. The way he get things done and his vision about arts and life are really good. And for business like, I enjoy Armani. The way he reached the top. Really inspiring. I don't think someone should get totally crazy about 1 person. If you are like that it is so much harder to create something that is your own. I think people limit themselves when they focus too much on others. Aiden: You mentioned that you wanted to blend photography and digital work perfectly. What inspires the pieces you create, pieces like “Boss”. Jurryt: Everything actually. Sometimes just music, other times movies, my mood, etc. Also talking to people about arts an design, about your goals, it motivates and inspires to create a new piece. Boss was inspired by a movie. Not sure what movie, but I had this idea to catch the movie's atmosphere in this piece. It is really mysterious and you are able to create your own story behind it. Aiden: Personally, “Soul” and “Reality” are some of my favorite pieces from you. Tell us a little about them, what inspired you, and how you went about creating them. Jurryt: Both are actually really personal. After "Portrait", "Reality" was my first bigger art piece again. I wanted to show, as I want in all of my works, the difference between "Reality" and "Fiction". Someone wants to get out of the reality, or out of the place you want are living in right now. It hurts and people don't like it when you try to, but everyone has thought about it. “Soul” was made for slashTHREE and has basically the same concept as my other work: getting out of reality. To get out, it's so hard and painful.... and you have to do it all by yourself like in our society…individualism. Aiden: And they are great pieces indeed. There are a million other things that we could talk about here, but our interview has gotten pretty long. Thank you for taking time out of your busy 80-hours-a-week schedule to talk with us! It has been great talking with you. Do you have any last statements you wish to make? Jurryt: Think positive, live day by day, set your goals and make sure you got the will to reach them. That is life at its best. Featured Artwork: About the Interviewer: My name is Aiden Kolh, and I am a 19 year old writer, photographer, and painter. I have an insatiable lust for music theory, and, on top of writing literature, I compose music for my band, and other groups on a paid basis. I am currently a student at the Art Institues, Detroit specifically, and am pursuing a career in art, photography, and music composition. On the side, I administrate the community at slashTHREE, and will be interviewing artists from time-to-time here at Abduzeedo!

Introducing Artist Jurryt Visser

Jurryt Visser, born January 1989 in the Netherlands, began drawing at a very young age. People said he had an “eye” for the arts. In years to come, he would take a course in an effort to learn the finer points of graphic design. It fit him perfectly. He began to create digital art, improving with each piece. Always wanting to be unique, he found his own vector style, like many of our readers find their own individuality. Fast forward a few years, his passion for the arts continued, but his interests gravitated steadily toward graphic design. Why? He values uniqueness and a sense of individuality. He considers himself to be a "koppige" designer, meaning he is very original. Following three Iears working with different design agencies, originally as a designer and finally as an art director, he started his own business: free to do as he pleased and portray the world in his own manner. His goal is to reach out to clients and satisfy them with unique artwork. Someday, he hopes, his hard work as an artist will take him to the top. Keep an eye out for his featured artwork and interview, exclusively here on Abduzeedo.

Super Amazing Vector Art by Tstout

Sometime ago I ran into these, but didn't have the chance to post them. I found some super amazing vector art made by this dude at tstout.com, and I couldn't even find his name, which is a bummer. He's got a fantastic style, really worth taking a look! At first, I thought he did just regular pieces, but for our delight, he makes his own version of movie posters! Mad Max 2, Robocop and The Thing are just some of the ones he picked and did a great job. Anyways, for more of his amazing work, simply visit this portfolio. We'll love it. Cheers! ;)

20 Insane Vectors by Ahmed Alrefaie

Besides the regular names we know I haven't seen a good new vector artist in a while, that's why I was really surprised with the work of Ahmed, he creates great vectors so full of details that it's unbelievable. No wonder why he takes a month on each piece, check it out! All my artwork is created from start to finish on Photoshop CS3, using only a mouse, I create outlines using the Pentool provided then color. Some refer to it as a Vector, and others Vexel, eitherway it uses precise and accurate lines and shapes in order to create sharp artwork. An average artwork I create takes approx. one month. That said I am lazy ;P For more visit owaikeo.com Did you like this post? How about the Abduzeedo's new Limited Edition Tee "Goddess of Abduction"

20 Beautiful Vector Portraits

I was browsing around when I saw a couple vector portraits and I thought they were such good works that I had to make a selection, beautiful vector art takes a lot of skill and patience to get a good result like the ones you will see here, enjoy! Make sure you click on the images to visit the author's page

