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Vexel gallery?  What?  Wait, we don't have a vexel gallery. Well, we will soon and that's why I'm writing this news article.

Over the next few weeks I am going to start to put together all the subgalleries for a proper vexel gallery. Yes, that means we will officially have a legitimate vexel gallery of its own. This new gallery will be in the digital gallery section in a place of its own, just like vector has its own area. Before we do that, all the categories have to be hammered out and sifted through to see which ones are needed and which ones we can live without.

First off, if you're not completely sure what a vexel image is, read this vexel description. After digging around on the net, that's a great source of information about the medium. Hats off for such a clear and easy to understand definition.

This is going to be completely new so how the other digital galleries are set up are not important. Subgalleries for the other sections might not be appropriate for a vexel section so let's start from scratch.

A minimum collection of galleries might include:

1.  People
2.  Animals
3.  Vehicles
4.  Abstract
5.  Scenery
6.  Fanart
7.  Open Format (for images that don't exactly fit in the other galleries)

The goal is to create enough diversity so all vexel art can be submitted properly, but, not so wide spread that it is difficult to maintain. In other words, keep is simple, keep it clean.

Now's your turn, let me know what you want. Not promising to use every idea but the great ones will be put in place. When you make a suggestion, think what it would be like if you had to police it. Is it too close to another subgallery, not really going to get much art posted to it, too difficult to figure out what it means? Let us together create something that we all can be proud of and enjoy browsing every day.

If you want to help, speak your opinions politely, pass the word, and fave this article so it shows up in the popular page. The more people know about this, the better it can be.
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Tellaine Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
mmmh...given the fact that vexel is a style of art and vector just a medium...then where is the point in having two different galleries? when you take this definition seriously, the logical consequence would be to have a vexel category with 'vector' being a subcategory just as paintings is a subcategory of traditional art. or, even better, someone allready has suggested it before: rename the misc category of digital art into 'mixed media'. vexels are not the only way to mix digital medias up and all the non-vexel-but-still-mixing artists are not considered by the decision to make this new category.

mmmh...most probably noone cares about my point....however
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Aeires Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
The Mixed Media gallery is on the board for later but it shouldn't be based around one type of art like this is. The thing that requires vexels to have their own gallery is that some do not contain mixed media techniques yet still don't belong in the vector galleries. It's unique enough yet has enough distinction, not to mention popularity, to warrant it's own section.
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emphaqist Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
I'm all for this new gallery :D It's better than "miscellaneous"... and who cares if it's similar to vector? It's not exactly the same and calling it by the wrong name irritates many. Plus, it would promote vexelling =)
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ScislaC Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
This news makes my day... woohoo!

Vectors and Vexels are definitely different. Given that I'm both a vector artist as well as a developer of Inkscape (open source vector illustration software), I think this has been a long time coming and I appreciate the DA staff listening to the community.
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Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
This is going to be great. now there wont be all those lost rasters in the vector galleries. =)
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ahmednayyer Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006  Professional General Artist
Although I am a Vector Artist and I see Vexels as a threat to Vectors, I would like to open heartedly accept and welcome Vexel art gallery, as I have seen many good examples of it, also I would like to mention that creating a dedicated gallery of vexels will help purify the vector art gallery, in which sometimes, vexels are posted.

- Ahmed Nayyer
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Sewwy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006   Digital Artist
Why do you see vexels as a threat to vectors?

Vexels have been around for years, and they haven't done any damage to vector art... o_O
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ahmednayyer Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2006  Professional General Artist
Please dont mind it and dont take anything to your heart :) My Respects.

The vexels are a threat to vectors in a way that young people will be influenced by vexel, and more people will get attracted to it, vexels can also deprive vectors artists the fame and appreciation they get today,

You can easily see that creating vexels is fairly easier than creating vectors, yet they almost deliver more or less same results.

Painful, is'nt it?

Although I dont hate Vexels, rather I would like to support them, but I fear them somehow.

I dont know but I dont like Anime, Eminem, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and alike, things that run up to young generation's minds and prevent their minds.

- Ahmed Nayyer
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pure-andrea Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006
I disagree on your statement that vexelling is easier than vectoring.

