Let's be honest here guys...

Let's be honest here guys...

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Title: Let's be honest here guys...
Pixel Artist: Adarias  (Level 11 Bonsai :: 35377 points)
Posted: 3/11/2012 13:20
Palette: 20 colors
Statistics:  28 comments    66 faves    0 avatars

Aright, you want to fight?
Can you withstand my furious chinese takeout?
My American Spirit Bomb?
My agonizing choice to wear loafers without socks?
My penetrating LASIK vision?
Or should I just sick Phoebe on you!?
Be careful, she hasn't had all of her vaccinations yet.

Let's just make this quick, cuz I've got mad shit to do.

(It's OK, even I probably wouldn't play as me in a fighting game, either...)

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Graindolium (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 7/8/2012 08:34


philippejugnet (Level 6 Hitman) @ 3/24/2012 18:21

this is so funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you've got lots of sense of humor

thatlouise (Level 1 Depressed) @ 3/20/2012 09:10

So glad this won, it's absolutely amazing.

st0ven (Level 2 Dealer) @ 3/19/2012 16:39

adarias. First off, congratulations on being top pick in this challenge. there were a lot of entries, that is a very good honor.

I believe what wolvies' speaking of perhaps reference the seemingly random nature of some of the color usage and blending methods used by those colors within certain structures in your sprite. To me, it looks like it was given a color limit and certain values were used in certain places simply because it was the closest palette entry that would fit. This applies, to my eye, with both hue and saturation choices within a specific area. for instance the shirt colors are largely desaturated and well picked, but the more saturated orange doesnt quite seem to have logic in that space, particularly when it is trying to blend values that are both lighter and darker than its own (because even if the luminosity is correct, the saturation breaks that continuity to some degree).

ive made a small edit perhaps to help illustrate what i mean. I very much hope you arent offended this is in no way meant to be a slight against you or your work, the only reason i took the liberty was because of your response to carnivac's comment.


One thing i did notice is that once i replaced the purple shade (which was the most 'off' color that i think anyone could have pointed out), i did find that it lacked some of that color variation the original one had, but i felt that was easy enough to remedy to throw that purple color back in at certain places that indicated some of that fantasy magenta lighting. This way the eye reads that color is in the sprite, but without having to sacrifice blending of values or form.

Many people may still prefer your original to my edits and im quite fine with that. I merely made it to illustrate a point and perhaps learn a thing or two about your sprite and your style in general in the process.

To wrap it up, ill say that i really love how you illustrated the dog! it adds a lot of personality to the sprite.


Carnivac (Level 8 Behemoth) @ 3/19/2012 15:55

I mean like bits where for some reason the coloring seems outside of the outline like on the shoe on our right, or the on elbow on our left where there's like a block of color breaking through that outline there.  The bag seems overdone particularly on the bottom right corner.  And for something with about 20 colors it does seem rather flat and lifeless. Like I said I like the general design (even if I still find it too 'silly' for the challenge) I just think it needs a lil more work to really shine.


I dunno.  Your other work usually shows a lot more sharp refinement and depth.  Doesn't matter what I say anyways.  Just noticed you won the challenge.  Congrats.

Adarias (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 3/19/2012 15:19

 Carnivac (I almost wrote Wolverine :P) - could you possibly expand on the sloppy technique part?  I usually don't work at more than half this scale for characters, and I have a lot to learn about doing larger (for me, more difficult) forms.  Any advice or precision critique would be hugely appreciated.  

The purple was a mistake that originated with a crappy monitor - I didn't do device checking until after submission, and didn't want to alter it because it was a challenge piece :(

Carnivac (Level 8 Behemoth) @ 3/19/2012 14:56

The design is good but the colors (particularly the ill-fitting purple) and sloppy pixel technique let it down so much.

reis (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 3/19/2012 13:07


Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 3/13/2012 14:26

I love pieces that get better when you zoom in :).

Partack (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 3/13/2012 03:05

 Very cool. i love the fashion style used and the hanging objects really give a feeling of depth and gravity.  also the doggie is ADORABLE. Great pallette choice too. the integrated reds ont he outlines really work.

Great piece =)

ptoing (Level 7 Cuttlefish) @ 3/13/2012 02:59

By far the best of them all. The only thing I do not like is your darned purple/red stuff. It burns. I tried replacing it with a brown colour and it looks a lot nicer imo. Still, this is number 1 as far as I am concerned. 

Jeremy H (Level 4 Deputy) @ 3/12/2012 12:02

beautifull work !

kevink (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 3/12/2012 09:20

I honestly never suspected you made this. 

ultimaodin (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 3/11/2012 23:44

Ha ha brilliant. The section with the dog and your hand is a bit hard to read at 1px but either way a beautiful entry.  Lots of personality in this. =)

wuhu (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 3/11/2012 19:40

 I can just hear Phoebe letting out a mini growl... *rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

definitely got my vote!

Adarias (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 3/11/2012 19:34

 slym - thanks, I like to think i got back to my roots a little with this one.

Franuka - heh, i had a ponytail for a hot minute like 5 years ago.  #neveragain.

tre - i've been quite busy with work.  If i uploaded everything that i started but hadn't the time to finish, there would be many more updates!

9_6 (Level 1 Intern) @ 3/11/2012 19:08

Awesome job! 

Franuka (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 3/11/2012 17:14

 At first glance I thought your dog was a ponytail (and you looked like Guybrush) and the leash was a crutch :p

This is awesome in many ways (Y)

Riva (Level 6 Commander) @ 3/11/2012 17:11

An extra point for the Wicked description :)

slym (Level 8 Ruby) @ 3/11/2012 16:31

 I am obssesed with your pastel colors xD

Adarias (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 3/11/2012 16:26

 I always draw myself chubby because i think it's more funny.  I'm actually 5'6" at 124 lbs (so quite thin).  This is my actual face.

Mathias (Level 7 Junk) @ 3/11/2012 16:21

you're fat

tre (Level 1 Intern) @ 3/11/2012 16:15

earlier today I read the interview you have done here a couple years ago, checked out your gallery, liked it and wondered if you are still active here as your last upload has been sometime november 2011. So, now your back and how! Mighty nice work, good sir!

42and19 (Level 1 Intern) @ 3/11/2012 15:23


This is a win. I was considering entering with something boring like me wielding the 2 foot bar of aluminium that I keep by my bed at night. 

Shawn (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 3/11/2012 15:23

beautifully done.

The Fry Bat (Level 5 Detective) @ 3/11/2012 14:22

This challenge has been starving for an entry with personality like this one.

Rayovatron (Level 6 SWAT) @ 3/11/2012 14:01

 Do your dog fight too?

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 3/11/2012 13:51

This is the challenge done right.

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