Can you please tell something about yourself?
I spend way too many hours working on plugins and brushes and shapes; spent too many hours drawing and reading comic book art; film noirs; roman history; wandering around London. I love writing, drawing, anything Japanese, and watching way too much TV. Writing computer software does take up an awful amount of my time, I spend ages tidying this up and tweaking this and that line of code or going off on many dead ends. What else to say, still single, but who would be able to put up with me; love travelling to the US; and I still have a house in Spain to sort out to take all my energies.
Most of the best plugin ideas arrive two seconds before I go to sleep.. a restless night follows. Photoshop plugins, especially the more creative extreme kind of plugin effects, are definitely the ones that inspire most. I am always reading art and design books, a lot of ideas come from those. I love surreal color effects, pattern effects, geometric, exreme color effects.. I'm not really into the photo / imaging plugins, though they are always useful.
I created most of the plugins in the Andrew's filters collection about 6 or 7 years ago now, when I was working as a contractor in Nijmegan Holland. Along with enjoying the delights of that wonderful Dutch city, I enjoyed discovering how to create plugins, instead of sleeping, 1000 plugins were created in a few months. Since then I have created over 200 of the Andrew's plugins. Coding FM plugins is a lot slower (but more satisfying than FF ones) and the internal code would probably tranlate to 100,000 or so FF plugins, but after a while, who is counting. I enjoy creating them, if I didn't, I would stop. I have a lot more plugins in mind and under development. In some ways, I wish I hadn't called the Andrew's plugins 'Andrew's Plugins', I still get a lot of confusion with the two sets, they are totally unrelated.
One of Andrew's Plugins applied to an image in Photoshop
Yes, experimental art / modern art, definitely. Which goes totally against my real interest, comic book art. Still, I have never worked out how to create cartoon book plugins or Poser material. 3D is just not in my blood.
Without doubt, Illustrator plugins are my favourite to create. The FM plugins are wonderful to create but there is still the limit of the FM language - which is ever growing and superb - but the Illustrator plugin SDK is staggering. I have been creating plugins for Illustrator for a while now but I still don't think I have touched on 5% of the plugin suites, and the range of possible tools to create is near infinite. Also, I still think Illustrator is one of the best apps around.. As to product sales, the plugins are not the quickest sellers, but they are steady. Shapes are probably one of the best sellers.
Some GraphicXtras Photoshop Shapes
Yes, it is my main occuption now.
I left my old company Sapphire Innovations. I didn't want to keep the Sapphire name, though I was happy with it, also a well known set of Sapphire plugins are now available and I didn't want any name conflicts with those. Most of
I really don't know. Personally I use
them as much as I used to in the 90s but perhaps in more subtle
ways and also perhaps in combo with other things such as brushes
and shapes. I miss some of the plugins for Windows 98 (ones that
One of Andrew's Vector Plugins in Illustrator
More Illustrator plugins. I have about 40 volumes in various states of play, and I would love to update all the earlier sets. I am always looking at them with an eye to updating. I would also like to write a few applications instead of relying on a host application but that is still some way off. I really want to update the website to something that really sells the products and convinces people that the products are worth having. I hope everyone who has bought my material likes the work, feedback I get seems to be generally positive. I am generally happy with all my achievements (good or bad), but I realise I can always do better. Also, writing more articles and perhaps a book or two on graphics would be great.
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This interview was conducted by Harald Heim from The Plugin Site in February 2005.