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Portfolios / Vagrant Pixels
« on: October 17, 2016, 09:22:00 pm »
I am an experienced pixel artist specialising in portrait work, sprites and hand-drawn maps. High end work, fair rates. I can also adapt to and reproduce pre-existing art styles with near flawless accuracy.

Currently not accepting commissions
(Next availability: Fall 2017)



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General Discussion / Pixel art book
« on: February 19, 2015, 03:59:16 am »
Now that I seriously ponder on this... I would love it if I had on my bookshelf a well thought and designed pixel art book. Something that's a pleasure to see and read, even if you are experienced... And hopefully study from.

Three main chapters, the first dealing with what is Pixel art, and basic definitions and tutorials. The second part dealing with advanced techniques, palettes, common restrictions, and so on. And lastly, for the third part, a huge body of work from the most talented around.

Seeing such a book among all the countless digital concept art and classic drawing examples in a book store would no doubt inspire some life to the pixel art scene. (If that is what some of you would like.) And hell, last time I saw, there was an example dealing exclusively with Lego sculpture photography.

Pixel Art / Fire Emblem
« on: February 16, 2015, 10:11:34 pm »
Henceforth, this topic shall be concerned on the commercial critique of the game called Fire Emblem.

But I don't mean the american FE7 release, but the actual first Fire Emblem instead: Shadow Dragon. This is an in-between projects micro-activity of mine which aims use the GBA Fire Emblem game limitations/specs to replicate the first iteration of the series, to my own whims and taste.

Some of you may know that I like to do GBA revamps here and then, like the Pokemon Emerald Mock-up in PJ. This should be no different.
There's just something about it that's enjoyable.

I'll begin with the Lord himself...

Good old reliable Jeigan is also underway...

Basic limitations include 15 colours and fitting in that box there. Concept-wise, I may borrow from Shadow Dragon DS alot, but not always.

General Discussion / Suitable Trinkets for the World-traveling Pixel Artist
« on: November 24, 2013, 02:15:09 pm »
Hey everyone.

I became a vagabond world traveler only a mere year or two ago; my new lifestyle has me flying and moving often, with only a 26 litre backpack as home (Bold move but worth it). This year I went across northern Norway, then to the British countryside, to land in Spain, and finish off in Morocco for new years. Life is good, for I made the right choices.

However, my old 3.3 kg laptop (HP Pavilion Dv4) is becoming annoying to carry around everywhere, not to mention a tad outdated. But it's clearly a vital piece of equipment seeing as I need it to work on pixel art commissions/jobs, which pay for my now permanent travel life.

Right now, im working with mouse pad alone. Had to leave my old Bamboo tablet as it was too heavy. Both the laptop, electricity cords and the tablet went up to 5 awful kilos.

I got the money now though, and I've been thinking what would be the best combination to have, and im open to all suggestions and ideas on lightweight high-end tablets or laptops.

So far here's what I like.


Asus Zenbook Prime
Pros: 1.4 Kg, Linux compatible
Around 7-9 hours of battery life.

It's beautiful. If I go for this one it would have to be pixelling on the mouse pad as usual, or acquire a small, lightweight drawing tablet to go with it. But that means more weight.

And then there's this thing, which I saw just today.

Cintiq Companion Tablet
1.7 Kg
Around 5-6 battery life.

It's got impressive stats, it's basically a computer, and it's a Cintiq, dammit. I haven't researched the weight or durability yet, but it looks so convenient and useful, I don't know what to think anymore. Is this what love at first sight feels like?

Cons: Fking Windows 8

Anyone here leading a life of adventure willing to offer some good advice? Even so, have you any ever given a thought to pixelling on the go? Im all open to suggestions. :D

I've heard about pixel art on Android tablets or smartphones, but honestly, that sounds just petty in comparison. Not interested in those.

Pixel Art / Depth-less tiles need some love.
« on: November 22, 2013, 01:00:56 am »
Long time, Pixelation.  :)

Look at this.

To quote my PJ post, they probably need some critique overall anyways, but what kind of shadow style would suit this most? Help.

What of the palette, as well? Wouldn't a cooler color ramp suit them better?

The grass, is it not too messy?

Either way, as a Wip, I'll be updating this regularly. Critique would be amazing. I'll probably be trying experimental shading styles, but if you've a good reference to suggest or a good source of inspiration, by all means you're invited here to voice it.  ;)

I'll be working on this style for months to come, so there's lots coming. I'll try my best to shine and polish them as much as I can, until they're worthy of being included in the 32x32 pixelly heavenly realms of legend.

Added a tree for reference

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