After seeing one of Jesse Munguia's pixel art pieces on twitter that he loosely based on his hometown, I was inspired to do a similar thing based on the city where I was born. I originally wanted to do a midday piece and really focus on some harsh shadows, but by the time I wanted to get started it was already sunset. So all the reference photos I took were during sunset!
Overall Im pretty happy with this piece, I think its another good step forward for me, with the building on the left being some of the tightest pixels I've done, but Im less satisfied with the two shops on the right. I think partially the angle made cleaner clusters more challenging, but the colors as well were not something I could really settle on, trying to get all the dark browns looking appealing was a struggle.
The other ever present wish of mine, is to find a more realistic way of representing trees and leaf clusters, I default to a pretty common blobby approach that looks alright, but I know there are better ways of clustering leaves, which is something I want to keep pursuing.
The other thing I was thinking about a lot was the anti-aliasing in the piece, Im beginning to experiment with more of it in my work to smooth out curves and try to hide some of the pixel look, but I think I went a little hard with it in some areas. Especially the telephone wires were tricky since banding is difficult to avoid in such small areas.
Anyways pixel art is becoming more and more enjoyable for me every piece I do lately, and I hope everyone else can feel that too! Keep on pixeling!