New Wave

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New Wave

Title: New Wave
Pixel Artist: Jumpanaatta  (Level 3 Swiss Roll :: 1400 points)
Posted: 2/1/2022 14:03
Statistics:  20 comments    23 faves    0 avatars

I've finally come up with a satisfying method to turn my traditional sketches into digital drawings and I'm pretty excited about it! Unfortunately for this picture some platforms have a poor time dealing with the high resolution and dithering. I trust it to display correctly here (I think it looks pretty nice unzoomed)


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Jumpanaatta (Level 3 Swiss Roll) @ 2/27/2022 00:47

Thank you!!

Recilz (Level 2 Labradorite) @ 2/26/2022 19:53

Wow, just like a manga. The quality is over the roof!!!

Jumpanaatta (Level 3 Swiss Roll) @ 2/13/2022 22:29

Thank you!

yuanhai (Level 7 Cuttlefish) @ 2/13/2022 20:48

lines are mesmerizing

Jumpanaatta (Level 3 Swiss Roll) @ 2/9/2022 19:31


8Nephila8 (Level 8 Venus fly trap) @ 2/9/2022 19:12

This is amazing! I really like your style.

Jumpanaatta (Level 3 Swiss Roll) @ 2/7/2022 17:36

Thanks! That's true, could be an LP too.

Cyangmou (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 2/7/2022 12:24

Really cool dither applications here. Looks kinda like a music CD cover.

Jumpanaatta (Level 3 Swiss Roll) @ 2/3/2022 12:46

Thank you!

Jumpanaatta (Level 3 Swiss Roll) @ 2/3/2022 12:25

Thank you! I used a Wacom tablet and Clip Studio Paint to make this. CSP is not quite optimized for pixel art but it's an amazing drawing software overall so I was able to use all kinds of tricks. I'll put down some details, it'll also help me remember it better.
- I started with a rather rough scanned pencil sketch
- I applied some blur and a threshold filter to it to turn it into a kind of blobby 1-bit drawing (still about 1200*1200 size)
- The idea is that it's not necessary to think like traditional inking where you draw on top of a sketch. You can instead turn any kind of picture into "ink" and start shaping it with digital brushes and tools. (I have it set up so I can easily switch between drawing and erasing)
- When you do the whole drawing in 1-bit it's well suited for turning into vectors with a program like Inkscape. This is also a kind of advanced way to scale it down for pixeling. You can vectorize the drawing and render it out at the size you want. This smoothes out details that might cause clumps if you scale it down normally

The drawing part gave me the overall shape of the character but the detailing for this was all done with pixeling.
- First of all, process colors are useful. For this picture using pure black and white was part of the concept but for some time I used a medium gray instead of white to avoid burning my eyes unnecessarily. I've also thought about using various darkened colors for the drawing, that way you could tell different elements apart at the stage when they're still on different layers and such
- The dithering on the hair was laid out with a method similar to "index painting" but I spent a good amount of time editing it manually to make it look good. I also added a layer of white lines to keep it from mucking up the lineart
- In CSP you can turn any image into "material", they can be used for both brushes and screentones/patterns. Laying different patterns on top of each other will be a useful technique for 1-bit stuff...
- The background is made up of a distorted pattern in two layers (the noise is also created from the extreme distortion). As the character has a rather placid pose and expression I decided to have an energetic background for contrast. I took care to edit this also manually so it wouldn't look haphazard. The character has a thick white outline applied so as to not get confused with the background
- The text and other geometric elements are just old-fashioned pixel clicking. These were actually the most difficult single part since you can't really sketch them traditionally. So it's mostly just trial and error to make them look nice

All in all it was a rather complex process with many different stages and elements! It's good to save as a new file every now and then, that way I could see how it developed and take something from an earlier version if that was working better. This ended up being a rather epic comment... well, explaining things is fun

Raphis (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 2/3/2022 01:25

wow, what a great use of 1bit pixels!

Quiara (Level 6 Garbage) @ 2/2/2022 23:22

Dude! Dude. Dude!! I love it so much. Would love to hear about your process (as someone who loves making black and white ink drawings) - are you, like, index painting?

Jumpanaatta (Level 3 Swiss Roll) @ 2/2/2022 15:55

Thanks for the comments! I'm glad it's getting a good reception

LeMecha20 (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 2/2/2022 07:16

The hair :O !

Xenero (Level 4 Gas Giant) @ 2/2/2022 04:27

B13N TR4B4J0!

Wayuki (Level 9 Blue Diamond ) @ 2/2/2022 02:23

That's a super cool style! 

Christoballs (Level 7 Neanderthal) @ 2/2/2022 01:16

Blending works nicely at 100%

redmilion (Level 8 Mongolian Death Worm) @ 2/1/2022 22:48

buena tecnica! 

Jumpanaatta (Level 3 Swiss Roll) @ 2/1/2022 16:17

Thank you! Working like this will be the best way for me to display my skills. This year is probably going to be interesting.

b236 (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 2/1/2022 14:59

neat hatching! also great illustration, looking forward to see more!

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