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Title: Wired
Pixel Artist: Hatch  (Level 3 Hatchikyu :: 5971 points)
Posted: 1/13/2008 13:37
Palette: 8 colors
Statistics:  18 comments    0 faves    0 avatars

A quick self-portrait made for use as a Wired user icon.

Very pleased with the likeness, expecially considering the size.

Crittacks and edits encouraged.

Now updated with earlobes and a bunch of other tweaks. Thanks, leel, for the pointers!

[EDIT Aug 09] Goodbye, goatee! Now sporting sexy manscruff. Many other miscellaneous improvements. Here's the old one:

 

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Petrichor (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 6/27/2011 11:51

I demand beard.


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Hatch (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 6/27/2011 11:47

But my facial hair is in constant flux. I figured I'd just leave myself clean-shaven. It's not like I'm using it as an avatar anyway.


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Petrichor (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 6/27/2011 11:04

You should update this.


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Hapiel (Level 11 Admiral) @ 2/8/2008 06:05
Or maybe my autistic brain handles different with information?
(I find them look weird because it looks like his eyes have mustaches..

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Hatch (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 2/7/2008 17:02
Interesting that the eyes look strange to you. My brain still doesn't register anything unusual with them unless I concentrate, even having seen it before. I guess your brain is more advanced than mine? Or maybe it's just upside down in your head. :V

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Hapiel (Level 11 Admiral) @ 2/7/2008 10:38
Luckilly I am the google god
http://www.moillusions.com/2006/04/abraham-lincoln-optical-illusion.html
mouth was flipped too indeed, but eyes do look weird on the flipped version. Mouth looks better indeed.
I had seen a photo of a girl like this in some newspaper too, they said you will not notice alot of things when you put things upside down and this proves it.

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Hatch (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 2/7/2008 10:19
Bingo. I saw someone do it with a picture of Abraham Lincoln, only I think they flipped the mouth as well. I can't find the pic unfortunately. I thought it was a cool optical illusion; it looked normal upside down, completely alien right side up.

Thanks for playing. You win this rambling comment that the lovely Hatch is holding.

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Hapiel (Level 11 Admiral) @ 2/7/2008 07:32
you flipped the eyes aswell so it looks like they are still watching to me?

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Hatch (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 2/6/2008 19:48
There's slightly--very slightly--more to it than a simple flip/rotation. See if you can uncover the hidden secret! Fun for the whole family. Ages 12 and up.

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Hapiel (Level 11 Admiral) @ 2/6/2008 13:29
You did not get enough attention without turning your avatar upside down?

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leel (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 1/13/2008 20:24
I'm sorry, Jal, I would never doubt dear ol' Hatch here, but.. the things I've seen in the art department... oh the horrible, greasy things... 

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jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 1/13/2008 20:05
What a great looking portrait. Pixelly, toony, yet realistic.


@leel, don't you know Southern Gentlemen bathe and wash regularly

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leel (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 1/13/2008 18:35
edit looks great

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leel (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 1/13/2008 16:07
The flat cartooniness isn't a bad thing, I was just .. stating the obvious I guess haha.   Though perhaps a light source coming from the side would distract from the mirrored outlines.  And I'm not a big fan of the shadow under the hair - maybe round that out a bit, it just makes the forehead look too small at 1x, or add some shadow to the left and right most side of the face.  That'd narrow the face a tad.

Also - I'd get rid of the 2 transparent pixels coming into the hair.  I'm not sure what that's about..  I just creates jaggyness where the hair should fall down smoothly. 


And if we're gonna call this jesus - he's gotta be wearing a Vendetta mask XD

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Squirrelsquid (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 1/13/2008 15:37
*Squirrelsquid agrees with ceddo*

like it!

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Hatch (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 1/13/2008 14:57
Thanks leel.

I wanted to include a pic with this, but I don't have any current photos except as hard copies, and I don't have a scanner. It was made with the assistance of a hand mirror.

Anyhow, I wasn't striving for photorealism or anything; I was going for a simplified look. Not exactly cartoony, just... simplified. Yeah. I really really hope this doesn't sound like a cop-out. Some speculars or something probably wouldn't hurt though, you're right about zer flatness.

I'll add some ears. They were barely visible at all in my hand mirror, so I was like oh screw it. Lazyness. :(

And yes, it gets shampooed AND conditioned every day. It's not hippie stink hair >:o

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leel (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 1/13/2008 14:16
What is it with artists and long hair?  I mean seriously.. Every other guy in school has hair longer than me!  And mine is about as long as it's ever been.    I hope you at least wash it regularly, cause that's more that I can say for many a classmate.   XD

Looks pretty nice and simple, I really can't say anything about likeness other than it's a little on the cartoony/flat side so I can't quite picture a living person looking like that... maybe some ref pics?   >_>

P.S. You seem to be missing some ears.  A lighter pixel right above the (err how do I explain this) outline where it starts to curve in - with the transparent pixel underneath it.... there - put a lighter pixel (possibly two)  there and it'll imply that the ears are hidden by hair, but are still, in fact, there. 

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ceddo (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 1/13/2008 13:58
we found jesus

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