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So you've read news features on vexel art and vector art... you've seen a few Daily Deviations under the vexel or vector art category... you've even started to become a fan of the art form, now you want to take that leap into actually creating it yourself!

Well it's a good job you're reading this article as I'm about to give you some advice on how easy it is to get into this art form and how enjoyable it can be... even addictive!


Introduction

First thing you have to understand is that vexel and vector art are not a STYLE. It's a common misconception that these categories are a style when infact they are just the medium. Specificially with vectors, it may look like an airbrushed piece, but infact it's vector meshes!

Without going into theory work, vexels and vectors are based upon the same production techniques however the main and significant difference between the mediums are that vexels are based on raster (pixel) layers and vectors are based on vector layers. This means a vector can be increased to any size imaginable and it will not pixelate... where as a vexel will.

Now you know this, we can move onto your new creative path... of course the first thing you need to know what you need to produce these fantastic pieces of art.

What do you need?</u>

For those of you wanting to try it out and have no art programs installed, TheGimp is a free piece of software you can download to create both vexel and vector art. However if you've got the cash or the programs already installed, I can highly recommend using Paintshop Pro or Photoshop for vexelling... and Illustrator, Flash or Corel Draw for vector art.

Now it is true you can create vectors in Photoshop, however if you'd like much more options available to you, Illustrator and Corel Draw offer a lot more to you.

To create this art, you don't need anything else which is fancy... you can use a mouse or you can use a tablet, it's completely up to yourself. I've always used a mouse... a cheap one at that! Although I do recommend if you use a mouse to make sure you have a browser mouse so you can zoom in and out of your art work!

Other than a program and a mouse/tablet, you will need a lot of time and patience. I know very very few people who have been able to produce mind blowing vexel or vector art from their first piece. Practise certainly makes perfect.


Learning your craft

Now it's fair to say, the easiest way of learning how to vexel or vector is to follow tutorials. However, do not follow them step by step... use them as a guide on how to achieve certain elements and take from them little tid bits and work on a style of your own. A lot of tutorials talk specifically of either vexel or vector art, however remembering the key difference is the layer type... these tutorials can be used in either instance. These tutorials focus mainly on portrait referenced art and I find they cover a variety of styles and processes which you can carry over to other subjects.

Without further ado, here are some links to some great tutorials:

Vexel/Vectoring for Beginners

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Vexel Start Tutorial by binjoo
This is a fantastic introduction into vexelling and the technics can be brought over to vectoring also. It's specifically for Photoshop users, however the process of creating new layers of colour and building up to make a final image can be brought over to any other program. This process/style is very common and a good way to slowly introduce yourself into vexels and vector making from a reference image.

Human Vector Tutorial by AdRoiT-Designs
Human Vector Tutorial by AdRoiT-Designs
Such a professionally presented tutorial, I had to feature it! This tutorial is separated into sections... skin, hair etc... and is a good insight to how he made one of his popular pieces. Well worth a look and a favourite!

VectorTutorial for Illustrator by ChewedKandi
VectorTutorial for Illustrator by ChewedKandi
Ok ok ok, I had to feature my own tutorial on doing a portrait. Not only is it over the drool worthy David Tennant but also an indepth tutorial separated into different sections for easy reference. Although I've pointed out it's for Illustrator, you can carry the same processes and tips over to any other program.

Lemon's Vector Guide - Ver 3.0 by lemontea
Lemon's Vector Guide - Ver 3.0 by lemontea
Hard to feature a set of vexel/vector tutorials without this one! Grab a cuppa and open up Photoshop... if there was a vectoring manual, this would be it. From using the tools to starting your first vector, this tutorial has it all. Looking at tips, errors and even a walk through of a vector, this daddy is a must read.

Maybe you'd like to learn something more advanced?

The Lineart Tutorial by sashas
The Lineart Tutorial by sashas
This is a good all rounder tutorial on lineart which can be applied to vexelling/vectoring. It goes more into the theory work behind line art which can often be something hard to grasp for some. It's worth a good read through and then a thought on how to apply it in your work.

Vexelling Hair by Ilaria84
Vexelling Hair by Ilaria84
So you're wanting to make a vexel/vector of a portrait and one of the most frustrating elements has to be the hair! Here is a tutorial which shows you some great tips on how to "do" hair. It states it's for Photoshop but the processes described can be taken over to any other program.

