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Pixel Art / Re: Slouching Mario - WIP, C+C
« on: June 28, 2012, 02:56:14 am »
Just a tiny suggestion for the fireflower-  This mario seems so depressed, and believe me, I know depression.  When you are depressed heavily, it shows through all of your body language, so mario could be barely hanging on to it and it could be dangling very loosely from his hand or slipping through his fingers.  Perhaps barely grasping on to it from the stem of the flower and the flower going towards the ground. I think you get the gist.  This would help making it stick out more too

Pixel Art / Re: First Portrait Evaaaar- Could use some help
« on: June 27, 2012, 12:45:59 am »
OK ok 

Sorry, I definitely need to study shading more  :mean:

 I made teh nostrils symmetical (yay)

I made the cheek lighting more symmetrical.  I guess in a frontal view the shading will be pretty symmetrical by nature...?
Tried to improve shading of the forehead.  This is my final, at least for here.

Oh yeah, and I learned A TON from you two.  Thanks so much   :-[

BUT- most important lesson learned here-   Pixel Art takes a  :yell: long time. 

Pixel Art / Re: First Portrait Evaaaar- Could use some help
« on: June 26, 2012, 10:28:29 pm »
Oh,  ;D Well thanks for painting over it to help  :)

About the nostrils- Actually I spent like an hour working on nostril distance and keeping the skin between the nostril the right width and the best solution I found was how I have it now.  I find you can't tell it's really off at normal size, and tiny asymmetry is normal on a face anyway.  Besides, other ways I tried doing it with having the nostrils on center make other parts of the nose less off, more noticeably so.  

I'll review the shading a last time and see what I can do, but I'm happy on where I'm with the piece now, so I probably won't post a final and bump the thread again for no reason.

I'd like to express a big thank you to you, Grimsane and Bissle for helping  ::)  

Pixel Art / Re: First Portrait Evaaaar- Could use some help
« on: June 26, 2012, 08:16:13 pm »
Hey Grimsane, how did you alter the colors of the image to display like that? It definitely helps with shading.  Well... I think I benefited from your help, but I am not 100% sure.  Here's the current version.  

Pixel Art / Re: First Portrait Evaaaar- Could use some help
« on: June 24, 2012, 04:31:21 am »
 :D !!! That is quite lé helpful edit!  Will take note and get back to you.  Muchas Gracias Bissle!  :)

 < Current version, still haven't finished applying Bissle's edit yet.  

Current version >

Almost done, I hope.  I fear the ears and finishing will be the hardest part :S


Thanks for the help Grimsane and Bissle.  I really appreciate it.
Sorry the new version is a bit rough, but it's just to show the direction I'm going with for the shading. Hopefully it's an improvement, and I think I made a solid improvement on the nose

Pixel Art / Re: First Portrait Evaaaar- Could use some help
« on: June 24, 2012, 01:16:43 am »
 Sorry for lack of reference.

I know the shading is off, I just can't grasp the concept of shading.  I've sat with paper and pencil and with my 3ds and tried to shade things before, but I just can't grasp it for some reason.  It's so hard to me.  

Yes, I really lack all traditional art skills and experience.  I've tried drawing simple things and shading and when I find I can't I get so frustrated I want to have a mental breakdown  :blind:  I find I have about the drawing ability of a typical 2nd grader  :P  I think I just got lucky with this attempt if it is somewhat decent so far.  

Thanks for the reply!   ::)  Hopefully the reference helps.  


I decided the contrast was too low.  Did a few OCD tweaks, finally got the nose decent I suppose.  Removed the  :crazy:derp :crazy: shading to be replaced with proper shading for future edits

EDIT EDIT:  Took another crack at shading?     Is it just me or does this new attempt at shading make him look like a madman for some odd reason?

Pixel Art / First Portrait Evaaaar- Could use some help
« on: June 24, 2012, 12:26:31 am »
I'm working on making a portrait of my lovely friend, but I am wondering if I am doing it right, since this is like my 3rd time trying pixel art, and I sorely lack ALL traditional art skills.  Regardless, I gave a crack at it.  Well, here it is.  

I still have a lot to do I think, but I want to know if I'm in the right direction, since I don't really know what I'm doing with pixels besides having a slight idea.  I haven't finished the glasses nor have started the ears.

What's getting me is the shading.  I haven't really tried as much yet as I should, especially on the cheeks I just sort of threw a cluster just because, but I just don't understand how to shade to save my life  :'( :'( :'( :'(  I look at references and I think to myself how the  :yell: does the shading make sense, and then when I try to copy it, it ends up looking nothing like the references; it ends up looking flat and random shading clusters....   :'(      

OK, I would really appreciate help, but I really want to do this on my own.  I mean I don't want someone to show me exactly how to correctly shade and then just copy it, because I want to do it for my friend.  In that case, someone to direct me on shading, and everything else like pixel technique would be MUCH appreciated  :-[

OH, and the nose is really messed up.  Definitely need to continue tweaking that

General Discussion / Re: Official Off-Topic Thread
« on: June 21, 2012, 09:55:34 pm »
Since drawing with colors just overloads me and gets me more concerned with the colors instead of actual pixeling and drawing, is it ok to just draw everything in greyscale first? 

And if so, is it ok to use a 16 color palette which is evenly divided in value, like so? 

And if so, how does one go about coloring a greyscale image, or devising a coordinated palette from a greyscale piece?

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