by Sharon Milne

Created

March 28, 2012

Vector Art from Indonesia

Introduction

In today’s “Vector Art from…” article, we’re going to look at a collection of vector artists from Indonesia.

Please let me introduce Samuel Sinaga, Aedel Fakhrie, and Jimmy Balia, three friends from Indonesia with a shared passion for vector art, all with contrasting styles. Having known them for years, it’s been great to watch their styles develop and change over time, and it’s an absolute pleasure to share with you their thoughts on vector design and their amazing work.

Samuel Sinaga, aka Flow is King

Although Samuel is multi-talented, crossing many styles and genres, he’s probably known best for his abstract styling and typography with an urban influence. With a great eye for color, his work has fluid shapes with great use of negative space. He certainly lives up to his moniker, Flow is King. Let’s get to know him a little further.


Q: Please introduce yourself to the readers of Inside Adobe Illustrator.

Hello, my name is Samuel Sinaga, call me Sam. I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia and I’m currently living in the suburb of Cilandak, South Jakarta. I work as an art director at an advertising agency. In my spare time I love to draw, sleep, eat…and sleep.


Q: How did you first get into vector art? How did you learn to use Adobe Illustrator?

‘Twas back at 2001, the first time ever, using Adobe Illustrator 10. I didn’t really spend much time vectoring until late 2003. That’s when the whole vector art hype hit Indonesia, then things got serious. I became quite addicted to the whole vector stuff. Never did use tutorials, neither online nor offline. I always try to learn all the way on my own; I think that’s the best way for me to understand my way around Adobe Illustrator. Back then I was into character design, typography and abstract and complex things, mostly doing random designs that popped into my head. I explored a lot and never stopped learning.


Q: What is your process in creating a piece of vector art?

I always start with an imaginary sketch, inside my head, then digitally sketch it in Illustrator. This cycle will go on and on until I’m satisfied with the raw sketches that I’ve done. Stock photography comes in handy sometimes, mostly for reference or if I need to trace them. There’s a set of tools that I always use when I’m working inIllustrator: the Pen tool, the Shape tools, the Pathfinder panel, the Blend tool, Brushes, and Symbols. I also use other tools, but usually I work well only using the tools I just mentioned.


Q: How do you keep up to date with the latest trends and styles in vector art?

Taking part in art-based communities is one way to keep up with the trends, and also reading a lot of digital art books and magazines. Doing collaborations are also a great way to keep yourself fresh and learn a new thing or two. But there’s nothing wrong with creating your own trends; to me it’s much more fun that way.


Q: Who do you admire in the Indonesian vector art community? Which artists do you recommend others check out from Indonesia?

Couple of my mates — TLV, Toolkit04 and Jimmy Balia — they are such cool people. And also check out other Indonesian artists such as MuloYoung, (the legendary) VektorJunkie, Singpentinkhappy and Machine56. Or you might wanna check out InVektorWeTrust.com for more info on the Indonesian vector scene.


Connect with Samuel Sinaga via:

Jimmy Balia, aka Phig

Jimmy Balia often represents himself and his work with a pink gorilla. The gorilla is a bit of a strange character, but one which is full of life. While this static character is a large portion of his work, he’s able to experiment with a variety of styles and tools, which he then carries forward to different projects. From using bold gradients, to blends, to working with art brushes, he enjoys using what’s on offer within Adobe Illustrator. It’s time to get to know Jimmy.


Q. Please introduce yourself to the readers of Inside Adobe Illustrator.

My name is Jimmy Balia, born in Bandung, Indonesia, but currently living in Jakarta. I work as a graphic designer at an IT company. I play games for fun, and of course, tune up some music. When things get boring, I travel around with my wife.


Q. How did you first get into vector art? How did you learn Adobe Illustrator?

I started to dig vector art seriously ever since I used Adobe Illustrator 9. I learned Illustrator by trying things and reading tutorials from many sources, such as design blogs, deviantART and many other websites.

I experimented a lot with Illustrator on blends, gradients, and cell-shaded shapes. For example, replacing gradients with cell shapes, and using a gradient color instead of a solid fill color inside each of the cell shades, so the colors would be more rich.

(Yo dawg, I heard you like gradients, so I put gradients inside the gradient!)


Q: What is your process for creating a piece of art?

I might start from a portrait photo that I want to turn into a vector piece, or from some sketch that I create manually.

I use the mighty Pen tool to create shapes, the Pencil tool to create rough sketches, and the Paintbrush tool with custom brushes, gradients, and many more tools, such as the Shape tools, Smooth tools, and Blend.


Q: How do you keep up to date with the latest trends and styles in vector art?

RSS from many design blogs, social media, and sometimes visiting galleries and art exhibitions. And I always stay connected online or offline with the many vector artists I respect most, like ChewedKandiTracelandVectorie03, ToolKit04, FlowIsKing, and many more. They have inspired me a lot.


Q: Who do you admire in the Indonesian vector art community? Which artists do you recommend others to check out from Indonesia?

