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Emeralis

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Hi! I thought I'd give it a shot making wallpapers and the "vector" style at the same time. I tend to struggle with leaving big "gaps of nothing" in wallpapers because it's such a big canvas. I was hoping to get advice on where to go from here and possibly tips for the typography?

Here is my progress so far: http://i.imgur.com/M8huwsR.png

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Original vector: Day at the Beach by MapleRose
Day at the Beach by MapleRose
Textures: http://sirius-sdz.deviantart.com/
Beach stock photo: http://sed-rah-stock.deviantart.com/art/Beach-Stock-32-180159725

Brushes:
http://ihea.deviantart.com/art/VECTOR-CURVES-44197122
http://www.deviantart.com/art/Midnight-City-Vector-Brushes-131187390
http://www.brushking.eu/277/bk-cloud-vector-brushes.html

Thanks in advance and hopefully people will reply to this ^^;

EDIT
Version 2 - http://i.imgur.com/HNwUscz.png
Version 3 - http://i.imgur.com/YcOiIKv.png (new beach stock, http://akiranyo.deviantart.com/art/background-Anime-styled-beach-type-10-455664180)


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akiranyo

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Vector is too simple for a close-up. It might have been good back in 2006, but in 2014 the criteria are a bit higher. I don't say it would be unacceptable, but if you really want to use that, it would fit more a simplistic abstract as some beach.
Also your background is a clash of styles. It tries to be a scenic beach background (even if so heavily textured that it basically dissappears) but arround the character you use simple vector shapes which are more towards the mentioned minimalistic abstract.

Making a anime beach is not that difficult by applying transformations and blending of various textures, however it might be a challenge for somebody unexperienced in walling.

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Emeralis

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Quote by akiranyoVector is too simple for a close-up. It might have been good back in 2006, but in 2014 the criteria are a bit higher. I don't say it would be unacceptable, but if you really want to use that, it would fit more a simplistic abstract as some beach.
Also your background is a clash of styles. It tries to be a scenic beach background (even if so heavily textured that it basically dissappears) but arround the character you use simple vector shapes which are more towards the mentioned minimalistic abstract.

Making a anime beach is not that difficult by applying transformations and blending of various textures, however it might be a challenge for somebody unexperienced in walling.

Thanks for the advice and your honesty. I wasn't really going for a carbon copy of the minimalistic abstract wallpapers out there, more inspired, but I understand what you mean regarding clash of styles.

Unfortunately, I have no idea how to vector myself and there are barely any images of this character (making it for a contest where it has to be Talia Gladys) so I guess I just won't post it here. I will definitely look into different beach stocks and cleaning up on the textures. Cheers!

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Actually, Creating a simplistic beach is really, really easy. If you're using Photoshop for example, you can try to flatout use the pen tool to seperate the beach, the sea and add clouds (can be done with the circular vector shape tool). It takes little practice since you only need about 3 vector shapes and no need for outlines. It doesn't have to be precise from the original picture either.

If you're planning on making more wallpapers, especially in this style, I do suggest to try and finish this one properly. It is really good practice as little vectoring is atleast required to eventually create some pieces/shapes by yourself in the future. It is a pain finding the exact shape compared to spending a minute or less to create it yourself.

As for your wallpaper. A clash of style is difficult to make it right as both sides differ far too much to create harmony between every element. The text fits with the render, so does the cloud. I think it would already look better if you changed the stock photo to a plain color, like very light grey.

A little tip for using abstract/minimalistic style is to use patterns and textures on your shapes (like the orange letters you used with the dots).

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Emeralis

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Quote by ValunaActually, Creating a simplistic beach is really, really easy. If you're using Photoshop for example, you can try to flatout use the pen tool to seperate the beach, the sea and add clouds (can be done with the circular vector shape tool). It takes little practice since you only need about 3 vector shapes and no need for outlines. It doesn't have to be precise from the original picture either.

If you're planning on making more wallpapers, especially in this style, I do suggest to try and finish this one properly. It is really good practice as little vectoring is atleast required to eventually create some pieces/shapes by yourself in the future. It is a pain finding the exact shape compared to spending a minute or less to create it yourself.

As for your wallpaper. A clash of style is difficult to make it right as both sides differ far too much to create harmony between every element. The text fits with the render, so does the cloud. I think it would already look better if you changed the stock photo to a plain color, like very light grey.

A little tip for using abstract/minimalistic style is to use patterns and textures on your shapes (like the orange letters you used with the dots).

Ah I see! Thanks for the tips. I found a beach vector on Deviant Art and I can see how much of a difference it has made from using a photo stock. Adding to my "To Do List" to practice making vectors :D

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http://akiranyo.deviantart.com/art/psd-Beach-background-type-10-459401812

This a beach what I made by my last wallpaper. A full Photoshop document with active layers and effects. Might be a bit more complex as you plan to make, but perhaps you can learn something from it. Warning, it has near 80mb.

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