The Keen Thinker

The Keen Thinker

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Title: The Keen Thinker
Pixel Artist: Mandrill  (Level 9 Vice President :: 34539 points)
Posted: 9/24/2014 06:07
Palette: 8 colors
Statistics:  28 comments    19 faves    0 avatars



For the weekly.

Portrait, shading and anatomy training in genral. Pretty much the same technique I've used for my avatar.


Paul Bonner

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Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 10/1/2014 13:55

Hrhr, cheers, chap! Great to hear that from a portrait pro like you. :)

Emperor_Pixel (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 9/30/2014 20:42

The texture of his skin, Jesus Christ!

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/29/2014 11:48

Thank you! Glad you like the piece.

inep (Level 1 Depressed) @ 9/27/2014 11:51

I like the deep eye... and the texture of course!

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/27/2014 10:05

Thank you very much Marina! It's always a joy reading your comments. :)

Marina (Level 9 Necrophiliac) @ 9/26/2014 08:03

I like it pretty much. Specially the texture and the way you apply it :P

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/25/2014 11:57

@ Yaume

Hey, thank you! Your compliment about my technique made my day. :P

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/25/2014 11:56

@ felch

Thanks chap I appreciate it.

I did a smaller version prior to this one but was not satisfied with the outcome. It was just impossible to get the amount of detail and texture on his skin I wanted.

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/25/2014 11:53

@ jtfjtfjtf

Cheers! Yep, Bonner is the best of them all. ;)

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/25/2014 11:51

@ eigenbom

Thanks a ton! :)    

Yaume (Level 1 Intern) @ 9/25/2014 01:56

The subtle change of color in the eye's iris is quite similar to your avatar wolf.

Your have an excellent pixel drawing techniche, congratulations

felchqueen (Level 6 SWAT) @ 9/24/2014 22:46

The skin texture you've achieved is great and the eyes look so alive! I just want to see a bit more, damn that canvas restriction! :)

jtfjtfjtf (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 9/24/2014 22:36

Very cool texture! And I loved Bonner's stuff for Rackham.

eigenbom (Level 4 Deputy) @ 9/24/2014 16:01

Wow, amazing stuff, love the texturing :)

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/24/2014 12:59

@ rhlstudios

Thank you! Cool you like his skin.

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/24/2014 12:58

@ bob

Hehe, i bet he was badly bullied in school. Thank you very much! :)

I tried my best to make him look as stressed and worn out as possible without changing the ref too much. The easiest way to do that was through the skin texture I think.

Glad you dig the eye!

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/24/2014 12:54

@ Manupix


Oh yes, It does look pretty wierd. Almost impossible to read it as a hand without knowing about the ref.

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/24/2014 12:54

@ w4rlock

Many thanks! :)

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/24/2014 12:51

@ DoctorDRG

Thanks a lot. Glad you like the texture. :)

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/24/2014 12:50

@ ADrawingMan

Cheers, mate! :)

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/24/2014 12:48

@ Nih

Thank you very much. :D

rhlstudios (Level 6 Hitman) @ 9/24/2014 11:58

Dat texture <3

king_bobston (Level 10 Capo) @ 9/24/2014 11:45

Oh god, the acne

The dithering(/texture) works surprisingly well, kudos for being so bold! I dig the strong shadows and as said the texture(/dithering), gives this lovely dovely palette a serious and menacing impression... which I really dig

(and the eye )

w4rlock (Level 5 Sniper) @ 9/24/2014 11:43

awesome !!

Manupix (Level 11 Godfather) @ 9/24/2014 10:04


Only crit is that the hand isn't obvious at all with this close cropping.

DoctorDRG (Level 4 Deputy) @ 9/24/2014 08:39

Fantastic use of the purple, and the texture is similarly well done. 

skittle (Level 9 Nidan) @ 9/24/2014 06:46

Really neat idea for textures!

Nih (Level 1 Thug) @ 9/24/2014 06:18

i really love your shading <3

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