Curvature studies and vectors

Curvature study by James White

Curvature study by James White

Here are a couple of outputs I made while trying out some new curvy vector assets. The goal with these little studies are to see how the vectors react with one another as I add more, shift them around and adjust opacity and blending modes.

Curves used in this fashion are very easy to mess up, and I had a few iterations that looked like a mound of rainbow spaghetti. But I took my time and plucked out the problematic pieces to make the final result a bit smoother. Both of these images are the same PSD composition with different finishing methods. The first has a bit of a Chuck Anderson influence with the flares and orbs, the second with just straight-up color.

I also get asked about my personal vector assets quite a bit. So here is a little screen grab of just one of my AI documents containing my lines and curves.

Vector assets by James White

This is obviously a crumby representation of the pieces as it’s very zoomed out, but it should give an idea of the amount of personal shapes and things I’ve created to build my posters. Having a personal and compiled library on hand is quite handy.






19 responses to “Curvature studies and vectors”

  1. Joseph Cotten Avatar

    Very cool. Seriously digging the first piece. Looks like the curves work well together in a spatial/layered composition. It makes me wonder how far you could push it—like even using letterforms, or implied letters using curved assets. Or, in keeping with the cosmic influence, maybe using the curved vector assets to imply planets or supernova blast rings?

    Great stuff, man!

  2. Melkoret Avatar

    Wow, love the Assets.

    do they all snap together somehow?

  3. John Avatar

    Ah the first one is very nice. Something about the lighting and color really appeals to me.

    Will we be seeing anything like this on your tutorial DVD? I learned a lot about blending from the first example you posted and would love to see more.

    (That DVD is still in the works right? )

    ps . I like the retro-y feel of buying a disc over a digital download.

  4. james Avatar

    Joseph, thanks for all the feedback, man! I’ve been developing these sorts of assets for almost 2 years now and it’s fun to stumble upon new ways of using them. Going to keep pushing them for sure.

    Melkoret, no they don’t fit together. I use one AI document to store all of the assets, makes them easier to keep track of. Although I’d love things to work together like Lego :)

    John, the Source DVD has been put on hold for the time being. I had client work pop-up which delayed me a bit as I met deadlines, but it’s still in the hopper. Great hear the interest, man.

  5. Brandon Houlihan Avatar

    Wow James, you crushed it with these!

    The layer styles on the first piece look really awesome with the lighting and flares. The second piece really moves me because it has such an organic feel to it, it’s like some kind of cosmic plant (I mean that in a good way).

    Also, thank you for the sharing your page with all the vector shapes. I’m a noob designer and I never would have thought to set up a library like that for easy access to pieces, thanks for the insight.

    As always thanks for sharing!

  6. Hurmus Avatar

    Great works. Inspiration throughout the posts.

  7. Billy Avatar


    i have been checking out your blog for a few months now and I just love these..

    What did you use to create the lighting effects on the first PSD?

  8. Jukes Avatar

    I went back and forth trying to pick a favorite, but I can’t. The colors in the second one are so incredibly rich.

  9. David Avatar

    They are superbs James! Well done.

  10. tobe Avatar

    very nice assets

  11. JamesLucas Avatar

    James, would you be willing to share some of the less successful “rainbow spaghetti” iterations for the sake of our collective education? (It looks excellent, by the way.)

  12. barton damer Avatar

    The source DVD will be big, James. I’m really trying to push some things aside and get some passive income going myself.

  13. Doug Avatar

    Just my humble opinion: I don’t like the curves. The straight ones are nicer to me. Curves seem like a drastic deviation from your original works, which were really great and evoked a very retro style that characterized you.

  14. James Avatar

    Christ! The simplest of ideas and I don’t even think about it!

    I’ll make an AI library of commonly used images as well. That’ll be a good project.

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  16. John Avatar

    Thats some impressive stuff

  17. Sean-Paul Avatar

    Man, i was impressed with these when i first saw them, but now that I’m trying to make similar curve to use in a gift, I’m really impressed! These are some baffling things, but you did an excellent job with them James!

    I’m surprised that these didn’t end up in the store. For studies, they are definitely print worthy. Well, at the very least, I’d buy one.

  18. tk Avatar

    i’m going to necro this post to ask the only obvious question…

    why the fk can’t i get this as a poster?

    the first seems most popular but the second has me screaming “i want!”

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