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Fire mage

on: January 12, 2018, 11:17:03 am
Hey everyone, just looking for any feedback on the general design, shading, colors, anatomy, etc.  Mostly I'm looking for any ideas on improving the design, Thanks!

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Re: Fire mage

Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 04:21:09 am
Great design. The main thing I see is I had to enlarge the sprite quite a bit before I saw the shading on the scarf over the face. Maybe try and make the the shading have more contrast?

And otherwise I'd see how the line in between the boots looks if it's a little lighter. But also I see it can't be too light. My eye is just drawn to it a little more than I feel like I should. I'm not sure why.

Colors are great and proportions look good to me too.

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Re: Fire mage

Reply #2 on: January 13, 2018, 04:26:17 am
In addition to the above, you have a lot of banding going on, notably on the arm. Try to work on that area, keep pixels clustered and colors limited for clarity!

An example of a place you could reduce colorcount is the highlights on the legs, they're not really visible at native resolution and when zoomed in kind of "clutter up" the sprite. Also doesn't conform to what's expected of cloth, which usually isn't that shiny unless it's a special material like silk or latex.

At this resolution it's readability over all else.

Also, is she supposed to be wearing a coat? What are those blue bits to either side of her?
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Re: Fire mage

Reply #3 on: January 14, 2018, 10:11:56 am
Okay I didn't realize that I should have posted the image at resolution of what I was going to use it for instead of just 1x.  So here's a scaled up version with some edits.  I removed the mask because I thought it looked odd and added more of a neck line, adjusted the boots, and reduced the color count in the shirt.  It's supposed to be more of a coat or cape but it's not selling well since the color changes.  Maybe I'll try an edit with the pants blue and keep the exterior of the coat orange.

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Re: Fire mage

Reply #4 on: January 14, 2018, 01:49:03 pm
I would say the blue on his/her legs looks like an additional piece of fabric that expands a bit from the belt, overlays the pants and ends up inside the boots, that may not be what it was supposed to but I like it.

The mask removal looks better, but I would have kept like some sort of blue scarf / turtleneck that hides his neck and comes up to his chin.

Overall it's not perfect yet, but it's got potential, I really like the character design :)
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Re: Fire mage

Reply #5 on: January 14, 2018, 05:26:14 pm
i'd actually reccomend making the shirt blue, give it kind of a military coat look.
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Re: Fire mage

Reply #6 on: January 14, 2018, 05:40:39 pm
Agree on making the shirt blue, maybe keep the sleeves orange? You should do 3 different edits and compare!
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Re: Fire mage

Reply #7 on: January 14, 2018, 11:04:53 pm
Thanks so much for the feedback friends!  Okay I've done some more iterations on the outfit.  None of them really feel awesome to me, but I think I like the blue pants one the best by a small margin.  A lot of these concepts cool the image down too much I think.

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Reply #8 on: January 14, 2018, 11:31:57 pm
I have a soft spot for the first one. but if you have to pick one with blue pants, last one is better imho.
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Re: Fire mage

Reply #9 on: January 15, 2018, 02:13:36 am
Yeah, I say the top or bottom rightmost works best.
Something that may help is going for more of an ashen color, give the impression of smoke rather than going for a straight blue.

Also, post at native resolution still, don't upscale! Makes informational edits easier for the critics to pull off.
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