Top of the Year

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Top of the Year

Title: Top of the Year
Pixel Artist: TheoVision  (Level 8 Regional Boss :: 8768 points)
Posted: 7/21/2012 00:06
Palette: 21 colors
Statistics:  28 comments    30 faves    0 avatars

My entry for the Weekly Challenge - Pixel Joint Magazine.

This month's PJ Magazine is a special edition, with extra glossy quality paper, depicting the top art of last year (including zooms, artist's comments, and some in depth interviews). This edition is a absolute must have...

Reference: monthly art nr.1 icon

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reis (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 7/28/2012 07:00

Lovely logo 

SturmgewehrKreuz (Level 4 Lieutenant) @ 7/28/2012 06:34

say, is this for real?this is cool.waaaay cool.

Carnivac (Level 8 Behemoth) @ 7/27/2012 15:47

This is one of those pieces where it catches my eye at first but the more I look at it the more I see really annoying flaws which prevent me wanting to fave it.  But yeah it's decent, I just think it could be 'fixed'.

ThePixelKnight (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/25/2012 15:55

Great trophy and I like how you did the title text :)

albaz2000eg (Level 1 Private) @ 7/25/2012 06:56

 simply . Wow !

StarQueen (Level 1 Depressed) @ 7/25/2012 00:18

 Prety,very Prety,o like the colors,and the shadows and the source that was with a lighting point.

reis (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 7/24/2012 08:19

 Great job!

Puppy (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/23/2012 19:05

Very cool , reminds me of a yugioh card graphic haha

baah (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 7/23/2012 00:32

Love it!

MyO (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/22/2012 23:35

Sorry for asking, but how exactly does it show?

Frost (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 7/22/2012 15:40

Nice work!

I love the fact that your background with DPaint still shows in your work. :)

TheoVision (Level 8 Regional Boss) @ 7/22/2012 11:39

@ Christoballs:first of all thanks for your elaborate comment. I regard this as a compliment and respect for the piece as it takes time to study the pixel creation and write the feedback.

I'm aware that there are severa flaws in this piece - things like banding and the perspective of the trophy cup. Weekly challenges come and go, and especially this week I did not have enough time to finish it the way I liked it, mainly due to the time constraint. Normally it takes several weeks for me to create a piece, as I find it refreshing to revisit my work, or sleep a night over it and keep on tweaking till I feel comfertable with it.

A Weekly challenge is more about fun and implementing an idea within a week, and I must admit these creations don't always get my attention they need (sometimes I just 'doodle' without proper reference or a draft sketch).

Nevertheless, thanks for the feedback - the piece is indeed done for the moment, but I tend to revisit pieces from time to time, so who knows...

Digital (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 7/22/2012 07:12

 This is great. :]

clefairykid (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 7/21/2012 22:39

 Stunning, a winner in more ways than one ;P

Terrify (Level 3 Chief) @ 7/21/2012 21:04

 Amazing work man, keep it up.

Christoballs (Level 7 Neanderthal) @ 7/21/2012 16:22

I think what MrBeast remarked on is more than valid, not "wrong" or "right".

Criticism is constructive not because it's right or wrong (wtf), but because it's an insight on some aspects with a different outlook, backed up with some relevant and structured arguments.

Making assumptions on MB's intentions is kind of uncool: he was trying to help, but could've been even more resourceful if he offered some solutions to the issues he raised.



As a whole, this piece looks good, as it gives off a pretty old-school vibe from the colour palette used and the style, but when you get technical, I have a few issues I'd like to point out:

-there is a generous amount of banding in the piece. I can't really point out a specific area but most of the trophy and background is concerned, and it is in majority due to your good intention of buffering (which works well at 100%). The dithering only accentuates this trend. I think if you reduce the dithering to certain parts of the shading, and use more block colour to convey more or less sharply the specularity, then you may get a result that gives more volume and contrast to the trophy.

-the form you're representing isn't regular if it were to be drawn in another perspective. This is caused in part by the line above the "1" not following the same curve as the line above it . The one below follows it, repeating this break. The same happens for the lines of the base of the trophy, which doesn't seem to be centred with the cup, either. I digress, but there are a few more details in this fashion, aswell as several clashes in the perspectives of the handles with the cup, the neck, the base, which, combined, make your object more stylised and wacky, rather than something purely rational and calculated. This is what makes your piece appealing.

I'd probably guess you're done with this, but I thought it could nevertheless be some food for thought!

MatWarner (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/21/2012 13:54

Someone most be a Perfectionist because that is just beautiful! :)

TheoVision (Level 8 Regional Boss) @ 7/21/2012 13:14

@Dredlockz: I've looked into it. I think it looks better now (just some pixels can make some difference). Thanks!

TheoVision (Level 8 Regional Boss) @ 7/21/2012 13:09

@MrBeast: first of all thanks for the feedback. I fixed the most problematic areas like the bumps and curves of the arms. As the object itself is not that big I think the lack of difference in the thickness of the arms is not that distubing. Furthermore the object is lighted with more than one lightsource, but I guess I wasn't that consequent in all places. 

CeD (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/21/2012 10:26

du grand art !!! i love 

MrBeast (Level 3 Dryad) @ 7/21/2012 04:54

 Guys... -.- play the knights in shining armor elsewhere.

Gecimen (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 7/21/2012 04:20

Excellent piece dude. It's like a lesson to those who don't believe you create original pixel art.

@MrBeast; check your monitor, mate. While you're free to dislike a piece, your criticism is far from being constructive since it's mostly wrong.

SacreDoom (Level 2 Dealer) @ 7/21/2012 03:18

 I usually go ahead and tell people if I see an issue with their work, but I cannot relate to anything you said there. You seem to say what you said because you feel like criticizing him, or perhaps to down his work, because you fear you'll have competition in the weekly challenge? 

To adress the issues, half of what you mentioned is completely wrong. If you look close, it seems like there's multiple lightsources, when was this not allowed?

There's nothing wrong with the palette. I do agree it is not extremely interesting, but there's nothing WRONG with it.

In regards to the "bumps" in the arms, and claiming that they look curved differently, I also disagree. You can't see a piece of the arm facing away from us because the "actual" trophy is covering some of it. 

Regarding shadows... Uggh, what? Where is there not shadows?



MrBeast (Level 3 Dryad) @ 7/21/2012 02:51

It looks to me like there is something very wrong with this piece.

  • Shadows are missing
  • The arm facing away should look thinner than the other but isn't.
  • I am not exactly sure about this but the reflections and the lighting don't really seem to be coherent
  • The front arm has a bump in it, the other not
  • ... plus its differently curved
  • The color palette is lacking depth

Dredlockz (Level 5 Detective) @ 7/21/2012 02:02

Wow! Well done!

I tried mimmicking your background a couple of times to get the hang of it, I just loved it!
That straight line in the colouring (just a bit right of the number "1") I think it may be too straight? 

Ashkin (Level 8 Rear Admiral) @ 7/21/2012 01:28

How fitting that the front cover is so amazingly done. <3

Jinn (Level 11 Cthulhu (The Call of Cthulhu)) @ 7/21/2012 00:28

Really nice piece, pal! ;)

A2J2TIWARI (Level 4 Murderer) @ 7/21/2012 00:13

This is awesome! I bow to you sir!

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