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Nissan 350Z Hood UP - Vexel by dangeruss Nissan 350Z Hood UP - Vexel by dangeruss
Vexel: Vector Pixel Hybrid

Forgive my lack of modesty, but I'm really proud of this one! :strong: My latest "hood-up" Vexel is this Nissan 350Z that's occupied the past several days from morning to midnight, pretty much. I've probably got 35 hours into this one. I wanted to combine the challenge of silver paint at sunset, with a very detailed engine and new 3D wheels.

Follow the creation process by visiting [link] In each description is the link to the next step. 13 steps in all. Enjoy!

Clean version (no vinyl stickers) here: [link]
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afronoodles Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
my fav drift car, damn this is THE PIECE!
TofuHunter Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
its so detailed. and perfect in every second favorite car XD
OnefastZ33 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Amazing Z good job

should have went with the 06 projector headlights instead though....just my .2. but all in all an amazing job
Gfxpsycho Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009   Digital Artist
GloFro Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009   Photographer
magao Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
GREAT! work!!!!
roasted-freedom Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
what program are you using?
this is insane!!!!!! Amazing
Great Job
dangeruss Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Photoshop mostly.
Keffer-Roe Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009   Photographer
oh my god
evondeviantart Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
what's vexels?
dangeruss Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
What the heck is a vexel anyway?

"Vexel" is a term that's been coined to describe the fusion of Vector and Pixel forms of illustration. Vexels are not Vector - scalable - mathematically derived images based on paths and fills as one would produce in Illustrator or CorelDRAW or perhaps Flash. Nor are they pure painted images as one might create in Photoshop or Painter.

My Vexels include elements from 4 disciplines: Digital photography, Vector path definition, Digital Painting and 3D modeling.

A typical Vexel starts with a high resolution digital photo. Most often, in my case, of a car. I'll analyze the photo and determine what elements I want to add, modify or enhance. I typically begin by defining Photoshop vector paths that provide the basis for the line art that I use to add a stylized "toon look to the finished piece. These paths are stroked with Photoshop paintbrushes of various widths. I use many layers to assist with intersections and overlaps. I tend to merge these as I go, but the linework usually requires about 30 layers.

Once the basic line art is complete I throw in a few ellipses to indicate wheel positions or other details I want to create in 3D. I'll next bring the image into my 3D application as use it as a viewport background image. I'll create the wheels and other details in 3D then create and apply appropriate materials. The real trick is matching the camera angle, rotation FOV and lens used in the original photo. Once everything is lined up and matches, I'll create lights that match the key and fill lighting of the original image as well. Now I can render both a shaded render and a line art render. I use a third party plug-in to create the line art views.

Next I'll import those views into my Photoshop file and composite those elements and perform various editing techniques to enhance the toon look and blend it into my finished style. So now I have the basis of my Vexel; a lineart layer, and various 3D rendered layers for wheels and other details.

Body paint, headlights and other details are systematically added using vector based paths that I use as selection sets for painting those elements. Doing the body color highlights, shadows and reflections plus the various details like intercoolers, lights, grills interior details typically requires 120 layers or so - and not a few hours of patient work.

Decals are created by drawing master files in CorelDRAW and saved as Adobe Illustrator (.ai) files. These are then placed one-by-one in Photoshop and manipulated to match the perspective of the car. I'll lock the transparencey of that layer and paint in highlights and shadows where required, like when a decal falls across a highlight line. Figure a layer per decal here.

Once the car is complete, I'll create an appropriate background. Sometimes this is a simple gradient, a filtered photo, or a stylized painted background. Usually it's something simple that highlights the car rather than detracts from it. I find that the more realistic the Vexel comes out, the more realistic a background it can support.

So there you have it. If you've persisted in reading this far, you've got a pretty good understanding of what a Vexel is.
DaeronGFX Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen!!
Keeyou Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
You SHOULD be proud! This is a damn nice piece of art! Creds!
leocoyotz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
ow man

very very very nice

wowwwwww ^^
andythecompany Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
Very well done! How'd you make the street look so good?
dangeruss Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
It's a highly filtered photograph of a location near my office.
LJ-JUN Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
omg..ur vexel/vector art are the most awesome man!!!!!!
hope my skill can reach ur half. >"<
ATMA3Weapon Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
i love it you really captured the intensity and racing feel of the 350z :D
beautywithiin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007
favorite car ever.
xpir3d Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
holy god!!! thats nice!!!! :)
angryteen13 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2007
thats so sick. nissan rules
NissanPL Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
thats SWEET did you take technical drafting ??

i did last year but i didnt get to do 3D...

10/10 you should make cars for street racing games !!! it would be the SHEETT!!
NissanPL Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
thats SWEET did you take technical drafting ??

i did last year but i didnt get to do 3D...

10/10 you should make cars for street racing games !!! it would be the SHEETT!!
CapturedCosmicDebris Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:jawdrop: Incredible work, my friend! Awesome!
ImportKING Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2007
damn!! :wow:
happienoodleboy Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2006
Inspirational work!
JeffreyG Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2006   Interface Designer
that's truly awesom :|
got nothing more to say :P
sefid Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome ! wonder ! Great .... woooow :wow:
RC-DeSigNs Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2006
Great car, fantastic work :D love it !!!
BrakeDisk Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006   Traditional Artist
Oh my! Photorealistic...dude how do you do it? This is unbelievable.

Well done.
Shaggy87 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
found this picture on a other web site... :/
dangeruss Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it gets around. But as long as my URL is still in the image, it's all good. They want to advertize for me that's fine.
Shaggy87 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006
ok :D
MikeToreno Featured By Owner May 13, 2006   Photographer
PRO nothing else.:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:
Gu1dry Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006
thats fucking awesome but one thing that i would like to comment on...the side mirror looks just a little bit out of place...maybe yuo could have blurred the real little silver colr into the top portion a lil more...but what do i know i have done a "Vexel" drawing =P
HFizzle Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2006
Too good...
webtrance Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2006
Incredible work man!! ;) - Web
smeetrules Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
LOOVE The Detailing !
The Silver Paint Looks Amazin.....
The Engine Rocks !! =D
OibyrdsDDs Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006
Hiya :wave: you have earned yourself an O.D.D. (oibyrd's daily deviations)! :winner: congrats! Please see the link below for details :)
Centercore Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2006
Oh another hood up vexel, I guess the long time to finish payed off :). Awesome vexel I like it.
Hyperphuzion Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2006
you should be proud of this man, it rocks :D
Fractured-Visual Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent job
neville123 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2006
good for an amature i suppose, if u keep putting stuff like this out you can make it in the biz. I know its hard at the moment but dont give up
dangeruss Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
WTF kind of reply is this? I've been a professional artist for almost twice as long as you've been alive, punk.
Bingles104 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2006   Interface Designer
simply stunning work......your shading and reflection are insane !!! :headbang: thats something i need to work any tips?
killaart Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2006
stunning work !!! totally awesome.... have to :+watch: ya

+fav also
VEXTA Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2006
thats realllllllllllllllll nice bruv :+fav: fo sure lol

lovin that, better than the Clean one to be honest ?!
faramir Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2006
:+fav: you always manage to freaking amaze me russ. I'll have to add you to devwatch!
zatrix Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2006
that is pretty amazing as always

i've got an idea that would probably be a hit with all your fans (me included), while i find your (13 step process) awsome, i think it would be really really neat, if you provided a video with recorded parts of you actually drawing some of the parts of the car (engine especially), not only would it be fasinatint to watch but im sure we could all learn lots just be watching your technique, because text descriptions just dont do it justice!
coldfyre Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Work that hood depth mother fucker :woot:
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