Beautiful Examples of Vexel Artworks and Tutorials

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Vexel art is a digital art that is an entirely pixel-based form of raster art that imitates the vector graphics technique, but is distinguished from normal vector graphics or raster images. “Vexel” itself is a mixture of two words ‘Vector’ and ‘Pixel’. Vexel designs are composed by using multiple layered shapes. It can be done in Photoshop, but vexel designs are not limited to only Photoshop; essentially, it can be done with any image editing software that has a good Pen Tool.

Below are some truly amazing examples of vexel artwork and also some outstanding tutorials that will help you to master the technique or at least get some understanding of how this technique can be used. Feel free to explore further works of the artists presented below. Enjoy and be inspired.

Vexel Artworks

Apart1

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COBAIN II3

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Rica Venturan5

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Vexel Portrait25197

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Hard Candy: Scarlett Johannson9

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robotafro11

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Manuel13

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Hypnosis15

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Candy17

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Vexel Portrait25197

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Daymaker21

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Revolution Spark23

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Vexel Portrait25197

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Avril april kwiecien27

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Colors, Oldie N129

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Thom Yorke the Android 31

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Jennifer Garner – in Elektra33

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Anjaylia Chan35

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Ao Dai Viet Nam37

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Charlize39

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Puff41

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Closing in43

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Staring at the sun45

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Buffy: She’s like Madonna47

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Vexel for me49

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Resist51

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Jessica Redtail Color Test53

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and I say welcome to the show55

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Enchanted57

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Fear of the dark59

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The Music In You-61

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Where I End… and You Begin63

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Metaphloura65

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Communion67

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Yann Tiersen69

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Vexel girl71

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Beyonce Vexel73

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Angelina Jolie Vexel75

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Like a butterfly77

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Our Earthly Pleasure79

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As the world falls down81

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Zemotion83

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Sunshine85

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Ayumi87

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Orange Plectrum89

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Vexel Tutorials

Vexel Tutorial – Hair91
It’s really a fantastic tutorial, this tutorial shows you how to create beautiful hairs in vexel style step by step. Every step is thoroughly explained. Gives a really detailed hair output.

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Create a Complete Vexel Image Using Photoshop93
This tutorial will instruct the reader on how to take a picture and create a vexel image out of it, through Photoshop. Numerous vexel techniques are taught. You’ll learn how to use the Pen Tool, and then put it to good use to construct hundreds of shapes that will compose a full vexel image.

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Vexel Art in Photoshop95
This is an outstanding tutorial that covers the detailed process of converting a photo to a vexel illustration with the pen tool.

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Vexel Hair tutorial 97
This tutorial is focused on the process of creating a beautiful vexel hair using stroke paths and gradients.

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Vexel Eye Walkthrough99
In this detailed tutorial you will learn how to create an eye in this style, It also shows you creating star bursts for the eye as well as how to compose the vexel shapes one group at a time.

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Something Red Walkthrough101
This tutorial will go through how you can create the vexel portrait with complete line work and step-by-step process of coloring it in a vexel style.

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Vexel Start Tutorial103
In this Tutorial you will start with the making of a vexel face using layer opacities, posterize, Pen Tool, layer setup, and other basic vexel techniques. This is so easy that even the starting beginner can do it.

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Vector Tutorial105
This tutorial is going to show you how to create a vexel car using line work and coloring. You will find it very outstanding.

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Vexelling Hair107
A tutorial on how to make vexel hair in photoshop, it will show you some very cool techniques

