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General Discussion / Re: Aphantasia - not having the "mind's eye"
« on: May 03, 2016, 06:20:30 pm »
Fascinating thread.

Personal experience, I can concentrate and catch glimpses of forms (even complex forms like human beings doing stuff) but they're fleeting. In my 20s I would sometimes train my visualization by focusing in the dark into capturing a simpler object (a brush or a phone) in the darkness, rotate it, assign color to it and the such. It's very difficult (for me) but possible. It helped me with drawing volumes more correctly.

Also sideways, I later realized this is a very basic step in many schools of magical practice. So if some of you feel different anxieties or light limbs or other internal effects happening during visualization, keep part of your mind out that you're doing something to yourself that isn't necessarily 'normal'. As with mediation, too much can lead to trouble.

Regardless of whether agrees with his method or whatever, dismissing a person such as he is like disregarding a huge part of the history of the medium, which he was there to see grow and influence as he went.

General Discussion / Re: The Pixel Aesthetic
« on: March 14, 2016, 01:24:42 pm »
I'm still digesting all of this but it seems to me like a valuable contribution, thank you for your hard work, Alex!

General Discussion / Re: We are now
« on: March 01, 2016, 10:45:47 am »
This is wonderful. Well done.

General Discussion / Re: Official Pixelation Skin!
« on: February 24, 2016, 11:03:07 am »
Yay! Super happy to see this! Great! Wonderful! THANK YOU  :D :D :D :o :o :P :-* :ouch: :blind: :blind: ;D ;D ;D :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

General Discussion / Re: finding a balance, and where pixel art stands.
« on: February 16, 2016, 02:00:52 pm »
I've seen similar discussion in Pix a lot and it's kind of doing injustice to the topic in my opinion to just read what seem like endless academic philosophizing on a subject by people who don't really present artwork. I mean, sure, it's great to philosophize, but these blocks of text just end up seeming like signal noise in a thread which could be useful if it contained more practical advice than philosophizing.

For example Alex's contribution to the thread. I look at his art and I completely get how his approach is true to his art and I know if I tried to think more like that, my art would benefit in a similar way.

Is it 50/50? Is it 90/10? Is it blue/red? For a person wanting to learn, they can look at my art and make up their mind if the path I took would be useful to them or not (this comes with a lot of caveats attached, but still). If they read the block text of people just writing philosophy without artistic output, how can they assess if that's a worthwhile path to take?

General Discussion / Re: Resizing Practice Thread
« on: February 14, 2016, 07:58:24 pm »
This is not much different from when an artist uses a larger brush size and then goes back in and uses a smaller brush size. This is the main point I'm adding to the discussion. You are essentially giving attention to the space the color constructs and modifying the properties within it. Whenever you go from a broader brush to a finer brush, typically you are exploring the details within the broader spaces that were created.

Yeah, this is a good point, whereas in digital media we tend to zoom in and zoom out a lot and finetune willy nilly, in natural media a trained artist would go from gestural broad to specific by going with a smaller brush. This idea in this thread is using a tool which is more austere (straight up resizing upwards x2 at a specific point where you have to call you piece done) and that makes you think about the meta-grid more, and if it's of any use. Then even capturing pockets of implied single pixels (like a corner for example) can be seen as sub-grid in themselves, and I think this would make the artist be more considerate of their shapes.

General Discussion / Re: Resizing Practice Thread
« on: February 13, 2016, 10:18:02 pm »
Or, instead of working backwards from a filter, why not try what I suggest in this thread and see if you arrive at any insight?

General Discussion / Re: Resizing Practice Thread
« on: February 13, 2016, 10:06:13 pm »
The intent is to not arrive at a more detailed image, but to accentuate the abstract quality of the shapes on the resize. This is one of the reasons I don't break things down in sharper, single pixel details on the upres, but try to respect the two by two pixel meta-grid as much as possible.

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