Painful Palette

Painful Palette

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Painful Palette

Title: Painful Palette
Pixel Artist: Mandrill  (Level 9 T-rex :: 35682 points)
Posted: 1/1/2015 08:21
Palette: 12 colors
Statistics:  30 comments    39 faves    1 avatars

An artist in pain!


I had a nice conversation with CELS about palettes that are far from ideal for specific kinds of genres.

I was inspired and wanted to challenge myself.  Pixelling a face with very bright and unsuitable portrait colours. It is intented to look like someone dropped these colours on the ground by accident.

The only way I could make this work has been with very hard rim light for at least one half of his face. I also wanted to make him look like that he is in pain because the cyan and the green gave me headaches during the first stages of the piece. :)

Happy new year, everybody!


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Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 4/18/2015 12:53

Thanks a lot! :)

SolarGears (Level 1 Depressed) @ 4/11/2015 13:43

This palette is spunky, I like it! Good job using it well!

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 1/10/2015 02:44

De Niro? That's amusing.

Thank you very much.

Voltali obscur (Level 9 Boss) @ 1/8/2015 19:27

I see a young Robert de Niro but whatever... both concept and execution of this piece are great!

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 1/7/2015 10:19

@ BathMaster_2000

I feel honoured! Thanks a ton. :)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 1/7/2015 10:17

@ orange08

It's the nose, isn't it?

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 1/7/2015 10:16

@ felch

Thanks a lot, man!

I always try to do something new from time to time. ;)

BathMaster_2000 (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 1/7/2015 08:33

mother of god. you have amazing skill.

orange08 (Level 6 Blue Crab) @ 1/6/2015 06:12

hooray for Nicholas Cage!!

felchqueen (Level 6 SWAT) @ 1/6/2015 04:11

A real departure from your usual style, but still maintaining your usual quality, good work.

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 1/5/2015 10:47

Haha, awesome you dig it, chap!

Happy new year to you too. :)

vimmel (Level 5 Detective) @ 1/5/2015 04:33

Daaamn mate! That face looks really great, love the abstract shapes and the palette is really interesting :)

Happy new year man


Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 1/4/2015 11:51

Thanks, glad you like it! :)

Theoden (Level 10 Operative) @ 1/4/2015 08:01

This is an exceptional work!

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 1/3/2015 14:55

Thanks a bunch, Bobston!

Highly saturated colours work very well against black

Pretty much the same colours we had to use in school, do you remember those?

'Malkasten Farben'

king_bobston (Level 10 Capo) @ 1/3/2015 12:04

Very nice! Interesting how the almost black harmonises the other colors

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 1/3/2015 08:58

Thank you very much, CELS!

The basic shape of every blob is, of course, determined by the face, but the sides that go into the dark are just randomly painted. I pretty much went wild with my mouse and tried to AA it as best as I could.

I originally intented to add silhouettes but realised pretty quickly that this would have been too distracting.

CELS (Level 7 Lotus) @ 1/2/2015 17:41

To me it looks more like Clive Owen :)

Great stuff, Mandrill. Gonna fave this just for a lesson on how to draw amazing photorealistic eyes and mouth at a tiny scale. Just fabulous. My only personal dislike is the shape of the three colour "blobs", because I feel like they're rendered in a very random way. They don't look like paint on the ground, or broken glass or ripped paper or anything like that. But maybe you made it unnatural like that on purpose, because you're so artsy, who knows :)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 1/2/2015 13:54

Haha, cheers! :)

Long (Level 7 SNES) @ 1/2/2015 07:08

I see Nicholas Cage

Also you made great use of the palette imo.

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 1/1/2015 15:11

Merely aftermaths of New Year's Eve.... Drunk

Mf Zippy

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 1/1/2015 14:19

Pawn'd...such is the weakness of the German mind 

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 1/1/2015 13:55

Mf Zippy

DatMuffinMan (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 1/1/2015 13:43

heh, I meant the face itself looked a bit like Dali. 

the art is good too 

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 1/1/2015 13:06

@ Rainbowtato

Cheers! Cool you like it.

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 1/1/2015 13:04

@ MasterSky

Thank you very much!

The carmine is actually darker than the red, ideal for AA.

Are you refering to the flesh tint? I didn't use that with the red. :)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 1/1/2015 13:00

@ Muffin

Woha, that is an incredible compliment, thanks a ton! :)

Rainpowtato (Level 1 Depressed) @ 1/1/2015 11:37


MasterSky (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 1/1/2015 10:48

the face is actually very well done! but the AA on the red splatter at the bottom doesnt really work because it's a bit lighter than the red.

considering the palette you did a great job haha!

DatMuffinMan (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 1/1/2015 09:12

I see Dali :) 

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