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Pixel Art / 'Boring' Buttons - they look ok?
« on: September 09, 2013, 09:03:57 am »
Hey guys,

Haven't been on the forums for a little bit, busy working on the game with my SO - at the moment I'm working on 'simple' buttons for the Pause Menu, and I say 'simple' because they have been anything but. I've gone through a few variations, and this is the one I like the most so far:

This the button raised up, and I'm working on a "pressed down" version (trying to go for a rounded type button look) - have I hit it? Or far from the mark?

Also, any suggestions on how I'd go about getting the pushed down/indented look? Having some serious issues getting something that even looks remotely crap, let alone anything that looks decent enough to show.

The type face will certainly change to my own font for the game - suggestions there most welcome as well.

I think I've got a case of the jaggies too, trying to smooth them out as I speak.

Pixel Art / Help with Animation?
« on: August 18, 2013, 06:33:51 am »
Hi Guys,

So I've come a long way from learning to pixel and shade the elephant characters I've been working on (which I owe to all the help on the forums - thank you so much!)

Now I'm moving onto learning to animate a few of these characters.

This was my first animation attempt, the sitting guy getting scared by something (I've put it on 'repeat' so you can see the animation, he'll normally be sitting, then go "ZOMGWHATTHEHECKISTHAT!?" part of the animation and then left with the last two frames of him shaking) - please still critique him as I think the shaking has left a little to be desired for...

And I'm now working on this guy - a happy elephant bobbing his head up and down. I tried to get some body movement in there as well, but it seems very stiff.

I have left the canvas larger than it would be as he is still very much a WIP. Any and all help is always greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

Pixel Art / Newbie trying to pixel elephants
« on: July 21, 2013, 07:55:13 am »
Hi guys,

As the title suggests, I'm a newbie trying my hand at some pixel art - my boyfriend is working on a game & suggested I should at least give him some 'fill-in' art until he finds an actual artist. I've never done pixel art before (I'm a very traditional artist), so figured I'd have a go at this genre.

First attempt:

  (this one just had 'hue' added to the grey color)

Second attempt:

Basically going for a 'cartoon' look (they'll have the lighter spots on them all like the first attempt guy), but I'm very stuck on the shading aspect of pixel art. Trying to avoid the "pillow look" that the second guy has going on.

My first dithering attempts (with & without the black outline):

Any advice? Tips?

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