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An Elementary Vector Tutorial by XerkyleReizem An Elementary Vector Tutorial by XerkyleReizem
My first tutorial ^^

Man, this was actually really tedious :dead:

My goal is to teach people the basics of vector art (since I've been getting the occasional "How do I vector?") but, unfortunately, it's a lot harder to make a tutorial than to explain it in words ^^;

I started off with a chibi concept, but when I ran into some layer order complications, I realized it would be a ridiculously long and probably very confusing tutorial... So I scrapped the idea and went for a very simple vector: Reizem's face XD

Now you, too, can make a Reizem vector!

Download for better view of the PS icons

[link] < Wikipedia overview of vector graphics.
[link] < Awesome wikipedia article on Bezier curves. Cool animations!

I hope this help y'all a bit^^
Feel free to point out any typos or ask any questions :D

Enjoy~!:heart:

Naturally, all the PS screencaps belong to Adobe.
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:icontrumanator500:
Well, well - a tutorial =D Cool to see how you do your work, Reizem
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:iconxerkylereizem:
Well, some people've been curious about how I do my vector work, so I figured a tutorial would ease up the inquiry =p
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:icontrumanator500:
Very true. Although I don't work with vectors, this tutorial would be helpful if I were to try. I'm gonna do a leg tutorial soon, a lot of people have issues with how their dynamic is (they don't originate at the crotch, people XD) I think I'll eventually do a tutorial for arms, torso, head and feet, but we'll see.
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:iconxerkylereizem:
I don't think my style of vectoring would suit your needs, though; since most of your art is realism-based, you'll probably want to find a less-cartoony tutorial.

You should do a tutorial on clothing: the way it folds and how to shade the folds, etc. 'Cuz any sensible artist would simply use references for mundane body parts =p
(Although a tutorial on feet would help me, lol.)
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:icontrumanator500:
Yeah, it wouldn't. if I were to learn vectoring, it would be masked vector painting (MVP) and mesh gradient mapping. It can lead to incredible results - almost photorealistic as a matter of fact

Clothing, eh? Well, I gotta learn it before I can teach it...I pretty much place arbitrary lines in the direction of tension, but it seems to work sometimes. References can only take you so far without understand things, imo. Plus, I've found that speed and accuracy increase the more I understand structure, and my reliance on references decreases. Hehe, the feetsies are tough, though - more so than hands for me.
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:iconxerkylereizem:
Well, from what you did with the Link vs. Ganondorf pic, it seems you know what you're doing well enough to teach.

Haha, I'd have to disagree about the references though. True they don't give you a lot of the same insights, but anyone who can critically analyze a picture should be able to understand the mechanics of anatomy. If the person can't think critically before looking for a tutorial, then I say they need to try harder because a lot of proportioning and anatomy is pretty intuitive and easily observed.

So... when're you gonna put something new out? I'm sure having a larger gallery will improve the credibility of your tutorial =) Not to mention you give a lot of advice but there's not always one of your own works to search as an example =p
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:icontrumanator500:
Well thank you =)

Hehe, yeah critical thinking is a must for almost any activity. Practice makes perfect, too. I've found that, for me, tutorials are a good starting point. From there, I mix and match my previous knowledge and styles to create the effect I want (that's where the critical thinking come in).

Hehe, well I tried making an artwork, but my goodness it's awful :bleh: Sloppy and the proportions are off. I'll submit it to scraps if you wanna see it, but it was more of just a warm-up piece after my long hiatus from drawing - I didn't want to warm up on your request ^w^
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MissZabelbubsi Oct 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude this is awesome. I'm going to add it to my tutorials folder.
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:iconxerkylereizem:
Thanks ^^

I hope it comes in handy if you try out vectors^^
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:iconmisszabelbubsi:
MissZabelbubsi Oct 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome. And it will whenever I do one. =D
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