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Title: Snowy Forest Herbal Tea
Pixel Artist: tanuki  (Level 1 Seaman :: 9702 points)
Posted: 1/1/2014 19:41
Palette: 13 colors
Statistics:  32 comments    59 faves    0 avatars

I finally finished @_@;

They're drinking herbal tea because caffeine is really very bad for you and will make you weak and dependant on it.

The step by step is posted on my blog.

I changed the direction a few times as I worked and I like where it ended at. Some parts were way too tedious though. Way back when I started I thought it might be fun to reuse the same fox/table/raccoon, exactly as they are here, in other scenes too. Probably scenes where it'd be kind of absurd to have them there the way they are, like this one is. The one I had briefly sketched out way back in August when I started this was to have them on a row boat going down a river at sunset. Maybe in the future I'll do something like that.

edit- I just realized I completely forgot the aa on a large branch =_=;
edit 2- lightened the highlights.


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tanuki (Level 1 Seaman) @ 1/22/2014 11:18

For a couple of weeks I've been looking at it and thinking it'd look better with brighter highlights, but I normally try not to change something after I've posted it. I changed it just now though and the lightest color now has an L value in Lab colors as 87 instead of the 77 it had before.

Also apparently I miscounted before and it has 13 colors, not 14. I remember something being odd when I first indexed the colors since for some reason I had expected 14 and it only showed 13. Looks like there really is 13. That's what happens when you make up the palette as you go, I suppose. :)

jok (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 1/22/2014 10:23

nice, i like composition on that one and overall mood :)

- a little more light (i mean white ;) there and there could help a bit 

Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 1/16/2014 22:18

This is very gorgeous. :) Love it all.

tanuki (Level 1 Seaman) @ 1/7/2014 01:25

I think these are my favorite kind of trees. Monochrome palettes are fun to paint with too. I have a lot of different black paints made from different pigments, and they all handle differently. :)

tanuki (Level 1 Seaman) @ 1/7/2014 01:14

Thanks :)

I've tried that method of developement for a few things and it seems to work well for me, even though there's often a lot of cleanup and stray colors to hunt down since I didn't define a palette from the start.

Renneth (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 1/7/2014 00:59

This is absolutely inspiring. I really appreciate the monochrome palette and the awe-inspiring visual of the trees away toward the sky. And of course, your foxes are always lovely. <3

slym (Level 8 Rear Admiral) @ 1/6/2014 22:20

This piece is flat out powerful. Inspiring to see just how easily you've developed a wonderful concept, and presented it simplistically and effectively. Beautiful work =]

tanuki (Level 1 Seaman) @ 1/6/2014 15:18

I've never read that, but now that I look at it I recognize it from an ad for it on another site.

Romson (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 1/6/2014 06:37

Soooooo cute!

MyO (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/5/2014 23:15

The look like Woo and Shadow from Sandra and Woo. =)

greta (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/5/2014 07:43

Oh god ! amazing!

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 1/5/2014 05:44

Awesome values.

skittle (Level 9 Nidan) @ 1/5/2014 04:16

Such a phenomenal atmosphere. I would say this deserves to be in the top 10 for sure.

reis (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 1/4/2014 18:41

Lovely piece... That B&W style is so <3

tanuki (Level 1 Seaman) @ 1/4/2014 17:20

Yeah I have a thing for forests. I was thinking yesterday of what my next project should be and I was like "Well how about this, I'll make a for- oh, wait." If I do another forest any time soon I'll probably try for something different for variety. :)

Reo (Level 11 Sensei) @ 1/4/2014 14:00

This is a masterpiece! So much character, fantastic mood! Well done.

Zizka (Level 10 Operative) @ 1/4/2014 08:39

The tall trees, rays of sunlight... I knew it was you even before clicking the picture!  

It's a bit similar to the one in the forest but real nice anyway. 

tanuki (Level 1 Seaman) @ 1/3/2014 16:55

Thanks ^_^
I used to have two cats and my sister now has two dogs. Sometimes even real animals can be weirdly human. We like to make up what they're saying or thinking. :)

Damian (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 1/3/2014 15:28

This is really great, and now one of my favourite pieces on PixelJoint. I'm a sucker for fantasy, especially those including animals with intelligence and human like traits. Well done!

Storm (Level 5 Sniper) @ 1/3/2014 00:37

aw so cute!

menagy (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 1/2/2014 06:42

love it 

beetleking (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 1/2/2014 05:41

Very charming.. I like lightining and the snow particles.

kuznetsowski (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 1/2/2014 04:37

Lovely. I'm really looking forward to seeing that scene on a boat down the river at sunset

Eggy (Level 4 Deputy) @ 1/2/2014 04:35

Amazing and beautiful 

Phill (Level 6 Commander) @ 1/2/2014 03:49

A great great GREAT piece of art!

atprises (Level 6 Commander) @ 1/2/2014 03:23

omg they are having a tea party (^3^) Really wonderful piece!

Wugabuga (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/2/2014 00:08

 hihi very beautiful 

ellie-is (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 1/1/2014 21:34

Oh man you'd love it! It's a wonderful movie about tanukis, Japanese folklore, and tradition vs. modernity. 

tanuki (Level 1 Seaman) @ 1/1/2014 21:25

The light is something I wanted to do better but what I had in mind, vague and blended beams like these, is beyond my ability or at least my patience. I did try it though, but maybe some other time. The way they are is more like "let's just go with that." They're not really hitting anything in particular, even though I did darken the rays on the right side of the animals. Next time I'll try not to be as lazy with the light. :)

tanuki (Level 1 Seaman) @ 1/1/2014 21:19

I've never seen that, but I see the resemblance. :)

CELS (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 1/1/2014 21:02

Beautiful. Thanks for linking to an extended commentary on your blog. Very insightful and inspiring! I wish more people would do that.
(Out of interest, did you intend for the strongest sun beams to land somewhere behind the animals, or on the animals? At a glance, it looks like they're caught in the sunlight, but the ground around them looks a bit flat in terms of lighting.)

ellie-is (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 1/1/2014 21:02

Ahhh, this is beautiful. Reminds me of Pom Poko. 

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