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Pixel Art / Belly dancer - 8 Color Music Challenge
« on: November 24, 2009, 06:17:56 am »
Hello everyone!

Boy, it's been awhile since I posted a pixels for critique (there weren't much to begin with). I recently picked up pixel art again because it's just so cool and I want to do it for sure - for fun!  :D

What better way than to take part in a challenge - the 8 Color Music challenge to be exact. The theme of this piece is belly dance music. I love it and belly dancing itself. When I'm not walking, I'm belly dancing.  :P

So, here's a rough draft. The lines in the background need to be cleaned up:

Reference for the pose: Shadow Dance by Matt Abraxas

I'd really like tips on color. That's one of the elements I struggle with in pixel art. However, any insight is very much appreciated!

Pixel Art / 2 New Pixel Pieces (WIPs)
« on: March 14, 2007, 02:33:41 am »
I'd like to begin with the I started after the eye. Originally, I was going to use an old drawing (posted in creativity thread) of mine but decided to go a different direction. I instead decided to use my own face as reference to make this:

Circus inspired. Actually Cirque du Soleil inspired. :-) This is a prelude to the fourth piece I'll be doing that will feature some extreme body bending.  :) I'm thinking that white is a little too white but it'll have to do for now. There's no lightsource as I haven't figured out where it's coming from. I'm pretty sure, though, that there'll be shadows on that face but, I was looking at some pictures in one of the Cirque programs I have and saw that there weren't too many dramatic shadows on the painted faces. I'd just like to know what you guys think of the eyes and AA. I wanted to make the transition between white and the colors to be very smooth but I'm not sure if what I did was correct.

When I read the new challenge at Pixeljoint, I thought and put the circus piece on hold see if I can actually get this done within a week. This is indeed a rough wip but here goes:

I drew  from a picture of a bust in my art history book and using the actual picture for lightsource. The finished product should look like a magazine cover for "The Roman Woman". The woman featured is wearing the "flavian" hairstyle popular among the elite women around the time of Emporor Hadrian. The hair, I know, will be very difficult but what I'm most concerned about is the shading. Is dithering the best solution for this especially if I'm to use only 3 colors? OKay so I know I'll have to dither but I just can't seem to find a pattern that would be good for a smooth surface...

Pixel Art / First Pixel Art: Eye (WIP)
« on: February 06, 2007, 08:11:44 pm »
I'm quite new to all forms of pixel art so I thought I'd post what I've been working on just to get more insight from people who have been doing it longer than I have. Nothing great...just an eye.  :crazy:

Here's what I have so far:

Here's the reference picture I drew myself from a photo: Note: I actually went back to the original just for the shading.

I'm using 5 colors right now and I've been playing around with dithering and aa so I'd like to know if I'm applying those correctly. I chose this picture just so I could practice with shading. I will begin working on line art as soon as I'm done with this.


General Discussion / Dithering
« on: February 02, 2007, 12:46:21 am »
I'm quite new to pixel art and am currently working on my first piece. I've realized I like dithering so much but I think I may have overused it. Would that be a bad thing for a piece? Anyway, I guess my real question is: when is dithering appropriate to use or not? I guess if used correctly it shouldn't be a problem but I want to know what you guys think.


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