Grandpa, it was this big

Grandpa, it was this big

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Grandpa, it was this big

Title: Grandpa, it was this big
Pixel Artist: junkboy  (Level 2 Peon :: 4139 points)
Posted: 4/4/2011 13:49
Statistics:  54 comments    276 faves    0 avatars

 Made as a cover for an upcoming album release

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UltimoGames (Level 5 Detective) @ 1/5/2017 05:37

if you'd ditch the sun, I think it would improve the image! 

Friend (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 1/24/2016 16:55 :)

JustinGameDesign (Level 8 Marshal) @ 4/19/2014 18:07

Really detailed. Love it.

bomccravy (Level 1 Rookie) @ 3/14/2012 22:40

 One of my favs



skallian (Level 1 Depressed) @ 10/24/2011 09:40

Very cute piece!

ThePixelKnight (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/9/2011 11:32

Brilliantly drawn, I love the detail :D Fave

xxmantisxx (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 8/2/2011 18:24

I'll agree that when i posted that was a while ago, and i didn't appreciate the beauty of this piece, but maybe I'm just being stubborn (I do that a lot), after all, it is very professional.

Opacus (Level 7 Ichikyu) @ 8/2/2011 17:36

You think so? I really appreciate the techniques used in this. The lighting, the colours, the sense of depth, the very well readable, fun characters, the composition and just the entire thing looks gorgeous to me. And to top it of, a great style :). But if you don't agree with me, that's fine too!

xxmantisxx (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 8/2/2011 14:37

No no, it's not that. In fact i love the style but... I've seen so many pieces that are better than this, and if you look at the Hall Of Fame you'll see many things that seem more... Worthy, so to speak.

It just seems to me that the time and work put into this isn't as much time and work as some of his other pieces.

Just seems to me that this doesn't deserve first place, maybe second.

Opacus (Level 7 Ichikyu) @ 8/2/2011 11:23

I think it has a lot to do with style. There are plenty of pieces I think have great technique, but just don't do it for me cause the style isn't my thing. Think it's the same for you. A lot of people, including myself, love Junkboy's style. You just happen to be one of the few who doesn't.

MMM103 (Level 1 Thug) @ 6/20/2011 19:48

So cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!

xxmantisxx (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 5/21/2011 09:43

This is amazing, but somehow i don't see how this is #1. it deserves it but i just think there were better ones, although this is amazingly done, and the placement and all, it's great.

Advarsky (Level 1 Intern) @ 5/20/2011 04:56

Great image! I'm in love with this one:)

trough (Level 1 Intern) @ 5/19/2011 10:35

 One of my alltime favorites, your work is always inspiring. I Love the album as well.

jok (Level 10 Master Sniper) @ 4/15/2011 07:15


but it mixes with background

Mathias (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 4/10/2011 21:22

Hah, so good!!

But, whoops, 151 colors.

Zeiphyrus (Level 1 Intern) @ 4/10/2011 10:19

your work is just... gorgeous ! I love it !

Satsume (Level 10 Capo) @ 4/7/2011 09:33

awesome work. 

big brother (Level 11 Admiral) @ 4/7/2011 08:40

Love the colors and the cheery atmosphere. The sprites are masterfully realized. It looks a bit crowded around the grandpa, the background there is busy enough that it's difficult to read that sprite on first glance. Maybe removing some detail from the bg building would help. Moving the building to the left would also ease the focal clutter.

Great job!

OSM (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 4/7/2011 01:58

The water and backgrounds are masterfully done.

Myfault (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 4/6/2011 20:48

 I love the water effect

junkboy (Level 2 Peon) @ 4/6/2011 13:33

 You guys rock, seriously! Thanks!

I did play around a lot with the contrast and rayleigh scattering of the BG elements, but in the end I didn't like how washed out it made my little pixel houses and boats look, so I opted for this "happy pixel hunting!"-solution.

I do like TheManuz idea for animations though, maybe a little flash-loop... :)

MyO (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/6/2011 11:43

(virtual hugs)

TheManuz (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 4/6/2011 07:48

 Oh, man this is so cute, and it feels so alive!

