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Title: Crafty's Dragon
Pixel Artist: CraftyPixeI  (Level 1 Intern :: 1614 points)
Posted: 8/2/2014 20:57
Palette: 45 colors
Statistics:  60 comments    78 faves    0 avatars

- Inspired by Darkshire 's dragon pixel.
- I was really inspired by his pixel, so I decided to challenge myself and make a big dragon too. This wasn't based off of any existing design, but was inspired by others.
The 'blue fire' is a subzero ice floating outside it's mouth, and eyebrows. This was made within 26 days :I... spent majority of pixeling this. -
- WIP Animaiton: -
- If you favorite please visit darkshire's pixel, because it's amazing, and one of the big reason I made this in the first place : ) , and this was only made in ms paint. -

Top Pixel Art - August 2014 (#6)Top Pixel Art - August 2014 (#6)


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BathMaster_2000 (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 9/3/2015 08:39

-  B i g g e r   i s   b e t t e r !  -

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 9/24/2014 17:45

- Thanks : ) , glad someone did something like that : ) -

RileyFiery (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 9/22/2014 14:39

This made a really kickass background on my phone. It looks wonderful.

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 9/19/2014 15:03

- Thanks! : ) -

Tekneek (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/18/2014 08:06

This is probably the best sprite I've ever seen throughout my entire history of seeing sprites oh man.

Pixelart_kid (Level 6 SWAT) @ 9/17/2014 11:43

ohhhhh it´s wonderul
Congratulation CraftPixel :D

teto (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/17/2014 10:41


skittle (Level 9 Nidan) @ 9/17/2014 09:33

Gratz for the top of the month, totally deserved it! 

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/14/2014 10:59

- I don't think I'll be getting 1st place at all, but thanks Stava! : ). I love your work, don't say that D: -

Stava (Level 8 MS-DOS) @ 8/14/2014 06:17

Well deserved 1st place monthly top award. XD

Don't fav my work anymore ! You are too good to like my work ! XD

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/10/2014 09:51

- very tedious = (... ty! -

Xeno (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/10/2014 06:05

Amazing, I absolutely love the rocks, the scales must have been tedious to do xD

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/10/2014 00:49

- @fairy ty ! :) , I know it still isn't super great, but I tried :I. Ty so much :) -

- @Pixelarq . That's a good edit : p, the shading would of been better shaded that way : I -

Pixelarg (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 8/9/2014 23:53
I like the shapes and textures achieved in this piece, I made a small edit, how I think it should be shaded from the body:



Fairy (Level 4 Deputy) @ 8/9/2014 23:22

Honestly, I wouldn't take to heart those comments saying this piece looks "unfinished". While I can understand from an artistic perspective why people would say that; what I think is being missed is the inherent value of your individual pixel style.

I respect the hell out of you for this work you've done, and this is clear-cut awesomeness. Well done, Crafty. :)

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/8/2014 09:43

- Thanks for the critique CELS : ). I know... I don't know that much about realism yet to make it look real enough when It came to shading the scales, etc. The scales took forever, and it just led to this. -

CELS (Level 7 Lotus) @ 8/8/2014 04:28

This is really interesting. As others have said, it has some fundamental shortcomings, particularly in terms of directional lighting / pillowshading. But the positive attributes are so overwhelming that it still ends up looking fabulous. The dragon has a lot of detail, but it still matches your simplistic style. The water texture looks great, and the bit where the tail meets the water is a nice detail. The design of the dragon itself is very creative and unusual. And those claws are lovely.

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/7/2014 09:10

- Thanks everyone for being nice and criticizing. I will try to improve my stuff... -

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/6/2014 23:22

- Thanks : ) -

aeveis (Level 5 Harbor Seal) @ 8/6/2014 21:53

very nice!

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/6/2014 09:22

- Thanks : ), The head is the oldest part of the piece : p. I wanted to add more depth to it, but just made it look a little shinier instead   = / . Thanks a lot! I will try to make to improve at adding details. -

atei (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/6/2014 06:34

Damnit I love this type of artistic style!  The background is amazing as mentioned.  One little pick I could say is that the dragon face could have been more interesting if you used a technique similar to the prongs on his wings at the top of the image.  If you brought that quality look there, I believe you would have transfered into a more creative head.  Solid piece!  

That being said - - 5/5 from me.

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/5/2014 23:28

- Thanks : ), I hope the atmosphere feels cold when you look at it : p -

Daruda (Level 4 Button Man) @ 8/5/2014 21:28

Well, Elk is insane, still your's have a lot of style! :D

Meapers (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 8/5/2014 08:10

Wow, how did I miss this? This is really amazing. I liked the more roughed up wings in the WIP, but thats just me.

jtfjtfjtf (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 8/5/2014 02:36

Very impressive. It looks like a seaweed dragon. I agree with bringing back the sky design. I don't think it will take away from the breath focal point but it'll help draw the viewer's eye to the top part of the picture.

