I'd say he used a 3d render as a reference for lighting and shading to get it just right and then pixeled it, it is PA you can see in the dithering, he just used alot of inbetween colours
For the sake of authenticity, if you ever attempt another piece of this magnitude you should include an in-depth WIP. Regardless of this being hand-pixeled or not, it is a fantastic piece of art.
me either but I think I have to.
I don't want to belive that it was made pixel by pixel!
Way to realistic... keep up the good work! 5/5.
im really just not sure. the dithering that i am sure he did do is top notch, but zoom in on the blue tenticle thing... to me it looks rather.... smudged.... i happen to have a pretty extencive knowledge of photoshop, and i am pretty sure i know what im talkinga bout when i say it looks smudged... another part i noticed was the dark orange part in between the tenticle and the nose thing. looks rather like a gradient with some soft brush smudging. again, not trying to call you a liar, or to even accuse you of photoshoping. but as you have seen here, if you make something this good, you are going to get a ton of crap from wanabees...
to me, its not really about wether you made it pixel by pixel, more about how it looks on a whole. it really looks that much beter with some photoshoping, by all means photoshop, but dont lie about it. (not trying to accuse you)