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/2008-Quarter-3/143760
  2. 2 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/2008-Quarter-3/143760
  3. 3 http://atixvector.deviantart.com/art/COBAIN-II-109099832
  4. 4 http://atixvector.deviantart.com/art/COBAIN-II-109099832
  5. 5 http://wefunction.com/2008/07/unconventional-web-design-inspiration/#
  6. 6 http://wefunction.com/2008/07/unconventional-web-design-inspiration/#
  7. 7 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Digital-Portraits-(Vexels)/149182
  8. 8 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Digital-Portraits-(Vexels)/149182
  9. 9 http://davidnanchin.deviantart.com/art/Hard-Candy-Scarlett-Johannson-56082763
  10. 10 http://davidnanchin.deviantart.com/art/Hard-Candy-Scarlett-Johannson-56082763
  11. 11 http://robotafro.deviantart.com/art/Natalie-Portman-79778997
  12. 12 http://robotafro.deviantart.com/art/Natalie-Portman-79778997
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/exkarravelho/2627109796/in/pool-vexel
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/exkarravelho/2627109796/in/pool-vexel
  15. 15 http://thaaw.deviantart.com/art/Hypnosis-69602324
  16. 16 http://thaaw.deviantart.com/art/Hypnosis-69602324
  17. 17 http://cappuccino-girl.deviantart.com/art/Candy-56358782
  18. 18 http://cappuccino-girl.deviantart.com/art/Candy-56358782
  19. 19 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Digital-Portraits-(Vexels)/149182
  20. 20 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Digital-Portraits-(Vexels)/149182
  21. 21 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/2008-Quarter-3/143760
  22. 22 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/2008-Quarter-3/143760
  23. 23 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Vexel/92325
  24. 24 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Vexel/92325
  25. 25 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Digital-Portraits-(Vexels)/149182
  26. 26 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Digital-Portraits-(Vexels)/149182
  27. 27 http://m0nobody.deviantart.com/art/avril-april-kwiecien-52096817
  28. 28 http://m0nobody.deviantart.com/art/avril-april-kwiecien-52096817
  29. 29 http://cappuccino-girl.deviantart.com/art/Colors-Oldie-N1-50080669
  30. 30 http://cappuccino-girl.deviantart.com/art/Colors-Oldie-N1-50080669
  31. 31 http://fat-jedgfx.deviantart.com/art/Thom-Yorke-the-Android-92214753
  32. 32 http://fat-jedgfx.deviantart.com/art/Thom-Yorke-the-Android-92214753
  33. 33 http://andersonmathias.deviantart.com/art/Jennifer-Garner-in-Elektra-64322219
  34. 34 http://andersonmathias.deviantart.com/art/Jennifer-Garner-in-Elektra-64322219
  35. 35 http://wefunction.com/2008/07/unconventional-web-design-inspiration/#
  36. 36 http://wefunction.com/2008/07/unconventional-web-design-inspiration/#
  37. 37 http://xnhan00.deviantart.com/art/Ao-Dai-Viet-Nam-90699926
  38. 38 http://xnhan00.deviantart.com/art/Ao-Dai-Viet-Nam-90699926
  39. 39 http://jussta.deviantart.com/art/Charlize-68356605
  40. 40 http://jussta.deviantart.com/art/Charlize-68356605
  41. 41 http://binjoo.deviantart.com/art/Puff-45580746
  42. 42 http://binjoo.deviantart.com/art/Puff-45580746
  43. 43 http://intoyourheart.deviantart.com/art/closing-in-26382227
  44. 44 http://intoyourheart.deviantart.com/art/closing-in-26382227
  45. 45 http://paulinetje25.deviantart.com/art/Staring-at-the-sun-58926201
  46. 46 http://paulinetje25.deviantart.com/art/Staring-at-the-sun-58926201
  47. 47 http://happyline.deviantart.com/art/Buffy-She-s-like-Madonna-59089581
  48. 48 http://happyline.deviantart.com/art/Buffy-She-s-like-Madonna-59089581
  49. 49 http://gilbert86.deviantart.com/art/vexel-for-me-107712372
  50. 50 http://gilbert86.deviantart.com/art/vexel-for-me-107712372
  51. 51 http://binjoo.deviantart.com/art/Resist-44275003
  52. 52 http://binjoo.deviantart.com/art/Resist-44275003
  53. 53 http://pixelledanddead.deviantart.com/art/Jessica-Redtail-Color-Test-126405507
