AuthorTopic: Pepper Pixel WIP  (Read 4357 times)

Offline Atnas

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Re: Pepper Pixel WIP

Reply #20 on: July 07, 2016, 01:37:14 am

So I looked at a lot of peppers, and I found a few things

red peppers are really waxy on the outside- they only ever reflect white light. no matter the lighting condition, it is always white.

peppers grow upwards when they are small and then their weight makes them flop down, that's why the stems are curved

peppers have a sort of 'skull' at the top that has a really distinct shape, and it sort of echoes down the whole pepper for a while. it's the same segments you see on bell peppers, but the smaller peppers have less distinct skulls, but echoes of this property remain

Peppers, unless twisty (torqued) or dehydrated looking, usually follow a few rules where the radius decreases as it goes down, but is a pretty even radius all the way around the center of the pepper. this can rotate along the x and z axis and it results in an s curve in chili peppers.

the end tapers pretty distinctly

so on to my crit of your pepper:

first the colors make it look more like meat. red peppers are VERY RED. even with palette affectation and stylization they should be red because HOT. hot.

Orange tones are necessary in pixel art i feel because in hi res photos you can notice some orange subsurface scattering at times on bell peppers, when the light is just right. but chili peppers appear to have a thicker waxier coating as well as having less room inside for the light to bounce around. but a pepper is a pepper in the mind, so lets use some oranges to aa the bright white highlight

the stem is pretty expressive in yours, i just opened it up, the dark colors were choking it. some more saturation to imply the colors were overlapping/occupying nearby space.

I think I learned a lot more about peppers than I wrote but it might not be something readily apparent in an edit, or pixel art.... Have you looked at a lot of peppers? just stare at them for about 5 minutes... There's a lot to notice! Make some theories. Doesn't matter if it's actually true sometimes. Because if those are things your human brain picks up on about peppers... likely it's also a clarified idea of a thought other humans have had about peppers too, just subconsciously.
« Last Edit: July 07, 2016, 01:40:19 am by Atnas »

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Re: Pepper Pixel WIP

Reply #21 on: July 07, 2016, 05:49:07 am

@Atnas I studied your edit and edited my pepper to hopefully look more like a pepper this time, as well, as look at some peppers too lol.

Honestly, I think out of this whole thing about pixeling a pepper has made me understand more about pixel art and colors.

Which in turn im honestly super happy about since I've been desperately trying to improve my colors and such.
This has been very insightful so far .  :)