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Re: The Photopalette Activity Thread!

Reply #20 on: May 06, 2012, 05:27:04 pm
Ah yeah you are right. I was confused with this being in the Pixel Art section. If a mod would be so inclined, I'd like to see this moved to the Challenges and Activities thread. It's been a good while since we had a community palette challenge.

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Re: The Photopalette Activity Thread!

Reply #21 on: May 06, 2012, 05:37:08 pm
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Looks fun, I might try. Is it alright for other people to try this here as a group thing, or do you want to keep this your own thread?
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Which would actually make this an activity thread, which, as noted, I'm all for!

Sure I don't mind at all.
Just realize this forever means your art will be filed under "[Nudity] Fish Bone Girl"!
Actually... I think I can change the topic name?

Since this isn't official there's no strict rule set.
The more rules you follow, the more it's like a game.
But the less rules you follow, the more its like a process tool.
If it becomes an activity we can do something more strict.
Everyone has the same topic but can choose their own photo.
Or same photo but choose your own topic.
Or everyone has the same of both.
Something like that.

Cool to see that this is interesting to others.
For now just grab an image and have fun with it.
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Re: The Photopalette Activity Thread!

Reply #22 on: May 06, 2012, 06:16:07 pm
Moved and changed the topic. I'm looking forward to seeing more of these!

If you wouldn't mind updating your first post with the continuation of the fish lady piece, that'd be awesome. Just something a bit more complete for an introduction to the activity's main focus, for people who are seeing this for the first time.

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Re: The Photopalette Activity Thread!

Reply #23 on: May 06, 2012, 08:22:59 pm
er, saw this in the PA section, went into critmode :hehe:. Interesting pallete process, I quite often use random photos as the starting point for a scheme, although, for mixing practice, I usually recreate them by eye.

Fish-lady stuff:

Lovely and whimsical, especially like those fish in the shading, reminisient of Mirre's piece in the feature chest. :y:

Whilst I like the idea of using a 'found' palette, you're not really taking full advantage of it here yet, mostly literal colour choices and there's little recycling, most prominently the skin is all pinks and none of those lovely blues which could be great as reflected light.

Not a lot of depth currently, I pushed the girl, (giantess?) a little higher in the frame, pulled the fisherman round to push things back a bit (repoussoir) and extended the horizon, the clouds too. hopefully more interesting compositionally also.

Anatomy stuff; foreshortened leg (sorry, scribbled over the fishes :'(), lengthened fish-levitating arm. Chucked down some green in the bottom left for better tonal balance.

Also, yo!

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Re: The Photopalette Activity Thread!

Reply #24 on: May 06, 2012, 09:41:35 pm
I used this photo (WARNING: big picture of disgusting bug! (though I personally think it's cute))
I got this, very bright-colored and varied palette:


This is what I came up with  :D


(birds in profile seem to be the only thing I ever do...)

Obviously the lower third of the picture hasn't been properly defined yet. I'm still trying to figure out how the legs/claws and tree branch should look. I also haven't decided on which background colours to use yet, which is why I display two variants. Input? Also, the background foliage is only roughly defined. I might add more detail to it, and more layers. Maybe some foreground foliage as well.

I haven't "cheated" and changed any of the original colours. Yet! I also haven't used all the 16 colours (should that be required?).

Will continue progress tomorrow!

edit: did some work deep into the night. Stylistic update:

« Last Edit: May 07, 2012, 09:05:14 am by Charlieton »
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Re: The Photopalette Activity Thread!

Reply #25 on: May 06, 2012, 10:10:46 pm
I started on this eel lady seeing original post was about sea, my palette wasn't as bright as I wanted but I don't want to cheat, I hope I can finish this, this will be my first pixel paint thingy if I can finish, I probably made anatomical mistakes and such but I can't see them, please tell if something is bugging you.also PPD you seem to draw with brush like pen, is there a trick to it, I too use GG but my pen is only 1px.
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Re: The Photopalette Activity Thread!

