Utterly remarkable work; it takes me right back to seeing pixelart for the first time in the mid 80's. Zzap!64 would sometimes have a double-page spread full of amazing pieces which would blow tiny me away - this blows not-so-tiny me away!
Saw your banner on twitter and wonder if it was on pj... No idea how i missed it, what a great self portrait, incredible stuff there!
thanks for not keeping your 2011 promise of less self-portraits
Just make sure you keep the aspect thing in mind, since it makes quite a bit of difference. :)
My curiosity is piqued! I intended to but haven't tried 9bit colour depth yet, but since it is pretty easy to set up in GrafX2, I will definitely give Atari ST specs a go!
If you struggled with the colour stepping for this one, you should give Atari ST stuff a go next: 320x200 (mind the 4:3 aspect ratio, so best to sketch at 320x240 or even bigger and then shrink before refining) with 16 colours in 9 bit colour depth. 8 steps for each channel. It is really good fun though.
Thank you, I am flattered!
I intended to make a far more naturalistic piece at first, but I decided otherwise.
Regarding the palette, I was going for a slight grisaille look, into which I added some purple and teal for more colour contrast. It's true that in some white skins you do get to these colours, as well as greys and greens.
It was the first time I worked in 12bit colour, which means that there are 16 steps per colour channel - the consequence is that there were fewer tones to use than in the usual 24bit. I really struggled finding in-between colours and balancing the palette as I was building it. The line shading was partly done to compensate for the too wide a stepping in the colours...
I will definitely make more Amiga/12bit pieces in future, and that colour depth may even interest you! :)
I think this is astounding. I keep revisiting it to zoom in on new and unexplored areas (this time it was the backlit cheekbone) to see more details. Contrasting the yellow in the skin tone with that bright purple seems to average a very odd yellow and tame it to something resembling flesh, with maybe a little iridescence. So cool how you manage to do that with whatever palette you're using.
This 3D print of mine!
So many great things to say about this piece. The colours, the clusters, the composition. But what I like the most is that it really takes advantage of pixel art as a medium even though this is quite a large canvas. It doesn't camouflage the use of pixels, it accentuates it, even when viewed at 1X. I really wish more pixel art did this and I'll try to emulate (plagiarize) it in the future, somehow.
Amazing. Totally love this unique approach to dithering. Love the eyes especially! Just wow.
This 3D print of mine!
This is fantastic Chris! Digging every aspect of it.
Goes straight into the masterpieces folder.
I can't say anything that hasn't been said. I love everything about this. Really inspiring for future work
Have to second that, one of the best pixel pieces I saw in a while, instant fav! It also inspires me to do a selfportrait again, maybe in the near future...
This came out very nice. Very sharp. Great colous, shapes, everything really.
One of the most stunnning pieces of pixel art I have ever seen. I love it.
Your self portraits are always inspirational. Really superb work, with the hand being particularly impressive.
That's some high praise, especially from someone who grew up with Zzap and the C64! Thank you!