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Pixel Art / [CC] Beast Boy and Raven from Teen Titans
« on: May 17, 2017, 06:16:21 pm »

I'm actually a lot happier with how Beast Boy turned out than Raven. I don't usually pick my own colors. Most of the time, I pull the palettes from existing sprites, but I felt adventurous and picked my own colors for Beast Boy? Any feedback on the color choices? Words of advice on how to do better next time?

As for Raven, well... she feels a little off. It might be her hair, or the weird disalignment of her eyes, which I couldn't figure out how to really deal with. Anything in particular that strikes you as off? I chickened out with picking my own colors so these are actually just pulled from a bunch of different sprites. Also, yes, I understand that it doesn't look a lot like the Raven in the cartoon. I took my artistic liberties with her, I guess? :blind:

Pixel Art / Re: [C+C] Fire Emblem-esque Mugshot
« on: February 26, 2017, 11:10:02 am »

the biggest thing I've done here is simply break up/recolor the outlines to better match the colors.
The hair is where it's most noticeable, as well as the left cheek.

Oh, I originally made the outer outlines black because I was thinking the lighter outlines wouldn't sit well on dark backgrounds. Do you think the lighter outlines would work fine with them?

Pixel Art / [C+C] Fire Emblem-esque Mugshot
« on: February 26, 2017, 05:40:28 am »
Hi! I'm making mugshots from a game, and I'd really appreciate some help with polishing this first one before I turn it in. Comments and critique on all parts are welcome, but I'd also like to hear if there's a better way of coloring the black scarf. It just doesn't seem to come across as black to me. Thanks!

Oh, and as a note, it'll be used scaled twice its size in the game.

Pixel Art / Re: First(ish) attempt at pixel art
« on: August 07, 2016, 02:01:18 pm »

I really appreciate the edit, although it would be a bit more helpful if you left some explanations along with it. The correction with the eyebrows and nose look reasonable to me, so I added them in. The change in the head and mouth shape, however, seem more dependent on preference. The mouth edit really changed his expression, deviating from the look I was going for. The "blush" on his cheeks, too. I've never really liked those.

Lastly, though, you made an edit on his jawline, and the shading there. Even with the altered shape, I'm not sure any more light would hit his neck, considering that the light source is on the upper left, and that his head would block light from getting there.

My updated version:

Thank you so much for your time! I really appreciate that you'd go out of your way to make an edit :)

Pixel Art / Re: Silhouette of a tree [C+C]
« on: August 05, 2016, 01:25:08 am »
If you're going for a bit more of a cartoon-ish style, then I think you're doing quite well. Try adding some more leaf volume, as the tree looks like it's a bit low on leaves.

However, if you're going for a more realistic or semi-realistic look, then I have some more to point out. The trunk feels a bit unnatural, because it's perfectly straight and vertical, and at the base it curves out with a perfect slope. Trees rarely do that in real life. Look up a few references and see how the trunks of trees bend and curve and thicken near the bottom, as well as how their roots meet the ground.

The trunk also looks quite thick, especially for the volume of leaves you've drawn. Try making it a bit thinner and, as I mentioned, adding more leaf volume. Lastly, making the outlines of the leaves more jagged and random will help make them look more... leafy?

That's all I've got to say. I think you've got a great start!

Pixel Art / Re: First(ish) attempt at pixel art
« on: August 04, 2016, 11:42:07 pm »
For lineart the only advice I can give is to practice practice and practice like you would for normal art and to look at other peoples art and for the color I suggest that reseaching color theory and other people's art would help the most

Thanks a lot for the advice! I'll be sure to keep practicing, and I'll try looking into color theory and start picking out my own colors for future words. I guess in the end, improving usually depends on lots of pratice and research ^^

Honestly I'd say you got it spot on. It does look a bit desaturated, but that makes it look more like proper hair since hair is rarely that vibrant without product in. The color choices used  give it a sort of storybook illustration feel.
The only real criticism I got on the shading is that you didn't seem to factor in his browline, but that can work as a stylistic choice here with how simplified the face is.

Thank you! Yes, I was going for a bit of a cartoon-ish, stylized kind of feel, so I put minimal detail into his features. When I try my hand at more realistic styles, I'll be sure to take those details of the face into account.

Pixel Art / First(ish) attempt at pixel art
« on: August 04, 2016, 12:40:19 pm »
Hi! The reason I put tacked an (ish) at the end of that is because it's technically not my first attempt at pixel art as I used to draw pixels as a hobby some few years ago. They weren't very good and they never really involved any shading, or much drawing from scratch, so I don't really want to count them towards my experience haha. Here's an example from a few years ago (the most recent one I could find, really):

Flat features drawn over a generic base.

After a while, I stopped doing pixel art, and eventually, drawing altogether, but after that two-year long art block, I'm trying to get back into it. Here's my first work since the hiatus:

I'd like some critique on it, specifically on the shading and the lineart. I'm really not very good at shading because I never used to do it, not even on my traditional works. (The light source is supposed to be in the upper left.) And, well, I took forever drawing the lineart because getting the pixels to match up with a scaled down sketch is hell. I'd love if you guys pointed out the wonky looking parts and ways you guys do your lineart!

Oh, and one last thing. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to pick which colors to use. I knew I wanted red hair and a green scarf, but when I pick the colors out myself, it just really looks lackluster and plain. The colors here are taken from a few sprites from Pokemon Diamond haha. So, how do you guys choose your palettes?

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