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Title: church
Pixel Artist: skittle  (Level 9 Nidan :: 28421 points)
Posted: 8/26/2016 07:23
Statistics:  22 comments    114 faves    0 avatars

For pixel_dailies. There's a lot of perspective issues and sloppy looking areas, I think I could have avoided these issues if I made the canvas a bit smaller since as it stands, the building itself isn't all that detailed. Half assed a lot of things, you'll notice the bats are just pure black and that colour is only used for them :^)

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king_bobston (Level 10 Capo) @ 9/12/2016 15:19

You can learn a lot from ants!!1!

skittle (Level 9 Nidan) @ 9/10/2016 17:35

"not so interesting on closer look"

yea, unfortunately the actual church isn't quite detailed enough to warrant a closer look, advert your eyes!  



Ach, we'll see, 50x50 sounds like pixelart for ants :^) 

king_bobston (Level 10 Capo) @ 9/10/2016 09:09

Fugg'n peytn again, let's burn this nerd!!1!

Pretty nice piece, interestingly I find the things that look awesome at first (the front of the church) not so interesting on closer look but the clouds and the roof on the side of the castle are still cool after looking at it longer.

Great composition regardless! You probably should do more small pieces though, like dunno, maybe 50x50?

Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 9/2/2016 05:57

Ahhhhh no worries! I hada feeling cause the responses given back seemed to be playful, but I wasn't sure :p 

beetleking (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 9/2/2016 00:21

 Skittle the master!  Every piece you touch its going turn gold.

Peyton (Level 6 Hitman) @ 9/1/2016 22:26

dont worry man its all jokes i only do that with people i know

skittle (Level 9 Nidan) @ 9/1/2016 20:23

Thank you so much, man! And yea, don't worry about peyton haha, we just fooling :D 

Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 9/1/2016 20:04

@peyton: I hope this is a joke? I've noticed you tend to post negative, unconstructive comments a lot...

Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 9/1/2016 19:59

been killin' it lately my man!

skittle (Level 9 Nidan) @ 8/30/2016 13:25

This is namely in response to your third paragraph, I do  appreciate you taking the time to write this, thanks! But do take note that I don't think about what cyangmou said as a negative. I think I am still very much capable of still working on larger pieces while taking on digital painting on the side. I do think there there are indeed numerous advantages that digital painting has over pixelart (and viceversa), I don't think the conversation below necessarily is discouraging to me but moreso motivating for me to take up digital painting because I have thought quite a bit about taking the dive into the medium (and have been thinking about it for quite some time after I started to study various artists who work in the AAA industry) -the conversation below is actually quite reassuring to have confirmation from cyangmou that I could A. cut down on time with digital painting and B. get a better desired effect that it has to offer visually for me.



" For me, taking actuals weeks in time to create a perfect, pixelated background would be way more rewarding since I prefer the appearance of a background produced in this manner."



while I certainly do agree that working and pushing yourself to finish a piece of PA that might take weeks is a rewarding experience, but I still hold the firm belief that personally I would get a lot more out of a digital piece that takes one day; which also  allows me to explore many more designs and opportunities throughout the medium simply because of time that it takes than to work on a pa piece that takes a week of mostly just messing around with pixels that frankly, many people may not even notice. What I've written may not give much leeway to respond to this since I've said a lot of "what I feel personally will benefit me", which sort of makes this conversation a bit subjective haha





But yea, thanks! There are a lot of problems, having a more crisp separation between the dark and light side of the church would most certainly add a bigger feeling of drama to the piece. The bats were very lazily done I can assure you :^) I don't plan to give up pa to start digital painting, I will definitely make the best of use that both mediums have to offer.



That's my rant haha 

Claredeth (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 8/30/2016 10:01

WARNING: I'm just rambling and responding to Cyan's comments.  I've been out of the game for a bit so take my opinion for what you will.  Jump to the last paragraph for commentary on this piece.

While I agree that this could've been done much faster in another traditional digital art program, I am incredibly impressed with the overal aesthetic this piece has because it was made using a program that gives the user more control/responsibility with how the final product turns out. 

To me, the debate of pixel art vs. digital feels a lot like comparing painting to photographs.  Maybe this is an obvious point but there's definitely an element missing in digital art that exists in pixel art.  When I play a game that uses a digital painting for the background rather than a hand-crafted pixelated one, I feel like there's a severe style clash (assuming the sprites in the game aren't digital themselves).  For me, taking actuals weeks in time to create a perfect, pixelated background would be way more rewarding since I prefer the appearance of a background produced in this manner.

