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Title: Vampire
Pixel Artist: Toby  (Level 3 Stalker :: 1408 points)
Posted: 11/23/2006 12:38
Statistics:  29 comments    38 faves    0 avatars

Pire, the cold blooded descendant of the great vampire mafia family, the Van Pirellos.

I worked on this for a pretty long time, but in short periods. I came to a point where I just ran out of ideas. I'm not too comfortable with the colors. Especially the suite's darkness bothers me, but on the other hand, all the lighter tones i tried turned out just plain wrong.

I still have a lot to learn :)

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Krazykatz1995 (Level 1 Gangster) @ 1/4/2008 11:37
 I love everything on it but the hand, it is quite large. But I still love it, I would hate to meet him though, he kinda scares me..

theguy (Level 6 Hitman) @ 12/20/2007 11:57
that's because its close up

Platnium (Level 1 Depressed) @ 12/16/2007 10:45
That is one big hand.

Fuzzyleaves (Level 5 Detective) @ 9/26/2007 19:58
It's so cool, don't want to see him in real life.

FrostPumpkin (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 9/2/2007 14:07
OMG!!! this is so awesome in the style, in the lightenings and in the shadings

pain (Level 9 Nidan) @ 7/4/2007 14:36
i agree with jamon ... great piece ...

jamon (Level 10 Operative) @ 5/22/2007 05:32
this is one of 10 best pixels on this place! great work...

Zhou (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/28/2007 19:26
Lines could use some anti-aliasing, but very nice!

Chrone (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 12/15/2006 01:01
OMG! It's a Nick Cave!!! No?! %)

Kojjiro the angry (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/30/2006 14:29
I like everything but the shading on the  forehead

ceddo (Level 7 Ichikyu) @ 11/27/2006 13:09
I love this, because the shading is so simple and effective, and although the hand is too big in the front and too small in the back, you pulled off the effect of closeness quite nicely :) Great!! favved.

miascugh (Level 4 Team Leader) @ 11/27/2006 01:09
I like! You know how to use the precision of pixel art on a large scale to achieve some really nice effects very well. I do think that the hand looks big rather than foreshortened, but that actually struck me as a character-design feature at first, crab-man vampire mafioso.

If you're looking for critique, here are some thoughts:
I guess that the shirt colors could be spiced up with some subtle tinting, his right shoe looks a bit squashed, and to nitpick, the pink below the eyes could be replaced with the middle skintone color (both from a color conservational view as well as preference, I don't think it works too well).

I could have sworn, as I saw the preview image, that this was going to be a Nick Cave portrait btw :). Looks very much like him imo.

Filax_666 (Level 6 Hitman) @ 11/26/2006 02:35
You have such an unique style...I instantly recognized it as your own! Props for that!

The hand is off, so what...the blood stains just made the piece to me. Also, how many colours have you used? I haven't counted them, but it looks like you conserved a lot, which is awesome!

Anyway, an easy favourite!

Toby (Level 3 Stalker) @ 11/24/2006 14:49
Man I wish I was able to to edit my own posts.

THE KAPPTIN: Valid points, and I can totally see why you don't like the piece. To  tell you the truth, I'm not too fond of it either. :P What you say about the hand being over sized is very true, the perspective doesn't account for it, at least not properly. I tried to make the extended hand follow the extreme perspective, but left the legs untouched as in a normal portrait, which basically contradicts the idea of an extreme closeup perspective.

Good to see some critical feedback, it's much appreciated :)

Toby (Level 3 Stalker) @ 11/24/2006 14:40
Thanks everyone for all the positive feedback!

zAk: Yeah, vampires and the mafia, they go together like peas and carrots. It's also a nice analogue.

jalonso & equinoxx: I'm aware of the jaggedness on the legs. The outlines really don't work on a light background. They wouldn't be such an issue were the background darker. I was intending on doing a proper background with an Italian restaurant,  but dumped the idea after I got so carried away with improving the character itself.

FlyGuy: Actually the lighter velvet on the lower eye lids are ambient light from the eyes, but it's nice to see that they can be interpreted differently! :)

THE KAPPTIN (Level 5 Captain) @ 11/24/2006 14:29

Apparently I'm the only one who doesn't really like this. There are a few things about it that bother me. One is the big hand. It is much more detailed than everything else and it doesn't seem to me that perspective could account for that size difference. The other thing I don't like is his shirt. Just the way you've done the lines and shadows on it doesn't make sense to me.

I especially like the face, hairstyle, black clothing, right hand, colours. A cool piece overall. I just don't agree with a few things.

JerryPie (Level 11 Godfather) @ 11/24/2006 10:04
You know what really makes me like this picture? The fact that his lower eye lids are thin like glass or plastic, and you can still see the red eyes through them.. That is fucking awsome.. The blood is bitchin, and the suit is just as cool... AA it and I bet it could be part of the Hall of Fame.

zAk (Level 3 Stalker) @ 11/24/2006 08:49
vampire-mafia? Pretty damn weird, id say the suit is really great, it looks smooth, dark etc. I also like the shoes... But what i think should bother you is the size of that hand! Its huge! The rest is really beautiful!

exocet (Level 6 Major) @ 11/24/2006 04:52
Really good. I like the stylised and clean look.

inkspot (Level 4 Button Man) @ 11/24/2006 03:55
Great stuff! But does he have only 4 fingers?

Equinoxx (Level 3 Stalker) @ 11/24/2006 02:56
cool stilo going on here.

it is rather jaggy around the legs, but apart from aa there's not much you could do about it.
Love the foreshortening going on as well

Akira (Level 5 Sniper) @ 11/24/2006 02:33
i love it. nice 'korean' style to it. vampire + mafia = pornography with clothes on.

KilledBySuicide (Level 3 Stalker) @ 11/24/2006 00:47
awesome, exactly my style. 5/5+fav

Mykola (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 11/23/2006 22:59

I don't know, but the colors look awesome to me :). Also a great amount of detail.. down to his golden cufflinks :) I like the angular shape and lighting on the forehead, they add a little twist

All in all, a somewhat unorthodox and really good looking piece!

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 11/23/2006 22:06
Great job for sure. I would like the black outlining in the hands in a dark blue better, but its Ok as is too. The only thing that is bothersome is the very jaggy sections especially on the pants. The simplicity of the piece is partly what makes it good as mentioned by others. Perhaps if he were standing in front of a boulder or a tree stump the jaggies could be softened. Else, the dreaded (  )AA technique.

Stwelin (Level 2 Dealer) @ 11/23/2006 18:51
Flawless, the hands are really well done. 

Setzer (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 11/23/2006 17:33
very very win. +fav

Nomade (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 11/23/2006 16:50
Oh my.. what a big hand you have mr. vampire =D
I completely agree with thereisnocure =D great job

cure (Level 11 Godfather) @ 11/23/2006 16:20
I like the simplicity, you didn't kill it with unneccesary detail.  Easily recognizable as yours.  Love that blood.

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