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Hi there. I'm working on this for the game in my signature and I'd like some feedback on the general dimensions of what I have so far. This sand glider is pretty much what it sounds like. It's a single-occupant, wind-powered vehicle meant for traversing large expanses of desert. Right now I'm only focused on drawing it at rest, with the sails hanging loose and not catching any wind.

A few notes before I ask my questions:
- The perspective is a 3/4s top-down view, light source is comingfrom the top left.
- The sprite and seat are placeholder artwork, so you can ignore them.
- The more "complete" parts of this craft I've shaded already, but the problem areas I have not (the base of the craft and the sails, particularly)
- The gray chest in the back is a storage compartment for the driver's belongings. The front of the chest faces toward the rear of the craft.

Now for my questions and general thoughts.
- I'm pondering if the base of the craft is too "tall". The base represents the width of the craft and it is parallel with the ground. It shouldn't be wider than say the width of 3 sprites or so.
- The shape of the sails give me pause. I don't know if they look large enough or natural enough. The larger bottom sail is basically meant to serve as the primary power source, while the top sail is meant for controlling direction.
- I'm wondering if its okay to just have the sails attached to the mast, or if I should have wooden stakes sticking out of the sides to attach the sails to? I mean this is a single-person craft so maybe it's fine the way it is now, but I wonder if having poles sticking out from the masts would be overkill (this isn't some luxury vehicle).
- I feel like the "leg box" could be improved. I'm just not sure how. It's basically meant to be an open-top container to hold the legs. Kind of similar to an open kayak.
- Eventually I'll be adding some rope lines from the sails to some poles/stakes that they are tied around near the driver seat. These lines serve as the "controls"

I appreciate any other feedback or criticism you can provide as well, of course. Most of the past art I created are small objects and tiles, so creating a large single object like this is kind of new for me.


Hero of Allacrost is a single player 2D role-playing game inspired by classic console RPGs. In Hero of Allacrost, the player will explore rich environments, solve challenging dungeon puzzles, and fight strategic battles in an active-time based system. The game is free open-source software and is currently available across several platforms including Windows, OS X, Linux, and FreeBSD. In addition to the game, we also develop and release a custom map editor for the game.

The three major design goals we are striving to meet with this title are listed below.
  • Prioritize efforts on developing engaging gameplay and a compelling narrative
  • Eliminate tedious and micromanagement mechanics that are commonly found in RPGs.
  • Make battles interesting, challenging, and requiring of a high level of strategy from the player
The About page on our website describes several of the game's core features and how they enable us to meet these goals.

Our latest release was in June 2015. This was a development release, which is essentially a snapshot of our work in  progress. Below is a link to download it as well as a walkthrough video of this release with commentary.

The next milestone we're working toward is another development release that continues where our previous release left off, which will finish out the current "chapter" of the game. The major requirements for this release include map design, scripting, and creation of some additional artwork (map tilesets and around a dozen sprites). The anticipated date of this next release is sometime in September 2015. This is what our team will be working on for the next couple of months.

By the end of this year, we will be making an official release. This will be a fully designed, balanced, and polished product. It will be an iterative improvement of the September 2015 development release with some amount of additional content and improved event scripting, dialogue, and several noticeable improvements in the UI and other areas of the code. This is the team's current long-term goal. More information about our upcoming releases can be found on the Roadmap page on our wiki. This includes a list of all the major tasks that must be done along with their current status.

Allacrost is created and distributed for free. Because of this we cannot offer financial compensation to those who work on the project. Our team members are quite content with putting forth their efforts into what we believe will someday be a great game to share. We learn a lot from each other on the Allacrost team and you will absolutely learn new techniques and skills from those whom you work aside with. Having this experience will also make you a much more attractive candidate if you are seeking to enter into the gaming industry. Some of our team members have been solicited by recruiters for well-known game development companies. Your full name will appear in the game credits.

Talent Needed
This project took a long hiatus and as a result has a very small team at the moment. We would really like to rebuild a team of dedicated, passionate individuals who share the vision of what Allacrost is to become and want to be a part of making it happen. Becoming a member of this team means more than simply getting told what to create. We strongly encourage people to participate in design discussions and offer their own ideas to improve the game and the project itself. Although the core design of Allacrost is pretty well-defined at this point, there's still a lot of unanswered design questions and features we have not yet implemented. There's still plenty of room for you to influence this title should you be interested in doing so. While we are seeking core team members, we're also happy to welcome contributors who prefer to help out here and there with adding a new feature or creating new art or music, but aren't as invested in this project.

