Colossal Kalimari

Colossal Kalimari

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Colossal Kalimari

Title: Colossal Kalimari
Pixel Artist: Doppleganger  (Level 6 Yonkyu :: 6056 points)
Posted: 4/1/2007 20:11
Palette: 15 colors
Statistics:  37 comments    111 faves    0 avatars

Somebody had to do Snake, right?

Originally this was going to be a parody of Snake's Colossal Katamari with Cure's shading and style but it didn't end up that way.

It was a lot of fun going through all the steps Snake probably took to make his image and I learned a fair amount from the whole ordeal. The most notable aspect of Snake's skills, I do believe, is his ability to utilize absence of color to create colors that aren't there. It took me a good while to understand how his palette was supposed to work.

Anyways, hopefully this fits within the boundaries of the rules. If not, it was still a great learning experience.

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Lindion45 (Level 4 Lieutenant) @ 11/17/2015 11:37

At first I didn't see the guy fishing, and I thought it was just a squid orgy

SnowOwl (Level 6 SWAT) @ 9/15/2015 02:40

You gotta be squidding me.

Victor Rojo (Level 10 King Ghidorah) @ 7/18/2012 09:00

mmm calm, make relaxed,,, great weight

luisniel (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 1/20/2011 14:47

 Just great.

HoofFoot (Level 8 Regional Boss) @ 2/3/2009 04:01
Hahaha! That old man sure kicks butt and he looks so happy. This picture is both cute and funny.

ManningKrull (Level 9 Executioner) @ 12/4/2008 08:50
Haha, hilarious!

[kirillko] (Level 1 Depressed) @ 10/22/2008 10:56
looks like Cthulhu ^_^

fawful (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 9/26/2008 12:40

Rather cool,i like the greyness of it all.

!CE-9 (Level 1 Thug) @ 8/22/2007 13:19
man, that --everything!=) loving your fisherman character, the calamari, the clouds...

it's amazing.

D-Puff (Level 2 Kukyu) @ 6/22/2007 10:36
jeez.. thats the srongest fisherman iv'e ever seen... 5/5+fav'd

Guts (Level 2 Corporal) @ 4/13/2007 03:27
uh uh uh, very good idea.

rats (Level 1 Gangster) @ 4/8/2007 16:45
Not snake, a certain artistic proffesionalism that lacks here to be snake, as well as difference in aa, but nontheless it is nice. It's good to aim high and learn from the best like snake, so even if you don't win, you'll win :) 4/5

flurdoing (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/8/2007 01:37
very original..

Snake (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 4/6/2007 10:34

I should really check this site more often.

You've done a nice job on the colours here, I see you've been thorough in your research. There are a few things I normally wouldn't do though. Four things I always focus on is: perspective, composition, lighting and focus.

I always make sure that I have a perspective that makes sense, even in abstracted pictures. The water you made in this case has it's horizontal line too low according to the squid. I understand that you had my picture's fading horizon in mind, but the viewer-angle is very different. I would also have added a lot of highlights to the squid, using something that's reflective is a good opportunity to guide the eyes of the viewer. The shadow could also use some more detail to lead the focus towards the middle. It was more a coincidence that I didn't add dirt in my picture, as it looked like it would require an extra colour at the time.

The whole picture might benefit by being shifted a bit upwards, or extended on the left as there's a lot going on in the bottom left, but little at the top right. The fading trees seem a little unfinished and could do with a little touch up, the water could also use some darker shades as it's fadingpoint is usually the lightest shade (regardless of land in the end)

In regards to the colours, you're pretty close. What I did was use colours with very little saturation or brightness. I have a few colours that are about exactly the same hue, but they're warm and cold. Because the colours are so much alike, I can use just one warm or cold colour to make the rest of the figure seem warm or cold.

In any case, It's a wonderfull picture and I'm honored someone takes the time to make something like this. I still don't understand what it is people see in Colossal Katamari, but I guess I must have done something right.