Reply #26 on: May 07, 2012, 12:01:39 am
actually I thought about it a bit and didn't like that eel lady, she looked like ariel a lot, tough I really wanted to draw about sea and tought I should draw something from greek myth, then color palette seemed very close to "the birth of venus" always wanted to paint something similar to that so I'll try to make that in pixel instead, this is so far what I did, only sketch.


this is what I did so far, idk what is wrong with ih but something is off, I'll sleep and see what I can with more clear mind, if all fails I might consider changing palette.

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Re: The Photopalette Activity Thread!

Reply #27 on: May 07, 2012, 05:42:48 pm








Still a ton to do.
I'll put some more time into the other 2 I've started as well.

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big picture of disgusting bug! (though I personally think it's cute)
I agree!

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I also haven't used all the 16 colours (should that be required?)
If it makes it more fun, then yes.
I used all 16 for this one.

@Facet:
Thanks so much for the edit and advice!
I really love how far you pushed the color balance.
The skin tones in the the water, as well as the water tones on the skin, work really well to show reflection.
There's a bunch more changes you made I like.
When I get back to this piece I'll be using it as ref for sure.
Thanks!

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Also, yo!
Yes! It's all about the Yo!
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PPD you seem to draw with brush like pen, is there a trick to it, I too use GG but my pen is only 1px.
I tend to think more in terms of volume instead of line when I sketch.
Flat pens cover a lot of ground making it quick block things out with broad strokes.
But it just depends.
Sometimes I start out with line as well.

I made a collection of pen shapes that I like better than the default pens.


You're welcome to use them if you like.
I've uploaded them to here.
Click File->Download in the top left to get the zip.
Unzip into the folder listed below.
Open the pen selection and scroll down.
All custom pens appear alphabetically after the default pens.


If you'd like to make your own pens here's how.
This is from the documentation:

You can make your own Pen and tile shapes.
the BMP must be a monochrome(1bit), the size of a pen must be 32x32, and the size of a tile must be 16x16.
In a pen, white area will put a color in the canvas. In a tile, white area will be replaced with the first color, and black area will be replaced with the second color."

Pens and tiles must be placed in the folder named "pen" in the following folder.
WindowsXP: C:\Documents and Settings\(Windows user name)\Application Data\Humanbalance\GraphicsGale
WindowsVista: Desktop->(Windows user name)->AppData->Roaming->Humanbalance->GraphicsGale (AppData->Local folder for Fullversion)
Windows98: C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Humanbalance\GraphicsGale


Use the exact dimensions and format listed or your pen won't load.

Cool images!
Sorry I don't have time for crits at the moment.
Will drop my thoughts later.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2012, 05:05:36 am by PixelPiledriver »
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Re: The Photopalette Activity Thread!

Reply #28 on: May 08, 2012, 10:42:09 pm
Thank you for the nice custom brushes, PPD! They've been useful, and I feel I'm going to get a lot more mileage out of them.

I felt my image was too cramped, so I enlarged the canvas. Still searching for a composition that works...



I'm not satisfied with any of them. The one to the right is closer to what I'm trying to achieve, but not quite it. Middle one was more experimental, but it's too busy. I'm looking for simple and clear.

That's it for tonight.

this is what I did so far, idk what is wrong with ih but something is off, I'll sleep and see what I can with more clear mind, if all fails I might consider changing palette.

The anatomy strikes me as strange. The calves are as large as the thighs (if not larger). Either make them thinner, or give her wider hips and thighs.
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Re: The Photopalette Activity Thread!

Reply #29 on: May 11, 2012, 10:05:21 pm



Still a big mess.

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Thank you for the nice custom brushes, PPD!
No problem!
Happy to help.

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Still searching for a composition that works...
I Like the new direction of the backdrop.
You ended up with some really sweet colors.
And knowing that it is, we seek what it is... ~ Aristotle, Posterior Analytics, Chapter 1