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Omar – Art show – Toronto

This is not a love song

I’m a busy fella. So when a close friend of mine called and asked me to do some illustration work for a concert, I politely passed. That is until he mentioned that the concert in question was: OMAR.

It’s been 10 years since his last performance in Canada. And as of one of my all-time favourite artists, I could not pass up the opportunity to reconnect.

8 years ago, I sent him some artwork from Canada to the UK. He responded with a signed CD that read:

From one artist to another – Omar.

It has been perched on my magazine shelf in my office ever since. A reminder that whatever I do to make ends meet, at my core, I’m still an artist. Read more:


Vectorvault is 10 – Chapter 2



The planets were finally lining up

I was drunk on self-confidence. Furiously pouring my soul into my notebooks. Writing stories about my life. Love letters to my wife and daughter. And laser-focused on leaving my mark on the world of graphic design.
*If you are interested in seeing some sketches from my notebooks, you can look at them here.

I knew just what to call it.


Vectorvault is 10 – Chapter 3



Vectorvault moved to the WordPress platform

Back in 2007, I was aware of blogs, but unaware of how to build or manage one. Luckily for me, I met someone who changed the game by teaching me. He helped me to understand a few things about how blogs worked and how Google identified content.
A great deal of him is in Vectorvault’s DNA.
He introduced me to WordPress and I’ve never looked back.
First I designed a few conceptual layouts:


Established “a look”


Vectorvault is 10 – Chapter 4



If I was going to acquire venture capital, I would need to “step it up”

That started with the Vectorvault Store.
With the help of a trusted friend, we redesigned the store and it’s product pages. In addition to new vector tools, I also introduced a line of customizable vector art prints sized to fit IKEA frames perfectly.

Eventually, I resurrected some art from my past. Anything to expand the brand’s reach.

Search. Find. Buy. Go.

We kept it simple. Fast.

Presenting Vectorvault as a financial investment

I’m an artist. Always have been. I wish that I had a better head for business but I’m afraid that I’m just not fully wired that way. I can’t help it. That’s why I was so appreciative when Joseph Lan of Venturcon agreed to help me define this brand’s potential. Together, we shaped an idea into an attack plan.

I wanted to build the first search engine of its kind

Not easy to do or cheap. I had to convince others that I was worth taking a risk on.

I educated myself about the stock image market


Vectorvault is 10 – Chapter 7



The past 10 years have been very eventful. Both personally and professionally. Vectorvault has punctuated many of the benchmarks in my adult life.
– Adam


RasTa at the ROM – Vectorvault

Black History Month at the Royal Ontario Museum, kicks off in Toronto with RasTa at the ROM.
Featuring the documentary RasTa: A Soul’s Journey. The journey of Rita and Bob Marley‘s Granddaughter Donisha Prendergast, searching the world for the roots of Rastafari.

Come and celebrate African & Caribbean Cultural Heritage Day with the whole family. Check out the exclusive discount coupon code at the bottom of this post. Don’t miss this historic occasion!


Donisha Prendergast, Granddaughter of Rita and Bob Marley

Ancient Design Principals Matched With Modern Technique

This is the premier design project for Vectorvault. And what an assignment to be awarded. Every step of the way has been an education and an opportunity to apply the design principals of Vectorvault across several mediums.

Mathematics are at the heart of ancient African culture. Geometry and measurement play a role in architecture as well as the art of that period. Vector art is also based on math. The synergies between ancient and modern techniques allowed this project to flourish. Even with a small dedicated team, and tight timelines, it was the foundation of vector art that allowed this project to be launched on time and on budget…

Interview with Vectorvault Creator – Adam Jarvis

This has been an incredible week. After the speech I made last Saturday at the RasTa launch party, I was feeling really great. Suddenly, the planets began to align, and for fear of “jinxing” it, I just tried to stay one step ahead of that wave.

I put together a very important presentation package for a very important person. For 5 days I worked strong hours to get things just right. I had some close calls but at the end of it all – It came together quite well. I am pleased.

Luck favours the prepared.

This week is also perfectly timed with an interview that I conducted with Sean Hodge down at VectorTuts+.

It was really nice to be asked questions about vector art and what I love about it. As you already know, we are already big fans of the Envato Network. A fine operation that inspires the design world.

Thanks Sean,
Let me know what we can do for you folks there. Anytime.

Read the interview here.


(video) Interview with Pixar Animator Sanjay Patel

Sanjay Patel has been an imaginative silent force behind some of Pixar’s most memorable movies. His passion for story telling and his talent for character design is world renowned. And here at Vectorvault, we are also bewildered by his mind.

His illustrated book Divine Loophole is a masterpiece of Indian folklore and modern vector illustration.