Longscape Challenge

Longscape Challenge

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Longscape Challenge

Title: Longscape Challenge
Pixel Artist: clefairykid  (Level 9 Federal Agent :: 15874 points)
Posted: 2/2/2012 19:21
Palette: 9 colors
Statistics:  20 comments    14 faves    0 avatars

//Edit 6th Feb 2012; Added a shadow behind the tree, changed some of the tree trunk shading and added a little swing hanging from the tree (thanks everyone for the advice!)

This is the first time I've made something with a palette and the first time I've made something for a challenge on PixelJoint, I don't honestly know if it's really considered any good at all, but I think for a first time using a palette, it could be worse. Besides that I see it as a chance to practice and learn.

I guess I just decided to go with a small 150x50 setup since I'm so new to all this, and I like seeing lots of sky and grass in my landscapes, so here's a sunrise. I tried to show it hitting the leaves in the tree and the edges of the grass. Originally I was going to have a bare, spiky looking tree but the tree was the part I struggled with the most so I hid it with leaves ;)

Palette from kawaiihannah.com and one extra colour added by me, not for free use.

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hnt6581 (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 8/26/2012 01:00

The lighting in this picture iz amazing! Great pic!

clefairykid (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 2/20/2012 15:34

 That it's not just a free graphic for people to take and post around the internet without credit?

failureboy (Level 7 Assassin) @ 2/20/2012 06:09

"not for free use"

...what are you saying?

reis (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 2/8/2012 08:40

 Love the texture. Verry happy!

clefairykid (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 2/7/2012 19:16

 Ah yes, I'll have another look after the week of voting is over : )

philippejugnet (Level 6 Hitman) @ 2/7/2012 11:19

 Ah u added something special =) as the rope go up it should be darker ( the lighter part )

clefairykid (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 2/6/2012 05:03

 Thank you! It's not ambitious or fancy but just something simple, I didn't want to feel overwhelmed :)

MyO (Level 1 Rookie) @ 2/6/2012 04:30

Very nice attempt, minimalistic and cute minimum-wise. =)

clefairykid (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 2/5/2012 19:55

 Ah, thank you again philippejugnet, I wasn't sure if edits were allowed once something was submitted to a challenge :) I've now begun some slight changes, I added a little swing but it really doesn't fill that central area that way a character or creature would, but I suppose it's still a bit charming maybe... I'll keep thinking that over in case something ideal hits me : P

@jabber, thank you! I've heard it said to avoid dithering but it's one of my favourite parts of pixelling and I love to play with it :D

@bluemagma, thanks, I knew right away if I wanted it to be clear that the sun was reflecting off the grass, I'd have to separate the lighter half of the palette towards the sky and the darker for the ground ^^

@xamilew, you're probably right about the thickness of the tree trunk, I always find I'm unsure of the exact type of tree I'm trying to portray, as there are no lovely typical oak type treses here, only scraggly thin gum trees or xmas like pines, so when it comes to something outside those two extremes, I'm less sure without finding a reference first. I did adapt the shading on the trunk a little though, as there were a few parts that stood out to me. In future I'll be sure to find myself tree references first : P

@yrizoud, that's a pretty awesome picture, I can see what you mean about the similarities of the composition! 

And general thanks to everyone else commenting : ) I appreciate it ^^

philippejugnet (Level 6 Hitman) @ 2/5/2012 16:16

yeah you may update in this week =)

clefairykid (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 2/4/2012 17:29

 Thanks for the advice philippejugnet, I actually did toy around with birds and butterflies but they didn't work out, I can see the need for something additional though : ) I'll think about possible alternatives, although I don't know that character you suggested very well and would prefer to use something I have more knowledge of :)

philippejugnet (Level 6 Hitman) @ 2/4/2012 12:05

this is good - You need something to make it special not just a well-done-pixelart, something like a character maybe Totoro holding a girl's hand    or somehting like that =)

Jabber (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 2/3/2012 15:11

 This is really lovely. There's a lot of dithering but i think it's got a nice textured effect, and the palette is well-chosen. There's a very hazy atmosphere and i like that.

BlueMagma (Level 3 Chief) @ 2/3/2012 12:33

Greaty use of dithering to blend in the colors! I especially like how you made the horizon brighter to ad some contrast between sky and earth. Great job! :D

Xamllew (Level 3 Chief) @ 2/3/2012 09:17

I think the tree trunk is a tad thick, otherwise a lovely scene. Perhaps a shadow under the tree could add more depth.

yrizoud (Level 6 Aquamarine) @ 2/3/2012 04:53

The layout reminds me of one of John Howe's paintings, Gandalf the Grey.

Good job on the sky, It's challenging to make a long gradient in only 3 colors.


tanuki (Level 1 Seaman) @ 2/3/2012 03:02

This is really good. Nice job on basically everything. The part I like the most is how the grass has a rough, faded boundry with the sky.

moogleymog (Level 2 Corporal) @ 2/3/2012 02:27

 I really like this, nice work! :D

clefairykid (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 2/2/2012 22:23

Oh? I did choose it but I guess something might have gone wrong when I submitted it, I went to "edit" and tried to select it again : ) I think it's there now, thanks for letting me know!

Manupix (Level 11 Godzilla) @ 2/2/2012 21:13

Looks like you forgot to upload the main image ;)

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