Critique => Pixel Art => Topic started by: Niss on August 03, 2005, 12:15:02 pm

Title: WIP: Mockup and hi everybody
Post by: Niss on August 03, 2005, 12:15:02 pm
I'm very glad to see a temp forum online!
Ok I'm creating a mockup right now. I have a lot to put in it yet but I think I will do a new one with a more consistent style or something. Oh well anyways I'd like to hear what you think...
Title: Re: WIP: Mockup and hi everybody
Post by: Helm on August 03, 2005, 12:32:31 pm
Hi. Nice mockup.

*Completely against the dither countours in the highlights on the back sky layer. I don't see what they're supposed to be doing.

*Seperate lightsource on character sprite... when you flip the character, will you redraw all the anims with the lightsource reversed so it's realistic, or just flip the secondary lightsource as well? Heh, this is why most sprites have an overhead light only, maybe an underhead one too, so they can be flipped without trouble.

*The most foreground tilage is pleasing, and generally the pixel techniques are good. Too much 25% dithering (I call the xoxo dither 50% and if you take off every second line, 25%), though.

*The grid is very visible, but that's not always bad. It's a platformer, it's ok to see the grid somewhat.

*The main character needs to be waaay more bright and that. Remember, visibility of the sprites is key for gameplay.
Title: Re: WIP: Mockup and hi everybody
Post by: Niss on August 03, 2005, 12:53:50 pm
The character is actually more of a placeholder I didn't get to decide for a style for character and enemies yet. Totally agree with your dithering crits I guess that's what I meant with a more consistent style I'm looking for. I've been personally happy with the green tile, the blue floor tile and I somewhat liked the portrait. Everything else... oh well.
Thank's a lot I really missed those in-depth crits!
Title: Re: WIP: Mockup and hi everybody
Post by: Peppermint Pig on August 03, 2005, 01:28:13 pm
Wow, great concept. Good tesselation on the foreground texture. Highlights on the rocks in the far back are too light looking for the atmosphere. Maybe they need to have some pink tinge to them. Furthermore, your character lighting could suggest the use of some cooler shades for the darkest parts of those back rocks to help them blend in better.

I agree with Helm on the background. Because of the open flat shaded areas, the detailed spots are over-emphasized, and this causes any foreground objects with less texturing or inadequate contrast to look bad. So I guess the general rule that applies here is more contrast ( or contrast-by-texture ) in the foreground.

As with what Helm said about your character being too dark, I agree. Furthermore, you should consider making one color noticably lighter than the other, so that we may have a better understanding about what is meant to be the 'negative' lighting. Plus in general, that will better compose your piece. The sky is red, so I assume the red shall be the color to become lighter on the character. If you do not want to lighten your character very much, than expect to darken and remove contrast from the scenery, which means even less contrast should be applied to the sky.

I like texture of the path, though it could use maybe less contrast further 'back', so you get more of a sense of contour, and should be able to conceal that obvious horizontal line to some extent.. in fact, I'd make that your next focus. Work a bit more with the greenish looking background features and try to blend/fade-to-black to give the work a bit more of a natural look. Again, like Helm said, some grid is fine, but in lieu of all the rocky work, it might look a bit out of place.