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Title: Grishkin
Pixel Artist: cure  (Level 11 Pixellite :: 80433 points)
Posted: 6/21/2013 10:07
Palette: 30 colors
Statistics:  90 comments    328 faves    0 avatars



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syedahumna56 (Level 2 CGA) @ 6/4/2022 06:32


Happleerrom (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 1/28/2020 03:51

and there's only 30 colors... brilliant work

Julius Cesarius (Level 3 Chief) @ 3/11/2019 12:34

Amazing piece of work :O

Asfodelo (Level 5 Sunflower) @ 3/4/2019 09:22

Can't even begin to say how much I like this, truly impressive work, congrats!

Araņa Feliz (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/4/2017 22:50


legendarySchoolboy (Level 5 Detective) @ 7/12/2017 21:53

upper0 (Level 3 Sergeant) @ 6/28/2017 03:28


BlondeAnt (Level 3 Stalker) @ 3/6/2016 13:09

Holy fuuuuuuuuuck 

-DE- (Level 11 General) @ 5/10/2015 10:27

Simply sublime!

user (Level 2 Dealer) @ 9/15/2014 19:17


FrostPumpkin (Level 6 Aquamarine) @ 6/22/2014 09:18

Man I'm just discovering the last few pieces you posted, these are amazing ! I definitely have to try that "traditionnal" to pixel technique.

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 2/25/2014 11:56

I was experimenting with how submission date affects gallery order. Should return to normal soon.

JerryPie (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 2/25/2014 11:35

Funny this popped up on the "new pixel art" banner at the top of my screen.

Worriedcat (Level 1 Depressed) @ 9/19/2013 10:46


Petruszka (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 9/11/2013 12:19

WOW. Thats morbid. GOOD!!!

washburn (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 8/5/2013 07:10

 Keep coming back to look at this. Fav'd!

sulamith (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 7/29/2013 10:19

 Just WOW

Souly (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 7/26/2013 23:33

Naturally I love it.

LeftHand (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/22/2013 23:42

 My walls are covered in my brain-tissue.

CakeDrake (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 7/21/2013 15:43

 I always thought your work looked like you painted it, but after liondog I knew why :P

Beetlebear (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/20/2013 10:40

 wowies, someone just achieved pixel mastery :D

Mathias (Level 6 Garbage) @ 7/19/2013 18:49

Hehe . . .  Glad you don't mind.

Mine is 14DPI - 33.5" x 29.5". Looks crazy!

Keep up the good work, sir.

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 7/19/2013 14:04

I've been planning to print out high-quality (large-ish scale) prints on canvas, but the guy with the awesome printer hasn't emailed me back. In the meantime I'm flattered by your bootleg poster.

Mathias (Level 6 Garbage) @ 7/19/2013 10:56




failureboy (Level 7 Assassin) @ 7/16/2013 11:32

That eye is really cool.  I think I may try something like that when I have time this fall. 

Mathias (Level 6 Garbage) @ 7/16/2013 08:16

 Cure, you're rocking quite hard these days. Impressed.

Lucas- (Level 4 Button Man) @ 7/15/2013 05:30

The Best Beautiful and cool :DDDDDDDDDDDDD

king_bobston (Level 10 Capo) @ 7/8/2013 11:55

This shows amazing pixel details while still remaining a painterly feel to it! Awesome original and mindblowing transition!

|||| (Level 8 Venus fly trap) @ 7/8/2013 11:45

Cure, this blows me away mentally. It looks so crisp and hard. I love it way more than the painted one for that reason. Both are very impressive but this just sensational.

Theoden (Level 10 Operative) @ 7/1/2013 10:59

This is truly an exceptional work. I love how you push pixel art to such heights.

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 6/28/2013 23:18

jalonso: Lilies is here, self portrait is here and here.

The self portrait was just an experiment, not a finished work. The eye was more of a success I think, because the pixels are larger and the painting has a more abstract quality up-close. I reasoned that for this sort of work to be successful, I would need rather large pixels, which limits you to small pixel art or gigantic canvases. Gridding off the canvas is a bitch too, a failed experiment altogether, work better-suited for a printer. "Consider the Lilies" was more successful because the pixels were irrelevant (though clusters were not), so the image could become more painterly. And if you want to mix painterly and pixels, well, Chuck Close already beat you to it.

daLk: Being compared to Ra is a high honor for any pixel artist, so thank you.

