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Offline MARS

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Smoking Rocker

on: November 24, 2009, 05:38:38 am




Bad face. Bad anatomy. Bad shading. Bad palette. Me needs help. :huh:
Heavy C&C please. Edits are more than welcome.

*How do I get the BG to be transparent? It's ALREADY the first colour AND set to transparent but as soon as I export it turns pink! I'm working in GraphicsGale...
**Is it worthy animating the smoke?

Edit: Transparency get heh. Also, dithering looks ok at 2x - but only so  :(.
« Last Edit: November 24, 2009, 07:03:46 am by MARS »

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Re: Smoking Rocker

Reply #1 on: November 24, 2009, 05:56:23 am
Biggest thing I see is the dithering. Dithering typically doesn't work well at all on something so small, usually you'd dither to give the illusion that there's an in-between color, but in this case the contrast is too high and the area too small for it to work. Also, the colors are very bright and saturated, I would tone it down, unless you're going for the retro CGA look...

And as for graphics gale, I guess it could be a lot of things, are you changing the transparency of the frame, as opposed to the layer? I believe only the former will get you transparency when saved.

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Re: Smoking Rocker

Reply #2 on: November 24, 2009, 06:03:03 am
I see what you mean... I was trying to keep the colour count low without going monochromatic, but I reckon mine wasn't the best solution possible. Dithering DOES look bad in such a small piece.

Guess there's no way other than adding more tones then? What would be a good shading technique for this?
« Last Edit: November 24, 2009, 07:15:33 am by MARS »

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Re: Smoking Rocker

Reply #3 on: November 24, 2009, 07:37:58 am
I tried toning down and it got a lot worse. I'm not saying it shouldn't be done as the original DOES look somewhat harsh... just that I can't get it right. :blind:

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Oh, and thanks a lot for the tips!
« Last Edit: November 24, 2009, 09:22:40 am by MARS »

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Re: Smoking Rocker

Reply #4 on: November 24, 2009, 08:32:21 am


You're not getting as much out of your palette as you could be. The colours are actually really versatile, find opportunities to use them. Dithering is messing up your planes, and it looks like you're relying on it to fulfill the roles your palette should be doing.

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Re: Smoking Rocker

Reply #5 on: November 24, 2009, 08:43:49 am
That's rad!

I'll try and improve my planes so I don't have to rely on dither so often...
You guys were great. Thanks, once again!
« Last Edit: November 24, 2009, 08:46:16 am by MARS »

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Re: Smoking Rocker

Reply #6 on: November 25, 2009, 04:58:33 am
His shirt keeps reminding me of my favorite poison the well t-shirt for some reason. Good shape though the linea are perfect just way too much dithering as the others have said