Castiel Portrait

Castiel Portrait

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Castiel Portrait

Title: Castiel Portrait
Pixel Artist: JJoploo  (Level 2 Hired Gun :: 2304 points)
Posted: 11/12/2013 21:36
Palette: 16 colors
Statistics:  50 comments    71 faves    0 avatars

which we all know that's a lie because i love pixelart too much

But in all seriousness, even though this took me a few months, the result is most definitely satisfying. I still feel like there are pixels here and there to fix, but I need to stop before I get carried away. Besides, I'm happy with the outcome! It's the first time I've ever made a portrait, and I might do it again sometime.


Castiel from Supernatural; played by Misha Collins.

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syedahumna56 (Level 2 CGA) @ 6/4/2022 09:52


Mr_Laurent (Level 4 Woolly Mammoth) @ 11/2/2019 05:06

very realistic, great dithering : good job !

8TheKat (Level 3 Stalker) @ 5/11/2015 20:08

facial expression is excellent.

RadiantSpirit (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/25/2014 07:23

Hahah I just read your description and couldn't help but laugh. I do so recognize myself too in what you say. You fix pixel here, pixel there and then you keep on doing it and never stopping. But you know it's a good trait. Shows you love what you're doing very much. I could say good work. But that's not true. This is brilliant work. :) Well done friend.

|||| (Level 8 Venus fly trap) @ 12/19/2013 15:36

Dayumn, that hair looks fresh!

Temessis (Level 6 Made) @ 12/15/2013 13:41

 That is totally awesome!

Damian (Level 10 Operative) @ 11/20/2013 23:04

 I've been putting off posting, mainly because while I am fan of your work, I think that work like this is very much below you. I much prefer the more original artwork in your gallery that really shows off your talent.  And you are talented.

I say leave this in your gallery as a reminder, it is after all very well done. But move onto other creative aspects of art that will be more fulfilling to both you, and more importatnly, our selfish needs 

Dokitsu (Level 9 PS1) @ 11/19/2013 09:43

well... I'm really liked with Castiel.

we need to see more like this one.

iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 11/18/2013 20:30


Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 11/18/2013 16:31




Arkan85 (Level 9 Rear Admiral) @ 11/18/2013 10:43


ellie-is (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 11/18/2013 04:02

 There's no need to get like that. No, we don't want you to quit pixel art forever, of course not! Yes, you can keep using image references. That's a great way of learning.

As for cheating in art... This is definitely valid art. But whether or not it was traced will determine if it's valid pixel art according to PJ's standards.

I believe you have traced the proportions, and the method you explained is not unlike tracing, but much slower. However, I'll repeat what I said before, that I think yuor shading was done by hand, which makes this a very good and successful learning exercise. 

Tapsu (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/18/2013 02:25

well, if the purpose of the image was to creaate a portrait, then the month-long workflow seems like an excessive waste, and a similar result could probably be achieved much faster starting from some simple conversion like and then doing some cleanup.

otherwise, if the purpose was to exercise converting a photograph into pixelart by hand, estimating the shapes of highlights and the dithering with the eye, i think it is well done.



Sapei (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/18/2013 01:13

Wait, WAIT... WHAT !?

Faceless (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 11/17/2013 21:35

You can't reasonably expect anyone to believe you didn't trace this when the pixels line up so perfectly with your reference. I'm convinced the hair is a result of colour reduction with some minor touchups, and following from that, it's not a stretch to assume the whole image was colour reduced and then cleaned up.

Maybe you did use the method you described though, I'm willing to accept that, but copying pixels in the manner you claim is hardly any different from tracing or colour reducing. Reproducing a face so perfectly with a pencil and paper is impressive, but when you're just filling in pixels on a grid based upon an image that's also comprised of pixels on a grid, the feat is not particularly remarkable, except in the tediousness of the process.

JJoploo (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 11/17/2013 14:25

Look, I worked hard on this piece. I didn't trace it; honestly that method never even occured to me. I had the ref next to the piece, both in zoom at the same place. Like so

This took me months to do. Those steps aren't fake, I screenshot everytime I complete another step. Why even waste an effort to make fake steps, when I could use that effort to make those steps real, which is what I did do?5

I'm proud of this piece. A lot of time went into it and for what? To be accused of cheating. I didn't even know you could cheat in art. Nomatter what you say, I believe my work paid off. If it's really that unbelievable, I'll never do a pixelart from an image again. Will that make everyone happy?

ellie-is (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 11/16/2013 17:24

 I don't think the steps are fake. Just that she probably had the original, reduced photo on top of the layers she was using to pixel. Or below it, whatever. 

Helm (Level 5 Detective) @ 11/16/2013 16:34

I really do not for the life of me understand why anyone would provide fake steps when accused of tracing. Obv. you're cheating yourself from picking up certain skills if you trace images, those that have to do with discerning volumes by eye and so on. Not to say that you won't learn other things, as obviously this is well done for what it is, but why lie?

