Adarias @ 11/6/2020 10:31 commented on Daily Sprites

@Sjpixels softness too.  The lighting is objectively hard and doesn't even have AA, yet feels supple rather than stiff in most places.

Adarias @ 10/5/2020 12:26 commented on Fantasy Lagoon

66 entries has got to be a record of some kind.  I'd guess 2-3 years at least?

Adarias @ 9/25/2020 08:34 commented on Kids - Orange Girl

> Colors - Max 7, 6 from the palette + transparency.

There's no great way of wording this but I guess we're trying to reflect the idea of combining 2 sprite palettes, each having 3 opaque colors + knockout (making 6 opaque colors and trans couted twice?)

Adarias @ 9/15/2020 10:34 commented on Pet 09 - Dogs

Great work gang!  I thought I was tripping when I was matching up the names but indeed it's the same few artists on a loop this month :D

Adarias @ 9/15/2020 10:33 commented on Knight Of The Blossoms

Tell the reddit haters they can drink from your golden chalice :P

Adarias @ 9/14/2020 19:25 commented on Pet 08 - Cat in Bag

@skamocore yeah that's a great point - with only 2 channels that's basically the universe (give or take some possible interpolation / rounding errors)

Adarias @ 9/2/2020 13:12 commented on HiLo

This reminds me of an age of the internet I thought was long-over, in a great way

Adarias @ 5/24/2020 09:20 commented on Guilmon

@aamatniekss the script I use to build these posts puts a cake next to any winner who has a birthday during the month the awards are being given for.  Since these are the awards for works submitted in April, you get a cake, even though the votes are tallied in May :)

Adarias @ 5/15/2020 17:33 commented on "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"

Hi @Otto, I enjoy this piece but I think it is too big for the weekly, which is constrained to max 250x250

Adarias @ 4/29/2020 05:13 commented on Cauldron

I kinda hate the colors, but love the way you've used them!

Adarias @ 4/13/2020 07:36 commented on The Approach - Wasteland Mockup

West Texas? Needs several hundred oil wells, and maybe a windmill or two "ruining the view" ;-)

Really enjoy this pieces; the broad flat areas of color are very different form your usual approach and work really well for this particular landscape.  They also set off the much-more-detailed shady areas really well.  I half expect a gecko to peek out.

Adarias @ 4/13/2020 07:27 commented on Q boss

Ilu is correct, we can only accept the peice if the glowing effects are removed.

To be clear I think this is a very nice piece and the effects are nicely done.

But if we allow airbrush, then we have to decide how much airbrush is too much.  People will complain we are moderating according to taste or, worse, playing favorites.  So as long as the no airbrush rule (#5) is on the books, we have to enforce it.

I look forward to this piece (without the glows) being added :)

Adarias @ 4/13/2020 07:21 commented on Angle of 74

Hiya, did you mean to have the square crop, or did the preview get mixed up with the full version?

Adarias @ 3/19/2020 11:11 commented on Playing Card Collab: Seven Deadly Sins of Clubs

@Rekkimaru you only need 5 frames - 1 image per expression - to meet the criteria.

If you choose to add further frames of animation, either as additional steps or embellishing your existing 5 - you are free to do so!

Adarias @ 3/19/2020 07:44 commented on Big Bird

To clarify - we are ALL missing the wedding.  There are no guests.

But we were able to livestream it, so there's a silver lining.

Adarias @ 3/18/2020 12:34 commented on Big Bird

I am missing my twin sister's wedding in Scotland (unable/unsafe to fly), which is pretty devastating.

Our office has instructed us to work from home indefinitely.  My partner has the same instruction.

Other than that just getting caught up on yardwork, housecleaning, about to award the monthly top...!

Adarias @ 3/16/2020 10:57 commented on Mario Avatar

@looloopaa - yes it did! Nice entry.

As long as entries are submitted on time, it doesn't matter when they're approved, as long as it's before we clsoe the challenge, which is done by hand.

Once in a very rare while, we miss something in the queue and close the challenge without adding it.  Those artists get the unique "victim of circumstance" trophy.  This is extremely uncommon and has nothing to do with the artist - I actually got one myself in 2017, haha.

Adarias @ 3/16/2020 10:45 commented on Playing Card Collab: Seven Deadly Sins of Clubs

( ^u^ )

( owo )

( >x< )

( ToT )

( x_x )

...for the Japanophiles in the audience!

Adarias @ 3/16/2020 10:43 commented on Playing Card Collab: Seven Deadly Sins of Clubs

Great challenge!

If anyone is afraid of the "animation", take heart!  There are many ways to approach this...






Done already!

Adarias @ 2/17/2020 21:37 commented on Big Bird

Typically that's invalid caching.  Do a hard refresh and see if the issue recurs.

Adarias @ 2/16/2020 14:13 commented on Big Bird

@Reo you're not wrong, but technical debt is a real issue.  Sedge is migrating the site off of ASP, most of which is over a decade old and hand-written.  Until the migration is finished, attempting to add or improve features is like building on sand.

Adarias @ 2/16/2020 14:10 commented on Big Bird

> Add to this a conservative/purist mindset about pixelart that made a niche community even more niche, and has only recently relaxed a bit. - @cure

We've actually relaxed a ton in the past 2-3 years, or at least refined our stances.  Lots of things that used to be forbidden like indexed painting, simple shadows etc are now tacitly allowed.

Generally I think this is for the better, but I suspect we will always keep the reputation.  Rule 5 pretty much prevents any hybrid work, which is where other communities are seeing the most growth.

Adarias @ 2/16/2020 13:56 commented on Big Bird

Thanks @Hapiel for the update - and yeah pretty much confirms the trend for the past few years.

New works and faves are pretty linear, while again quality continues to rise IMO (check out the monthly top -- just posted!).  We may not be growing much, but we're not dying either (in terms of content).

Other engagement is strongly curbed - perhaps because of aging UX, perhaps because of anti-spam measures... in all likelihood, a bit of both.

Adarias @ 2/15/2020 11:31 commented on Big Bird

The good news is PJ has just as much new art as ever, and a lot of the peices submitted are very high in quality.

The bad news is the structure of the site is entirely unequipped to handle spam, which has led to restrictions on how much engagement new users, especially non-artists, can drive.  This, along with some UX challenges, leads to the appearance of stagnation even when, as mentioned, the queues are frequently full and the average quality of work is very high.

I'm not sure what the future holds.  We'll never match the anti-spam firepower of DA, Reddit or Twitter.  There are opportunities for improvement in terms of both the UX and integration with the forums (which could also be spruced up), but even if Sedge were able to open up the codebase to additional developers, such efforts cannot begin the long-awaited migration away from ASP - which Sedge wishes to complete solo.

Adarias @ 2/9/2020 12:30 commented on Draco-Taurus

Love it!  Feels like a boss (or powerful ally) in a lost 90's game.