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Title: Millstone
Pixel Artist: cure  (Level 11 Godfather :: 57480 points)
Posted: 6/10/2011 23:07
Palette: 24 colors
Statistics:  34 comments    103 faves    0 avatars

Another entry in my Ah/Chu series

Edit: color update thanks to ska. Also thanks to Jeremy and C2B for their color advice over at pixelation.

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david lunch (Level 1 Rookie) @ 2/9/2014 03:36

excellent work

khemist000 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/4/2013 09:15

 GREAT! I love this! The expression on his face and the lighting looks perfect to me. I also love the sense of depth you achieved with the colors.

AtskaHeart (Level 7 Colonel) @ 1/26/2013 06:57

This is one of my fav pixel pieces, very deep and beautiful.

Riva (Level 6 Commander) @ 1/8/2013 11:26

Simple and beautiful

vmarach21 (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 10/22/2012 18:02

 I love the bubbles around the stone and the water drops on the face. Very good peice.

Loonybin (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/25/2011 08:32

I love how the water splashes "out" of the box.

reis (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 8/8/2011 07:48


Risky2k (Level 1 Thug) @ 7/15/2011 13:24

 This has left me speechless...


MyO (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/12/2011 09:53

Very good and detailed work. Thank you for making this.

Vanilla tiramisu. (Level 1 Gangster) @ 6/25/2011 20:46

Omg! that's awesome really nice job, I like the idea.

Christoballs (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 6/13/2011 14:16

this is good, i like what you wrote, but as you said, the concept can only get better!

this may be due to my eyes being very tired but when i squint slightly i have the impression i see bands of alternating colour instead of the dithered gradient for the sea. i think it's the bottom rows of dithering that are doing this. if it isn't only my eyes playing up, i think a simple way of resorting to this issue is destroying the blocks of dithering and make it a bit more "free".

i'm looking forward to more from your ah/chu series!

Peach (Level 6 Made) @ 6/13/2011 10:49

 I want to say, apart from the concept, I totally love the shading of the mill stone. Lovely.

I would have spread that bit of shading also on the face, but that's it. Keep it up. good job!

cure (Level 11 Godfather) @ 6/13/2011 10:43

@Carnivac: Thanks, that means a lot

@Mis-BUG: thanks, concept is something I'm really trying to improve and develop lately.

@iLKke: You're too giving!

Carnivac (Level 8 Shodan) @ 6/13/2011 02:30

You're one of the truly great actual pixel artists on this site.

Mis-BUG (Level 8 Regional Boss) @ 6/13/2011 00:31

The concept behind your art is outstanding as always... cool cool cool piece...

iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 6/13/2011 00:03

Awesomestest in every possible way. Instafav + free blowjob. 

cure (Level 11 Godfather) @ 6/12/2011 22:58

you're a second-generation pixel artist? :O

slym (Level 8 Rear Admiral) @ 6/12/2011 22:32

For some reason this makes me think of my mom's old pxiel art. It has a retro-like feel. I love it!

cure (Level 11 Godfather) @ 6/12/2011 13:55

ah, good point. dunno why I'd been ignoring that. I'll fix it soon enough. And thanks for noticing my pretty handwriting :3

@Perihelion, et al: Thanks. Hopefully I can pull it off in encaustic (class) :S

Perihelion (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 6/12/2011 12:00

Awesome! I love the concept and the composition and the execution.

TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 6/12/2011 11:38

Excellent piece. I love the writing, which seems to be getting few compliments. I too must point to the hole though as Leroy did. It strikes me that the depth of it is shorter that the depth at the bottom of the millstone. By my reckoning it should either be the same height or a little bit longer.

SatTheArtist (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/12/2011 11:30

That wowed me completely.

Kinn (Level 1 Gangster) @ 6/11/2011 23:49

Simply amazing.

dumbo (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 6/11/2011 15:47

Love the face most here! Anything side view or straight on does it for me.


Opacus (Level 7 Ichikyu) @ 6/11/2011 13:17

Fantastic letters, the anti-aliasing is impeccable.

tuaarita (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 6/11/2011 12:46

 Still looks a bit off, maybe it's the shading on a different angle than the outsides.

|||| (Level 8 Marshal) @ 6/11/2011 10:45

Makes me appreciate air.. and reminds me of my fears. Great expression on his face too.

cure (Level 11 Godfather) @ 6/11/2011 10:35

Hole updated.

The first line reads "I surfaced now and then for air".

tuaarita (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 6/11/2011 09:55

 The millstone itself and the hole in it seem a little off like they're facing different ways. Also the first sentece wasn't as readable on the lighter background, I'm still not sure what it says; "..and _____ for air"

cure (Level 11 Godfather) @ 6/11/2011 09:32

yeah the length doesn't really fit my idea, at least not with all the height at the bottom. I could probably stretch it out in a few spots though. I do like that color edit (on the stone and water), so I'll probably tweak that. you might be right on the dithering, but it doesn't bother me that much, so it'll probably remain.

Ezekiel (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/11/2011 05:38

 Wow! Exellent idea and superb realizzation! 5 stars

EtNoir (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 6/11/2011 02:30

My favourite part of this are deffinitly those bubbles ^^

The face and the millstone do seem a bit disconnected to me, I think it's because the upper part just ends in a almost horizontal line, while the rest of the image flows from top to bottom.

skamocore (Level 11 CEO) @ 6/11/2011 02:05

Your stuff is always so inspiration...(it makes me want to get back into pixelling ;w;)

An edit.

I played around with the colours a bit - tried to make it a bit more aqua coloured, as oppose to blue. Also, I extended the canvas down a bit (erm, a lot ); a wildly subjective edit, as it might not fit your vision at all, but I think something like that could add more of a feeling of being sucked under into the dark depths.

Also, as I think I mentioned earlier, you could use a more organic type of dithering, especially since there's such a dissonance between the flowing nature of the water and the rigid style of dithering.

Chibiwing (Level 4 Deputy) @ 6/11/2011 00:03

Dang, but that is pretty.

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