The Country

The Country

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The Country

Title: The Country
Pixel Artist: Theoden  (Level 8 Marshal :: 31971 points)
Posted: 1/25/2017 01:28
Statistics:  29 comments    37 faves    0 avatars

Pixel art version of one of my original paintings.

Edit: Tried to reduce the banding on the border of the grass near the dirt path and made some small corrections to the darker colors near the houses.


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Theoden (Level 8 Marshal) @ 8/10/2020 11:18

I am really happy to hear you liked them!

This series is one of my fav as well and I hope to do more and even improve the style further. 

Thanks a lot man, I really appreciate it!

SeDiceBisonte (Level 6 Chrysanthemum) @ 8/10/2020 05:55

I thought I'd already commented on this but apparently not. Came across it again today and I love the style.

The whole series of these images is great but I think this one is just about my favourite. The colours, the composition, and basically everything else. Lovely.

Theoden (Level 8 Marshal) @ 11/12/2019 03:01


Thanks a lot!

Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 11/11/2019 23:37

Very fun and peaceful scene! 

railslave (Level 2 Tulip) @ 3/10/2018 02:01

Those clouds as well :) 

Theoden (Level 8 Marshal) @ 3/10/2018 00:31


I also love the countryside :) Thanks a lot!

railslave (Level 2 Tulip) @ 3/9/2018 14:01

I want to live there :) so fresh and clean loving the shadowing on the buildings

Theoden (Level 8 Marshal) @ 8/11/2017 00:25


Thanks man, glad to hear you liked them.

Deathberry (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 8/10/2017 12:57

Your pixels is so good and minimalistic! 
I realy like this style. Nothing annoying eyes with unnecessary details, only clear contours and objects
Damn, it's cool 

Theoden (Level 8 Marshal) @ 2/1/2017 22:20

 @jok: That's awesome to hear, very motivating :) Glad you liked it! 

I am having a blast with this style and I am trying to improve it further. I hope to do a lot more, thank you very much!

jok (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 2/1/2017 08:42

np. - I forget to say that composition of this piece is near to perfect

(not that I'm big fan of countryside landscapes but still catches the eye :) )

keep it up!

Theoden (Level 8 Marshal) @ 2/1/2017 06:31

 @jok: Thanks a lot! :)

jok (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 2/1/2017 01:37

simple but nice :)

Theoden (Level 8 Marshal) @ 1/31/2017 11:57

@ParkerBabyDiaperCompany: Thanks a lot! 

You are absolutely right, that banding has been bothering me too. I will fix it soon.

ParkerBabyDiaperCompany (Level 2 King Checker) @ 1/31/2017 09:17

Cool picture, but there's some serious staircase banding going on on the edges of the path.

Theoden (Level 8 Marshal) @ 1/31/2017 00:45

@MetinSeven: Thanks a lot!

I have been trying out new things for a while now and I am really having fun with this style.

Glad to hear you liked it!

MetinSeven (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 1/30/2017 12:18

Great work. It radiates a nice atmosphere using minimal lines and colors, like traditional comics.

Theoden (Level 8 Marshal) @ 1/28/2017 02:35

@Macaroni and Cheese: Thanks a lot! I am glad you get that feeling from the perspective.

Macaroni and Cheese (Level 2 Corporal) @ 1/27/2017 21:18

Nice stuff. The perspective puts the viewer right in there in that pleasant atmosphere.

@eishiya Maybe their ground keepers are really good. xD

Theoden (Level 8 Marshal) @ 1/26/2017 23:01

@SpaceSalmon: Thanks a lot!

SpaceSalmon (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/26/2017 13:26

Very nice useage of outlines, great style! 

Theoden (Level 8 Marshal) @ 1/25/2017 23:10

 @wasteboy: Thanks a lot man! Glad you liked it.

Theoden (Level 8 Marshal) @ 1/25/2017 23:09

#moondrome: Thanks a lot man! Very happy to hear you liked the style and the piece.

I am having a lot of fun with this and hoping to do a lot more.

wasteboy (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 1/25/2017 12:36

this is super fresh, the subtle detail in the clouds adds some real nice depth

moondrome (Level 7 Merfolk) @ 1/25/2017 12:19

lovely scene and very original style man. I hope to see more images- landscapes with the same feeling

Theoden (Level 8 Marshal) @ 1/25/2017 08:48

@Mandrill: Thanks a lot man, I am really happy to hear you liked it!

Theoden (Level 8 Marshal) @ 1/25/2017 08:47


I agree with you about the grass around the path, it looks way too regular and clean for grass. I might change that in a future edit.

About the color in front of the buildings: I am aware that there shouldn't be any shadow there. That color is there to imply some different colored ground and coloration going on. Like dirt, darker grass or some sparse grass, you know. It is there because without it I found that the buildings don't look the way I expected. And I prefer the version with that color in front of them.

Thanks for checking out!

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 1/25/2017 07:48

Wonderful, just wonderful!

eishiya (Level 6 SWAT) @ 1/25/2017 07:18

I don't think I've ever seen black outlines not get in the way of atmospheric perspective and a feeling of breeziness before. Good job, that's sorcery!

The perfectly smooth edges of the path look strange. Grass is rarely that tidy, and you even drew the transition looking more ragged and grassy in your original drawing. Because the edges are so clean, it looks like the path is a slab lying on top of the grass, even though the shading suggests it's carved into the grass.

Another crit I have is that since the fronts of the buildings are lit, there shouldn't be shadows on the ground in front of them, since the buildings would not be casting shadows in that direction, and there is nothing else to cast those shadows.

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