One is Wedha. He is my childhood hero of Indonesian vector art. I’ve admired him since I was in junior high. His work is now known as WPAP (Wedha Pop Art Portrait) style.

And for other jawdropping Indonesian vector artists, we have Machines56, The Yellow Dino, LoveSugah, and many more.


Connect with Jimmy Balia via:

Aedel Fakhrie,  aka Rie, Traceland Vectorie

Aedel has a strong, often dark, illustrative style. His recent series of gangster werewolves is an original collection of eerie vector art showcasing his fine-tuned skills and ability to connect to the viewer. With nearly 10 years experience as a vector artist, his time in the medium has served him very well.

And this collection, in my opinion, is his best yet! Full of rage, passion and bold characters, it’s vector art not to be missed. So who is Aedel? Let’s find out more.


Q: Please introduce yourself to the readers of Inside Adobe Illustrator.

Hello earthlings :), let me introduce myself. My name is Aedel Fakhrie, but usually people called me Rie. Traceland Vectorie is my nickname on graphic forums, and also my alter-ego. I was born and currently live in Depok City, near Jakarta City on West Java, Indonesia. I work as freelance graphic designer and illustrator in several advertising agencies and also have other clients in different countries.

I like going on outdoor trips and touring with my bike, such as to the mountains, rivers and beaches. That’s how I refresh my mind and gain some inspiration.

Q: How did you first get into vector art? How did you learn Adobe Illustrator?

I start using Adobe Illustrator around 2002-2003. At that same time I joined the Indonesian graphic forum called Godote. There I saw vector artwork from other members, and their work inspired me to try to make vector artwork.

I learned Adobe Illustrator by myself (autodidact!) but sometimes my friends and I share case studies and techniques. I did some experiments in order to discover my own style. Learning by doing. I’ve tried to mix colors, gradients, layers and changing options in the Pencil tool to make my own comfy settings.

Q: What is your process in creating a piece of vector art?

When I do vector tracing artwork, I start from stock photography, but I always manipulate the images a bit.

But when I do a vector illustration, I first digitally sketch with Adobe Illustrator. I used to do traditional artwork, doing it first on paper and scanning in the sketch, but that was before I had a Wacom tablet and pen. But sometimes I still need some visual reference, such as a related photograph, when I’m stuck trying to work out an angle or perspective. But I don’t trace the stock photograph; I only take a look for reference and then continue to sketch.

Q: How do you keep up to date with the latest trends and styles in vector art?

I do stalk my favorite artists and browse graphic forums, which give me future references and help keep me up to date with vector artists. In fact, when I meet vector artists, we randomly talk about vector work, haha!

Q: Who do you admire in the Indonesian vector art community? Which artists do you recommend others to check out from Indonesia?

There’s someone who’s famous among the vector artists in Indonesia, he is Dhanank Pambayun, also known as EverGrunge. He is a vector badass when he does vector art.


Connect with Aedel Fakhrie via:

Conclusion

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s article. Samuel, Jimmy and Aedel have introduced you to just a little bit of what the Indonesian vector art community has to offer. Keep your eyes open for future articles introducing you to artists from other countries soon!

Comments

  • By Fatkur - 10:30 AM on March 28, 2012  

    Hail to Indonesian Artists!!

    Congratulations , Guys.

  • By mulo - 12:10 PM on March 28, 2012  

    Such a Greaat.. they are mentor for meh.!

    Excited :D

  • By Isa rojas - 12:34 PM on March 28, 2012  

    An excellent design! Congrats! Regrats from
    Guatemala City!

  • By Roompoetliar - 12:52 PM on March 28, 2012  

    Amazing references vector artist from Indonesia!

  • By Rie - 1:54 PM on March 28, 2012  

    @ Isa Rojas : Thank you very much for reading and enjoying this article :) also greeting from Indonesia to all creative peoples in Guatemala.

    @Roompoetliar,Mulo,Fatkur : Thank you very much guys! :).

    Also million thanks to Sharon and Adobe who was made these articles, you guys rocks!!!

  • By Sonia Bourdon - 8:21 PM on March 28, 2012  

    Great vector illustrations! Very impressive. Wish I could illustrate like these guys

  • By Samuel Sinaga - 9:30 PM on March 28, 2012  

    Thanks so much sharon. Thanks so much guys :D

  • By massivelighter - 12:05 AM on March 29, 2012  

    haallo, we r from africa
    and we salute for all indonesian artworks

    sometimes, african should go to indonesia, to learn for y all

    hail indonesian
    dwi botagana

  • By Stefano Virgilli - 5:50 AM on March 29, 2012  

    Rie is the best Vector Artist in the world. Proudly a member of VOXLAB Indonesia.

  • By Fajar - 4:21 PM on March 29, 2012  

    Selamat mas Samuel!

  • By Daniel Herdianto - 9:22 PM on March 29, 2012  

    AWESOME !!! INDONESIA!!!!

  • By godote - 12:03 PM on April 1, 2012  

    great article :)

  • By denny busyet - 9:55 PM on April 3, 2012  

    worship to the max!

  • By denote - 9:13 PM on April 12, 2012  

    Killer arts!

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