Initial: steaM Machine

Initial: steaM Machine

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Initial: steaM Machine

Title: Initial: steaM Machine
Pixel Artist: TheManuz  (Level 5 Killer Klown :: 3491 points)
Posted: 1/10/2010 11:58
Palette: 12 colors
Statistics:  23 comments    23 faves    0 avatars

When i read about this challenge, i immediately thought of doing something steampunk style, for some reason. The choice of an M is pretty obvious.

I put much time on this piece, drawing and deleting a lot of times, recalibrating palette (first time i try hue shift in gradients), and trying to animate the steam in a nice looking way. Not bad i guess, i think i learned a lot with this piece!

If someone have suggestions or critics please tell me, i always want to know other points of view!

PS: The animation timing is a little slowed down in Google Chrome. Best viewed on Firefox.

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Rain Maker (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/23/2010 14:58

amazing animation...gratz on ribbon

Adam (Level 9 Human) @ 1/20/2010 16:16

Congrats for the blue ribbon! I agree with Dusty about the steam. Though you have the colors to do some fancy fadeouts I think the effect works great as it is right now.

Dusty (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 1/18/2010 12:54

I thought the steam was the best part. The animation of it is so fluid, and I don't think the solid white detracts from it at all.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 1/18/2010 10:54

Congrats! I knew this would win the week : p

In case you care about the steam:

The main problem with it is that its pure white and appears solid and not trans. Use grey/blues and start light and FADE to darker as it steams.

TheManuz (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 1/18/2010 03:57

 Yay! My first first place!!! I'm so happy! Thanks everyone for feedbacks and support.

The most frequent comment i received is about the (unshaded) steam. I take note of that, and i will modify it when i got some time!

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 1/17/2010 23:28

This should win the week.

Perihelion (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 1/17/2010 16:32

Oh hey, that is very cool. The pure white steam looks a little strange with everything else being so rendered, and I think some shading would help it, but this is really well done!

Saif-Ullah (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/17/2010 00:57

Very nice. looking great, itsjust the smoke which needs some shading...


Varock Shade (Level 7 Underboss) @ 1/16/2010 02:17

I think the smoke could have done with a second colour in it to give it more depth like the rest of the pixel. I have to say though that this is a great looking piece! 

Victor Rojo (Level 10 King Ghidorah) @ 1/14/2010 15:24

great great animation, i really like the smothing smoke.

Dino502Run (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 1/12/2010 20:20

The animation is spectacular!!

inphy (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 1/12/2010 09:34

Hehe, don't worry about it, it could be just me. :) This is how I keep reading it (topdown):

hotnikkelz (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/11/2010 12:04

awesome, u gmv

TheManuz (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 1/11/2010 03:21

 Thanks everyone for the feedbacks!

@Stickman: i think you're right, the white steam is a little out of place, but i've had a hard time with the 12 colors limit, and i wanted the smoke to "stand out" from the rest. But for the most it was a matter of time left.

@Inphy: I choose to use a perpective that looked angled, because i think that is more interesting than full frontal perspective. But i did not expect that it will remind Escher in some way! 

@Manupix: i agree for steam dissolve. I did not think of dissolving with color. The black shadow going into the background was to break the straight line of the ground. Maybe unnecessary, but i think it gives more to a flat ground.

vampireslug (Level 5 Detective) @ 1/11/2010 03:08

Amazing... you've got my vote!

Manupix (Level 11 Godzilla) @ 1/10/2010 14:48

Excellently animated! The dial move is impressively smooth.

Only things: steam should dissolve into greys; the black shadow going into the bg was maybe not necessary.

wenruto (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 1/10/2010 14:37

NIce animation Like how the steam rolled  into the wheel thing :) Vote

Robinhood (Level 9 Boss) @ 1/10/2010 14:10

Epiiiiiiiic.  D:

Im voting for this. :D

inphy (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 1/10/2010 13:45

Sweet animation, I especially like the steam and that gear interacting with it. The perspective seems Escherish, but maybe that's on purpose?

Stickman (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 1/10/2010 13:44

Very nice letter and I love the steampunk design. The steam is really nicely animated, although I feel the plain white colour looks a little out of place.

Great pic

Pumpkinbot (Level 2 Peon) @ 1/10/2010 12:50


TheManuz (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 1/10/2010 12:27


Vectomon (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 1/10/2010 12:21

Got my vote. Really awesome! I love the animation.

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