Robbie73 (Level 2 Dealer) @ 6/28/2013 07:00

Awesome work, you have to zoom to see these are pixels!

neofotistou (Level 5 Captain) @ 6/27/2013 10:07

fantastic as always cure! I almost can't believe it's only 30 colors. Genius!

manxana (Level 3 Stalker) @ 6/26/2013 20:26

Wow, this is just amazing!

you are on my fav artist list!

w4rlock (Level 5 Sniper) @ 6/26/2013 10:50


daLk (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/25/2013 17:23

Impressive. While it's something totally different, it reminds me of Ra, on amiga.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 6/25/2013 12:14

 I can imagine pixel by pixel not being any fun but using the clusters as a base upon which you dab implied pixels with a square brush where needed or called for with a set palette was more what I meant to convey. You got a link to that portrait?

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 6/25/2013 12:03

 Yes. I turned 'consider the lilies' back into a painting (grid method). sorta counts. If you mean actually painting all those little squares then I did that once too, with my self portrait (that was originally a painting to begin with). Extremely tedious, not recommended. As far as turning a pixel-pixel (as opposed to a painting-pixel) into a painting, can't say I've tried that yet.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 6/25/2013 08:08

 Have you ever done the opposite and painted a pixel? That could be worth an experiment.

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 6/24/2013 23:16

ultamodin: yeah, I like these pixel translations more than the paintings, it's a little bittersweet.

snowk: I think what it really shows is that I have more control over my pixels than I do my paint, I'm not sure I've accomplished anything here that couldn't be accomplished in paint, just something that I didn't achieve with the painting.

thanks to everyone for the feedback, I especially enjoy the "wicked" and "sick" comments, I've always thought this was a pretty vulgar image myself.

snowk (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 6/24/2013 22:34

 this and other stuff you've been doing lately really shows that pixel art can have advantages over other media (painting) other than pure nostalgia. I like that you're not limiting yourself with restrictions. Also I'd like to mention how sick this is conceptually!


@ the comment above, true enough. 

ParkerBabyDiaperCompany (Level 2 King Checker) @ 6/24/2013 21:09

I think some of the criticism comes from  being intimidated by it.

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 6/24/2013 20:00

I think this is a difference in pixel philosophy. For me, the beauty of the medium is in clusters that lock well and smooth AA. Lately I've been gravitating toward larger palettes and less arbitrary restrictions, I know that some people dig the old school minimalism and limitations but I'm going for the slickest pixel art possible. I think that is why it gets mentioned alongside Elk and the demoscene.

Friend (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 6/24/2013 19:29

Yeah..along with Hapiel. something about pixels this magnificent... it just loses the charm of the pixel.  I think pixel artists must walk the balance of striving for innovation and grand scale while retaining the beauty of the medium.  My opinion is this piece is a little too magnicifent and loses the beauty of pixel art.  I for one find Elk's technical masterpieces boring compared to pieces such as this:

I think this piece of yours very successfully balances grandiose-ness, innovation, yet retains that subtle charm of the medium

Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 6/24/2013 16:57


reis (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 6/24/2013 15:32


Helm (Level 5 Detective) @ 6/24/2013 15:20

 Would it feel more like pixel art to you if all you'd ever seen of it were the final product and not the painting in between?

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 6/24/2013 10:33

I understand you don't understand as I don't understand ;).

It is successful as a translation, but I will always see it as a translation. A stunning translation but it does not 'feel' so much as pixel art?
I hope that makes any sense...

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 6/24/2013 06:56

 Thanks for the response. I don't quite follow your meaning though, what would the difference in approach be if I intended to pixel it from the beginning? Which aspects of the image make it unsuccessful as a translation?

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 6/24/2013 04:43

This is awesome and amazing. It looks stunning!

But I wonder... How would this look like if it was intended to be pixel art in the first place?
It reminds me of many of the big demoscene works. They are often absolutely perfect and yet I don't find them super interesting... They fall in the 'any digital art' category.

I do like this version better than the original painting, but it doesn't add enough to me. Great study, but not impressive enough.

Maybe for the next one try painting something while thinking about how you will pixelartize it in the future?

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