And the colors!

I'd really like to see some little movements of the water, the little bait floating up and down...

llshadow (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 4/5/2011 18:44


ellie-is (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 4/5/2011 17:17

 Awesome. This just *had* to be made by a Swedish person. Of course.

SomewhatHopeless (Level 1 Seaman) @ 4/5/2011 16:46

Incredible by miles. I'd think to see this in the Hall of Fame.

jaumeAV (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 4/5/2011 16:07

wow!  this is adorable!

epoxy (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/5/2011 12:49


ui_ (Level 4 Deputy) @ 4/5/2011 08:59

(im wating the album) the colors are AWESOME!!! faved

One-Hundred (Level 1 Depressed) @ 4/5/2011 08:44

 Top 10 stuff! 

Victor Rojo (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 4/5/2011 08:40

for me the characters are easy to distingish from the background, and the difference of saturation in the background and the minimal color count is only possible by a master, fav and I need to learn from this ;)

Kiwi (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 4/5/2011 05:37

 Awesome! So cute and, I love those colors, they make me feel relaxed

Stickman (Level 6 SWAT) @ 4/5/2011 05:37


I find the characters a little hard to distinguish from the background (especially the fox). I do love the setting!

TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 4/5/2011 02:29

Fantastic! I love the way you guys make such simple designs, by which I mean large stretches of single flat colours, work so well. I've never been able to master that "less is more" and negative space approach to art. It's used so beautifully executed here though.

What I particularly like is the way you've used those empty areas to make the main points of interest clearly visible, like the fish over the sky and the girl over the sun. The grandfather and the fox are less clear, but still easily enough recognisable.

My one gripe would be that I found it a little difficult to instantly separate the boat and the building behind. It's a minor thing though. Otherwise I really do love this piece. Fav'd!

iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 4/5/2011 00:29

Lovely and romantic! :D

I think the bg competes a bit with the foreground, could use more air perspective, imo.

Indigo (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 4/5/2011 00:03

My favorite work from you I think.  Absolutely beautiful

TheoVision (Level 8 Regional Boss) @ 4/4/2011 23:57

Very beautiful piece, very atmospheric!

Just two suggestions though: I think that by outlining the entire pier with black lines (just like you did with the characters) brings more depth into the piece. Furthermore I think that a little dithering in the sky (the sun's glow) would be an added value as well.

Top 10 stuff! 7/7!

KrypToniTe (Level 5 Soldier) @ 4/4/2011 21:31

I love it in every way man, excellent work. The palette is so colorful, the background buldings are amazing and the 2D atmosphere just adds the cherry on to this picture! Oh and that gloqing morning sun is just great man!

6/6, Nuff said.

llshadow (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 4/4/2011 21:09

that's beatiful!

|||| (Level 8 Marshal) @ 4/4/2011 18:35

Wow!! Everything looks good in this but the sun just makes this so interesting.

JuninFC (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 4/4/2011 18:09

hehe, is very good these places are many great Japanese PA

LucasBurgel (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/4/2011 17:43

Must be top 10 of month

Darth Mandarb (Level 10 Operative) @ 4/4/2011 17:33

 I like love this!

Kinn (Level 1 Gangster) @ 4/4/2011 17:12

Wow Great work!

Delicious (Level 8 Regional Boss) @ 4/4/2011 16:39

This is another reason why you're my favourite pixel artist.

Perihelion (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 4/4/2011 16:19

Awesome! I think the fish might not have been the best thing for the preview, but regardless, this looks great.

Fud0 (Level 1 Gangster) @ 4/4/2011 15:29

Good stuff.

Wouldn't it be terribly small in print, though? Even if you print in 72 dpi instead of 300 dpi normally used for print.

Unless you print it in lower dot per inch resolution. I'm really not nitpicking, it's a genuine interest of how you're going to circumvent those problems come printing time. Also, is there a reverse side to the cover?

Excalibur (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 4/4/2011 14:47

Wow~! That is amazing. The perview doesn't do it justice.

Balamoot (Level 10 Maniac) @ 4/4/2011 14:47

Crisp and neat. Awesome style! Do more! 

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