Draconian warrior

Draconian warrior

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Draconian warrior

Title: Draconian warrior
Pixel Artist: hnt6581  (Level 1 Jukyu :: 539 points)
Posted: 8/11/2012 14:20
Palette: 14 colors
Statistics:  15 comments    1 faves    0 avatars

Pepto C-64 palette. Square pixels tho... One of these days I'll pixel a real C-64 multicolor with 2:1 pixels...

Story : Draconian warrior came back from a journey beyond the ocean to his home village only to find it burnt to a crisp by those fitlhy humans, his folk slaughtered. And they did it by night when Draconians are in disadvantage because they lack the Suns heat. Those cowards! So the angry warrior grabbed his sword and set off to seek immediate vengeance. And that's when I saw him and pixeled him. And yes, this was actually a film set and the boys were holding a backdrop the color of C-64 homescreen behind my character.


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Danori (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 8/19/2012 08:46

 Way over dithered. It defeats the point of dithering. Without dithering, you could probably even drop the color count.

hnt6581 (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 8/19/2012 07:45

And, yes, sorry I forgot, what "other pixels" were You refering to sir, if I may ask?

hnt6581 (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 8/19/2012 07:39

First of all, thanks for the comment, I appreciate it, while it's not particularly constructive, I appreciate all comments!

You're right about pillow shading! But Y'know I've spent so much time avoiding the pillow shading just because someone somwhere said that it's a "no-no". And I would do so in places where my mind would suggest to use exactly the "forbidden" pillow shading. Then I observed stuff around me and came to a conclusion that a lot of things out there can be best pixeled pillowshaded. The eyeball piece is basically pillowshaded too, only it's masked with heavy dithering. Anyway, You're totally right saying that Draconian warrior piece bursts with pillow shading - this is the way of the lazy I think, when You don't wanna think too much pillow is the way You slide... But whenever I hear someone say "Good example of pillow shading" in the cynical way You did, in a way like saying "good example of bad manners and ignorance" makes me laugh, I guess people should be careful about writing down tips which if repeated enough times become 'rules of art', they're just not for everyone, some people are just bound to make a religion out of them, and proclaim everything that doesn't comply a sacrilege. Art isn't about rules - it's about finding out what works and what doesn't - best on Your own and not heavily based on 'rules', it's exploration. Imagining Earth as round was a big no-no once too You know. Anyway - as I've said before - in this particular case - I agree to a certain point. Cheers!

Trick17 (Level 8 Venus fly trap) @ 8/19/2012 06:45

Good example of pillow shading. Hard to believe you made the other pixels too.

hnt6581 (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 8/14/2012 02:28

Finally! You couldn't be more right. I was suprised no one said this before. When I look at it, it becomes very obvious very fast that some parts had been focused on while the others are just blank. And that's the main problem IMO - the contrast in detail level from one part to another. Thanks for pointing it out Yourself, I like seeing that people actually look at stuff being posted here. As for dithering - it's a style (and a must with C-64 palette), so the right argument would be that in someplaces the dithering is just plain lame and lazily done, but too much? No IMHO.

carrion (Level 7 Underboss) @ 8/13/2012 23:31

 too much dither is not a problem IMO, but parts of this dragon warrior look a bit flat to my taste

philippejugnet (Level 6 Hitman) @ 8/12/2012 17:01

 "they have different flavours, and it's up to you to decide the ones you wan't to take"

Geolm (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 8/12/2012 12:00

Agreed, too much dithering

Fe4r (Level 1 Gangster) @ 8/12/2012 09:34

 You rely too much on dithering.

cirpons (Level 5 Soldier) @ 8/12/2012 08:51

Too much dither. Try using pixel clusters instead.

hnt6581 (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 8/12/2012 06:05

"Life is like a box of chocolate..."

hnt6581 (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 8/12/2012 06:03

Yes it's on a rough side, I'm not that crafty with C-64 palette, I don't think I've used it since KoAlapainter days and that was a loooong time ago.

philippejugnet (Level 6 Hitman) @ 8/12/2012 05:43

 It's hard to believe you did that and now you did this.

Christoballs (Level 7 Neanderthal) @ 8/12/2012 05:25

It's a shame it isn't as smooth as your avatar piece.

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