  54. 54 http://pixelledanddead.deviantart.com/art/Jessica-Redtail-Color-Test-126405507
  55. 55 http://flavortooth.deviantart.com/art/and-I-say-welcome-to-the-show-57610868
  56. 56 http://flavortooth.deviantart.com/art/and-I-say-welcome-to-the-show-57610868
  57. 57 http://pixellorac.deviantart.com/art/Enchanted-91474844
  58. 58 http://pixellorac.deviantart.com/art/Enchanted-91474844
  59. 59 http://andersonmathias.deviantart.com/art/Fear-of-the-dark-67795462
  60. 60 http://andersonmathias.deviantart.com/art/Fear-of-the-dark-67795462
  61. 61 http://ll.deviantart.com/art/The-Music-In-You-31161924
  62. 62 http://ll.deviantart.com/art/The-Music-In-You-31161924
  63. 63 http://aegis-strife.deviantart.com/art/Where-I-End-and-You-Begin-43137463
  64. 64 http://aegis-strife.deviantart.com/art/Where-I-End-and-You-Begin-43137463
  65. 65 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/2008-Quarter-3/143760
  66. 66 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/2008-Quarter-3/143760
  67. 67 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Temple/49835
  68. 68 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Temple/49835
  69. 69 http://p00pstr34ks.deviantart.com/art/Yann-Tiersen-103915126
  70. 70 http://p00pstr34ks.deviantart.com/art/Yann-Tiersen-103915126
  71. 71 http://lordvenom05.deviantart.com/art/Vexel-girl-87178970
  72. 72 http://lordvenom05.deviantart.com/art/Vexel-girl-87178970
  73. 73 http://felipexavier.deviantart.com/art/Beyonce-Vexel-66412437
  74. 74 http://felipexavier.deviantart.com/art/Beyonce-Vexel-66412437
  75. 75 http://felipexavier.deviantart.com/art/Angelina-Jolie-Vexel-66211450
  76. 76 http://felipexavier.deviantart.com/art/Angelina-Jolie-Vexel-66211450
  77. 77 http://thaaw.deviantart.com/art/Like-a-butterfly-61899906
  78. 78 http://thaaw.deviantart.com/art/Like-a-butterfly-61899906
  79. 79 http://imnotdead.deviantart.com/art/Our-Earthly-Pleasure-62834891
  80. 80 http://imnotdead.deviantart.com/art/Our-Earthly-Pleasure-62834891
  81. 81 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/2008-Quarter-3/143760
  82. 82 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/2008-Quarter-3/143760
  83. 83 http://thaaw.deviantart.com/art/Zemotion-68132865
  84. 84 http://thaaw.deviantart.com/art/Zemotion-68132865
  85. 85 http://thaaw.deviantart.com/art/Sunshine-65239305
  86. 86 http://thaaw.deviantart.com/art/Sunshine-65239305
  87. 87 http://p00pstr34ks.deviantart.com/art/Ayumi-68470576
  88. 88 http://p00pstr34ks.deviantart.com/art/Ayumi-68470576
  89. 89 http://donbenni.deviantart.com/art/Orange-Plectrum-36829575
  90. 90 http://donbenni.deviantart.com/art/Orange-Plectrum-36829575
  91. 91 http://vangellj.deviantart.com/art/Vexel-Tutorial-Hair-106130740
  92. 92 http://vangellj.deviantart.com/art/Vexel-Tutorial-Hair-106130740
  93. 93 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/drawing/create-a-complete-vexel-image-using-photoshop/
  94. 94 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/drawing/create-a-complete-vexel-image-using-photoshop/
  95. 95 http://www.yoursite.nu/tutorials.php?tut=vector
  96. 96 http://www.yoursite.nu/tutorials.php?tut=vector
  97. 97 http://jussta.deviantart.com/art/Hair-tutorial-54857813
  98. 98 http://jussta.deviantart.com/art/Hair-tutorial-54857813
  99. 99 http://binjoo.deviantart.com/art/Vexel-Eye-Walkthrough-Tutorial-75759309
  100. 100 http://binjoo.deviantart.com/art/Vexel-Eye-Walkthrough-Tutorial-75759309
  101. 101 http://verucasalt82.deviantart.com/art/Something-Red-Walkthrough-25521333
  102. 102 http://verucasalt82.deviantart.com/art/Something-Red-Walkthrough-25521333
  103. 103 http://binjoo.deviantart.com/art/Vexel-Start-Tutorial-38531790
  104. 104 http://binjoo.deviantart.com/art/Vexel-Start-Tutorial-38531790
  105. 105 http://donbenni.deviantart.com/art/Vector-Tutorial-v2-16419597
  106. 106 http://donbenni.deviantart.com/art/Vector-Tutorial-v2-16419597
  107. 107 http://ilaria84.deviantart.com/art/Vexelling-Hair-26449207
  108. 108 http://ilaria84.deviantart.com/art/Vexelling-Hair-26449207

