Four score and seven years ago, I made a pixel art piece of a rainy city. Willabee, Decroded, Night and Cyangmou helped me out on the forum(s).
When I submitted it to the gallery, I wrote in the description that I wasn't entirely happy with the rain effect. Out of nowhere, a3um appeared with an edit that totally blew my mind, showing me several things I tried and failed to do and several things it never occurred to me to do. At the time, I didn't feel like I had the skills to replicate it, and for seven years, I've felt like I should give it another try. So here's my newest attempt to apply the lesson.
I'm really grateful for all the help I got when I started out. Collectively, PJ and Pixelation people spent many hours making edits for me in my first few years of pixel pushing. A good edit takes time, but it's worth so much. However, it can be very discouraging to spend time doing edits for people and seeing the advice ignored. Doing art, learning art and teaching art is an emotional process that often leads to disappointment. That's why I was especially grateful to receive this kind of help out of the blue.
This new piece still isn't as good as a3um's edit, but I have learned a lot from studying it more closely and I'm not done with rainy pixels yet.
EDIT: The first version based on an elaborate 3D model before realizing that using 3D didn't actually make the composition better.