I'm an incredibly impressed with the quality of this piece, given skittle's age.  To discourage such a young pixel artist from creating larger pieces like this would be a great mistake.  I'm incredibly selfish since this was my main medium of art growing up but I would encourage any young artists to pick up and obsess over pixel art, since it taught me so much about line and color.  Maybe recommending to continue making pieces like these in programs like MSPaint is bad advice, but I am of the opinion that digital art will never replace pixel art, it's accomplishes a completely different thing.

All being said, this piece has a very nice overall appearance.  The color pallete fits the tone of the piece and it gives the impression of being night.  Addtionally, I definitely get the impression of depth by your use of color and general perspective.  I think that the architecture would benefit from having more sharper edges; too many of the corners feel too rounded.   The bat may have also benefited from some AA or better lineart.  This is definitely more promising than the work I was making at your age.  Keep trying to work bigger, you seem to really have a knack for making backgrounds.  Being young means you have a lot of potential to get really damn good at this.

Theoden (Level 8 Marshal) @ 8/29/2016 08:17

Nicely done.

Lucas- (Level 4 Button Man) @ 8/28/2016 10:20


dami1310 (Level 5 Detective) @ 8/27/2016 14:18

Sick, great job.

fudds (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/27/2016 12:42

Lovely work!

CELS (Level 7 Cuttlefish) @ 8/27/2016 10:51

I really like the big clusters, the big slabs of flat colour in this piece. That's a skill I never really learned with pixel art. When to add a lot of detail, and when to get away with big blank areas.

Cyangmou (Level 8 Marshal) @ 8/27/2016 02:44

While it is possible to draw everything with pixelart if you just spend enough time, the more i am personally doing it, the more I believe it should be used for a style of drawing which also enforces the strengths of the medium. It' smostly a personal question I ask myself a lot "what's smart to do with pixel art"

And to use pixel art to emulate digital art seems to me like a really bad idea, even if I like the results, I think if you do that digital art would be faster and easier to achieve the nearly same result.

It's hard to find a style which suits your vision, but at the same time is also efficient for pixelart as a medium.

with digital painting tools something like this maybe would take 2 hours. 4-6 if you really polish it.

Also consider that you have much more exact control over slight angled lines and that there is a reason for the tools the industry uses for concept paintings and why concept art has the visual appaerance it has.

The painting style you use is really reminiscent of a lot of Anime background art, and some artists truly perfectionized this craft.

That being said I really like the sketch and your endeavours.

Macaroni and Cheese (Level 2 Corporal) @ 8/26/2016 18:16

Regardless of the inconsistencies, it's a great piece. Time well spent.

skittle (Level 9 Nidan) @ 8/26/2016 17:19

I see what you're saying and agree with you about the middle roof. My starting sketch actually didn't have this problem I really ought to have maybe stuck to the initial design of the middle part a bit more. I did make a quick fix which is a small improvement, I think. The issue is still apparent but maybe just slightly less so than before.

While it is for pixel_dailies, this did actually take 2 days. I do think I could get way better results using digital painting I actually plan to take the dive into that medium soon! The only problem is I lack the coordination with a pen & tablet which is something I'm trying to build up by just drawing on paper (I've been lazy though so I need to force myself to take it more seriously). I don't want to be doing pixelart as my main medium so yea, I'm very slowly working towards drawing and then digital. 


Thanks jerry! The time constraint is a real thing but, I think for this case a lot of things just went wrong with the piece tbh. Thankyou! 


I bet u wont say taht to muh face fucboi 

Peyton (Level 6 Hitman) @ 8/26/2016 15:50

ur shit fuc worst piece ive ever see

Cyangmou (Level 8 Marshal) @ 8/26/2016 11:05

Great colors and a totally nice mood.

Saw it as a thumbnail on my cellphone first and had a striking first impression.

On closer examination though the architecture overall doesn't make a lot of sense on the conceptual level, which I think is not helping a lot if the subject is mainly architecture.

What really captures my eye though is the form inconsistency with the middle roof where it intersects with the window and appears escheresque.

composition wise it totally draws you to the right side.

Also how long do these take you? DOn't you think you could get a much better and much faster result with digital painting? Especially if you want to capture true architectural perspective pixel art is more than a pain in the ass to work with, because it's impossible to align the slight angels with nice clusters.

JerryPie (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 8/26/2016 08:23

Plagiarising you here...but.. "Excellent, love seeing big pieces like this from you. I hope you do another one without the time constraint of Pixel_Dailies soon :D" 

Your art is something I've really started looking forward to. Glad you post so often. :)

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