With or without outlines?

With or without outlines?

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With or without outlines?

Title: With or without outlines?
Pixel Artist: Dhanh  (Level 1 Rookie :: 56 points)
Posted: 10/29/2013 12:05
Palette: 21 colors
Statistics:  8 comments    2 faves    0 avatars

Hi, this is my first post here and this is my first time working with pixel art so I´ll need all the critique and help I can get. ;)

I´m trying to decide the art style for a game I´m developping but i don´t know if I should go for the selective outline (that I find more pleasing) or if I should go for the solid outline (for better separation from background). The character will not be controlled directly (RPG commands style) so I don´t think separation will as important as the feel of the game.

I´m also open for any advice on the pixel art itself (characters and background) since I´m quite new to this. Thanks in advance!


PS: if anyone is interested in helping with this project just let me know, I´ll probably need some help.


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Dhanh (Level 1 Rookie) @ 10/30/2013 12:54

Thanks everyone! As recomended I´ll try to work on the desaturated BG to create separation and go with the one without outlines (that everyone seems to prefer) even though it will be for a game. Will post it later today or tomorrow!

StoneStephenT (Level 8 Ruby) @ 10/30/2013 04:13

From an artistic standpoint, without outlines looks better.

From a 'this might end up turned into a game' standpoint, with outlines looks better.

They both look great, though.

failureboy (Level 7 Assassin) @ 10/29/2013 21:59

As stated, your issue I think is more about the colors needing to contrast so that the characters stand out.  Consider making them relatively bright over a darker, less saturated background.

Or just look at this stage from Samurai Showdown 3:www.substance-tv.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Ss3genjuro3bg.gif 

JeffSturmann (Level 1 Private) @ 10/29/2013 17:19

very cool! but  i think that those white pixels in the trees doesn´t look so well.

Ellian (Level 8 Partner) @ 10/29/2013 16:18

Without looks better. 
It may not be as readable, though, so make sure you keep high contrast values between the background and the sprites!

Dhanh (Level 1 Rookie) @ 10/29/2013 15:27

Thanks! I´ll post on the WIP forums for the Work in progress or character studies. And the even though I agree that the outlined ones will stand out much better in almost any background the more I look at it the more I like the Non-outlined version... I guess I might just use desaturated colors on the background to work around this issue. But so far 1 point in favor and 1 against, I´m still considering the outlines as well. Thanks again!

PS.: I´ll post an animated version of them as soon as I decide the whole outline thing!

Squirrelsquid (Level 4 Rubbish) @ 10/29/2013 14:49

 if these are for a game, I would advise to go with outlines. should make it more easy to read against any background.


failureboy (Level 7 Assassin) @ 10/29/2013 13:26

be aware of the WIP forums; quite a busy place that is visited by some pretty good artists from this site.  That's where you'll get the best & most consistent advice.  the public queue is for finished stuff, typically.

I like the one with NO outlines better.  Cute characters, would love to see them animated.

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