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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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cajebo Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
quite a long off and on vent going on here.

but for those, like me, that were looking for an explanation, historically, of "vexel images", here one is...

[link]
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ohparapraxia Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Student General Artist
:love:
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Betelgeux Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007
just wanted to say thank you sooo much for getting a vexel gallery at last. i feel much more in place.
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weknow Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
loot at my gallery oke [link] hope i can be one of this gallery
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:iconweknow:
weknow Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
helo my name is weknow, and i want to be your friend, cause i dont have any friend in this earth....would you like to be my bestfriend?
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weknow Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
i want to join, i hope my vector could be in...is there any different between vector, and vexels..please somebody answer me
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:iconshebid:
shebid Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally!
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:iconhelenik:
helenik Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007
PERFECTTTTTT
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mediodia Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007
This makes me so happy. Like... finally! :D
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jussta Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
so when will this category be added?
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abstract-red Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006
great, this makes everything easier!

what about a mixed media vexel section? when mixing vexel with photos or drawings
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:iconaeires:
Aeires Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
A dedicated mixed media gallery is planned but will be its own section to include all the digital types. It's another project so probably won't be included in this one. :)
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fdlinda Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
I'm both excited and kind of dreading it :P
I really think there needs to be *somewhere* for the non-vector vexels to go and it will be great to have.
It's just the whole definition thing that is so confusing. Are you still going ahead with the rule that if it was made in Photoshop (even with 100% vector tools) it will not belong in the vector category? I can just see that pissing people off. I personally wouldn't care, but I know people are so picky about that kind of thing :|
I will be glad that there will be a little more confirmation on a definition though - a definition (however it turns out) that has clear, concise guidelines and rules. A certain "this is a vexel" and "this is not a vexel".
This whole thing will be very interesting (well ... for me, since I have so much trouble with vexels.net and it's definition & rules).
No doubt people will whinge no matter what you do but it is definitely needed and will be very appreciated :D
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Aeires Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
Well, a fundamental question to ask is, if you make an image in photoshop that looks completely vector, how is anyone other than you going to know? To the best of my knowledge there isn't a single digital gallery dedicated to a software program and I'm not about to start one. I'm going to try and make the focus the image itself, not necessarily getting bogged down with "what program..." arguements. In other words, does the image contain such and such elements?

Hope that helps.
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FireLilyAMG Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
finally! thanks! can't wait!
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doranobaka Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
I think a fantasy gallery ought to be in order. I've only done one vexel to date, but it'd be a lot more comfortable in "fantasy" than "people" or "open format."

I do also agree with ~Tellaine about the digital mixed media idea, though. It's entirely possible for an image to be both a photomanipulation and a digital painting, or a drawing and 3-dimensional, etc., and it only seems fair that if traditional art has a mixed media gallery, so should digital art.
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Aeires Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
Mixed media is a totally different animal and will be coming soon, hopefully (lot of work). :)
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doranobaka Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2006
That's good to know. :) I admit, I have no idea what goes into making a gallery, but I definitely believe that it takes a lot of work.

So, what's the ETA on the vexel gallery?
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Aeires Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006
It's a lot of work, or can be in this case. You have to figure out exactly how to describe the main gallery, then see if it needs any subgalleries, and describe those too. In this case it's difficult because there are so many opinions on what is and what is not a vexel. Then moving all the art that is posted that should be in the newer section, as well as screaming it exists everywhere you can think of so people know about it. :D

This will be sent in hopefully before Christmas. If I can get it all nailed together by friday I'd be happy. New Years at the absolute latest.
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doranobaka Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006
I had no idea that it entailed all that. I've got more respect for people who maintain the galleries here now.

Keep up the good work! I'm eagerly awaiting the new gallery. :D
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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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:iconpure-andrea:
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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:iconahmednayyer:
ahmednayyer Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Professional General Artist
Prevent them from doing creative things!

- Ahmed Nayyer
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:iconpinkmento:
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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