Pixel China Mountains

Pixel China Mountains

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Pixel China Mountains

Title: Pixel China Mountains
Pixel Artist: Retronator  (Level 5 Assistant Manager :: 2914 points)
Posted: 9/1/2013 23:18
Palette: 40 colors
Statistics:  34 comments    134 faves    0 avatars

This is a fan art piece based on Marta Nael's magnificent painting China Mountains, for her artbook contest

Check out the animated, parallax version:

GIMP, 512x192 (8:3), NES palette, about 50 hours of work. 

WIP timelapse 


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Iscalio (Level 4 Deputy) @ 9/23/2014 17:22

rated 6 stars.

showtime (Level 6 Made) @ 2/5/2014 15:17

wow, totally missed this. breathtaking!

Voldimars (Level 6 SWAT) @ 9/19/2013 21:55

Great art!

Stickman (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 9/11/2013 14:37

Beautiful! Lovely colours and composition. Not much else to say:)

carrion (Level 7 Underboss) @ 9/9/2013 04:00

 what a nice palette.
The paralax fx on the linked page is awesome.

Retronator (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 9/6/2013 16:27

Thanks ADrawingMan, it will indeed make it into her next artbook, which makes me very happy since I even religiously made an unboxing video of her first one. </embarrassed fanboy>

Also, glad to hear some of you actually like the outlines. Thank you!


Noet (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 9/6/2013 03:21

I demand more, great colors. 

skittle (Level 9 Nidan) @ 9/5/2013 13:48

 Very unique. I wish you the best of luck in the contest.

bonehead11 (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 9/5/2013 12:06

I must comment this and I totally agree with Carnivac, finally something really different here. It is truly differenet and appealing, excellent work. Beautiful use of colours, its just so breathtaking... the only nitpick I could think of are the edges of buildings, you could have used smoother colour instead of pitch black...it would have been perfect.

Carnivac (Level 8 Behemoth) @ 9/5/2013 02:37

One of the most appealing and visually striking pieces on this site for a long time.  Lovely use of colour.

Friend (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 9/4/2013 18:29

I actually like the black outlines.  It adds to the style, really.  And this is one of my all time favorite pixels

Retronator (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 9/4/2013 17:30

Well, I'll definitely have to work way more on exploring the different outline styles and when to use which. Thanks for giving me pointers what to look into. I'm not exactly sure why in this case I like it to be flattened liked that. I guess I need to try and redo a version without the outlines and compare and see if I can make it better than this. Otherwise, I'll just do new works with different styles to try and learn.

Thanks again to everyone for the nice words and the favorites.

Scarodactyl (Level 8 Ruby) @ 9/4/2013 15:32

Gonna agree, the internal black outlines on the buildings are a big problem.  Internal outlines are a lot worse than external ones for flattening an image, so it's likely you'll reap most of the benefits by just having the outside of hte building be outlined while maintaining the visual separation you have now.

AllybertToth (Level 1 Thug) @ 9/4/2013 14:47

 I really like the way the you've used the colour black, it's really intense in the foreground, then only used as an outline, then not at all. I get the impression that it's kind of like a stylised version of how people see things (literally) like, how, without realising what we are concentrating on is focused and what we are not is blurry, using outlines to show that is a really unique idea!

w4rlock (Level 5 Sniper) @ 9/4/2013 05:32

 Awesome !!! 

Ambient (Level 6 Major) @ 9/2/2013 22:25

This is quite beautiful, but I too don't like the outlines. I feel like the 40 colors could be better used.

tjlaxs (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/2/2013 20:54

I love the colors and the clean way the houses are drawn compared to the background. <3

vimmel (Level 5 Detective) @ 9/2/2013 11:27

The colors are really amazing! Same here with the black outlines though. I really love the black shadows in the bottom and around though!

Delicious (Level 10 Capo) @ 9/2/2013 10:46

 This is amazing, but the black outlines on the buildings really throw it off for me. 

zsoltbartok (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 9/2/2013 09:47

 The colors are unusual but great and the parallax is a wonderful idea!

Retronator (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 9/2/2013 09:40

Thanks so much!

I did try it without the outlines first, but I personally liked the result much better once I had the lines too. Maybe I've been drawing too many comics lately. :)

Parallax is done using Javascript. I thought I'd have to code it myself, but someone already did a goog enough job.

And yeah, sorry about the colors FlyGuy, my taste here is again tuned to the extremes (example from my next piece). It's become kind of characteristic of me and since I personally really like it, plus it makes it stand out a bit, I just go for it even though it might raise a brow or two. Also, who knows what I'll think about it in a year or two - I've still got so much to learn. I definitely take all remarks at least into consideration. Thanks everyone for all the feedback, really appreciate it.

StoneStephenT (Level 8 Ruby) @ 9/2/2013 08:46

Dat parallaxing. I don't know how you didn’t lose your mind doing that.

JerryPie (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 9/2/2013 08:32

 I'm not a fan of the colors, I think they're a bit harsh for this magnificent piece. This has the makings of a truly outstanding piece of pixel art, but the pallete just works against itself in so many areas.

The parallaxing on that website is out of this world awesome. I wish that could be added to the gallery somehow. Great job though, I think this is going to score high this month.

iDew (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/2/2013 04:35

I really liked the coulors. Amazing piece.

Theoden (Level 10 Operative) @ 9/2/2013 04:33

This is so cool. Lovely colors and the parallax version is awesome. Did you use Javascript to do the parallax? I inspected it a little bit and I could get the layers individually as png. Would love to see more stuff like this, cheers.

jamon (Level 10 Operative) @ 9/2/2013 04:00

Great! i only see those black outlines like problem.

eclep (Level 5 Detective) @ 9/2/2013 04:00

The colors are amazing!

I'm not a big fan of the black outlines though, I think they stand out too much


Dredlockz (Level 5 Detective) @ 9/2/2013 03:51

that's beautiful, man.
I though you could get away with using less colours, some of those are reaaally similar.

uhmmm (Level 1 Intern) @ 9/2/2013 02:35

Cool~ I love the colors you used. c:

r1k (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/2/2013 02:24

very nice.  The bright colors and use of black kind of remind me of some contemporary comic books.  I also get a little bit a nes batman feeling in some of the areas with lots of black.

Ashkin (Level 8 Rear Admiral) @ 9/2/2013 02:19

Utterly fantastical.

billjoun (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/2/2013 02:07

 truly awesome

Hoshii_Sasaki (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 9/2/2013 01:41

Hylst (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 9/2/2013 00:22

 Brilliant !  Very good overall landscape, especially shown with parallax 

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