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rocky sky mountain platforms [help]

on: September 19, 2014, 04:26:00 pm
could someone help me out with this image? I'm still an amature with pixel art but its like my favorite art!

I was trying to make a rocky sky mountain (platform) I made the sketch collored the base in made the grass decent looking with not too much detail however the mountains are a little tricky for me :( I just cant seem to get them nice looking :S

this is how I want to make my mountains look like in the style I am using:



and here is my image:



Many Thanks! :D
« Last Edit: September 19, 2014, 06:01:57 pm by yyboyyy96 »

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Re: rocky sky mountain platforms [help]

Reply #1 on: September 19, 2014, 04:48:31 pm
Well, firstly it's important to understand that Snake has artistic knowledge that goes beyond pixel art. He understands the structure of what he's drawing, and the way light works with it, on internalized, instinctual level. Trying to emulate him without possessing this knowledge is like trying to swim without arms.

The best advice I could give you it too pick up a pencil and sketch book and go outside and look really hard at things. If you really want to stick with pixel art, and it's not the best place to learn, but maybe look at the way he has split the rocks into individual planes of colour in order to give them depth, and try to emulate that on your own.


« Last Edit: September 20, 2014, 04:10:43 am by AlcopopStar »

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Re: rocky sky mountain platforms [help]

Reply #2 on: September 19, 2014, 04:52:23 pm
You didn't even tried. :huh: You shouldn't expect that someone here will do it instead of you. Try (even if it doesn't look like you want), post it, and then you can receive constructive criticism.

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Re: rocky sky mountain platforms [help]

Reply #3 on: September 19, 2014, 05:20:49 pm
actually I did try but I cleaned the image because it was just a big pile of ziggedy zaggedy lines :S

but I will retry and post the result here!



here is how I did it first I also tried to shade it but it doesnt look really that nice :S it looks really blocky! :(

any tips?

« Last Edit: September 20, 2014, 12:44:21 am by PixelPiledriver »

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Re: rocky sky mountain platforms [help]

Reply #4 on: September 19, 2014, 06:29:31 pm
There aren't any outlines in Snake's work. Paint in the forms as solids don't draw them in as lines.

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Re: rocky sky mountain platforms [help]

Reply #5 on: September 19, 2014, 06:36:54 pm
I know but I dont know how :S thats where I'm stuck at :(

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Re: rocky sky mountain platforms [help]

Reply #6 on: September 19, 2014, 07:00:34 pm
As a beginner, this is waaaaaaay to large a piece to work on. It is imperative that you practice on small pieces first, and I mean small: 100x100px at most, preferably lower.

I'd consider tiling. That's a good way to make large mockups from a reasonable number of small pieces.

Also if as I suppose this is for a game, you must grab the basics before creating real assets if you want them to be somewhat consistent. Otherwise discouragement will ensue.

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Re: rocky sky mountain platforms [help]

Reply #7 on: September 19, 2014, 09:12:32 pm
I know but I dont know how :S thats where I'm stuck at :(
Paint with a brush larger than 1 pixel. Paint in blobs/blocks not lines.

And most importantly: don't post JPEGs!
Nobody's going to provide you with any edits if you don't provide them with a lossless base image (ie. PNG).

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Re: rocky sky mountain platforms [help]

Reply #8 on: September 20, 2014, 09:14:12 am
I'll use a larger brush but wont I get the same result if I use that one the only difference is the thicknes of the lines :S

isnt there a neat little trick I could use to make a decent start?


Reuploaded in .PNG format

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Re: rocky sky mountain platforms [help]

Reply #9 on: September 20, 2014, 11:26:10 am
Don't be so stiff with those lines, listen to surt, just use bigger brush and try to draw, free your hand and later clean everything to make it look nice and polished.

I also have to agree with Manupix, this is way to big canvas for beginner. And tiling approach is best solution, cause it will be torture if you try to hand draw whole level.

Here's example of big brush drawing.