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2D & 3D / Re: Official Anatomy Thread
« on: June 22, 2016, 04:21:18 am »

A wip piece, not currently pixel art but if I ever get around to cleaning it up it might become that. Any crit would be appreciated, but I am currently having the most trouble with the legs and her left arm (the one on our right), and critiques addressing those aspects would be especially great.

This is the reference image.

Pixel Art / Re: Summerwind
« on: January 09, 2016, 05:14:27 am »
Some of these designs are pretty fun, but they suffer from overly busy shading, and very low contrast. You can reduce your color count tremendously and improve readability by working with simpler clusters and colors with higher contrast. I made a quick colorover of one of your aliens to try to demonstrate this.

Pixel Art / Re: WIP Face
« on: January 05, 2016, 09:11:17 pm »
Thank you for the advice, but I think I was not clear in my op. I do not intend to downsize or change the palette of the piece, if it were to become pixel art, it would be at that size, which is why it's sort of daunting. I meant to put this thread in the miscellaneous art section, as that piece is not technically pixel art, I must have made an error, to rectify it, here is an actual pixel art face that I am working on currently.

tried beginning with lineart instead of color blobs for once.


Got bored and played around with the colors

Pixel Art / WIP Face
« on: December 29, 2015, 10:37:51 pm »
Originally intended to be pixel art, but I can't see myself cleaning this up.

still a work in progress, crits are appreciated but I don't know if i will finish it.

Done with the colors from this old pj challenge;

Pixel Art / Re: 4 color face
« on: December 02, 2015, 06:54:40 am »
Thank you guys for the critique and advice.
@Piotr: don't worry, the final background will use the palette I end up using, this one is just to help me differentiate the sprite from the backdrop in this earlier stage
@eishiya: the only difference between the two was the amount of contrast between the two lightest shades yeah. If I don't do shoulders I will crop out most of the neck and hair, because you are very much correct, it would look very awkward as a neck trailing off into nothing. I can see how the dithering is a bit overpowering, and tried lessening it, I haven't had a ton of time to work on it so there is obviously still work to do there, the current wip is below alongside the older piece

@Kcilc: Thank you so much for the edit, this has a lot of good concepts in it. You definitely did a better job balancing the dither than I did, I'll have to take a closer look when I get the chance. The leftward slant is actually present in the reference, but I'll consider rotating everything for the sake of a more visually appealing piece. As for the colors, they're very rudimentary, I have a sort of irrational process in which I first choose colors that I think will look good, but are invariably awful, work on the drawing for a good while, realize the colors are crap, and spend like a full day messing with them. I do enjoy your vibrant hues though. Also, I'll definitely work on that hair once I get a chance. Just a few more weeks of school and then I'll have time aaah.

Thank you all again, will post again once I have made more actual progress.

Pixel Art / 4 color face
« on: November 29, 2015, 03:49:32 am »

I decided to challenge myself by drawing a face with only four colors, and have sort of hit a standstill in progress
the hair is a mess and I am not quite sure what I want to do with it, or if it's even going to be in the final picture, since I might put the frame around the head as an excuse to not bother with the shoulders. Crit would be very much appreciated, although I may not work on this again for a while, well see. If I have time this week, I might take a crack at doing two more, in silverish and goldish colors respectively.

If anyone could offer their opinion on whether or not they prefer the right or the left version, that would be great as well.

Archived Activities / Re: Secret Santa 2015 Sign-Up
« on: November 26, 2015, 05:36:00 am »
Count me in.

Likes (just suggestions, do what you want):
Warm, colorful color schemes, not overly saturated but definitely not desaturated. I also like really intense contrast between two colors, i.e. a picture that shifts from yellows to blues, pinks to greens, etc, if you know the webcomic cucumber quest, it is a great example of exactly what sorts of colors I love
creative shading/clusters/colors, i.e. the reindeer dude in the op
Anatomically correct people, they're just always impressive
Noir Themes
Haunted mansion themes, a la luigi's mansion, scooby doo, the asthetic of the house from the movie version of clue
Mythologies of all kinds, some favorites are greek, norse, and egyptian

also: robots, nautical themes, glass, water, light, skeletons, frogs, darkness, emotions, and a whole lot of other things, so don't worry just make whatever you want to make.

Dislikes (aka, the only things I'd really not want involved):
Excessively crude humor
Needless proportion manipulation, i.e gigantic boobs
clowns/carnival themes

If you're at a loss and just want something concrete, I always appreciate interesting takes on the character that used to be my reference, back when those were a big deal
This lil' fellow, I just like seeing what people do with him

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