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2D & 3D / [WIP][C+C] Star Trek bridge
« on: December 28, 2015, 01:03:22 am »
Hi everyone! Although I'm new to making pixel art, I'm working on a Star Trek pixel art webcomic set in the era of the original series, using Pixen on OS X. The first set piece I'm working on is the bridge of the main ship of the series, which is about 2/3 the size of the Enterprise but has the same kind of style. I'm working first on the "command pit", which is the sunken part in the middle where the captain and helm officer sit. It's done in a cabinet projection rather than pure isometric, but as with isometric pixel art the angle is 26.565 rather than 30 to make the lines less jaggy. The bridge is of course circular, so getting the curves right was a bit of a pain. And while they're not exactly right, I think it looks good enough to trick the eye into feeling right. There's a little bit of perspective forced on some of the elements, most notably the railings, but most of it is just straight cabinet projection.

Right now I'm at the point where I'm starting to add some dithering and antialiasing to get rid of banding and jaggies, which is where I'm having a little bit of trouble. Here's what I've got so far:



At (1.), you can see where I started adding dithering underneath the 'lip'. Even though that particular panel is going to be covered by stairs, I started working there to get a feel for dithering. I'm not sure if I did it "right", but at 100% it looks good enough to my eyes to be a convincing dropshadow. The problem is that, as I started working on the angled part at (2.), the dithering seems really off to me. Am I just second-guessing myself, or is there a way I could do it better? And how is the dithering at (1.)?

You can also see that I started adding some antialiasing at (2.), but I'm pretty uncertain about if I'm doing that right or not. It seems like there's just a lot of trial and error involved, but I feel like there should be a "system" to it that makes it easier to get right on the first try. Is that just something that comes with practise? How does the antialiasing look to you?

Here's some images I've been using as reference as I work on the piece:




Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. :)

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