Hello! How are you today? Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello! I'm good thank you. My name is Leo, I live in England and I've been a member of deviantART for around 8 years now (quietly).
So, when did you first discover Vexel Art?
I came to discover vexel art in 2007, and it was introduced to me by `AwsumZ. I like the media because it is versatile and I find it relaxing, which is why I've been doing it ever since.
And how would you describe your work?
I'd describe my work as semi-realistic, and I like to think I'm creative with it at the same time as keeping the realism - as in, I tend to follow stock references to a certain extent, but I love to add all my own ideas into it and 'mix it up'.
If someone were to ask you, “what is vexel art?”, what would you tell them?
I tend to tell people that vexel art is blocks of solid colour or gradients built up to create an image, though I also sometimes describe it as 'cell shading with extra layers of colour'. It depends who I'm talking to, to be honest, as those who already know about vector will find it easier to be told it's similar to vector but not scalable, etc.
Who are some of your favourite vexel artists or inspirations around dA?
*womanwithagun - Marleen is brilliant. I love her style and her fantastic use of colour. She gets it right every time and her artwork is beautiful.
`shebid - more of a painter these days, but Manda's vexel work was always flawless, and her attention to detail impressed me. It still does, in her painting work as well.
~zldz - I enjoy his creativity and his random style and bright colours.
`Jules1983 - Jules is who I originally learned to vexel hair from, by using her stroke-path tutorial, and because vexelled hair is pretty much the thing I'm best known for now, she most definitely deserves a spot here. Cheers Jules
Interesting. For anyone hoping to get started in vexel art, what would you recommend?
My general tips are 1. have some patience, vexel art takes a while; 2. don't posterize; 3. be creative 4. take critique and accept it gracefully, there is ALWAYS something to improve.
And as for tutorials, I can recommend my own and I can also recommend the ones from my favourites, found here: [link]
And how was your experience as a Community Volunteer within the vexel community?
I enjoyed it, its a great community, I only wish I could have done a little more! I'm not sure I would do it again, simply because there are others who have that drive to do it much better than I did, but I certainly enjoyed my time as CV and hoped I did what I did well!
Of course! What were your 3 favourite DDs that you featured, and what did you most like to feature?
My three favourites were these, I think:
I mostly enjoyed featuring things that were a little out of the ordinary. The 'real gems'. I also enjoyed cute and colourful things.
Great! Thanks very much, Leo
See more of ^VAngelLJ's artwork here: [link]
This article was brought to you by ^TheLastHuzzah as part of Project Educate Vexel Week, January 2013!