Stunning Vector + Raster images

by Fred Showker

Following last month's vector vs. bitmap article, I decided to crack open a collection of rare and spectacular art I've been gathering over the past few months and show you some of these marvels. The first several pieces were created by talented young artists by combining vector and bitmap (raster) techniques. Here are some of the best, along with several excellent graphic designers who turn their visions into real products.

There will be more in this series, so stay tuned.

Gradient mesh Portraits

Gradient mesh Portraits

Is difficult to believe that this series of portraits were created using the gradient mesh -- but obviously illustrator Ruslan Khasanov doesn't agree. On this page you can see the art, then the vector paths. Awesome. Truly awesome. Ruslan is from Ekaterinburg, Russia, and much more can be seen at : http://www.free-lance.ru/users/rU4U -- Ruslan specializes in Illustration, Graphic Design, vector, typography, and logo design.
Gradient mesh Portraits Gradient mesh Portraits

 

Remarkable vector art from Sao Paulo

Remarkable vector art from Sao Paulo

Cristiano Siqueira from Sao Paulo, Brazil is the talent and skill behind CrisVector at http://www.crisvector.com Extraordinary vector art of all kinds
Remarkable vector art from Sao Paulo Remarkable vector art from Sao Paulo

 

David Waters: Photomanipulations

David Waters: Photomanipulations

David Waters creates some of the most detailed photo manipulations you'll find. Hhe's from Moscow, ID and concentrates on the creative fields of Graphic Design, Digital Art and Photo Manipulation
David Waters: Photomanipulations David Waters: Photomanipulations

 

Insanity loves company

Insanity loves company

Although not specifically a Photoshop diva, Lorena Mirbach creates some deliciously wonderful typography, logo design, and Illustration, from her studios in Hamburg, Germany. She says "Insanity" the font used for this project is one of her most favored fonts. We favored it too!
Insanity loves company Insanity loves company

 

Ah&Oh Studio

Ah&Oh Studio

Ah&Oh Studio based halfway between Berlin and Warsaw creates some extravagant new designs, packaging products and illustration. This is an example of one of their educational toys. All designers take a lesson here. at this page, scroll down and see the promotional and packaging art that gives real personality to this line of products.
Ah&Oh Studio Ah&Oh Studio

 

Graphics taken to reality

Graphics taken to reality

Kawamura Hideo Activity Inc. in Tokyo, Japan, creates some stunning home accessories like this series of lights dubbed "ONOFF" -- An illustration is printed on both the inside and outside of the shade. Each ONOFF shade displays two different designs - whether it is switched OFF or on.
Graphics taken to reality Graphics taken to reality

 

Looking at the works of these designers is truly inspirational -- but don't take it too lightly. The techniques used above are not easy and they don't happen over night. These artisans have spent thousands of hours honing and sharpening their skills. If you want to go in that direction, plan to spend lots of time and endure lots of frustration.

We have about 200 more examples, and in the upcoming weeks and months I hope to show them all!

thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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