Vexel Art – a Hybrid Art
If you try to look for a definition of the word “vexel” in some dictionary, you are likely to find nothing. Even spellchecker in Word underlines this word as a misspelled word. However, vexel does exist in the modern vocabulary, and this word is nothing but a derivative from two other words: “vector” and “pixel.” Vexel represents one of the modern techniques of digital illustration art, namely a pixel-based raster art, which mimics the vector graphics.
Sharp lines, crisp borders, and clean colors – these are, perhaps, the most common descriptions of the vexel art. Illustrations, created using vexel technique, may look either very real or absolutely artificial – as if borrowed from some alien art magazine. This technique allows a lot of space for artist’s imagination, and the results are really amazing and eye-catching. Vexel art seems fresh, bright, rich in colors, and highly distinctive in shapes. The compositions of vexel art also deserve special attention – vexel artists choose to depict a huge variety of objects – from people and vehicles to absolutely fantastic landscapes or seemingly chaotic mixtures of geometric figures and natural objects.
Though vexel art is said to be a kind of a marginal art, which has not yet received a wide acceptance and recognition, it definitely deserves it. So, we believe it is only a matter of time that the word “vexel” will be included officially in the active vocabulary of the modern art world.