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Title: crepuscularz
Pixel Artist: st0ven  (Level 2 Dealer :: 3984 points)
Posted: 4/5/2012 14:28
Palette: 28 colors
Statistics:  53 comments    215 faves    0 avatars

i could spend another 20 hours dithering this, but i am out of town this weekend and thus out of time. it would be a shame to put this much effort into it and not submit.

did i mention i get very bored of dithering very quickly?

might tweak some palette values but thats it until i find more time in the future.


Edit: ive gotten almost everything finished that i want to do with this piece, so i can feel much more at peace with it now. Ive torn out a few values only to realize that there were definitely a few colors needed elsewhere, so the color count remains at 28.

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KirkeNedakh (Level 1 Rookie) @ 3/5/2017 12:19

Shading of water is so realistic! 

MasterGrand (Level 3 Sergeant) @ 3/5/2017 10:05

Well done

buloght (Level 6 Hitman) @ 1/21/2013 02:01

Your art is so advanced and inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

hnt6581 (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 8/12/2012 10:18

Wow this is truly excellent! Dithering bliss.

Gamamoto (Level 1 Depressed) @ 7/20/2012 15:52

The water is just astonishing and i really like those sun rays you deserve a hurray !

Pukeko (Level 2 Dealer) @ 5/20/2012 01:05

 Wow, the movement and colours are breathtaking

MyO (Level 1 Rookie) @ 5/20/2012 00:31

Looks very much like Mark Ferrari's art.

|||| (Level 8 Marshal) @ 4/18/2012 17:28

This is beautiful.

Pount (Level 1 Depressed) @ 4/13/2012 15:51

 Amazing! :o

epoxy (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/13/2012 07:40

Gorgeous! That wave splash is so juicy!

Muiriled (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 4/12/2012 19:20

 So damn amazing!

big brother (Level 11 Admiral) @ 4/11/2012 21:54

Love the palette and the personality in the details of the rocks and waves. The pink sky to blue sky transition seems a bit artificial compared to the realism of the rest of the scene. I want to see a version with a Viking longship approaching from the distance!

st0ven (Level 2 Dealer) @ 4/11/2012 15:23

Thank you everyone, im very thankful for all of the encouragement.

Junkboy - im particularly honored. You know i love your work as much as the next guy.

I hope you all enjoy the latest (and likely final) updates to the piece. Ive done some work balancing the contrast and some saturation values to make it look a tad more 'striking'. ive gutted a few colors from the water and shared them with some sky values, which allowed me to add some more colors into the rays themselves to make them smoother. Ive overhauled the sky rays with dithering (ugh) so that it was less of an eyesore compared to the rest of the scenery. Ive touched the water just a tad, mostly in cleaning up and adding some desired AA in select areas. the end result isnt necessarily much of a change, just making it a tad more 'crisp'.

neofotistou (Level 5 Captain) @ 4/11/2012 06:49

fantastic! I would give a tiny bit more transparency to the really dark wave on the bottom right, make it glow blue. It would then be absolutely perfect.

EDIT: argh, it's a rock isn't it! *hangs head*. Apologies

junkboy (Level 2 Peon) @ 4/10/2012 14:49

Those are some BOSS pixels right there, DAMN!

Hapiel (Level 11 Admiral) @ 4/9/2012 13:45

 The watersplash shows off the power of hand made pixels. This belongs in a museum for that! 

The rest is just nice, I would have to study this at home to figure where the 28 are needed for but the textures on the sea and clouds are really great!

The rays look a little odd to me in the top right corner. Are they going straight to the center or are they being bend? it looks odd, maybe technically it would have been easier to have the thin rays going in this direction and the thick rays to the top (shorter). Although that would have meant changing the whole image. 
Not as if I could do any better in this lifetime. 

Thanks for sharing and you have my vote!

ParkerBabyDiaperCompany (Level 4 Team Leader) @ 4/9/2012 13:22


Paulo Peres (Level 6 SWAT) @ 4/9/2012 03:46

This water is totally awesome!

Killermachine (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 4/8/2012 23:16

this is so lovely! 

Satsume (Level 10 Capo) @ 4/8/2012 11:50


beef_x (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/7/2012 10:11

so radiant =) love it

Geonjaha (Level 4 Deputy) @ 4/7/2012 03:47

Amazing. The top half could be more refined but it's great!

clefairykid (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 4/7/2012 03:04

 //eyes pop out 

OMG. That sea is AMAZING, I want to vote for this right now haha :D <3 It's got some really beautiful colours, and the rays of light are impressively used too ^^ Good luck, I can't imagine you not placing in the top three, brilliant and inspiring work :D

Neela (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 4/7/2012 02:01

Amazingly beautiful! 

philippejugnet (Level 6 Hitman) @ 4/6/2012 18:42

best showcase I've ever seen don't you? :3

Riva (Level 6 Commander) @ 4/6/2012 17:41

On par with Frank Sauer and Marc Albinet 

Faceless (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 4/6/2012 17:20

That's weird, it shows up for me. Here's a direct link:

JDaddario (Level 1 Seaman) @ 4/6/2012 12:26

This might just be our winner!

