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How to improve this

on: May 27, 2020, 09:19:09 am
Здарова! How can I improve my masterpiece? Shape, shadow, color, etc. New to this



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Re: How to improve this

Reply #1 on: May 31, 2020, 08:28:43 am
Looks like you have a bit of a Hollow Knight vibe going on. You've got some nice cluster shapes in the wings there. A few tweaks could help bring this alive I think.

Here's some ideas for things I would do:

 - It's very dark. Use a lot of contrast. Make the internal colours bright against the dark outlines. This will help readability and, in a scene or game, help bring the whole sprite into the foreground.

 - Get rid of "staircasing". these are where you use double thickness lines on the "corners" of your outlines. It makes things look jagged. Remove the corners on the inside and allow the outline to be a single pixel thickness all round.

 - Make the silhouette readable. If it was all black, could you recognise what's going on? I would focus attention on the legs. Separate them out so you can see there are supposed to be two of them. You could probably remove some of the dark area between the horns as well, so the rightmost horn pops out.

 - You have a single anti-alias pixel on its ass. It looks out of place. :)

 - There's no depth information telling us the rear wing is behind the front one. If you brighten everything up, make the rear wing a bit darker than the front one.

Let me know if you'd like any examples of the things I'm talking about.

Anyway. Just some ideas. I hope you find them helpful.