Designious Vector Mega Packs Giveaway Contest

When you start a design job, you usually know which direction you're going to. You might want use nice textures, or maybe a script font. But when it comes to vectors, you might find great packs over the internet, just like the Designious ones. Among the great Vector sites out there, Designious is one of the best for sure. They've got these Mega Packs that are really great: Floral, Symbols, Vintage, Nature and Fashion vectors. They gently handed us 3 of the Mega Packs to giveaway one for 3 lucky guys! And to give these packs away, we are running a little design contest. You guys gotta use the vectors you have today, free or paid, and come up with a nice image. The theme is free for you guys, but you gotta use only black and white! the idea is that if you guys come up with cool designs using any vectors, it's a sure thing you'll give your designs a boost using Designious Vector Mega Packs. To be suitable to participate, you guys must post your designs in the Abduzeedo's Flickr Pool, and link it in our comments. That will make our life much easier, and we won't forget no one. Each one of the 3 winners will get to choose one of the Mega Packs featured here. Mega Packs, not the Giga ones. And that's pretty much it. In 2 weeks we'll announce the winners! Good luck for all! Cheers! ;)

Illustration Inspiration: Dale Edwin Murray

Nothing like nice vector illustrations. Dale Edwin Murray, a London based graphic designer, illustrator and photographer, is an expert with some really cool illustrations and also amazing t-shirt graphics that you might be already familiar with. Check out Dale's site for more information and great inspiration. The url is: http://www.daleedwinmurray.com/ Also you can vote for one of Dale's design on DesignbyHumans.com:

Super Cool Abstract Vectors in Illustrator and Photoshop

One of the best tools in Illustrator in my opinion is the Blend Tool. There are so many things we can do with the blend tool, mixing shapes, replacing the Spine path to create crazy forms. Also I try to learn how the real masters like Andy Gilmore create those fantastic pieces. I don't even know if he uses Illustrator but some of his artwork can be done with the Adobe vector app mixing with a bit of Adobe Photoshop. In this tutorial I will show you how to create a abstract sort of flower using the Blend Tool in Illustrator then playing with it in Photoshop to produce a very colorful wallpaper. Step 1 Open Illustrator and create a new document, then with the Arc Tool create an arc. Duplicate the arc and rotate it to create a sort of leaf. With the Direct Select Tool (A) select the to 2 top vertices and Join them, go to Object>Path>Join. Repeat the same thing for the 2 bottom vertices and you will have a nice shape. Step 2 Duplicate the shape and rotate it 90º. Then select the Blend Tool (W). Click on one shape then on the other one to create the blend. After that with the Ellipse Tool (L) create a ellipse holding shift. Then with the Direct Select Tool (A) delete 3 segments of the circle. Step 3 Select the path of the Blend Object and the arc you created and go to Object>Blend>Replace Spine. That command will replace the line SPINE, that is the Blend Object default path with any path you want. Step 4 To edit the Blend Object just double click on the Blend Tool icon or go to Object>Blend>Blend Options... Change the Spacing to Specified Steps and use the number of steps you want. Also for the Orientation use Align to Path. You will have to rotate the 2 shapes because the Blend Options will automatic rotate the shapes. So double click on the Blend Object to edit the Blend and rotate the 2 shapes. Use the image below for reference. Step 5 Change the color of the 2 shapes you used for the blend. I used red and yellow. The go again to the Blend Options and increase the number of steps. Use 4 or 5. You will notice that the Blend Tool will create the tone colors from red to yellow. Step 6 Duplicate the blend object, rotate, and align it with the first blend object. Also replace the colors to yellow and green and send ir to back, go to Object>Arrange>Send it to Back. Step 7 Duplicate the blend object, rotate, and align it again, now with the second blend object. Replace the colors to green and blue. Also send ir to back, go to Object>Arrange>Send it to Back. Step 8 Duplicate one object one more time and close the flower using blue and red. Again send it to back. Step 9 Go to Object>Expand. Then with the Direct Select Tool (A) select the red, yellow, green, and blue shapes. Delete them because they are duplicated from the blend. Step 10 Ungroup the objects, go to Object>Ungroup. Then select all elements and go to Window>Transparency. Change the Opacity to 75% and play with the Blend Modes. Below you can se some of the Blends I tested. Step 11 Just an experiment trying to create a typeface, my cousin said it looks like a caterpillar, so I named it catypellar. Step 12 Copy the flower from Illustrator and paste it in a new document in Photoshop as Smart Object. I used 1900x1200 pixels. Also the background has to be black. Position the flower at the bottom of the document like the image below. Step 13 Go to Layer>Layer Style>Bevel and Emboss. Use Inner Bevel for the Style, 1% Depth, Direction Up, Size 1px and soften 0px. For the Shading use 90º for the Angle. For the Highlight Mode use Color Dodge in white and 100% opacity. For the Shadow Mode use Color Burn in Black and 15% Opacity. Also change the Blend Mode of the layer to Screen. Step 14 Duplicate the layer and resize it, make it a bit smaller, like the image below. Step 15 Again duplicate the layer and resize it, make it a bit smaller than the previous layer. Use the image below for reference. Step 16 Repeat the same thing as the previous step, this time however change the Blend Mode of the layer to Darker Color. Step 17 Again, duplicate the layer and resize it. Use Multiply for the Blend Mode and also add a Color Overlay. Use black for the Color and 100% Opacity. Step 18 Once again duplicate the flower, not the one with the black color overlay. Resize it and change the Blend Mode to Normal. Then duplicate the layer again and just change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge. Step 19 Add another layer on top of the others and with the Gradient Tool (G), select Radial for the type and black and white for the color. Then fill the layer with the gradient, start from the center and bottom of the page exactly where the flower starts to grow. After that change the Blend Mode of the layer to Multiply. Step 20 Add another layer again and go to Filter>Render>Clouds, make sure that you had black and white for the colors. Then go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Use 5 pixels for the Radius. Change the layer's Blend Mode to Multiply as well. Conclusion You can add a bit of noise or more elements if you want. The idea is play with the blend modes and of course Illustrator, where all the magic was done. If you want to create a version with a lighter background you will have to change the blend modes. Instead of Screen, use Multiply and play with the opacities like I did in the lighter version in the image below. It's just a nice tecnique, inspired, again, by the incredible Andy Gilmore. Click here to view the Light version and here for the Dark version. Download the Photoshop File Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial

