Critique => Pixel Art => Pixel Art Feature Chest => Topic started by: Dyluckk on December 16, 2014, 11:02:47 pm

Title: GR#233 - Ice - Shading
Post by: Dyluckk on December 16, 2014, 11:02:47 pm
Started making crystal like structures,
Not really sure where to go next to make it any better  :-\
But I know it can be! :lol: Let me know what you guys think.


In context:

New Piece!
Gonna mess with the pallete a bit.


Combining my materials.
With some context.


I have a couple extra colors lurking in there.. I found 2 of them it should be 5 colors.
Is there a way to display the colors you are using on the current layer or in general in Graphics Gale? Thanks! :)

Just messing with stuff.
Title: Re: [wip] Environment Pieces C&C
Post by: YellowLime on December 17, 2014, 10:34:28 pm
Quick edit, not very good but it kinda illustrates my points. I would have used more shades for the faces, to try and make it feel more 3d, but I stopped here :-X
Title: Re: [wip] Environment Pieces C&C
Post by: Cyangmou on December 18, 2014, 02:17:05 am
ice is extremely hard to paint.

try to focus on the 2 main characteristics: it's cold and hard
this leads to strong blue colors (which you captured) and clear cut planes (if you want to go more for the crystal-impression than for the molten icicle impression) - yours seems to go more in the crystal direction
This means you work with strong straight lines sharp angles. try to emphasize the length with vertical lines, rather than with small cracked planes.

What makes ice so difficult are the reflective and transparent qualities - to capture those believable you need a lot of practice.
I added them to my edit, but try to focus on the more simple things before.

Title: Re: [wip] Environment Pieces C&C
Post by: Gil on December 18, 2014, 05:02:55 pm
For ice crystals, I tend to draw the transparent nature first, then draw the reflections on top. Trying to do both just ends up being impossible and tends to look bad. Basically, I start with the dark shades and try to get a believable transparent nature, then I ad mostly pure white reflections on top. Cyangmou's edit is a perfect example (better than I can do).
Title: Re: [wip] Environment Pieces C&C
Post by: NowvaB on December 22, 2014, 01:34:44 am
(http://i.imgur.com/6RCx8V3.png)   (http://i.imgur.com/PqTfjk6.png)

some of the best ice I have ever seen is from megaman x.
I have tried to replicate it a few times but I always struggle.   :-[