Necky (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/3/2007 12:36
Hehe! Looks really authentic! I love the subject matter too, made me laugh

JerryPie (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 4/3/2007 08:25
This is pretty close. But snake's AA is a little less blurry.. You did a fine job though.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 4/2/2007 08:52
I don't see snake myself here but I think this is way awesome.

Doppleganger (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 4/2/2007 07:04
Thanks everybody!

Yeah, the tentacles on top could use some light source readjustment. As for the sky, Snake used a specific technique to shape the clouds in a pleasing manner that was  entirely dependent* on a large obstruction covering them up in the middle. You see, the beautiful arcs that he captured would've made little sense and destroyed the exansive horizon had one the ability to see where the arc met.

This picture is missing a crucial aspect to create the amount of light he had in the original. That aspect being the stone beasts and structures attached to the green globe. It was that, that made everything else seems so bright. Not to be redundant but, his palette isn't so much dependent on individual colors but rather the presence of all colors creating colors and shades that otherwise wouldn't be there.

There are a number of things I would change and fix up had I the time. Specifically doubling the size and retouching everything up with more detail. A big part of why Collossal Katamari worked was due to it's simplicity and excellent lighting. Working in an area half the size makes it difficult to work the two in tandem. I only had enough to time to spend about five and half hours on this piece on sunday otherwise I would've done more.

As for the cartoony fisherman, that's my tribute to Cure's captain getting payback on the relentless kraken that are always terrorizing him and his ship.

*I say entirely dependent of my own volition, this may not necessarily be the case.

Stickman (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 4/2/2007 05:36

Thats really funny! I really do like the sky

Fool (Level 6 SWAT) @ 4/2/2007 05:34
Nice work.=) There is more light in Snake's pictures, but you got the feel.
Great idea as well=))

iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 4/2/2007 05:27
Great spinoff. Not 100% snake, but a great image in it's own right.

Gas 13 (Level 9 Boss) @ 4/2/2007 05:00
It's pretty funny and actually reminds of snake. The cute little character brakes the feeling of snake's work, probably it supposed to be Cure's part of it. Some tentacles of the top squid look not shaded enough for me. You see, the longest one is coming from deep being overbrightened.

Snake's sky has a specific that hasn't been followed. Even if to ignore the style some parts seem unfinished to me. I suppose it's a time issue.

Overall it's a really good piece. Great sense of humor. Thumb up!

9_6 (Level 1 Intern) @ 4/2/2007 04:22
Very well done! Now I've got to experiment with neutral grays too.

kakikukeko (Level 5 Detective) @ 4/2/2007 03:37
hehe that's a good one

Setzer (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 4/2/2007 03:14
okay this really wins.

Emanu (Level 3 Chief) @ 4/2/2007 02:13
lovely lovely cuddly calamari.

Mirre (Level 8 Jellyfish) @ 4/2/2007 02:07

Oh wow. The idea for this, is just totally awesome! I really like the little old man, and the squids, hehe. You've really captured snake's style there. Great job!

Dra_chan (Level 8 Shodan) @ 4/1/2007 23:55
I didnt know a squid orgy could be THIS beautiful! If this was a painting I would buy it and hang it on my wall. Congrats, you did an amazing job.

drZool (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 4/1/2007 23:54
Here it comes (My first ever):
Ok, there are a few glitches here and there, but it still got top ratings due to the great idéa and the presentation over all. W00t!

pixelblink (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 4/1/2007 23:15
I thought this WAS Snake's before I clicked it... mostly due to the memorable palette. An excellent emulation I'd say! You've kept to his style while creating an original scene.
Kudos to you

MichaS (Level 1 Depressed) @ 4/1/2007 22:44
Hahaha, awsome  fav, fav, fav and vote :D

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 4/1/2007 20:37
I'm faving this.  'Cause my name is mentioned.  And those squid are so kick-ass.

The B.O.B. (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 4/1/2007 20:15
Haha, you win...

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