Ready To Die

Ready To Die

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Ready To Die

Title: Ready To Die
Pixel Artist: Mandrill  (Level 9 Vice President :: 34359 points)
Posted: 9/1/2015 15:19
Palette: 12 colors
Statistics:  34 comments    37 faves    0 avatars

You might take my life but you can't take my soul!


(Experimental piece. First time using a tablet for pixelling )

Kept it rough and played a bit against the usual pixel etiquette with this one. Mostly to support the unpleasent theme of executing a prisoner. It's supposed to give a feeling of restlessness.

But what I really want to achieve with this is to capture her expression, her stubbornness, even in the face of death. The rest is just there to support her face and act as a contrast to the rather detailed eyes, nose and mouth.

V2.0 Dedicated to the stubborn Captain of the Pixel Police, RAV.


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Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 12/20/2015 10:50

Very well described, thanks a lot!

AirStyle (Level 6 SWAT) @ 10/7/2015 14:59

The unifinished-ness of it kind of adds to it. It kind of makes me think she's inside her head or something, with the gun being a mere shadow of what's to come.

Fusionnist (Level 10 Operative) @ 9/21/2015 12:24

Yeah, I stuck to the mouse until you know what or you can guess... now I'm stuck to mobile damnit! I actually use both sometimes XD

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/21/2015 12:00

@ bobo

Thank you very much, great you are digging the painterly look!

Yeah, you are both right about that. The suggested nature of the gun doesn't really transfer that much. I guess if I had left it out, it would have made no big difference.

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/21/2015 11:55

@ Fusionist

Yeah, it feels quite odd to use it. I'm gonna stick to the mouse. ;)

king_bobston (Level 10 Capo) @ 9/19/2015 11:28

This is an interesting piece.

I think you conveyed what you wanted very well, althrough after reading Helms post I have to agree with him. With the weapon fading out it is a bit more like she would "blend it out" instead of being stubborn in the face of death.

You did great job mimicking brush strockes! Gives it a painterly feel.

Fusionnist (Level 10 Operative) @ 9/17/2015 08:38

Ooo you used a tablet ;)

Nice! I've been working on mobile since (we all know the story) XD

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/15/2015 07:09

Thanks a lot, buddy!

Cool you said it looks a bit of like a speed painting, because it is! Well, speed is relative in pixel art, but using the tablet gave it certainly a PS-speed painting feel.

I used to do concept art and speed paintings quite often when I was a bit younger. I had some interesting flashbacks doing this piece.

Theoden (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 9/15/2015 02:59

His expression is really creepy.

Interesting style. Reminds me speed paintings people do in PS.

Great work man! :)

Helm (Level 5 Detective) @ 9/6/2015 05:06

Cool. Looking forward to see what you do next.

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/5/2015 12:58

@ Swordless

Thank you!

That was the intention, trying something else with the rendering and polishing. Cool you are digging it! :)

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/5/2015 12:56

@ showtime

Hehe, great to hear, thanks a bunch!

Spoiler, she doesn't die.

Swordless (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 9/5/2015 02:13

wow, unique shading method right there, quite like the rough look of the piece, colours also go with the theme very well

showtime (Level 6 Made) @ 9/4/2015 19:59

Aaaah, what a beauty :)

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/3/2015 05:39

@ Terff

Thank you!

Yeah, it's a really different approach to pixelling, much closer to other types of digital art in my opinion. It's interesting, but I think I'll stick to my trusty mouse nonetheless. :)

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/3/2015 05:36

@ rklesmit

Haha, thanks a lot, buddy! :)

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/3/2015 05:36

@ Helm

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this critique.

I absorbed every word and feel flattered to hear that from an extraordinary artist like you and I agree. This piece could have been more with the right amount of polishing and a better design.

I think I wanted to focus too much on the face and tried to sell the rest as some absurd artistic nonesense.

Still, I'll let it be the experiment I intented it to be and learn from it a few things for future, more detailed, pieces.

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/3/2015 05:24

@ Finlal

A blast from the past. Wiggle

Terff (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 9/2/2015 12:25

Very nice per usual!  I've never tried using my tablet for pixel art before besides line art, but I really like how this turned out!

rklesmit (Level 5 Captain) @ 9/2/2015 09:05


Helm (Level 5 Detective) @ 9/2/2015 09:04

For your theme to work the weapon needs to be rendered as well, as it's not a theoretical idea, it's a reality that collides with the - well rendered - determination of your actor. 

As a person who has many times in his life rationalized stopping a piece before it's done, take my recommendation with respect and admiration. I like the piece a lot. I just think it needs to be more, to get to what you want it to be from your description. 

Also, I would render the ears, they're not inconsequential, gunshot and all. 

Finlal (Level 11 Special Agent) @ 9/2/2015 08:47

Yeah, hip the hop, brotha!

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/2/2015 08:12

@ Finlal

Thanks, man!

Kicking click Kicking

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/2/2015 08:10

@ rhlstudios

Really cool you like it, Kat! Thank you very much.

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/2/2015 08:09

@ ADrawinMan

Hehe, thanks a ton, buddy. I'm also ok with here passing for a feminine dude. ;)

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/2/2015 08:04

@ Omrii

Thank you.

I think it's the missing hair. It's quite hard to make a balded woman look like a... well, woman. :)

I didn't trace it, but I have a font that has a lot of different weapons.

Finlal (Level 11 Special Agent) @ 9/2/2015 07:48

I also thought that it's a guy.
Still, great depiction of PJ Police brutality.

rhlstudios (Level 6 Hitman) @ 9/2/2015 07:26

This is absolutely stunning. Wow.

skittle (Level 9 Nidan) @ 9/2/2015 07:00

As soon as I saw the eye in the preview I immediately knew you made this haha

Since everyone knows you're very able to pixel on a detailed level already, seeing a loose piece like this is really cool! I think the only thing critique wise is that I can't tell if it's a man or a women -only if I read the description. Not sure how you would go about fixing that though.

Great job!

Omrii (Level 4 Button Man) @ 9/2/2015 06:25

Expression is really good! Looks like a dude to me, not a girl.

The AA around the fact and  the sharp curves around the body/background look kind of weird to me but there's not the focus of the piece so I guess it's okay. The M16 looks a little bit too streched. Did you trace it?

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/2/2015 03:53

@ Veli

Thanks a lot! :)

Mandrill (Level 9 Vice President) @ 9/2/2015 03:52

Oh well, never upload to PJ and go bed.

Lesson learned...

Veli (Level 4 Ensign) @ 9/2/2015 02:06

Wow. Just wow.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 9/1/2015 17:37

Preview over 10k 

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