I'm now using Illustrator to create vectors in the vexel style, but I used Photoshop before. To me it isn't harder at all to create vectors.. I just needed some time to get used to program, but it was the same when I started out with Photoshop.
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ahmednayyer Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006  Professional General Artist
I can appreciate your views!

- Ahmed Nayyer
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pure-andrea Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006
i respect yours as well, but could you explain why you think it's easier?
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ahmednayyer Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2006  Professional General Artist
I am into vectors from a long time, I have to compete Flash with Illustrator's wide array of features available to its users, I work for hours to create the illustrations in my gallery, sometimes the time is in days, instead of hours, I have seen few people that dedicate as much time and do as much hard work.

I think I have talked wrongs things on the behalf of my love. I feel sorry for what I have said.
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pure-andrea Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2006
It's ok. :) It's just that almost every succesful vexel artists spends hours and hours if not days on a vexel like you do, especially if it's a releastic one.
But nevermind! :)
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Aeires Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
As long as there are advertising agencies, there will be vector artists. ;)
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ahmednayyer Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006  Professional General Artist
Respects Sir,

Glad to read you, sure vector artists will remain there!

I really appreciate you kind stance towards vector artists at DeviantART.

- Ahmed Nayyer
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pinkmento Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2006   Digital Artist
Prevent somebody's mind from doing what?
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ahmednayyer Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Professional General Artist
Prevent them from doing creative things!

- Ahmed Nayyer
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pinkmento Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006   Digital Artist
I love Harry Potter, I think the books are amazing, I don't see how that prevents me from doing creative things.
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ahmednayyer Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006  Professional General Artist
Wow, you love Harry Potter? he is a cousin of mine actually, I wrote all the books for him! hehehe :D

Ahmed Nayyer
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emphaqist Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
Vexelling doesn't limit anyone's creativity; rather, it's another outlet for someone to express in. I don't see how you feel that vexelling stops people from doing creative things, and vexelling isn't always easier than vectoring. It's possible to create a vector with a reference pic and to create a vexel without. Typically, no reference pic works are harder.
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ahmednayyer Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Professional General Artist
I dont say vexels limit anyone's creativty, be attentive, read the last two or three messages, then reply.

Now, my last line relates to some other things, as you have read the whole story.

- Ahmed Nayyer
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ctrl-alt-delete Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Can vexels be made from traditional mediums? For example, what if one were to cut and paste a variety of colored papers in a vexel style to create an image? Or what about a paint-by-numbers type approach (I refer to this due to it's solid shapes) in which one were to base shape and color upon threshold values?
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Einion Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006
I agree with ~Sewwy, if you did a cut-and-paste with coloured papers that would be a collage. If you do a paint-by-numbers type thing that would be a painting (arguably in the loose category Pop Art).

Vexels are digital; at least people agree on that much!

Einion
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Sewwy Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006   Digital Artist
Glad to be of help :)
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Sewwy Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006   Digital Artist
In a quick and simple answer: No. Vexel is, and always will be, digital art form.

Vexel is, simply put, a vector based style created in a raster program, that is, a pixel created vector.

Whilst you can create traditional works in a "vexel" style, it is theoretically not a vexel.

Besides, the Vexel/vector blocky style has been around for much longer than vexel art has, so it's better to stay in the traditional artwork category
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Vyano-Xiaah Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
I think a lot of problems (unproven guess) came from downloadable packs, here on dA, called vector brushes. This encouraged people to believe that using brushes in PS was creating vector art, which is blatently not the case.

Fair enough if the brushes were made in a vector program such as Illustrator or Inkscape but people weren't explicit in saying they were created as vectors, not that they would produce vector art.

I find a lot of 'vector' art in the gallery which has used the many brush packs made available to download, which are completely raster based. This isn't a criticism of dA staff, it's just something I'm finding.

