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Pixel Art / Re: [WIP] Snake, man.
« on: October 01, 2008, 08:36:25 am »
Hello ptepid. You were 'finale' in the old days, right? You were one of the first people I critiqued when I came to pixelation! The memories!

Your biggest problem right now are volumes. You sorta 'fake' them with cool rendering, but your rocks do not really look like rock formations, your snake is not an actual tube, so on. I think you need to do a lot of drawing with reference (googling for rocks will help!) with a critical eye on what makes them as they are. Your color selection and generally the lighting is really cool, but all the shapes and forms in this are messy!
It was "finite", but very close. :) Still go by that name in places where I can't change it (pixeljoint, etc).

Tried to take your advice here. Noticed pretty quickly that the rock formation I'd made doesn't really occur naturally.
I've done a quick rework of the rocks and snake shading using palette-based shading tools... making things even messier. Just want to know if this is what you mean regarding volume... is this an improvement, or merely different and still problematic?

Pixel Art / Re: [WIP] Snake, man.
« on: October 01, 2008, 04:13:07 am »
I must be a master necromancer by now. Yes, I've been hacking away at this ancient piece again. I've been working on detailing in the rocks (mainly top center, right side obviously not done yet). Added some more colour to the piece with a jungle shot taking up some of the dead space.

And yes, I finally got rid of the overbite. It looks so ridiculous now that I see it with new eyes. Which is why I'm back here... I want to see what else I'm blind to through your helpful eyes, before I go nuts with the finishing touches.

Pixel Art / Re: [WIP] Snake, man.
« on: January 30, 2008, 08:19:37 am »
*Casts spell of thread necromancy*

Yeah, I've had another go at this ancient piece again. I haven't really tackled the scales yet, wimping out on that front. Kept the underbite but reduced it a bit, and added lots of glowy stuff. :)

Pixel Art / Re: [WIP] Snake, man.
« on: September 19, 2007, 12:14:28 pm »
*Summons topic from the realm of the dead*

Yes, I've updated this old thing.

Pretty happy with the snake, the rocks need work (though I like the sketchy look...). Grass needs replacing. ;)
Large jump from the last update I know, but I don't think I'll post all the in-between files. Maybe as an animation when I'm finished with this monstrosity.

Challenges & Activities / Re: Descramble It! Pixel Puzzle!
« on: February 11, 2007, 03:33:02 pm »
Pretty tricky one I have to say:

Well done, I'd only just finished it myself. Although, looking at yours now, I stuffed up the bottom right corner (shirt folds).

Props to ejay for great pixelling and design in this one too, very enjoyable to see the result once I got the pieces in the right place. :)

General Discussion / Re: Official Pixelation Off-Topic Thread
« on: February 09, 2007, 11:46:26 am »
yeah i got the robots thing too. i don't think you'd find much else though. the web1.t43... one was where all the other domains redirected to. it'd be nice to have the old posts. i would've liked to have seen my first post. and my old art.
The domain wasn't always its home, pixelation was hosted directly on "back in the day" (like, 2001 and earlier, when it was a sub-forum of GDR). So, would have been nice to have seen the original design and maybe some of the early posts on the Wayback machine. Ah well.

The site moved to after troubles with hosting/forums/hackers or something, not sure at this point. There have been quite a few pixelation downtimes, but it always springs back eventually. :)

Someone needs to make a time-line of this stuff... it's important info! :crazy:

General Discussion / Re: Official Pixelation Off-Topic Thread
« on: February 09, 2007, 08:36:05 am »
there was a dude making a replica of the old forum a while ago. i searched, but could not find. maybe try the net archives?

you can find more here
Cool. I tried a search for and, the old domains, but it seems whoever owns those domains now has blocked the Internet Archive (via robots.txt). At apparently that works retroactively, so we're out of luck. Freakn' domain squatting misers.

Challenges & Activities / Re: Descramble It! Pixel Puzzle!
« on: February 08, 2007, 07:02:34 am »
I am pretty sure I know what it is but I can't get the pieces together... yet.

Yes? No?

If it is right I don't have time to make a new one, need sleep.
Yep, that's it. :) Good job.

General Discussion / Re: Official Pixelation Off-Topic Thread
« on: February 08, 2007, 01:13:15 am »
Bruce is back! Haha, just saw it after I read your post. Looks awesome, nice work whomever pixelled him. :)

Challenges & Activities / Re: Descramble It! Pixel Puzzle!
« on: February 07, 2007, 11:53:19 pm »
Yeah, I thought yours might be unsolvable. I just didn't believe it, seems a terribly vindictive thing to do. :P

Anyhow, seeing as no-one is posting a new one yet, I'll post mine. Hopefully it's not too hard:

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