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Shadez by VAngelLJ Shadez by VAngelLJ
I thought it was about time I finished this one, so about 300 solid layers & 50 gradients later, here we go.

Original is 4000 pixels in height. I think I may have been insane working on something that big. I thought at times that Photoshop was going to completely give up ^^;

At first I was going for realism, but then I didn't due to what I said in my latest journal. So, here's the fun stylized almost-realistic version I went for instead.

Beautiful stock is Shades I by ~TearzStock

The tutorial on how I did the hair is here: [link]


Critique: General feel to the picture, brightness of the eye, shades, skin
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Bold colours and high contrasts in this fabulous vexel. Not only that but there is a stock link and I love seeing the original stock compared to what has been produced to see what you've done to change it.

The contast, the colours in the shades, the changing of the colour in the beads, the simplifying in the hair... very well done.

However I do have a few critisms which you might want to consider for your next vexel:

After seeing your wonderful hair tutorial, I must admit you've set the bar for yourself on that... and you have definately hit it. The hair looks fantastic. However I feel the top 50 or so pixels would benefit from being cropped off. Because you've used such bold colours ontop of a dark layer, the hair detailing doesn't look to actually start until after this 50 pixels or so and as you skim your eyes down, it kind of seems a little out of place.

To prevent this, you could either crop this out of the image, other add darker colours from the top, or start the hair strands from above the actual canvas and draw downwards (if photoshop doesn't allow you to do this then increase the size of the canvas and crop afterwards).

As you see, I'm not that skilled with photoshop.

Although I really like the colours in the shades and they definately help add more colour and an impact to the vexel, I think because you've used gradients towards the bottom of the vexel and within the hair, using fewer shapes of gradients in the shades would have made them look a lot more smooth... the same with the highlighting on the frame.

One thing I would advise is putting more detailing in the eyes. You could use the same technique of using stroke path as detailing in the iris. It would work very well, especially with it being so close to her fringe. Or bangs if you're Americanly inclined... oh my new word!

The skin is gorgeous... skin doesn't get the attention it deserves on vexels and I believe has been done very well. Very soft and almost velvet like which adds a great base to the bold almost sharp contrasts of the hair.

I keep going back to the hair because it's such a wonderful element in this vexel and definately the focal point in my opinion. You've definately got that technique down to a tea.

You've definately set your own personal bar high with this one, an amazing piece.
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:iconbarukanon1992:
Barukanon1992 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Do this have a slow video tutorial?? 
i want to learn like this
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No video tutorial, no. Only tutorial I have for this is the hair: Vexel Tutorial - Hair by VAngelLJ
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SkullKnockade Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Student
Tha-Tha-Tha-That hair!! It's amazing! :faint:
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconskullknockade:
SkullKnockade Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student
my pleasure.
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ScaringTimeAway Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011   Digital Artist
holy shit that's amaing
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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frankwyte81 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This hair is amazing, good job. I create gradient mesh illustrations, hair is always my problem area
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconcxmb:
cxmb Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
love the colors and the depth of the eye, all the feeling of this is just great :)
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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:icondelicatesen:
delicatesen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
I love this
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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:iconfurby0305:
Furby0305 Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow thats awesome! :wow:
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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:iconrosetzn:
rosetzn Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
:wow: wonderfulllllll hair!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you
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:iconrosetzn:
rosetzn Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
;p
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:iconjay-cozzy:
jay-cozzy Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
That's amazing
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconfloorartist:
FloorArtist Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those sunglasses are siiick!
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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e-gart Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
I have to criticize this work goes, I think some of the best Vexel
excellent work
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much.
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:iconpirate-kittie:
pirate-kittie Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Student
I loooove how you did the hair O:

Her glasses and lips look amazing too!
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^^
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:iconmikazign:
mikaZign Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
just beautifull.. thats all i can say... perfect!
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:iconmikazign:
mikaZign Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
so beautifull! I love the way you did the colouring of the glasses
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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xXcandysweetcandyXx Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
from the thumbnail i thought this was a photo :O
awesome!
it's very realistic
though the eyes are ever so slightly bigger than what would be okay
but other than that
d(>u<;)b
DOUBLE THUMBS UP!! :)
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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xXcandysweetcandyXx Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
You're welcome.
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:iconxxcandysweetcandyxx:
xXcandysweetcandyXx Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
oh and the beads look out of place
but that's okies xD
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rlhcreations Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This looks great. I love the details in the hair. :)
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconrodrigozenteno:
rodrigozenteno Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
very good work man!
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VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, I'm really impressed with the level of detail here. Especially her lovely hair. :heart:
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconkatmomma:
Katmomma Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
those colors are really tasty! :love:
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ^^
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:iconpatrickruegheimer:
PatrickRuegheimer Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009   Photographer
Wow, that's a pretty nice pice, love the colors <3
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconpatrickruegheimer:
PatrickRuegheimer Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009   Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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olszak-d Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I love this vector!!!!
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^^
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:iconcalmyafarm:
calmyafarm Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Student Interface Designer
absolutely amazing! what a brilliant use of colour :)
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ^^
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GRAPHINTENT Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
Excellent!
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VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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