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Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

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  1. 1

    Everyone that can’t see what this is, face it!

    It’s art, whether you like it or not. We all have different tastes in art, something I think you ‘designers’ (as you pitifully call yourselves) seem to have a problem comprehending.

    There is art out there that I completely hate. You know the kind. Someone throws a couple of red blobs on a wall and hey presto – art you’ll see in a gallery for years to come! But hang on, my unborn child could have done better and it’s not even out yet. But still, I have to accept it’s art.

    This comment is aimed at the children that will read this and then litter the comments (just like I’m doing here) with pointless crap. If your not interested, don’t look at it! If you really want to unsubscribe then DO IT! But please stop coming back and reading future posts!

    I think this work is great. I could find copies of the photographs easily on the internet or in magazines. But to see this kind of art – someone had to have created it. Both the taking of the photo and the final drawing reflect a good image of the person/s portrayed.

    Great post, keep up the variety.

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  2. 52

    Cool post. I think vexel art is a cool digital expression. Thanks for the post.

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  3. 103

    It’s a cool technique but should be viewed primarily as a photo filter in my opinion. That said, I think some of the commentators who are blasting this post for being aimed at “wannabes with pirated copies of PS” and unprofessional hacks, etc. need to relax. I think anything that allows people to express themselves creatively is a good thing, even if its a simple Photoshop trick. Unless someone is trying to pass it off as an original painting, who cares? Who are you to decide what is worthy as ‘art’ or ‘creativity’? And if it threatens you that much, I’d say you probably don’t have much faith in your own art and creativity.

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  4. 154

    I agree with the above about ‘why not just use vectors?’. I also agree about the tracing.. it’s.
    Another thing is that these all have the same look.. there is barely any variety.. I’m so bored after looking at 6 of these…

    The one bright point is the before/after with the hair… finally something original.. using this (or simply a vector) technique and mixing it with photography.. actually enhances the artwork and isn’t just a simple copy…

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  5. 205

    Some of these are nice, but many are just examples of what you can get by fiddling with live trace on a photo in illustrator. Some of them are even just out and out bad attempts at live trace.

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    My main problem with this is that its name implies something completely unrelated. Its name implies its a form of pixel-art, but in reality it is just a vector style done with raster graphics. Vexel is a confusing and misleading name for the style.

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    All of them would be very beautiful on any… trucks!

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    eduardo De Faria

    July 7, 2009 1:45 pm

    It’s incredible that nobody creates a software to do that automatically…

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    That’s a very nice list.. I can’t wait to do one for my wife!

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    Really Superb!

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    Wake up, men! That’s absolutely HORRIBLE! What do you want to do with that? A carpet? Make a tattoo? Make a paint on your car?……………………….

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  12. 562

    Is it a coincidence that such a labour intensive technique produces such unanimously infantile content?

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    I think they are amazingly beautiful. I am disappointed reading so many comments by “designers” who think this is not art. It takes hours to make something like this. They make it in photoshop as well as illustrator if they want to re size it like a vector, its a matter of choice. They can use it just like you use pixel graphics, vectors graphics or any other stuff for web designing and all. Also, the sole purpose of digital art is not to just to use it for website/logo/whatever designing. People do it because they enjoy doing it, they like the results and there are many who appreciate their work.

