Gypsy Forest

Gypsy Forest

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Gypsy Forest

Title: Gypsy Forest
Pixel Artist: TheInquisitor  (Level 4 Shichikyu :: 4846 points)
Posted: 12/20/2012 15:43
Palette: 134 colors
Statistics:  32 comments    117 faves    0 avatars

Had this in the works for a long long time. Finally got around to finishing it!

An RPG tileset of a dark forest in twilight. The stone heads are great petrified giants left to weather and erode over decades.

Gypsies and other unsavoury sorts travel through this shadowy region in boats and caravans to head to great cities. (Which I might pixel at some later point!)

Additionally, here's a lil' firefly animation I've made. Fireflies would fit nicely into this scenery.


114 colours (yikes!) I'm sure that could easily be cut down. I'm frankly surprised by that number. I may add some other caravans/crates and bushes in the near future.


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sgtcrispy (Level 4 Team Leader) @ 5/18/2014 22:09

Very nice. :)

winged doom (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 10/16/2013 07:18


Sooooo mooody! Awesome work!

EvilEagles (Level 5 Detective) @ 3/17/2013 20:10

 Really, really love the colors. Very nicely done sir. 

Voldimars (Level 6 SWAT) @ 1/16/2013 23:14


TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 1/2/2013 12:54

Probably something like Crono Trigger or Secret of Mana 3's sprites would fit, I'd say. You'd have to darken them to fit the scene though.

The trees do look a bit Warcraft 3 like now that you mention it, Pookaball.

And yeah, the set was inspired by Monkey Island, Baah. Though not as blue, I was huming the Melee Forest theme quite a bit as I was drawing it! That's why I included the fireflies and rich yellow coloured windows.

King of Games (Level 1 Thug) @ 1/1/2013 23:40

What kind of sprites/sprite style would you use for something like this?

Pookaball (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 12/25/2012 23:50

For some reason the only thing this reminds me of is Warcraft 3.

Calv (Level 7 Assassin) @ 12/23/2012 08:20

looks great.

Hapiel (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 12/22/2012 16:12

Very nice atmosphere!

Qemist (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 12/22/2012 13:48



baah (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 12/22/2012 12:06

Kind of a successfull mix between a Zelda and darkness of first Monkey's Island!

snowk (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 12/22/2012 09:01

 I'd like to second jetrel's adoration for the trees. 

everything is so amazing, and the only complaint I have is that the boat doesn't look like it's in the water, rather on top of it...Not a big deal but I thought I'd point it out. 

TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 12/22/2012 04:48

Updated the picture

TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 12/22/2012 01:35

Thanks guys.

Flyguy: 'fraid not. I don't have the time for game making by myself anymore. Working life has killed that particular interest...

Jetrel: Those trees were a collosal pain in the backside. I had to make them match up like jigsaw pieces, had to use layers to place them on top of each other, redraw most of them with added shading so that they'd fade to darkness AND do the same to make sure that each tree was discernable from one another. It was a pretty heavy piece of work, especially as the palette went through various revisions. Strangley, I found that an inverted shading technique (where the shadow was at the front) help make the lone trees stand out. I'm glad they're appreciated at any rate. :D Makes that long, arduous workflow worth it.

matriax: I do freelance work, but at the moment already have some and will do for the foreseeable future. I'm familiar with your work though and I'm not sure you need me!

This weekend I hope to make a couple of edits to this. Now that my brain is refreshed I can see things I don't like, such as the shadow under the fence, which isn't as consistently strong as it is for other objects. I definitely want to add some crates and maybe litter to the caravan shot as well.

And maybe some people (gypsies and a hero) and /fireflies.


Jetrel (Level 1 Intern) @ 12/22/2012 00:34

 One of the best things in this piece is the treatment of "trees receding into black fill area" - it's a fairly obvious and attractive solution, but why haven't I seen anything use it before?

That firefly animation is wicked, btw.

Voltali obscur (Level 9 Boss) @ 12/21/2012 19:47

Instafav! Superb atmosphere, I love the way each screen is so distinctive <3

Mr. Matti (Level 5 Sniper) @ 12/21/2012 10:14

Very nice colors and atmosphere! Good job.

ErekT (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 12/21/2012 03:58

Yeh, I remember this. Beautiful colors and shading. Very atmospheric

Theoden (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 12/21/2012 01:34

This is very nice.

Satsume (Level 10 Capo) @ 12/21/2012 01:16


matriax (Level 5 Sniper) @ 12/20/2012 23:51

Wow AWESOME! now i have a new great references for my RPG Game :P

You work for freelance? you have time? I maybe interested

failureboy (Level 7 Assassin) @ 12/20/2012 23:47

Doesn't look like that many colors at all.  I bet you could do it in 36 or less.  Then again, a lot of it comes from all the different green ramps PLUS shading, and I think it may lose something if you used the same ramps for multiple objects.

Awesome piece.  I love the use of red. 

MoRLOK (Level 1 Rookie) @ 12/20/2012 23:33

Incredibly harmoniously all nice! All objects in its place! Very stylish! Excellent lighting! 

AtskaHeart (Level 8 Regional Boss) @ 12/20/2012 22:45

 I'm in love with the colors and everything, very good job!!!

shmupstick (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 12/20/2012 22:39

Just gorgeous!


Buddy90 (Level 6 Manager) @ 12/20/2012 22:37

This is gorgeous. Commercial-level quality. I get the feeling though that this environment is during the night.

crozier (Level 6 Hitman) @ 12/20/2012 19:07

 Wow... Everything is so nice. Specually the reds up top.

SturmgewehrKreuz (Level 4 Lieutenant) @ 12/20/2012 18:51


Dr D (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 12/20/2012 17:15

I remember this and I love it.

I always liked your RPG stuff, keep making more please. :)

JerryPie (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 12/20/2012 16:56

 Is this games really in the works?

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 12/20/2012 16:26

I just wet myself :|

whiteRufas (Level 1 Gangster) @ 12/20/2012 16:00

Its awsome

The only thing that looks wrong to me its in the 1 tile the ligh in the water from the lamp at first glance looks like lava.


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