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Re: [WIP] How can I improve this piece ? Quiet island

Reply #10 on: September 29, 2020, 07:11:59 pm
Firstly, this isn't considered "true" pixel art- there are gradients on the sky and water. Also, I wouldn't add pixel art in there that isn't yours. Try your best to do your own thing.

Arguably, it's also against the rules to do this (https://pixelation.org/index.php?topic=2002.0). I'm not a mod so I can't say whether it truly is or not but it's definitely pushing it. So I'd say refrain from using other artist's work ever, even if you tell us it's not yours. We're not here to help them, we're here to help you!  :y: ;)

This is quite large for pixel art, it defeats the purpose a bit when it becomes too large. Pixel art is about pixel precision, controlling every pixel so when it gets to a certain size... why not just paint it? I'll link some examples below of pixel art that's still fairly large but much smaller than yours, take note how effective it is:
https://pixeljoint.com/pixelart/25321.htm
https://pixeljoint.com/pixelart/11415.htm
https://pixeljoint.com/pixelart/17123.htm

I'd say pick a portion of this maybe make it a bit smaller then try to focus on that. It's quite a large project you have at the moment. Neat scenery but it will definitely take awhile.
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Re: [WIP] How can I improve this piece ? Quiet island

Reply #11 on: October 12, 2020, 10:27:45 am
There's a couple of things I noticed in the more recent post:

 - The roof tiles on the right-most building.

The roof is actually going inwards as you get closer to the top. It's not a rectangle with perspective, like a road or a runway. It's actually a trapezoid with the top side shorter than the bottom. Any perspective effect will be small. However, the tiles you've put on there act like the surface is a rectangle and follow the lines as if there's lots of perspective involved. If I look at it with those eyes, it becomes a comically long piece of road at a shallow angle.

Lessen the perspective effect and allow there to be fewer tiles across the top.

Here's a photo to show what I mean.

https://grouptegula.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Tegula-Roofing-Grey-Tiled-Roof-PH-2.jpg

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Re: [WIP] How can I improve this piece ? Quiet island

Reply #12 on: October 12, 2020, 10:30:01 am
Beyond that, you've done a good job making the large cluster of rocks in the middle look realistic and rocky. I'd think about applying similar techniques to other rocks dotted around, as well as the areas of grass. :)