Back to the point at hand, I think the creation of the vexel gallery will only strengthen the vector and vexel community, which is always a good thing. :D
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Aeires Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
Gah! Don't even get me started on brushes. People do the same thing with fractals and think there's no difference. You can't brush a fractal any more than you can a vector. Totally agree with you on that one. Also agree that this will strengthen both communities. That's the goal and that's going to be my main focus as I hammer out the details of this.
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Vyano-Xiaah Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
:highfive:
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sachii Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
I'm happy to hear that because everytime I browse through the vector gallery I see so many so called "vectors" which include raster layers. I hope they will now see that their work isn't vector and switch them into the vexel gallery. (maybe I'm a bit too optimistic :D)

:thumbsup: vexels defenatly deserve a category.
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Einion Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006
"I'm happy to hear that because everytime I browse through the vector gallery I see so many so called "vectors" which include raster layers."
Yes, that's a major problem. One I hope this will help sort out.

Einion
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00seven Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006
That's what I'm a little bit worried about - people treating 'vexel' like it's a dirty word. There's been a lot of discrimination towards vexel artists by vector artists and I'm worried that this will deepen the divide more.
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sachii Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006
oh no I think you got me wrong. I love vexels. I'm a member on vexels.net ;)
In my opinion it's just an own genre and therefore it deserves an own gallery. I like the vexel concept (when I can call it like that) because it's not so limited like vector art.
I just don't like the thing that people upload their deviations into the vector gallery only because they look similar to vector art.
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drifter51 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006   Interface Designer
YAY someone heard my suggestion!
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pinkmento Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006   Digital Artist
It was suggested about a year ago and there has been a strong campaign ever since.
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drifter51 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006   Interface Designer
Ether way, Its always nice to see a new type of Gallery added. I Wish to see even more in the future :)
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linzi-chan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Hooray! :w00t: Thought I think there should be an anime/manga subcategory, because I've seen a lot of vexel anime/manga stuff, and fanart I don't think covers it. =D
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Aeires Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
Those galleries were given their own home so any additions would be done there. I will include a fanart section though. :)
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YouDontWowMe Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
Those who do Vexel art know what it is lol it's sort of bred into us :P haha!
And Thank you for giving us another home :D
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jussta Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
yes yes yes!!!! go vexel gallery!!!!
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zummi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, definitely support it!
We should have a Vexel gallery!..
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kirsty-lee Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006
I support the idea so long as vexel art is a sub-category of the vector art gallery
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Sewwy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006   Digital Artist
Why should it be a subset of vector art?

Vexel isn't vector art. It's based on vector art, and has nothing to do with vector really,

unless you've made a vector in a vector program and submitted it as a vexel, but that's just silly.
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kirsty-lee Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006
I mean that their style of digital art is so similar it would probably cause a lot of confusion to have them in completely seperate digital art categories.
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Sewwy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006   Digital Artist
Thats just it, it's causing more issues at the moment - people who do vexel art are both annoyed they have no specific space for their art and are getting told off when they submit to the vector art category.

And saying a style is similar is silly... Anime is essentially similar to cartoon and comics, but yet it has its own category...
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kirsty-lee Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006
The lines between Vector and Vexel are relatively thin, as opposed to Anime and Cartoon Animation from the U.S and other Western countries. The difference between those to is usually based on visual styles rather than how the image is created.

Vexel on the other hand the majority of the time is constructed originally by vector element ie; pen tool in photoshop. It's not until the paths are deleted that it become rasterised.

Also, a vexel image may be completely created in a vector based program ie; illustrator, inkscape, and then later exported to a raster based program, where elements are added that make the image a mixed media of both raster and vector.

That's why I say they **YES** :) they should be seperate, but also categorized together.
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Vyano-Xiaah Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
If you add ANY raster elements to a vector picture, it is no longer vector. It goes against the definition of vectors being pure (only containing vectors).

If you're going to add raster elements to it, it is a completely different style of art and skill. You cannot put vexels in that gallery but to have it in a digital misc. gallery is crazy. Having a specific place to put them on their own is far better.
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Einion Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006
"If you add ANY raster elements to a vector picture, it is no longer vector."
Roger that :thumbsup:

Einion
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kirsty-lee Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006
if you say so
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Einion Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2006
With regard to what's no longer vector I say so too; and here the buck stope with me ;)

Einion
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Sewwy Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006   Digital Artist
Fair enough, but still, the majority of people who create vexels aren't to happy about being categorised underneath "vector" art. This is why so many of us have campaigned for so long for a category to our onesies.

In my opinion, there's plenty of difference between vector and vexel, but i'm biased, so don't listen to me ;)
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