This isn’t a tutorial or something like that cz here, I just wanna tell a kind of story or work progress when I make a vector or vexel or whatever if it can’t be said as vector or vexel art cz actually I still confused about them. Ok here we go :
1.First, of course open a picture/photograph which will be used with my fav program, usually people use Corel or Illustrator to make a vector but I prefer Photoshop, just because I can’t use them, yet [actually because I lil’ bit lazy to learn n’ practice using em’] | note : some artist said that it’s a vexel when we use Photoshop or pixel based graphic program to make a vector art.
2.Next I just used Poster Edge Filter to create a guide for making a kind of sketch.
3.Then I just make a sketch based on Poster Edges effect, to make it easier I make a white clear background n’ sometimes reduce the Opacity point when making the sketch.
4.Next step I just used Cutout Filter to create a guide for vexeling.
5.Then I just vexeling the picture/photograph based on Cutout effect, n’ I just do a simple vexel. It’s because my computer will be hang if I create so many layer or object. Another reason is just because I don’t have any talent to make detailed vexel, so I just make a simple vexel n’ actually it’s not good.
6.Next I just make some detail for the eyes n’ lip.
7.For the next step I just wanna make it easier to smoother my vexel, so I just do some technique [or maybe I’m just cheating] by duplicate whole layers [a group of layers], add some kind of Blur Filter, make duplicate again then just set the duplication layer mode into Overlay.
8.In this step I just make some detail for the hair cz I think it’s too simple if I just let the hair filled just by black. So I use Pen Tool n’ make some curve then duplicate them several times and set some duplication layer in some different point of Opacity to create a kind of shading.
9.Finally, in the last step I just make a simple background with simple gradient gray-to-white, black inner stoke and add some unimportant stuffs such as my sign n’ my blog.
Last but not least, I’m really sorry for my bad English n’ hope this story can be useful. [whoa actually I’m not sure if a kind of ridiculous story like this can be useful ^_^]