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Title: Mmm, Red Velvet
Pixel Artist: Luminae  (Level 1 Hired Gun :: 265 points)
Posted: 9/5/2005 11:21
Statistics:  21 comments    4 faves    2 avatars

 Part 2 of the "Mmm..." collection. (That's not even a word.)
No blur tools -- I'm still confused how I did it.


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JerryPie (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 11/22/2006 16:50

I dont believe the color selection was done by you. It would take hours just to select 2345 colors. Is it still considered pixel art if you use a paint tool or a blur tool?

Great piece, I just have a hard time believing anyone would spend that much time picking a new color for each pixel they lay down on the cake. Because it would already take a long time just to do this pixel art and make it look nice, but if you had to pick a new color for each and every pixel...thats insane and moronic of any artist.

Just my 2 cents. 2/5 looks nice, just dont believe its all old school MSpaint style pixeling

Skull (Level 11 CEO) @ 11/4/2006 11:02
Superb wood texture, detsiled so well. And the cake, is delectable.. :D

Mulchdiggums (Level 2 Peon) @ 5/9/2006 19:25
its so detailed im hungry!

Lawrence (Level 10 Operative) @ 4/17/2006 11:42
Looks great, but all those colours make me wonder if it's really hand made pixel art.

clawsy12 (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 3/16/2006 17:45
Looks Delicious!

leel (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 2/12/2006 18:45
love the texture of the frosting on the side, yum!

Twisted (Level 1 Quiet One) @ 12/30/2005 20:41
I'm also confused to how you did it... Are there actually 2435 colours? or did you just rearrange 2345...

Peppermint Pig (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/16/2005 15:41
 For works of this size, it's pretty good, though it uses quite a few colors and looks to be done with CG techniques and not wholly pixel art.

neota (Level 8 Shodan) @ 9/12/2005 09:59
Here is a 15min edit showing how it might be improved.


* kill the blur on table (this ironically was done with gimp's smudge tool, set to rate==100 and hard edge so it doesn't make new colors)
* richer colors
* less (172) colors

lots more that could be improved, of course..
* black bg probably would work better
* icing is a bit too muddy (hence the confusion)
* you have a few pixels of partial transparency on the left side.


neota (Level 8 Shodan) @ 9/12/2005 09:45
 then in that case, they look too strawberryish :)

Just accept the compliment and leave them guessing. Works for me:)

I remember this one time when there was a 'pixel candy based on your impression of another forum member' activity on pixelation, and someone made a 'neota cake' , then edited saying 'wait, is neota a guy?'. I replied appreciatively, with no answer to the q ;). I'm not anything but me, everyone else is only them too although they very rarely seem to realize it.

Akira: Are you criticizing the appearance or the technique? Either is fair, just remember that I can make a picture using similar methods (paintbrush and or opacity+blending modes) and you will not be able to tell that. So exactly what merit does choosing the colors yourself have as other than a training exercise, if it can be indistinguishably different in results from doing it a faster way?

Luminae again:
I rated it three myself, cause if you're going to go that way you could have made much better use of custom brushes to texture it (I'm assuming you can have pixel perfect color brushes in PSP or Photoshop just like i can in GIMP..), you could have also used posterize (to 16 levels -- same as the Amiga from whence the amazing demoscene pics sprang) to give it a richer color scheme and generally less 'wasted detail'/more 'useful detail'

Akira (Level 5 Sniper) @ 9/12/2005 01:48
Uhh I find it hard to believe that you picked all 2435 colours yourself. Prove me wrong and i'll give you more than a one star rating.

inkspot (Level 4 Button Man) @ 9/10/2005 14:02

Its real!

Luminae (Level 1 Hired Gun) @ 9/10/2005 09:35
 Thanks, but the stuff going around the cake is just decorative icing. The reflection in the cake stand is sort of simple because I didn't want it to draw away from the actual cake.
If you want to see some real strawberries I've done, there are some on top of the other cake I made. Sorry I can't give you a link. I've tried, but it just ate my post.

[By the way, Badass, I'm not a guy. (cough) But I'm going to be stereotyped if I'm a girl...]

neota (Level 8 Shodan) @ 9/9/2005 21:06
The cake is good and the table foot is good. The tabletop and the strawberries are too blurred /messy looking. The colors are good.

Badassbill (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 9/8/2005 13:31
You sir, are a god.

Zoomrix (Level 1 Intern) @ 9/6/2005 19:02
 I haven't seen pixel art looking this realistic in a long time! This is practically a photo! Great job!

Luminae (Level 1 Hired Gun) @ 9/6/2005 13:56
 Larger? Like, the whole table? A famous and fortunate table?? Actually, that doesn't sound to bad...

Thanks for the comments!

perfectless (Level 1 Intern) @ 9/6/2005 09:05
very good. it looks realistic. i'm hungry...

BruceJuice (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 9/5/2005 19:13
 again, you've proven that there accually are tastebuds on my eyes. awesome cake.

The B.O.B. (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 9/5/2005 18:32
This looks very cool...Almost reminiscient of an oil painting...good job...but maybe you need to go for larger pieces...That would surely bring you more fame and fortune...

Aiko (Level 1 Quiet One) @ 9/5/2005 17:43
 wow. very realistic, and very yummy looking. you made the colors blend very well. awesome piece!

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