Cristiano Siqueira who is also popularly known as Crisvector is a a highly acclaimed Brazilian designer and illustrator. He specializes in digital and vector illustrations. After some years of working as a graphic designer and art director, in 2005, he started to work full time as freelancer, creating illustrations for advertising, publishing and print design. His illustrations are a style statement on there own and are a great source of inspiration. Now have a look on extraordinary vector illustrations by cristiano Siqueira Aka Crisvector.
According to CrisVector
After a technical graduation in Communication Design, I started working with graphic design in books, magazines and CD covers. Some years later I went to packaging design for food and toy industry. With such experience I finally felt confortable to start working by myself as a freelance, but I chose to work with Illustrations, an old passion and my real skill. So, since 2005 I’m an illustrator full time, working from my own small “home” office, doing works for packaging and graphic design, publishing, advertising and everything that needs to be illustrated.
Chris Vector Interview By Vecctor Tuts
1. Hi Cristiano, welcome to VECTORTUTS! Please give us a brief background of yourself, tell us where you’re from, and how you got started in the field of digital arts? Did you take any formal training in this field?
Hi Vectortuts! It’s a pleasure to talk to you and thanks for the opportunity. I’m an Illustrator from Sao Paulo, Brazil. I work as a freelancer in my small home office in downtown of Sao Paulo. I make work for publishers, packaging design and advertising.
In digital arts, I started as soon as I started to work as designer. My formation is in traditional arts, but I’ve started in graphic design working with software like Illustrator and Photoshop. I didn’t have any formal training in software. Instead, I learned everything at work, with the help of work mates, books and the “help” of each software. I don’t know if I consider myself as “self-taught,” but I think I did that half of the way.
2. How long have you been vectoring for? What made you choose Illustrator and vector art as a medium to express your creativity? What other software do you use and what does your workstation look like?
I started with vectors in my first job. As I said above, I just started to use software when I started to work as a graphic designer. My task was to redraw logotypes in vector. They had lots of logotypes scanned from paper and I needed to make vector versions of them. So, the very first software I used to work was the Illustrator. It was the 7th version.
Using Illustrator almost everyday, I could get some practice with the Pen tool and other resources, so I realized I could make something with my hand drawing stuff in Illustrator too. I really enjoyed the perfect lines I could draw with the Pen tool, rather better than my skill to draw perfect lines by hand. I first started to ink my drawings in Illustrator and later I started to give them colors too.
Lately, I’ve been using Illustrator and Photoshop. Sometimes Poser to help with anatomy and lightning issues. My workstation is clean, a big table with few elements over it. Just the computer, a lamp, a calendar, a phone and some pens and pencils… sometimes the tablet…empty walls… just this.
3. You started with a traditional art background. How did it influence your work as a digital artist? When did you transit into working with Illustrator for your art pieces? Was it an easy transition? How is traditional art different from digital art, vector art in particular?
The knowledge that traditional art gave me was all the basic skills needed to develop my work in the digital environment. I could learn how to think first in the image before making it, plan the composition more, the light source, the shading, and how everything will work in the whole picture.
The transition from traditional techniques to digital happened when I started to work with graphic design and I started to work everyday with computer and graphic software programs. The transition was not easy and I had to change a little my way to work, adapting to the digital tools, trying to extract the best from both ways, digital and traditional and mix them all in the digital format.
The main difference between traditional and digital is that you can work with virtual materials. It means no dirt, no expenses and not having to be so dependent on good materials to make the best work. In traditional work, we need to find the best materials for each technique, a good paper for watercolor, good brushes and inks for oil and we need to be really skilled in handrawing to enjoy the max of the materials and not lose lots of time making corrections.
In digital you can simulate the effects of the traditional techniques, you don’t have dirt, you don’t need to be worried about papers or other materials, you don’t need to be an ace in handrawing because you have tools that helps you to make the perfect line, the perfect colors. In the standards of the graphic design industry, the digital works can fit very well in any printing process, you can prepare your file considering any printing process and optimize your work to the best result.
Anyways, the digital isn’t better than the traditional, it’s just different, and optimized for an application. Both (digital and traditional) are ways that people can express their feelings, messages, and communicate. They can provide the same products.
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