Vector Art

My foray into Vector artwork, started when I used an Apple Mac Plus running Aldus Freehand in the summer of 1988. I was a student attending Portsmouth College of Art and Design whilst I studied for my HND Product Design qualification.

To say that the software and the hardware had a profound effect on me would be an understatement and by 1990 I had saved enough to purchase a second hand Apple Mac Plus with 30Mb Formac hard disk. Luckily this came with a copy of Freehand, and I began creating some simple but memorable images.

Since then of course the market has exploded with many new and exciting apps that help artists create some truly stunning works. Even more impressive is that all this stuff can now be done anywhere using a tablet computer.

As an example I recreated the Orange Invader from a Seven Tenth’s T-Shirt I used to have, so technically whilst it’s a copy, I did create it manually. Then there is the doodle of Don Quixote I did in 1993 on my Mac Plus. Some of the other vector images are of things I wanted to create, such as the Apple 1 Motherboard (with corresponding closeups). Vector artwork can be as simple or as complex as you wish as demonstrated by the Apple 1 motherboard image, which has in excess of 100,000 elements, making it quite a testament to the iOS app Graphic.