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Pixel Art / Re: [WIP] Demon Skull
« on: September 14, 2018, 04:36:52 pm »
I don't know what exactly your goal is here ... It still feels pretty lost.

I was primarily doodling, using an image of a skull for anatomical reference, but I'd like to work on it some more and improve the lighting. I was imagining this scene as the aftermath of some battle or war between these demon creatuers and humans and so I just sketched based on that.

I think increasing the canvas width (to give different elements more space) and rendering the form of the skull more realistically would be some good next steps. For now, I think I'll stick to Grayscale while I focus on the values and lighting and think about colouring in the future.

Pixel Art / Re: [WIP] Demon Skull
« on: September 12, 2018, 09:40:19 pm »
Tuna Unleashed (brilliant username btw  :y:) I hear you about the lighting, especially on the lower jaw, it feels like the shadow should either move up to the top of the jaw or down to the edge of the chin but I'm still figuring out the forms and lighting.

Is there any errors in particular that stick out about the eye sockets or is it more of a general form issue?

Pixel Art / [WIP] Demon Skull
« on: September 12, 2018, 08:58:38 pm »
Was doodling today and started to develop this sketch, not looking any critique in particular but thought I'd share some progress shots of it as it evolves  :)
EDIT: By all means critique away if you have a suggestion though! I didn't mean to seem like i was warding them off  :-X

I based this sketch off of a 3D human skull reference I found online to get the general shapes down. Looking at the initial sketch version, the skull's left cheekbone looks like it needs to move down a touch to match the right side but overall I'm okay with the skull structure and I'm not too worried about making it look too humanoid as it's a mythical creature of sorts.

Initial Sketch:

Initial Shading:

I'm looking forward to shaping the skull more and making the teeth look sharper and more fiendish. Im not sure at the moment but I'm kinda digging the thick outlines on the lineart and the loose, blobby shading that give it a cool graphical element. For the background, I started sketching some city ruins and rocky outcrops so who knows where that's going...

For the moment I'm focussing on just the skull and background but i might try drawing the top of the spine, shoulders and rib-cage etc. if I'm feeling brave.

Pixel Art / Re: [WIP] Island and Sea Landscape
« on: August 26, 2018, 04:08:17 pm »
However, raising the sea upward does not, as it gets rid of the lovely window you had that showed both the air and sea.
I had this same thought too, and I'll probably change the sea level again, I just felt that the right side of the island connected to the water too close to the horizon, making the sea feel less vast than I wanted it to. Maybe I could pull the center of the arch up slightly instead, to have something like in this quick edit?

Last edit:

New edit:

I might even get rid of that patch of grass in the center of the archway and just have the stone wall there instead so that it breaks up the patches of grass to the left and right of it a bit more...

I see what you mean about the rocks being out of place too, even more so in the latest version where it looks like they should fall and splash into the sea.

Thanks for all your advice, I'll make some changes to the dirt/stone/earth colours and hopefully fix those floating rocks too!

Pixel Art / Re: [WIP] Island and Sea Landscape
« on: August 26, 2018, 01:18:40 pm »
Last edit:

Newest edit:

In my last few edits, I feel like I lost some of the dynamic shapes of the sloping grass patches that I liked about the island in the first place as I tried to correct some perspective issues. I ended up making each grass platform look flat, boring and very similar. Here I have tried to improve the perspective of the island whilst bringing back some of the interesting steep slopes of grass.

Like 0xDB suggested, I tried to emphasize the perspective more by adjusting the tilt of the grass planes to make them feel like they're tilting around the horizon line (whilst still maintaining the sloping grass patches). I also expanded the canvas size by about 88x64 which let me add some more ground room to the island and move all the clouds up slightly to give everything some breathing room.
EDIT: I also moved the horizon line up a bit to make more room for the sea and whatever I decide to put in it

I'm much happier with how this piece is turning out now than I was before but lots can still be refined and improved as well as added to this scene. For example, I'm not sure if the brown dirt colour on the island looks... correct? It feels like the island would just cave in on itself if it were made from dirt alone. Perhaps I should make the cliff walls more 'stone-y'? I'm also interested in adding foliage like a small forest and maybe some wooden shacks to give more of a sense of scale to the island?

Let me know what you think, I'm very grateful for any comments :)

Pixel Art / Re: [WIP] Island and Sea Landscape
« on: August 23, 2018, 03:43:39 pm »
I think you might like to push the perspective a lot more to make it absolutely clear which planes are above the eye level and even show some of the underside of that arch.
I think you're right here, I'll give it a go in my next edit and try to emphasize the perspective better. Thanks for the tips :)

I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on how to pick colours for objects that are far away from the 'view', a.k.a objects which colour's are being skewed by an atmosphere or mist?
What you're looking for is called . As a simplified rule of thumb, in an outside scene, colors will fade to the sky color and in an inside scene or under thick vegetation where you look into the forest, colors will fade into darkness.
Ahh brilliant, thanks for the reference! I've been wondering about what this phenomenon would be called for a while now so that I could try and find some resources on it online.

I'm thinking about making the canvas wider and getting in some smaller islands and rocks scattered across the sea where I'll be able to use this technique more effectively. I'm looking to improve my colour selection and realism in my pixelart in general so hopefully studying this helps.

Pixel Art / Pixel Update
« on: August 23, 2018, 01:56:41 pm »
Did some more work on the island:

Last Version:

New Version:

Looking at the newer version I'm not super sure about the grass on the top of the island where it meets the rock face. Feels like it's banding too much... I'll go back anyway and add grass tufts and proper shadows to the edges at some point.

Pixel Art / Re: [WIP] Island and Sea Landscape
« on: August 23, 2018, 10:48:42 am »
Hi there and welcome to Pixelation.
Thanks for the kind welcome!  :)


I tried to push the grass platforms together more to make the perspective feel more correct although I still feel like the top of the island could be made even less visible than in my edit. I also cleaned up parts of the island a bit more and added a bit of texture to the rock faces. The village has been removed for the time being whilst changing the island drastically.

I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on how to pick colours for objects that are far away from the 'view', a.k.a objects which colour's are being skewed by an atmosphere or mist?
Some good examples of what I'm trying to achieve are this, this and this

Pixel Art / Re: WIP Island and Sea landscape
« on: August 22, 2018, 11:06:12 am »
EDIT: Fixed and changed main post
The image hasn't worked!  :huh:
Trying to fix it now!

Pixel Art / [WIP] Island and Sea Landscape
« on: August 22, 2018, 11:04:58 am »
EDIT: Fixed the image not displaying

I've been working on this sketch of this island for the past few days now but every time I come back to work on it I can't help but feel that there is something 'off' about the island. Whether it's the perception of depth of the island or whether the grass feels too slanted towards the viewer or (most likely) a list of multiple issues.

For the most part I'm okay with how the clouds are coming along, everthing is rough at the moment but the general shapes and colour of the clouds is okay.

If anyone has any suggestions on improving the 'realism' of this piece or any other aspects I'd be very grateful  ;D

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