Miss Creya Vanderbuehl

Miss Creya Vanderbuehl

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Miss Creya Vanderbuehl

Title: Miss Creya Vanderbuehl
Pixel Artist: Cyangmou  (Level 9 Federal Agent :: 52617 points)
Posted: 9/1/2014 10:48
Palette: 63 colors
Statistics:  25 comments    58 faves    0 avatars

Redrawing of a personal character, my currently preferred style used

put my whole acquired knowledge of human figure drawing and portrait drawing in a final polished pixel art sprite illustration.

63 colors + background (=64 colors)

optimized to be viewed at 200%


comparison with the older sprite

face polishing process

V2: Lightened the shadow at the left of the face to make her look younger, editet the cheekline shadow, changed the jaw and neck shadow and gave the outer jawline a more gentle curve, also adjusted the eyeliner just a tad and changed some contrast spots (bottom of nose, nostril, bottom of lips)

Also edited the rear leg perspective/position slightly (without much redrawing)

V3: Changed eyes, lips, eyesockets, face shading and improved the overall cluster placement/sharpness of the face.

also made the shoulders slightly smaller and edited some collar bone/deltoid detail

V4: Another face/skin edit. Mainly changed the tilt/perspective of the head plus a lot of small details.

V5 (final) ear changes

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Dont (Level 6 Garbage) @ 9/4/2014 13:49

Wow, this is so much better!

Cyangmou (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 9/4/2014 11:23

@jtfjtfjtf: really liked what you did there with the eyelashes, wasn't a particularly big fan of blurring/softening the eyes themselfes. Thanks for the input, it definitely gave me a fresh view. 

ParkerBabyDiaperCompany (Level 2 King Checker) @ 9/4/2014 05:38

This version looks much better. Good job.

jtfjtfjtf (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 9/3/2014 06:58


I tried doing some of things I mentioned as A, B, and C. Softening the age lines and making the eye areas less severe while also maintaining the anatomy (lips are bigger).

Cyangmou (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 9/3/2014 05:14

sure, go ahead.

jtfjtfjtf (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 9/3/2014 05:05

The old version definitely looks anime-like with the big eyes and button nose. Point D definitely speaks to that when I was comparing the two. Is it okay if I do an edit to V3?

Cyangmou (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 9/3/2014 04:35

yeah you are right. Completely forgot about moving the ear. That's done now as well a I show some skin there what makes the hair better.

Nearly Anime styles always look young and babyface like. There are a few exceptions with some western influences which use smaller eyes. Those are usually the ones I prefer from the overall style.

But I also guess the slightly smaller eyes work better with the more realistic shading. compared to completely realistic proportions the eyes are still huge. 

I disliked the old chubby nose of tkhe 2013 version, because in terms of cluster placement it looked harsh and gave it more of a cartoon impression.

And yeah, it definitely looks overall different than the 2013 version

jtfjtfjtf (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 9/3/2014 03:11

I think you have to move the ear up now, since she's tilting her head.

With the last version (I think version 3) there were a few things making her look like an older version of the previous sprite. A) Age lines around the face. They were very subtle but slight lines indicating eye bags, laugh lines, the nostril/cheek divider all added age. B) Sharp eyebrows. These make the character look more mature and less young/playful. C) Sharp eyelids/low eyelashes. These also reinforce the more mature/severe, less young/playful look. D) Not as bright/smaller eyes. More adultlike and less youthful (big eye) look. I'd also say the bottom lip looks less plump and there's also the straight nose bridge instead  of the button nose compared to the original character. Not necessarily things that make her look old, just different.

Cyangmou (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 9/3/2014 02:00

not really. Her age hasn't changed, it's more that I have/had difficulties with doing the face. With version 4 I am quite happy. Guess she also looks a lot younger now compared to the earlier versions.

jtfjtfjtf (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 9/3/2014 00:23

Is she supposed to be an older, age-wise, version of the character?

Cyangmou (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 9/2/2014 13:26


problem here with the face is that the style is innovative and I have no experience values how to solve stuff within this style best.

So it's a lot of trial and error and putting that against an old version which got a lot of input over at pixelation back then.

But yeah, in the worst case it needs just some more face surgeries. Just uploaded the next version, if you want to take a look =)

Vagrant (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 9/2/2014 11:40

It's not that the old one is better, but it was indeed much more expressive, where facial features are concerned. Very relatable. This one, although inmensely superior in technique and it's new style, feels a tad too much uncanny valley'ish. Not to mention her personality took a full 180° turn into something completely different.  

Personally, I prefer the expression of the old one. Everything else from this one. This is some exquisite grand work here either way. (To state the obvious.)

Dr D (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 9/2/2014 07:30

I find it interesting how many see the old as 'better'. The old one looks more like it fits in a video game sure, due to outline and shading/coloring style, but overall I think the new one is much better, objectively, in terms of technique, anatomy, realistic shading.

sjhwi1a (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 9/2/2014 07:16

Good work but old better.

caca (Level 2 Kukyu) @ 9/2/2014 06:15

Is she smiling? Looks like the face I do when I fart.

king_bobston (Level 10 Capo) @ 9/2/2014 03:49

Much better now.

All pixels aside, I really dig the more natural pose. Might not be a biggy but it makes the whole feel more natural in addition to the style changes.

Cyangmou (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 9/2/2014 00:46

@Rayovatron: I think I got what you mean. I went one more time over the secondary facial features (cheeks & jaw). Added a list in the description and a gif for a better illustration of the changes.

Dr D (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 9/1/2014 16:38

A great improvement in a relatively short amount of time, especially for someone of your skill level/experience. Very nice job.

MrBeast (Level 3 Dryad) @ 9/1/2014 15:46

It looks much more realistic but the visual clarity has dunked a little. I would suggest adding outlines and to exaggerate the lighting on some of the features for more contrast.

wyvernbites (Level 1 Gangster) @ 9/1/2014 15:19

love how she went from shy young lady to confident and mature

Hiuru (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 9/1/2014 15:05

I must agree with Rayovatron, the older sprite is much more interesting and "better" imo. The new one is nice too, but that face does make her look like an older woman with too much make up

Emperor_Pixel (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 9/1/2014 15:03

Amazing shading and color choice.

Janinhus (Level 5 Werewolf) @ 9/1/2014 13:55

this is SO good...

the gloves, the vest and the hair are my favorite parts... damn!

just awesome!

Rayovatron (Level 6 SWAT) @ 9/1/2014 13:54

 I like the old one better. her body is great but the face  idk she looks like 40yo with too much makeup.

Pixelart_kid (Level 6 SWAT) @ 9/1/2014 13:34

 Great work!!

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