Ornithologist's dream

Ornithologist's dream

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Ornithologist's dream

Title: Ornithologist's dream
Pixel Artist: Muxaun  (Level 4 Deputy :: 4684 points)
Posted: 11/8/2013 10:02
Palette: 14 colors
Statistics:  24 comments    66 faves    1 avatars

I always wanted to draw a tree from this angle of view.

Maybe this is not an ideal tree but I am almost happy with how it looks.
The piece is at the point where it is almost overpixeled.


IMO it looks best with 3x size.


I've reuploaded the piece with the sky completely redone. Here's the previous version: http://imageshack.us/a/img10/8656/o8sz.png

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Eggy (Level 6 SWAT) @ 1/8/2014 04:16

Cool work, dude :) Also... uh... that's a lot of owls. At least for the tree itself. XD

Phexion (Level 5 Detective) @ 11/18/2013 01:49

 Well done on this piece. Great work!

ToSta (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 11/14/2013 03:07

just awsome!

Zizka (Level 10 Deep Blue) @ 11/12/2013 07:36

 I voted for this. There's something really mind blowing about the composition of this piece, makes me feel dizzy, like inversed vertigo. Well done!

vimmel (Level 5 Detective) @ 11/11/2013 08:37

Love those birds! So cute :) The tree and the birds looks great, but I really dont like those clouds, they really looks like blossom, they could use some depth and less details with a mid to larger flowy puffy feeling :)



Nice work!

Iceberg (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 11/11/2013 00:25

 Отличная работа.

Friend (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 11/10/2013 16:47

big improvement

Damian (Level 10 Operative) @ 11/10/2013 08:57

 You currently are using 14 colours, consider using the two extra colours you have at your disposal on the clouds? Looks great, still love those eyes :)

Chroso (Level 1 Intern) @ 11/10/2013 05:45

 Pretty amazing job man, 5/5

reis (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 11/9/2013 13:57

Great and creative job!

Brejan (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/9/2013 08:29

 Actually I also thought the clouds were blossom at first glance on both versions but on closer inspection they are obviously clouds. It's a fantastic image.

AlabasterJazz (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 11/8/2013 20:26

 I like 2x zoom the best, and definately the newer version over the first one.  Great job, it looks fantastic!

Lusque (Level 5 Detective) @ 11/8/2013 20:06


Muxaun (Level 4 Deputy) @ 11/8/2013 15:57

Despite I hate continuing pieces I once considered 'complete' I just cannot ignore all this valuable feedback!

So I've redid the sky from scratch. I had to redo eyes, AA and some branches as well. 

I hope it works fine now.


Dr D (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 11/8/2013 15:17

 Tbh, I thought the clouds were supposed to be the canopy of a cherry blossom tree  or so when I looked at it earlier.

I do really like the rendering of the animals/trunk though.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 11/8/2013 15:15

 Great point philstrahl. I think you've nailed it.

philstrahl (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 11/8/2013 15:01

hmmm... my take on this (and I could be completely wrong) concerns the size of the cloud-structure. on top it should be bigger, because we're looking straight up. the further down in the image (=the farther away from us) it should lose contrast and get smaller.

btw, i love how crisp the eyes are and the POV in general is very interesting!

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 11/8/2013 14:52

 I see what muffin does and mentioned it in the forum when just a WIP. As far as I can tell this illusion happens because the clouds use 3 colors WITH contrast where 2 might be better or 3 with low contrast. Considering the use of dithering in clouds is almost always a good idea. By being lighter it will help the feeling of height by suggesting more diffusion and eliminate the minds' eye wanting to see a 'regular' perspective to compensate for the extreme view chosen here.

This fool pixel shows 3 color low contrast that relies on dithering to add depth.


Anyhoo, its all nitpicking cuz its great and should do very well this week.

DatMuffinMan (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 11/8/2013 14:11

 As far as my first point goes, I have absolutely no clue as to how to fix it. The second point is because the clouds have as much detail as the tree/birds. If it were me, I would recommend either reducing the cloud count (and have the rest a plain sky-color), but then again, it is not my piece. 

Phill (Level 7 Cuttlefish) @ 11/8/2013 11:58

 I think this is pretty great the way it is. Great job!

Muxaun (Level 4 Deputy) @ 11/8/2013 11:28

a) I tried hard to make clouds look like you're watching from behind. I'll try to improve on that but I doubt I will succeed on that. 

b) I agree, but the only way to reduce distraction I can see is to reduce the contrast. I'll play with it more, but - again - I doubt I can make it better. :(  Any ideas on this are welcome. 


Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 11/8/2013 11:15

Looks like we have a winner, ding ding ding. :)

Great piece.

DatMuffinMan (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 11/8/2013 10:32

 I think the clouds take away from this piece for a few reasons - 

a) the tree has a distinct perspective, whereas the clouds look like they are viewed head-on

b) the tree and birds have very nice details and textures, but the clouds distract the viewer from them (I didn't notice the furriness until I zoomed in very closely).


jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 11/8/2013 10:20

 black birds ftw!

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