Gradient Mesh Tutorial by wakdor
Gradient Mesh Tutorial by wakdor
A very detailed tutorial on how to do gradient meshing... this is specifically a vector art tool, not something in vexel art. It's a walk through of an object which goes into using meshes. Highly recommend this tutorial if you're curious about meshes!


Of course the tutorials I've featured are only a nibble of the whole variety of tutorials which are out there. Just by doing a simple search on "vexel art tutorial" or "vector art tutorial" you can find a huge variety of hints, tips and guides to help you... you just have to know how to find them!

In closing

I hope my first ever article has maybe helped to introduce any new budding artists to these fantastic genres and I would be interested in hearing any feedback from this for any future articles I may write. Thank you for reading and enjoy your new path into points, paths and layers!
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:iconcheesygurl177:
CheesyGurl177 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Filmographer
(( is Paint Tool SAI counted as a Vector software? Because its what I use. ))
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southhollister Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
quickly becoming a fan of yours
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trishaa08 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student General Artist
one of them had a deactivated account T_T
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3K-more Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
So.. vexelling is just a bit photo editing? and in the hair vexel tutorial it seems to be just normal drawing :?
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Not really at all. It's the layering of raster objects :)
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3K-more Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Ahh ok :bucktooth:
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:iconjorvaa:
jorvaa Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Great article - just what I needed!
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:iconchewedkandi:
ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome :D
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:iconshadzxiii:
ShadzXIII Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Student Digital Artist
AWESOME!
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:iconchewedkandi:
ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
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yellowdrug Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
well, how exactly do you submit a vector? ._.
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yhandz Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
nice...
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Skellah Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
Awesome! Thank you!
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VeraCotuna Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Beautiful!
The best vector/vexel article i've seen so far! :heart:
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minkastar Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
This cleared alot up for me thanks bunches:D
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blake-drake Featured By Owner May 25, 2008
i♥vexel/vector
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srag Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome effort in this news feature...really thnx a lot!
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AdRoiT-Designs Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Thanks for the feature! Good collection you have put together!
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Snowphlake Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Fabulous =]
That's great, thanks :clap:
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unhappymaiden04 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
whew!!! just what I needed!!! tnx for this one!!!
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lemontea Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
Thanks for the feature. :)

Solid article.
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plajdo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
this seems very cool...i think i could try something like this :)
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SeaMist Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
:clap: Thanks
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bricolage54 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for a very nice introduction. I'd also like to put in a plug for the open-source Inkscape vector program [link] I've had good luck with this, and there are a number of good tutorials for it on DA.

Thanks again!
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I'm a little sad that you would recommend GIMP, but not Inkscape... Inkscape is a free and open source vector editor. And it rocks... note: I may be biased because I'm a developer. ;)
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
/facepalm --- doh!

I apologise :)
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HellRider550 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008   Interface Designer
Hmm nice .. keep it up..

maybe some1 could explain what the difference is between vexel and vector ...
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the feedback.

In the article I did point out the difference between the two art forms:

"Without going into theory work, vexels and vectors are based upon the same production techniques however the main and significant difference between the mediums are that vexels are based on raster (pixel) layers and vectors are based on vector layers. This means a vector can be increased to any size imaginable and it will not pixelate... where as a vexel will."

I guess once you understand the types of layers in a digital art piece then distinguising the differences comes easier.

Infact, I think I'll make an article which is a more indepth look into this if there is enough demand for it :)
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HellRider550 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008   Interface Designer
oh sorry for not reading the whole thing ..

and ya I am still little lost so ya a more indepth article would be cool
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Ikue Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is made of Win!

A great article indeed. Great to see the community getting involved. :hug:
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
hehe - it's only cos I wanna see more of these art forms on DA!

Bring on some new artists :D
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Ikue Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod: I agree ^^ Thanks again for this. It is truly helpful to new artists.
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Shaz, I love you. :heart:
This is awesome! I hope you don't mind me mentioning it in a few journals, articles etc. I just need to pimp this like crazy coz it's awesome!

One thing though, it's not ~lemon-tea but ^lemontea. Oh wait a second there's nothing you can do, maybe i can edit it :lmao:
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ChewedKandi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe not a problem :)

Argh I thought I read through it last night when I posted it. But thank you for editting it for me!

:hug:
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Jules1983 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Done ;)
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