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/5/2014 01:48

- Thx a lot : ) -

Dont (Level 6 Garbage) @ 8/4/2014 14:11


llshadow (Level 3 Stalker) @ 8/4/2014 08:38

Such a big one!

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/4/2014 01:31

- Never said I didn't care, just was a little random : I. Admirers? There are just a lot of comments, not everyone that posted them regularly even looks at my stuff. -

caca (Level 2 Kukyu) @ 8/4/2014 00:55

I understand if you don't care about it.

- After all, look at all these admirers. -

Ubisavis (Level 6 Made) @ 8/3/2014 18:30

great one

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/3/2014 15:50

- I agree with you on probly all of it, but I don't think I know enough about making a good pixel piece like elk would or any of the artists on here. I am still learning, and I think I shouldn't of done scales, because they were a bit too difficult to do.  -

nedink (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/3/2014 15:16

Amazing, truly. So large and yet it is so smooth everywhere! Well freaking done in 26 days. Faved of course.

Scarodactyl (Level 8 Ruby) @ 8/3/2014 15:04

You've done some phenomenal work, as has been said upthread.  That said, I think you do have an overall issue of 'pillow shading', in the sense that a lot of your shading isn't really reflecting the volume of the dragon.  The head is all universally at one brightness, the body at another, the claws all the same, the tail nearly the same, without much regard for where the light is coming from or the 3D shape of these forms.
The rock he's sitting on is very different in that regard, with its shading doing a great job of conveying its form and seamlessly incorporating the shadows from the dragon as well.  The wings are also much more effective than the rest of the body imo.

Anyway, I'm really not meaning to denigrate your effort or your very impressive accomplishment in this piece--I just think that it's detracting some from the work as a whole and might be something to plan ahead for in future works.

|||| (Level 8 Venus fly trap) @ 8/3/2014 14:07

What a phenomenally gargantuan piece.

I like the colors a lot.

The only thing is, it seems like it gets dark rather abruptly where the body connects to the neck. I kinda wish the rest of the body was lighter. Wont stop me from faving this monstrsity though.

Geoglatico (Level 6 SWAT) @ 8/3/2014 12:36

Amazing work! 

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/3/2014 11:55

- Omg thanks so much Mandrill :)), yes... it was depressing, and I wanted to get it out there for some feedback, but at the same time I wanted it to look good, and as finished as I could make it. The sky was going to be way more detailed than it is now. It took up an entire month of my summer, and I just wanted to end that as soon as possible... This isn't going to be my only 'HUGE' pixel art, like at this scale, but for now it is. :) -

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 8/3/2014 11:48

750px × 1.250px <- This is nuts

I can't help but  love it. You've managed to create a very clean and comic-like look. Certainly one of your best pieces in terms of execution and commitment yet. Superb colours, design and shading everywhere! The backround alone is worth a monthly top position. The dragon though is truly something else!

But there is something about it that makes it look like it's still in a wip phase. Maybe that's because it feels so awesomely clean. To get it to the same, or near the same, level as Elk I think you'd have to bump up the colour count and put ungodly amounts of time into shading gradients, adding details and reworking lightsources. I don't even want to estimate how long this would take... 6 months at least is my guess.

I also understand that it is quite hard to work on a piece for such a long time without getting any words of encouragement. This can easily lead to releasing stuff too early.

Nevertheless, this is an absolutely epic piece of pixel art. More than worth the effort and time you put into it.

You rock Crafty!

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/3/2014 11:46

- Thanks Skittle :) -

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/3/2014 09:37

- Him as competition? I already lost... : p but thanks!!! -

Pheno (Level 4 Team Leader) @ 8/3/2014 09:27

Pixel art is over. We have a winner.

(Well, okay, you've still got some competition with Elk, but wow.)

EDIT: Just realized this was inspired by Elk. Well, okay.

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/3/2014 09:12

- oh. =/ -

caca (Level 2 Kukyu) @ 8/3/2014 09:07

Though the outside is pretty bright already.
...To be honest it looks unfinished.

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/3/2014 08:35

-  nope. spent a lot of time on this, and don't plan on anymore of it being spent on this. -

_Connor (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 8/3/2014 08:24

Loving the wings so far. Will you be updating this? 

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/3/2014 08:21

- o.o -

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/3/2014 08:03

- Yes it is, because the lightest light source is the blue fire. -

caca (Level 2 Kukyu) @ 8/3/2014 07:48

Is it finished? Why is only the head illuminated?

DIMAAAAA (Level 1 Depressed) @ 8/3/2014 07:11

good job :)

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