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General Discussion / Pixel purism and the PixelJoint
« on: February 24, 2009, 07:27:35 pm »
Lately I've been reading on PixelJoint that Pixelation is somehow more elitist and purist than their own little place on the internet. These statements got me thinking on the matter and it dawned to me that this might be jus a longstanding misconception dating back from the early days of PJ.

I think the tables these days are exactly the opposite and while Pixelation has embraced the newer technology knocking on the door, the purism on PJ is really really hurting the site.

Pixelation now has the Low Spec forum and a higher toleration for pieces (especially mockups) containing less pixel perfect elements. In fact, the last major purist debate probably dates back to the DayDream incident a few years back.

PixelJoint on the other hand is really hurting itself lately with rampant deleting of pieces that contain the slightest hint of anything other than a paint bucket or pencil tool. They alienated an important group of demoscene artists as a result, even inventing their own little accronym (NPA) that they now even use on other sites (I've seen it here and on DeviantArt and before that gmpixel), which is actually a meaningless concept not existing anywhere else in the same form. On the other hand I notice a lot of inconsistency as some cearly "NPA" pieces are allowed, strangely even making the weekly showcase and winning contests.

Take for example this piece from DayDream (actually a friend or colleague of mine at one point in the past):

Take a further look in his gallery and note a lot more even dubious (to PJ standards) pieces, even the piece that started the huge purist debate years back, which are happily accepted and even praised.

I personally embrace the future, as most here on Pixelation have, but I have a feeling that PixelJoint is going to crumble under the weight of its own agenda, which is a shame, since I do want it to be the premiere pixel art gallery site on the web. It does receive recognition from a lot of industry veterans (lately seen by Paul Robertson's account), so they do have something good going, it's a shame to see the site struggle like this.

Pixel Art / Fantasy Tales Online animations
« on: January 20, 2009, 06:25:13 pm »
Maybe some old-timers might remember this project, some might even have worked on it at some point. This thing is still going strong after 6 years or so. Time for an update.

Okay, there's a deadline on these, so I'm basically taking a last bit of comments to see if anything still needs working on. I'm pretty pleased overall so far, so I'm probably not going to do big overhauls on these. Thanks to Biomors for a lot of edits and comments so far.

And some examples of the template in use.

Have at it. Designs of half of these costumes by Z_gravity, exection by me

Pixel Art / Naked male sprite
« on: April 05, 2007, 10:02:49 pm »

This is a test for a template I'm going to animate. C+C appreciated...
It's based on a style test:

I won't change the palette, I know it's too light and contrast less, but that's a stylistic choice. As you can see in the style test, the clothing will be darker to balance it out.


Pixel Art / Zombie platformer
« on: March 07, 2007, 02:46:09 am »
No zombies yet :)

This is the main character:

You will be able to do simple combos, like punch punch kick. I still have to add the right hand punch, which will be stronger...

General Discussion / The Nifty Nostalgic Contest of Bob
« on: March 01, 2007, 12:34:35 pm »
Seeing the popularity that Tsugumo's thread received, I'm starting this contest. Would any mod be interested in making this an official contest?

The object of the contest is to create a magical effect that influences Bob, just like the good old one.

None really, just keep the canvas the same size and colour
Making the background transparent is allowed, but not necessarily encouraged
3D and glow effects and other "dirty" techniques are allowed and even encouraged; the trick is to make them fit with the style

Magical Pixel Challenge 1
Magical Pixel Challenge 2

Pixel Art / Castle of the Winds Public Domain Remake
« on: October 12, 2006, 01:51:06 pm »
As some of you might know I've been doing a Castle of the Winds remake for some time now.

I'm doing this with a few fellow enthousiasts, and each of us is working on a separate remake. I seem to be the only artist of the bunch, so I promised I would create a public domain pack of graphics for them to use in their remake. They are not my best work and rather rushed. The graphics in my remake should be of a superior quality.

That said, here are the sprites I already did. C&C is appreciated, but I warn you that I'm not inclined to put too much effort into these. Some small edits might be followed up, but changing the style or shading or anything like that just won't happen I'm afraid.

Pixel Art / Isometric character
« on: September 13, 2006, 01:43:23 am »
I was doodling some stuff in my sketchbook and stuff and this came out. It didn't really turned out to be what I wanted, but I like her anyways. Contrast is low because of some reasons I won't go into, I'm not changing that I'm afraid. All other comments are welcome...

To be dressed later :)

Pixel Art / Western Lords
« on: May 05, 2006, 12:54:27 am »
For some time (A year?) I've been pixeling for Western Lords, a DS game from an indy company (with publisher contract though). I made some sprites to test a new style this week, and since they're not going to be used t
here, our director allowed me to show them here.

Pixel Art / Castle of the Winds Remake
« on: November 25, 2005, 06:05:08 am »
I'm remaking the old Windows game Castle of the Winds.


Here's the animation:


Thanks to Pyro for helping out on stuff...

General Discussion / Official Gil campaign Thread
« on: November 11, 2005, 03:45:12 am »


Okay, welcome to the official campaign thread, if you've got any questions about my view on certain things, you can always ask here. Here is what I stand for:

- Professional challenges and activities. This means not only having fun, but learning your trade while doing it.
- I want a few oldies to return such as a commercial critique and the secret santa gift activity. I'll be sure to try to get those rolling
- I'm for the active integration of the IRC channels, I think they are a very good source of receiving first crits and comments and need to be encouraged

So, why would I be the person to do this? Well, first of all I've been a long-time member of Pixelation, and I've always wanted the best for the community. I've also been mod on pixelerate, and I think most people know that I can handle responsability well. I decided to run after making some suggestions to pep and him answering "Why don't you run coming elections and propose those things yourself?"

Well, here I am!
Save a fish, vote Gil!

*Gets off the soap box*

If you want to support my campaign, leave a supportive message here, or wear my banner:

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