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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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trumanator500 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Well, well - a tutorial =D Cool to see how you do your work, Reizem
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XerkyleReizem Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
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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trumanator500 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
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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XerkyleReizem Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
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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trumanator500 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
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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XerkyleReizem Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
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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trumanator500 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
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 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude this is awesome. I'm going to add it to my tutorials folder.
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XerkyleReizem Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Thanks ^^

I hope it comes in handy if you try out vectors^^
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MissZabelbubsi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome. And it will whenever I do one. =D
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gwie Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
this is so cute! and very helpful~ =D
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XerkyleReizem Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
Thanks ^^

Mission Complete XD
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Manicc Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
MY GOD! I knew it it! THERE IS A WAY TO ADD THE BLACK LINE BOARDER

MUWAHAHAH now I need complete silence if Iam to take over the world >_>

[link]

Thanks a million ! ommmmeeegosh! Im syuu doing this tonight <3
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XerkyleReizem Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
Haha, well, there are other ways to get a black border but this is probably the easiest =p

I look forward to seeing what you come up with^^
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Manicc Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
xD I ,3 the black border thingy...but ya, guna do vectors after I finish shading this cat for art class =S why I havent been posting work lately is because this project x,x
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XerkyleReizem Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
Yeah, school always has a way of pushing thing things around =/
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C-Jen Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
Ooh, so that's how the pen tool works. Unfortunately, the pen tool isn't available with photoshop elements.

From what I can see you provided good examples of how and what to do. You did well, I'm sure it will be of use to those wishing to do vectors. :3
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XerkyleReizem Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
That's a shame =(

Vectors are super useful for easily converting sketches to finished works; IIRC, there might be some freeware vector programs floating around, but I don't know how good they are =/

Thanks ^^
I try to make it a point that my instructions flow well and are accurate; not to mention I love visuals :D
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afro-D-Z-ak Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! This is really helpful!
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XerkyleReizem Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
No prob! :D

Just spreadin' the word and tryin' to help whoever sees this out ^^
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Tajii-chan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for making this~!! It'll help me out tons!! >w<
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XerkyleReizem Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
Sure thing! I figured it'd help people out because vectors use a completely different set of skills compared to typical digital art =p

Maybe we can get a glimpse of a vector from Tajii-chan~!
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Tajii-chan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I am done with my workload, I will for sure try this out~!! ^w^

And yours is so much simpler and easy to follow than others that I've seen o_O
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XerkyleReizem Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
^^ I look forward to it!

Really? The only vector tutorial I've seen was several years ago and it was kinda confusing ^^;

So what parts made it easier to understand? (Gathering intel for possible future tutorials =p)
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Tajii-chan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know, just the entire way you used your words and the steps were nice and slow ^_^ Most just say:

Use *insert tools here*

Go and *Insert one explanation here*

Then repeat. XD At least in my experience of loading them..
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XerkyleReizem Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
Haha, yeah, the whole "Checklist procedure" deal ^^;
Those are kinda ambiguous 'cuz they don't really go into specifics, and when the do, they aren't detailed enough and/or don't use visuals.

I tried to write as though I were sitting in front of the person and explaining to them, so everything has nice colloquial feel ^^
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Tajii-chan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, that's what I mean... Yeah, and yours definitely had more visuals! Which is good, because you can be sure of what tools you're talking about!

Yeah~! And it's great, the way you do that ^-^ Not many people have the patience >_> Like me..
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XerkyleReizem Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
Definitely, visuals are always good in tutorials. I've read my share of digital painting tutorials and many of them lack details about the menus they use, colors, and bush tools =/

Haha, I like to think I'm a decent explainer ^^
I like analogies 'cuz they offer different perspectives on things.
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BumbleBeesh Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is a really helpful tutorial! 8D thank you!
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XerkyleReizem Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
Mission Accomplished XD

Glad I could help :D
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