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    Posted: 25 December 2018 at 12:14am
Hello

I'm working on this new piece. I realise there is alot of work to go until it's done but I thought it would be helpful to get C&C, etc. before I get too much further. Probably should have done this earlier.

From a technical standpoint, I want to move away from relying too much on dithering and improve clusters so for this piece I've decided to make a rule of no dithering. I'd also like to improve anatomy and general techniques like drawing the folds in his shirt.

Also, the subject matter of my pictures tend to be very boring so I am also on the lookout for advice to improve the piece like composition etc.



Also, here is my process:


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Quote snv Replybullet Posted: 25 December 2018 at 11:16pm
The shaved beard looks more like a makeup. Think about making it more bristle.

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Quote gennoveus Replybullet Posted: 26 December 2018 at 2:24am
Thank you for the feedback. It's supposed to be a very dense 5 o'clock shadow, not a beard, so adding bristles would change it into a full beard which isn't what I was going for. Maybe the drop in saturation and hue change should be more subtle?
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Quote gennoveus Replybullet Posted: 27 December 2018 at 4:17am
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The shaved beard looks more like a makeup. Think about making it more bristle.


How about softening the beard edge and bringing it up a bit?


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Quote snv Replybullet Posted: 27 December 2018 at 7:18am
I meant something like following (i.e. make hair area less uniform):
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Quote gennoveus Replybullet Posted: 28 December 2018 at 2:22am
Originally posted by snv

I meant something like following (i.e. make hair area less uniform):


Hi again!

I hope you see my following comments as a friendly debate/discussion and not an argument.

I see what you mean, but as my first post states, my pictures have always relied too heavily on dithering (and other "noisy" effects) and for this particular piece I'd like challenge myself to focus on clusters - the larger and cleaner the better. I admire pixel art that has bold, striking clusters like these pieces by skittle and this one by Jiang. They have a super clean look that I haven't been able to achieve and that's what I'm going for.
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Quote snv Replybullet Posted: 28 December 2018 at 4:15am
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I admire pixel art that has bold, striking clusters like these pieces by skittle and this one by Jiang. They have a super clean look that I haven't been able to achieve and that's what I'm going for.

Well they do have fine texture at some places. For example, very detailed foliage, where almost every leave is drawn. If you remove that detail, then there will be no big reason to use pixel art, because vector art will do the trick as well.
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Quote gennoveus Replybullet Posted: 28 December 2018 at 4:56am

It's not a beard; it's a 5 o'clock shadow. It doesn't have enough volume for individual strands or clumps of hair to be visible at the resolution. If it is dense and short enough, from a distance it should look like a change of hue in the skin tone. An example of a slightly stylised version of this would be the heavy in tf2:

This is the effect I am going for
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