Joe Pass 1929 - 1994

Joe Pass 1929 - 1994

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Joe Pass 1929 - 1994

Title: Joe Pass 1929 - 1994
Pixel Artist: mambazo  (Level 5 Rokkyu :: 2433 points)
Posted: 2/25/2010 12:01
Palette: 4 colors
Statistics:  38 comments    41 faves    0 avatars

Both a tribute and challenge entry.

I've always wanted to be a successful Jazz Guitarist.

Reference here

Wip animation here

Edit: Updated taking onek's advice on the shoulder and skin dithering. I've extended the leg a bit, but I won't angle it down, as its incredibly hard to balance a guitar with what appears to be a straight leg :P

Edit 2: Taken Manupix advice, removing a little dithering from the fabric to create a bit more depth/volume. Minor touchups on the face also.

Edit 3: Shaved some width off the right hand to reduce the 'blobbiness' :)

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syedahumna56 (Level 2 CGA) @ 6/4/2022 00:07


vmarach21 (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 10/4/2012 17:36

 A small part inside of me just died... You soooo amazin'!

Jaker Pot (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 8/2/2010 15:36

Good colors, good colors!

Argyle (Level 6 Manager) @ 3/9/2010 16:41

Congratulations on your fantastic win!  The piece is very striking and sharp!

mambazo (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 3/8/2010 10:27

Thank you!! :D

htdreams (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 3/8/2010 07:04

Congratulations! your texture effect is really great, i've learned a lot by studying it :D

TunderPhoenix (Level 2 Corporal) @ 3/2/2010 13:58

Man, you deserve to win. vote.

mambazo (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 3/1/2010 12:04

Thanks. My father plays upright bass so I guess its only natural to want to be a jazz musician :)

DanielHyaku (Level 4 Button Man) @ 3/1/2010 10:25

 A jazz guitarist? Since you were little?

Ok... I don't really bite it, but the art looks fantastic. Congratulations.

Zetman (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 3/1/2010 04:57

I love it. The guitar looks too great I'm a fan of Jazz too ^^

Chrispy (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 2/28/2010 19:41

hey, he died the same year I was born! :P

Minstrel (Level 1 Rookie) @ 2/28/2010 16:54

This. Is. Pure. Awesome.

inphy (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 2/28/2010 01:52

Great work, the colours and dithers work very nicely.

jeremy (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 2/27/2010 02:38

 Guitar is real good :D

slym (Level 8 Rear Admiral) @ 2/26/2010 19:31

Dayum! This is amazing!

mambazo (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 2/26/2010 19:14

@Manupix: Rene Thomas reminds me a bit of Kenny Burrell, nice stuff!

Perhaps we can do a jazz greats collab?

Manupix (Level 11 Godzilla) @ 2/26/2010 16:53

I've just had a nice Joe Pass Youtube session: great, great stuff. I've been missing something all this time. And a nice sense of humour too.

Do you know these guys

bitswitcher (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 2/26/2010 12:37

the lower hand, seem a bit to bloby. but its totaly amazing ;)

mambazo (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 2/26/2010 07:27

@Manupix: Ah, I see the effect it creates, more volume in the fabric, nice :) You'd like The Rosenberg Trio if you like Gypsy Swing ;)

Manupix (Level 11 Godzilla) @ 2/26/2010 07:24

Here's mine.

I think the dithering you added in the face needs some cleaning, it's a bit too flat now. Sorry, I made my edit from the former version ;)

Btw, I love jazz guitar too, but I don't really know Joe Pass. I'll definitely look for him!

mambazo (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 2/26/2010 05:51

@onek: Ok you win, lol. The majority of comments agree with you so I have made some changes

Manjaman (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 2/26/2010 02:57

Very nice colors and texture. Onek is right for the leg and the shoulder, but the whole thing looks great.

snowk (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 2/25/2010 20:35

DUDE! Don't be a guitar player. be an artist! omigosh the texture on the coat is just amazingly executed. Man! Don't get me wrong it is very good. but I do think that the skin in onek's edit looked better. It conveyed some of the more inperfect qualities of the skin of an older(ish)  person while also giving more detail (wrinkles).

overall I give you a 5/5 anyway :)

dpixel (Level 9 Vice President) @ 2/25/2010 20:20

Very nice use of the palette.  I'm wondering though, where's the other end of the guitar strap?  Although it's hard to tell if he's even using one in the reference.  Very nice job!

KingOfTheTrolls (Level 9 Boss) @ 2/25/2010 19:02

looks amazing, love how you totaly owned that pallette!

Pumpkinbot (Level 2 Peon) @ 2/25/2010 16:56

*sniff* Ooh, smell that first place material! :D

mambazo (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 2/25/2010 16:50

@Manupix: Thanks, can you point out the areas where you feel dithering is not needed on the jacket? Cheers :)

mambazo (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 2/25/2010 16:49

EDIT:- Dunno what happened here, was a blank post :S Can't see any way to delete my post.

Manupix (Level 11 Godzilla) @ 2/25/2010 16:24

Very good color pick from the palette!

The jacket could use a few spots without dithering.

mambazo (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 2/25/2010 15:18

@onek: I agree with your shoulder edit, looks much better, but the skin dithering, and the leg don't look right to me.

M. Lucanius (Level 5 Soldier) @ 2/25/2010 14:13

I think the shoulder is off because in the ref he is angled a little more to his left.

onek (Level 6 Hitman) @ 2/25/2010 12:52


...his left shoulder and leg looks a bit strange too


bitswitcher (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 2/25/2010 12:35

 oh, now i saw right hand from him, is to fat, or his fingers are to smal

Robinhood (Level 9 Boss) @ 2/25/2010 12:29

So realistic for 4 colors :)

mambazo (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 2/25/2010 12:28

Thanks. I didn't want to make the skin look rough, and its hard to detail it with so few colours :S


Fixed ref link (hopefully), it worked for me both before and after.... maybe its a location block or something?

onek (Level 6 Hitman) @ 2/25/2010 12:26

rly nice... love the guitar and the texture on the jacket.... but i think the head ( skin...) could need some more details, texturing, dither... it looks unfinished compared to the rest... 

btw the reference link doesnt work

mambazo (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 2/25/2010 12:25

Thank you!

bitswitcher (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 2/25/2010 12:19

 wow, i love it :)

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