You can read more about what it's like on the Allacrost team and our philosophies by reading about our team policies on our wiki. Listed below are the specific needs that we are seeking to fill and what people who fill those roles can expect to be working on for the next couple of months.

Pixel Artist
Pixel artists create the majority of the game's graphical assets. This includes map tilesets, sprites, and various other in-game artwork. Pixel artists have a large amount of freedom and those in the past have gifted us with some quite brilliant pieces. Below are some examples of our current pixel artwork so you can get an idea of our style. If you feel this above your skill level, please don't be intimidated. Even programmers create some of the art occasionally, and they are certainly not this skilled. The most immediate needs for pixel art include: a castle interior tileset, various demon sprites, and a few more sprites that represent townspeople.

(1) - Information on rights to an artist's work and how to get started
(2) - Lists the types of artwork found in Allacrost. The Maps, Sprites, and Icons sections cover pixel art
(3) - Explanation of our artistic styles, influences, and design

Traditional Artist
In addition to pixel art, Allacrost integrates usage of some more traditional artwork styles as well. These commonly come in the form of portraits and landscapes. See below for examples of this type of artwork. The most immediate needs for our traditional art include: face portraits for some major NPC characters, a body portrait of a generic soldier, and a landscape representing a desert castle-town.

(1) - Information on rights to an artist's work and how to get started
(2) - Lists the types of artwork found in Allacrost. The Backdrops and Portraits sections cover traditional art
(3) - Explanation of our artistic styles, influences, and design

Follow this link for information on how to join our team and what you can expect from working on this project. If you have questions or wish to give feedback, feel free to either post a reply in this thread or contact me directly if you wish to inquire in private.

Pixel Art Feature Chest / GR#052 - Castle Wall shading - Texture
« on: June 01, 2011, 08:09:07 am »

Hi everyone. I'm pretty much a total beginner and I'm looking for some advice. I just created the tiles for the upper section of the wall that you see above. What I'm not quite understanding is how to properly shade/texture the middle section of the bricks. I understand light sources, etc. but I don't really get how to shade this properly to give it texture and depth. I've been playing around with it for a while now. In an earlier draft (see below) the "blobs" of the light/dark shades in the middle of the bricks were larger, but I didn't like the way this looked so I kind of cut up the blobs into smaller pieces to see what that would look like.

Could someone explain to me the proper way for shading something like this, and most importantly -why- you would shade it in that fashion? I'm really trying to understand why things are done a certain way, and not just how things are done correctly. Thanks.

Oh also (mandatory plug) this art was created for a role-playing game that I've been working on for a number of years. Check it out if you're interested (its playable).

Hero of Allacrost -

Pixel Art / Critique: Demon Tree
« on: March 09, 2007, 08:36:45 pm »

Another guy created the frame on the left (so don't give me credit for being good, because I'm not  :'(). I created the other 3 frames on the right based on his original. The set of four are intended to represent the tree becoming weaker with increasing damage.

I feel that some parts of my frames look a little rough, particularly on the far right frame. I had intended to have the branches that the fire was burning on look like they were burnt black, but they just don't look very easy on the eyes to me. I don't know, can someone give me some comments/tips on how I can make my three frames better? Thanks

Pixel Art / New guy, go easy on me :)
« on: January 16, 2006, 09:03:57 pm »
I'm more of a programmer than an artist, but I like to dab into the artistic side every once and a while. The following art I created for my game, Hero of Allacrost. Let me know what you think and how I can improve it.

Wood Floor

Set: (I didn't make the sprite, but that's the protagonist for the game there)

Wood Post

Tiles: (I made two kinds of bases here to see how they would look. I think the second one is better)

Set: (I didn't make the sand)


Obviously the shovel needs a lot of work. It's supposed to be made so that it's standing up and leaning against the wall, but I couldn't quite figure out how the shadow should go for that to look right.  :-\

On a related note, are there any good tutorials/tips you can give me for doing pixel art in different perspectives? For some reason I can't seem to do anything well at all unless it's face-on.  :(

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