Don't Let Go: Queen Elsa vs. The Fire King

Don't Let Go: Queen Elsa vs. The Fire King

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Don't Let Go: Queen Elsa vs. The Fire King



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Title: Don't Let Go: Queen Elsa vs. The Fire King
Pixel Artist: DexRunner  (Level 7 Sheriff :: 8531 points)
Posted: 3/18/2018 21:10
Palette: 32 colors
Statistics:  2 comments    6 faves    0 avatars

Do you like overexcessive dithering?  Stray pixels?  Disney Princesses?

Then you've come to the right place!  

I couldn't think of what to do for this contest.  With the quote in the contest guidelines, I almost did a Conan themed fight scene.  Then I got some inspiration.  It came from nagi_rhy's recent submission Rime Sombra (Overwatch).  (It's pretty nifty, so check it out if you get the chance )  For some reason it made my brain scream "Frozen"!  Now, just to be clear, I'm not actually that big on Disney.  I know of Frozen mostly through my wife.  I don't blame her, though, because those songs are pretty catchy if we're being honest!  I knew that there was a Frozen 2 in the works and I thought about what would make for a cool (no pun intended...sorry) sequel.  

So I ended up making a Kylo Ren to Elsa's Rey.  There isn't much more to the story, just, hopefully, a fight scene as epic as "Let it go".  Of course, for a sequel, there should be some kind of resolve/character arch.  Here, Elsa learns that, sometimes, we shouldn't let go because there are so many good things that we need to fight for.  In keeping with that theme, see if you can spot the hidden phrase.   

So, on to the technicals... First, the preview.  I wanted to be fancy with it, so I made up a real neat and smooth animation... which ended up being about 58kb.  I hadn't thought much about exposure, but it's always nice to see a piece on the front page.  Even if it's just for a little while.  So I cut it up and slowed it down.  I'll probably end up putting the original back after the contest because I worked pretty hard on it and it's really what I intended.  I love to animate so this part of the project was a little disappointing that I couldn't use it right away.  Still, the one that's up should suffice for the time being.

This piece was the first time I used 3d models to get my poses down.  I used an app on my tablet that allows different body types to be posed with different hands and props and has a setting to adjust the lighting.  Then I imported 2 different pictures (one of each character in their respective positions) into Gimp and used the different brushes to get a good idea of color, effects, and clothing (mostly for the Fire King as Elsa's wardrobe was referenced from movie clips and google photos) that I'd eventually use for the final ACTUAL pixeling.  Then I went to fleshing out my palette from the colors that I liked.  It was pretty intense, but it really helped me in the coloring department since I tend to have difficulty there during most projects.

As I mentioned, the dithering isn't the best, but I was rushing up to the wire.  I do, however, believe that I used it much more appropriately than I have in the past.  If I hadn't used any, I would've blown past the 32 color requirement.  So, I'm glad the option was there to use it, but I still need to practice and experiment a lot more to use it effectively.  In all, as divisive as I used it, I'm still much happier with the result than I thought I would be when I started using it this morning.  (At least 50 *sighs and left hand to the foreheads later and we've got this piece of *work* xD)

I think that's pretty much it.  I hope everyone enjoys this one.  Leave some feedback and let me know what you think.  Thanks for looking and keep up the hard work in getting better.  You can do it!


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DexRunner (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 3/19/2018 18:06

Thanks so much, PixelDust!  You don't know how much appreciated your comments and feedback are.  It's cool to know that others have used the same process to get the results they're looking for(good or bad is another consideration altogether ).   You're very right!  I don't feel like I know what I'm doing all the time so a lot of what I'm submitting really is experimenting.  I admit that it doesn't always work, but you can't be afraid if that or you'll never innovate and run the rush of not only getting something new and exciting, but you might not be that person that inspires the next great work.  I love to draw and I feel like anatomy and character building is a strengths.   I'm gettingbetteratt form and lighting, I hope.  I'm still trying new ways to get interesting palettes and I really, really want to get better at composition in general.  

Thanks again for the comments.  I don't get a ton of them, so it's nice to know that others are looking.  


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PixelDust (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 3/19/2018 10:05

this is my favorite piece that I've seen come from you by far
definitely a contender for the top spot this week
you have one of the most unique styles both in design and colors I feel like your art style is very experimental in nature
which gives every piece a different look and yet I can tell they where done by the same person

when I first started doing pixel art I used to use a lot of 3d models as reference mostly to get the materials down
it is always better to have a reff image catered to what you want than having something that resembles your idea
I always would just hop into the old' blender and create something close to what I wanted I think that helped me improve a lot faster then if I were to just fumble about on a canvas
but I don't do this anymore lately since I understand things quite well from a material standpoint

Keep up the great work this is great


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