Voltali obscur (Level 9 Boss) @ 4/6/2012 11:26

Waves and splashing water are so well made that it would almost make me forget the rays... which of course are also great haha ^^

Felix20 (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 4/6/2012 09:09

 This is really very good, one of the best pieces in this challenge, and that's saying something

st0ven (Level 2 Dealer) @ 4/6/2012 07:31

@kayran - agreed. i will get to it in the future. but not before challenge expriy :(

@Theo - thanks man. i do agree - its not even 'nitpicking'. its just needed. I remember back when i pixelled way more often, i got to a point where i would stop working on my pieces and never finish when large amount of manual dithering was required. ill get there eventually with this piece though.

@Mngwa - no specific reference. i did use google image to study how crepuscular rays behaved. I noticed in in some shots there were orange horizons under the cloud line, and the cloud silhouettes were brightly backlit. the water is something im sort of winging. reference there in some areas would probably have been beneficial.

@ultimaodin - i agree. ill address that as well sometime soon. thank you.

@Faceless - i forgot to mention in my last post that i am completely unable to see whatever edit/image you were trying to post. FF shows nothing, chrome shows a 'broken image' icon. :(

TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 4/6/2012 07:08

Really really good, St0ven. Liking the colours for the cloud. I currently think it's stronger than a3um's entry because you seem to have more control over the depth and perspective to the horizon. Both yours and his are excellent though!

Elastico-Gadget (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 4/6/2012 04:02

What you've done here is amazing.

Mngwa (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/6/2012 02:34

Any reference?

Gecimen (Level 11 Psychopath) @ 4/6/2012 02:22

Well the splasing water itself does it for me. Inspiring piece. Definitely got my vote.

TheoVision (Level 8 Regional Boss) @ 4/6/2012 00:33

This is such an atmospheric piece, totally love it. Fav, 7/7 and vote!

As a fellow dither-buddy: I know it is not the most intelligent work, but it is satisfying when it pays off in the end! So I agree the top right corner and perhaps a subtle sideways gradient of the rays of light would perfect the piece (although it is a bit nitpicking...)

Kayran (Level 1 Depressed) @ 4/6/2012 00:05

I like your sea in the front of picture. It has nice texture and colour. But the sky needs more dithering in my opinion

Kasp3r (Level 1 Private) @ 4/5/2012 22:51

Damn it's so beautiful!

ultimaodin (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 4/5/2012 22:01

... Damn this is awesome! There are some points on the waves where some AA feels missed but otherwise I absolutely love this. FAVE!

st0ven (Level 2 Dealer) @ 4/5/2012 21:26

thanks for the feedback so far everyone.

Ive addressed some issues i had with my own palette. i think there was some over saturation in some of the values in the water and too weighted towards just one hue. so ive varied that up some. also tried to give a hint more warmth to the sun rays.

Orange: sometime in the future when i have more willpower and time to dither it properly ill make sure to update this piece.

elk : im sorry to have disappointed you ^^ - its actually quite challenging getting the proper amount of noise in the splash to make it look chaotic and still look like water. throwing another hue in the mix only makes that balance more difficult.

a3um ill be looking forward to seeing your entry of course.

a3um (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 4/5/2012 20:53

 Very nice indeed!. Actually from your post in the wip thread I've been expecting a flying ray :)

Badassbill (Level 10 Maniac) @ 4/5/2012 19:12

If anything it just needs the yellow and orange highlights in the clouds to lean a little more towards cyan. Wonderful piece.

Chrispy (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 4/5/2012 18:51

I agree with Faceless, a better palette is in order. Otherwise, flawless

Faceless (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 4/5/2012 18:36

I wasn't really feeling your palette. Here's a quick and dirty edit that I think ties the various elements of your piece together better:

Laughing Llama (Level 1 Gangster) @ 4/5/2012 18:10

 That water is excellent!

orange08 (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 4/5/2012 17:57

Looks great! :) The dithering doesn't look that good in some places, though. Overall, awesome!

KittenMaster (Level 4 Deputy) @ 4/5/2012 16:48

 This captures the glory and feeling of an early morning perfectly.  I love it.

prof4d (Level 3 Stalker) @ 4/5/2012 16:46

 Omg, amazing work!

TropicalSnowcone (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 4/5/2012 16:25

love the colors. great job

Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 4/5/2012 16:11

could have dared to reflect some more red-ish on those waterdrops and frontwaves :(


but nice piece good work!

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