Dokitsu (Level 9 PS1) @ 11/16/2013 09:39

the best pixel art skin shading ever...

it's amazing!!!!.

orange08 (Level 6 Blue Crab) @ 11/15/2013 16:05

for shame mr Joploo,

for shame

Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 11/15/2013 05:48


ellie-is (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 11/14/2013 20:36

 ...and hey, you're here. You're one of the biggest and most famous names on PJ, and your art here is all amazing, but most of it is more than four years old! I'd really love to see any newer work you've been doing, that is, if you've been doing any. Have you been posting any kind of art anywhere else?

ellie-is (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 11/14/2013 20:34

 First thought when I saw this was that it was traced. Then I saw the WIP and was pretty sure it was traced. Then Arachne's gif confirmed it.

But I don't think it should be removed or anything. You still had the effort of shading even fi the proportions were previously determined. It is a good exercise, and the result is splendid, but I wouldn't call it good art.

We do the same in art school. Well, most students do. We're told to trace photos when we paint paintings. So that we can just focus on learning how to paint. Which is exactly this, but, pixel art instead of paint. The thing which I hate about this method, however, is that people never learn how to *draw*. I think good base drawing skills are very important regardless of your method of rendering, be it oils or pixel art.

Hem-G (Level 2 Dealer) @ 11/14/2013 14:54

 This piece is just perfect <3

JJoploo (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 11/14/2013 09:32

Yeah, the couple months is what it took for all that detail. I admit, I obviously didn't spend the entire couple of months working on it, I have a life and I would take a few days to a week long worth of breaks, I even had to start on other pixels to refresh because I would get lazy/sloppy on this one. If I stare at a piece too long (pixelart or not), I get careless, so I had to make it seem 'new' everyonce in a while. :)

Besides, I feel like if I wanted to make a color reduction, I could easily do that with photoshop, but where's the fun in that? :)

Lortsy (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/14/2013 08:03

 Perfect =)

Gamamoto (Level 1 Depressed) @ 11/14/2013 05:16

Wuzzah amazing work ! And on ly 16 colors, you sir are amazing !

Arachne (Level 4 Murderer) @ 11/14/2013 03:27

Don't see how this would take you several months, unless you spent all that time trying to make it look like a color reduction.


Mrmo Tarius (Level 10 Master Sniper) @ 11/14/2013 01:13

 16 colors? IMPOSSIBLE O_O

TerraIncognita (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/14/2013 00:45

 16 colors. That is amazing

JerryPie (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 11/13/2013 21:35

 very very impressed..your pixel art technique has grown by leaps and bounds. thanks for sharing this.

_Connor (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 11/13/2013 19:04

 from a few meters away this could easily be mistaken for a photo. That dithering is so damned clean. definitely worth the time you've put into it.


EdJr (Level 9 Nidan) @ 11/13/2013 17:30

Don't worry, I'm almost sure the problem is with some setting here. But I just saw it through the link Lucas- posted, and all I can say is  again!

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 11/13/2013 14:48

Flippin' hell! That is brilliant!

The best pixel portrait I've ever seen.

Pixelart_kid (Level 6 SWAT) @ 11/13/2013 13:53


Hiuru (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 11/13/2013 13:22


JJoploo (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 11/13/2013 12:52

 Thank you! I'm confused on why it's not working in the desc... It's working fine for me, but there's no point if it's not working for anyone else.

Okojo (Level 1 Intern) @ 11/13/2013 12:48

 My eyes just burned.

Lucas- (Level 4 Button Man) @ 11/13/2013 12:48

If anybody wants to see the wip:

Lucas- (Level 4 Button Man) @ 11/13/2013 12:46

My favorite part of the pixel art is the hair, It's looks fantastic :D

Lucas- (Level 4 Button Man) @ 11/13/2013 12:45

Wow, incredible *o*

eden (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/13/2013 12:16


Friend (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 11/13/2013 12:11

it works for me...

Doppleganger (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 11/13/2013 11:46

 well done! you're a natural!



EdJr (Level 9 Nidan) @ 11/13/2013 11:08

The WIP doesn't open here, but I'm assuming you didn't "cheat". I must say that this is one of the most accurate portraits I've seen in PA! And the dithering is extremely good too. Awesome.

Janinhus (Level 5 Werewolf) @ 11/13/2013 10:52

 wow... it's awesome man! great job...

I will definetly try doing some portraits myself soon...


Petruszka (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 11/13/2013 10:51

Aaaah, my favourite character from Supernatural, the nerdy angel Castiel! Seriously, the work is great. I admire the precision.

Otto (Level 4 Team Leader) @ 11/13/2013 10:25

This is too good, and only 16 colours!

JJoploo (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 11/13/2013 09:20

 Yeah, I'll edit the link to it in the desc.

Muxaun (Level 4 Deputy) @ 11/13/2013 01:09

Can you please share the animated WIP?

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