    I have a strong feeling that those who are ridiculing this for form of digital art can not make one of such vexel/vector to save their lives. It takes a lot of practice and these artists probably handle the “pen tool” in illustrator as well as photoshop a lot better than you do. Its sickening how disrespectful these so called “designers” are if they are. Probably they are just jealous. To all the vexel artists, hats off! Most of the stuff looks far better than vectors made in illustrator. Its different and its amazing. I love these.

    P.S: I am not a great vexel artist, I have tried vexlling people but I suck and have no patience…I enjoy making cartoon vectors in illustrator and pixel art in photoshop but I admit these vexels are breath taking and I can understand how long t must have taken for each one the artists to make something as amazing as these.

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    Oh and I think I know people who are saying this is useless and can not be called art are probably those who went to special graphic schools, took special courses for illustrator and spent hours leaning how to make vectors so they just can’t digest the fact that some people learned and mastered all that and better just using photoshop or by not going to special graphic designing schools.

    Please people…it shows you are plain jealous because you can’t help but make a negative comment here instead of ignoring the post if you did not like it.

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    Making a negative comment is not necessarily a bad thing. Its called criticism, most adults can deal with it, and it’s utterly necessary to progress.

    Sorry to those who are hypnotised by the work ethic, but I really am intrigued to know why the content is so childish. I can’t find a more fitting word for the overwhelming surfeit of idealised images of women.

    There doesn’t seem to be any irony in these images: its like we are really supposed to be admiring the flawless skin, and the ‘come hither’ poses.

    Sorry, again, but I think its all poop. But just to be clear, I don’t really care about the technique… Its interesting, slightly playful, but doesn’t really add much the world. The same could be said of any technique. Technique always supports content, and its the content of these images that I find so repetitive, so tedious. So much so that I have to ask does laborious technique necessarily result in tedious, uncritical, and joyless content?

    The answer I suspect is “no”. But there is nothing in this selection to prove that.

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    Nihil,
    Thanks for your comments! I fully agree with you!

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    To those who whine and complain about vector/vexel art: Have you ever TRIED actually sitting down and creating one? It’s rather obvious that those complaining must have had the auto trace on and failed at creating a vexel piece.

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  18. 868

    Very nice. I love the Gaia one especially. I too, am not quite sure the purpose of not going all vector with these, but they look awesome none the less.

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    Yes, I’ve tried to do my own vexel art. It is challenging. I know not everyone is going to love everything posted (I know I don’t) but that’s life that’s art. Sometimes you like it sometimes you don’t. I don’t expect everyone to love the art on this post but I do.

    Just because there’s no depth or deeper meaning here doesn’t take anything away from the final product itself.

    I’d like to see more kinds of art like this, not just vexel, but illustrative art.

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    great…

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    I wish I could do something like this! =[

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  22. 1072

    great and what a outcome, looks like a real revolution

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  23. 1123

    Really fantastic! I’ll have a look at the tuts…

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  24. 1174

    Hi i love tut thx

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    I did a nice vector also, hihi. please go and see:
    http://annarki.deviantart.com/art/His-Infernal-Majesty-34735422

    thanks! :-)

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  26. 1276

    cool, very nice vexel images! specially the one from binjoo.deviantart.com, I have a bit knowledge in crating vectorized image but I really want to learn how to create Vexel images…

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    Hi, I do these type of illustrations, and just realized the term ‘vexel’ applied to it. derrrr.
    isthatart.deviantart.com/art/IamBunny-vector-tribute-154765107

    Hope you like this one, It’s one of my best pieces. Thanks

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  28. 1378

    I have been a part of the vexeling community for over 12 years now and I must say that most of these works are about that age. Most of the artists, such as Jerlyn Thomas, are now top designers since graduating college (http://www.jerlynthomas.com/) So yes, mostly a hobby of teenaged computer geeks who have since grown up to be stiff competition.

    I’m glad it was included.

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