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Pixel Art / Back in the groove
« on: December 26, 2008, 05:32:06 am »
Hey guys.

Haven't seriously pixeled in a while, mainly just pumping out quickly done trash.

So I decided to sit down and do some hardcore pixeling!

This is what I have so far:

Along with the heapload of colors, I want you guys to bash the anatomy and lighting (Coming from the top right) and pixel technique (Am I banding?).

Ignore the fallen leaf, that was done first and I've since then changed the lightsource.

I was originally going to make this a mockup, but its almost beginning to shape itself into a scene... I'd need more dynamic poses however. This will all be worked on in good time, I just need to get some solid crits on what I have now to make sure I'm still doing this right  :D

Pixel Art / Re: [C+C] Character for a shoot-m-up
« on: December 10, 2008, 03:18:31 am »
Just another stlye suggestion:

You really don't need to use that many colors. Use contrast!

Pixel Art / Re: Grass guy ?
« on: December 06, 2008, 05:52:43 pm »
This is a nice edit, but i think that you lost a lot of the power it had before. The colors i was completely in love with, and now it doesn't look as good IMO.

Care to explain? What about the colors makes them "weaker"?

The not dark mountains did bug me, good point. But what you said about focus- the man was the focus in both of ours. Yours is just inverted. My man is extremely dark, and yours the opposite, while in mine the surrounding area is light and yours is dark. So its really a matter of opinion, but as i stated before i think your edit lost some of the power.

Again, explain the loss of power.

Blackdragon, if I'm being totally rude right now its because your edit is as good or better than mine in some ways, and to me you stole my thunder. Sorry if I'm trying to strike down your crits. I just- meh, no excuses needed.

Apologies not needed. Your critique is as good as mine. You've made some very good points. All in all I was just trying to illustrate some points and give suggestoins to help this artist grow, as all crits should.

Pixel Art / Re: Grass guy ?
« on: December 06, 2008, 05:41:36 am »
Extensive Edit:

I did a lot of the things the last guy did, but I felt the need to put in a little better example of how to do these things.
Notice the cast shadow of the man, the lighting on the clouds, the color changes, and the darkening of the mountains, etc.

Couple things I'd like to say:

Your pixel technique is kind of sloppy, take care to place each pixel induvidually.

The composition works a lot better with the mountains being black because
1) It is more realistic (photo reference: OR,
2) The focus is now brought to the man. We have a triangle of bright spots and the man is dead in the center.

Another thing I'd like to mention is the water color. The water in your peice is blue. Water reflects the sky, so in my edit the water is purple.

Last thing is color in general. You had many unnecessary colors in your peice, and I took a out a huge chunk of those. These were put to better use by blending colors, or adding colors to the sky. The same pallete is used TROUGHOUT the peice, and that's what color conservation is about.

Hope this helps.

Pixel Art / Re: Re-spiffying old sprites
« on: May 28, 2008, 01:46:55 pm »

Your problem lies within contrast.

With machines, especially at this tiny size, you must "seperate" each section from another to make it as readable as possible.

Pixel Art / Re: Movements.
« on: February 29, 2008, 11:31:57 pm »
Allow 24 hours for a reply. But do not bump period. Post updates instead.

Okay the peice looks nice but it needs more contrast between colors. For example make the light colors light and the darker colors darker.

Archived Activities / Re: The Official Secret Santa 2007
« on: December 24, 2007, 03:58:55 pm »

Adarias, hopefully my gift is adequate. sorry awesome

Merry Christmas!!!
Thanks, glad you liked it :D

Archived Activities / Re: The Official Secret Santa 2007
« on: December 24, 2007, 01:43:46 pm »
Thanks a lot Surt!!! I love it :D

Adarias, hopefully my gift is adequate. :sry:

Merry Christmas!!!

Pixel Art / Re: Test (suggestions and constructive critics) with IMAGES =P
« on: December 01, 2007, 03:25:07 am »
Why would you destroy an otherwise perfectly decent pixel with an NPA tool?
Try shifting his upper body 1 pixel to the left, you can do this in paint.

Archived Activities / Re: The Official Secret Santa 2007 Sign up
« on: November 24, 2007, 02:41:34 am »
I'm in!
First post lol, came from PixelJoint so some of you may know me :D
I like: Halo/sci-fi stuff, cars, cartoony/cute stuff, and shiny things :D  

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