Inspiration: Celso Junior Vector Graphics

When I first found out what vector graphics were, I was impressed (and I mean really impressed) by this artist. He's extremely talented, and makes very good artwork that would fit really well on your desktop. The bad news is that he stopped doing vectors in 2007. I would have asked for an interview if I had the opportunity. Anyway, you still can contact him on his DeviantArtAccount. Editor: David Parrott

vector arts from ID deviant artist

Hai everybody, this is my first post for this blog. For this time, i just want to greet everybody by showing some vector arts from here (vector arts from Indonesian Deviant Artist). Hope you enjoy this n_n Lately i've seen many great vector arts from my country. Most of them inspired me, some of those looks funny with a nice composition, the others are nice with a few color. . For me those arts are cool and give me unique sense when see it,, wish you too :)

Inspiration: Cool Vector Cars

Vector art is one of my favourite technics of creating an image, but it takes time. Check out these cool vector artworks of cars. following by Bobbyrock following by ab6421 following by Russ Schwenkler following by HoshiBoshi following by Drew Turketo following byBirdieNUFC following by J-Nyze

Using VectorMagic

I found this tool on Digg a couple of days ago but I couldn’t use its service because of the “Digg Effect”. Everybody, that includes me, was trying to convert some bitmaps to vector with a tool called VectorMagic, the online tool for precision vectorization. VectorMagic is the result of a Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Laboratory research project by James Diebel and Jacob Norda. Vectorization (aka tracing) is the process of converting a raster image to a vector image. Raster images are pixel-based, whereas vector images are represented by geometric shapes such as lines, circles and curve Basically this tool converts bitmaps to vector. However, this might be the best vectorization tool out there, at least that I have used befor. They even created a link showing some comparisons between the VectorMagic, Adobe Live Trace (Illustrator CS2) and Corel PowerTRACE (CorelDRAW X3). I have converted some images to vectors using it with very good results, specially with logos and some photos. Besides that it's really easy to use, with a distinct and clear user-interface, and the best thing is that it's online and free. If you need a vectorization tool, VectorMagic is definitely an excellent choice.

Mini in Vector

Last week I was checking some old backups, like from 3 years ago and it was really cool because I found some crazy things that I had done in the past. Some I had even forgotten I had them, while others I was really willing to get them back and maybe use them again. One of these files is a Mini that I had created on Freehand, I think in 2004. I don’t know precisely when I did that. Anyway, as I don’t have Freehand anymore, I managed to open it in Fireworks importing the .FH11 and the illustration looks ok. However I’d really like to have it in Illustrator format (AI). I tried exporting it from Fireworks but it lost some gradients and masks from the original file. So, I would really appreciate if anyone could export it to AI from Freehand and send it back to me.

New Fiat 500 in Illustrator

Some weeks ago, I saw some photos of the new FIAT 500 car. I was very impressed, I really liked the design, the accessories, and pretty much everything else. So I decided to vectorize it. Fiat 500 marks the revival of one of the most iconic small-car designs in automotive history, a milestone in the Italian automaker's recuperation, and for buyers, an enticing new little runabout to add to the shopping list.The design of the new 2007 Fiat 500 is based on the 2004 Fiat Trepiuno concept. This car feature a distinctive retro-look just like the Volkswagen New Beetle and BMW MINIThere are still some details to be added, some shadows and accessories. I will keep working on it, although the AI file is available to be downloaded.