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Pixel Art / Looking for Feedback [partial nudity]
« on: July 08, 2019, 08:49:03 pm »
Inspiration:
Judging from its commercial critique, I'm not the only fan of the pixel art in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap ;D It's gorgeous to me, honestly think the pixel art was the main reason I got through the game as a kid since I'm more of a casual player who has always gravitated towards series such as Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing. That said, my primary goal as a pixel artist is to develop a style similar to The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap to be used for exploration + simulation type games. My current approach is...

Step# 1: Character Design (full-body sprite)
Step#2: In-game Character Design (miniature version of full-body sprite)
Step#3: In-game Character Environment (tile set for an environment where the character lives/works/etc.)

References:
   The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap for Nintendo DS
   Michael Azzi's book Pixel Logic: A Guide to Pixel Art
   I'm currently referencing screenshots from a different game to practice making full-body sprites. I'll be upfront and say that it is an adult game, so its name won't be mentioned out of concern for violating the forum rules. Haven't gotten the chance to actually play it since the game is in Japanese, but I really liked the design of the characters and felt practicing with them first would later push me to come up with original designs that are just as creative.

Sorry for the info-dump, but I hope it provides some context so it's easier to critique my work. Right now I'm trying to perfect Steps #1 and #2 before moving on to Step #3. Going by Michael Azzi's book, my main concerns are readability and color usage along with the smoothness of the line art. And of course, whether or not the style itself is visually appealing. There are still several other characters from the adult game I'd like to recreate for practice, but this post is an attempt to catch mistakes I'm making now before going any further.

Thanks for taking the time to read all this and for offering any feedback!

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Hello everyone, my name is Man-in-Tan! Although I'm a woman, the name Man-in-Tan was inspired by a silly incident where a friend accidentally had the word "chibi" auto-corrected to "chino" when texting me some feedback and I spent a good minute looking through pictures of men in tan pants trying to understand their relation to pixel art before realizing what had happened...Yeah I can be slow sometimes, but had to laugh at myself for that one.

Though I've always admired pixel art, admittedly I hadn't seriously looked into it until I decided to set aside traditional art. I was never satisfied with my work, and it eventually became a source of stress rather than enjoyment. When it comes to pixel art I've found working with small color palettes and only one tool (the Pencil Tool) less overwhelming, and think it's fun figuring out how to make the most of those limitations.

Hope to improve my skills here and possibly make some friends :)

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