Small Collection of Items

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Title: Small Collection of Items
Pixel Artist: Unyinz  (Level 1 Thug :: 432 points)
Posted: 12/5/2014 11:15
Statistics:  3 comments    2 faves    0 avatars

A small collection of items I drew up while exploring anti-aliasing methods and using a limited palette (max twenty-four colors.) I started with the coins and worked through other objects, touching up on the previous ones as I got more practice.

I'm looking for some critique and advice. If there are any glaring issues with the sprites, I'd appreciate some feedback so I don't replicate the problem in future projects.

What needs work:

  • I need to find a happy medium for AA on both light and dark backgrounds. Sprites like the basket look alright on a light background, but jaggies are far more prominent on dark backgrounds. The opposite applies to other sprites, like the cheese wheel.
  • The color palette needs more refining. At twenty-four colors, I had to scrap some ideas because I wasn't happy with how hues clashed on certain sprites. I need to unify the colors, maybe in the form of warm grays similar to Dawnbringer's palette.
  • Dithering is my kryptonite, so that's what I need to focus on next. I like clean sprites, the load of bread being an example, but dithering is something that's necessary to learn if I want to make the most out of a limited palette.

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Lux_pp (Level 2 Peon) @ 12/5/2014 13:41

Some of these, like the skull, are pretty nice, but others with more regular forms are leaning towards pillow-shading, particularly the sack and the potato. Try to break up the color blocks by adding in some folds to the fabric, and the dithering probably isn't necessary, especially on a sprite this small.


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Unyinz (Level 1 Thug) @ 12/5/2014 12:24

Thanks again for the feedback! One of the bigger struggles with these sprites was making the outlines consistent in thickness. I'll admit that it ended up looking like a mess in places. I'll try the Pokemon sprite outlining. It seems far more simple and clean.


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Orteil (Level 1 Rookie) @ 12/5/2014 12:10

oyyy it's not bad tbh

don't worry about blending with the background, just use an airtight outline with some shading like the pokemon sprites do. you're already pretty much doing that in several of those

palette could def get juicier, but it's already far from awful

clever dithering is some voodoo shit that takes years of practice and virgin sacrifices, but just make sure you're using a consistent technique (i get the burlap-y texture on the bag, but the garlic probably shouldn't be dithered if the loaf of bread doesn't have it)

either way best of luck yoooo


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