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Why are the colours so bad?

on: September 16, 2017, 01:29:42 pm


I reworked these tiles a couple of times, because at the beginning I just noised everything.
But now everytime I look at it, it kinda hurts my eyes?

Is this only me? And what can I do better with the palette?

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Re: Why are the colours so bad?

Reply #1 on: September 16, 2017, 01:44:20 pm
1. Your textures are too noisy. Simplify them a bit to take advantage of pixel-art's minimalist qualities. You shouldn't be drawing individual blades of grass.

2. Your colors are a bit under saturated. Muted tones work great for pixel-art meant to create a moody, realistic tone. I'm not sure if that's what you're going for.

3. Converting your image to grayscale shows a lack of meaningful tints and shades. Your image is muted by too many gray tones. Try altering the contrast or playing with the values of your palette a bit.

That's all. Any questions?

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Re: Why are the colours so bad?

Reply #2 on: September 16, 2017, 01:50:53 pm
1. Your textures are too noisy. Simplify them a bit to take advantage of pixel-art's minimalist qualities. You shouldn't be drawing individual blades of grass.

2. Your colors are a bit under saturated. Muted tones work great for pixel-art meant to create a moody, realistic tone. I'm not sure if that's what you're going for.

3. Converting your image to grayscale shows a lack of meaningful tints and shades. Your image is muted by too many gray tones. Try altering the contrast or playing with the values of your palette a bit.

That's all. Any questions?


Well thanks for that. I will try to simplify everything.

And I lowered the saturation purposely, as it looked even more like an eyesore with before and lowering the saturation helped a bit. Same with the contrast.

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Re: Why are the colours so bad?

Reply #3 on: September 16, 2017, 01:59:25 pm
One more thing, choose your overall palette beforehand. I tend to work with a B&W palette then add color later, but it would probably be more beneficial to simply choose a palette of about 8 colors with a meaningful range of shadows, highlights, and tones.

I'm guessing you're a fan of Fire Emblem? Don't be afraid to attempt to emulate the style of your favorite games. You'll discover deeper aesthetics by going through the motions. Keep at it.



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Re: Why are the colours so bad?

Reply #4 on: September 17, 2017, 07:54:30 am


I made some plaette, even though I am not that sure it works good.
But it looks way better now, because I simplified things. Thanks for the advise!

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Re: Why are the colours so bad?

Reply #5 on: September 17, 2017, 09:19:06 am
careful with the FE colors, the colors were chosen with hardware in mind
https://cyangmou.deviantart.com/art/Pixel-Gameart-101-04-687587548

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Re: Why are the colours so bad?

Reply #6 on: September 17, 2017, 10:13:04 am
Absolute 8 pointed out the right issues

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