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No replies yet and it's probably because you set the bar a little high... That is always something to watch out for.

Made a second edit of the edit that cels made..

Thanks for the advice and tips! This is really helpful and I'll try to keep this in mind going forward :)
Also, yeah, those "wings" are meant to be a sort of round-ish casing for the "dragonfly" extendable wings, the blue thing there, which is what actually gives it lift in-atmosphere, where wings are necessary.

Okay, so my first question is, where's your light source?

I'll be honest, light source is something I'm really struggling with. Just visualizing something like light source is hard for me, even with reference photos. I guess it's something that just takes practice? I'm trying to show the top view ship as lit from sort of above and to the front-right, but the fire complicates things. Any tips on stabilizing how to represent light on a reflective surface like a metal vehicle?

Hey guys! This is kind of scary because all the art here is so good, but I'm brand new to pixel art and this is the first thing I've made— just a little mockup of a space western ship design with retractable dragonfly wings, and some cool little variations on the design for different purposes. I made this using GIMP 2.10.10. The original background was a dark navyish-grey, but the tip here says to post with a 50% grey background, so I've subbed that in instead for critique purposes.

The thing is, I've just sort of rushed into this half-blindly with only a few youtube videos to go by, and I've never really done visual art at all before now, so I'm going in blind and figuring out stuff like shading as I go. What I need, in short, is a community of people who know what they're talking about to tell me what I'm doing "wrong," what I'm doing right, and some tips on how to improve. Shading, especially, was tricky to figure out for this, haha. I'm particularly proud of the two little side-profile scenes with characters, and working with very limited pixels to make the character designs was very fun!

It's great to meet everyone here, and I hope to be posting some more progress as time goes by!

EDIT: I'm not sure why the image attached twice... that must have been my bad! There's no difference between the two images, so don't worry about that. :)

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