Automatic tool is anything that doesn't allow total control over each pixel placement and color.
Spray tool: you control the color, but not the placement.
Semi-transp: you may control the placement, but not the color.
Soft brush: you control neither placement nor color.
Pencil tool, paint bucket: you control everything. Meaning, you can predict exactly what will happen when you apply it.
Drawing a line with a hard five-pixel custom-made brush is ok too, as long as there is no soft transition effect.
It's often called a rule, but more importantly it's what pixel art is just about. It's about learning too. And it's fun. You will come to understand and appreciate this when you study and do more pieces.
About this piece: apart from being automatic (I hadn't noticed because the white blends with the yellow), this background is also very harsh, and conflicts with the character because the same colors are used. The black you had before was hard too, but better I think. Still, I agree that both bgs didn't help the picture a lot, so I think it's better without, so far. You might however try a bg color that would fit better, or even a simple scene.
I encourage you to experiment, and discuss this further on the forum!
Well, I didn't get all you said, I like it more with this backrownd, but I'll upload it one more time with a transparent background especialy for you
But see, someone can tell me he like it more with... I don't know, red flowers behind? I can't draw 20 different versions of each piece.
So why you just don't tell me what is bothering you, about the "automatic tools" I mean. Because I'm new in this site and I don't understand what is the difference between drawing a line with 5 dots one by one, for exemple and drawing a line by changing the brush.
And if it broke the rules, how can anyone proove that I didn't do it "by hand"?
And please, can you explain what exactly does it mean "automatic tool"?
its not about using the spray can tool or doing it by hand
its about actually giving it a purpose. it would be ten times better if you simple used a transparent background and even removed the text. because if that was the case, you'd be alowwing the use of a gradient as a background filler. its so random and tasteless it ends being completely random.
by the way, you're openly admiting to use automated tools such as a brush. that noisy background has some semi-transparent dots all over it.
Hmm, I didn't use it for the character, just for the backgrownd, because I like it more with white dots. So, you want me to delete the dots on the backgrownd and then draw them again one by one? It makes no sens. But if you're sure that break the rules, I'll do it, I have all the time in the world
AND it's not a "spray can tool", I just clicked on "choose brush".
(btw, sorry for my english...)
since when the spray can tool is allowed in the gallery.
Nice, but you generally need cleaner lines and better shading.
Also, I'd suggest to look at the original Winnie illustrations by E.H. Shepard. They're millions times better than the ugly Disney ripoff.
I'm a Winnie fan too...
;D Wow. Laughed so hard xD