Alien Planet

Alien Planet

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Alien Planet

Title: Alien Planet
Pixel Artist: DexRunner  (Level 7 Sheriff :: 11066 points)
Posted: 7/29/2017 11:46
Palette: 32 colors
Statistics:  9 comments    11 faves    0 avatars

This is one of the first pieces that I did when trying to get into pixel art.  I knew at the time that it wasn't very good compared to what I was seeing in other veterans' work, but it still gave me that special feeling like the first step of a long journey.  Like that little guy looking over this wierd alien world and not really knowing what lies beyond.  What's that peptobismol goo that this planet is bleeding?  What's beyond those mountain spires?  How will I get up there?  How will I cross that foreign landscape?

The true answer?  I have no idea!    But sometimes the journey of improvement is less about the end result, but what you learned along the way.  Take this picture for what it is: one step of a thousand (two thousand if I'm lucky).  

A little about the submission itself:  The original was 31 colors and the rework is 15.  So altoghether, with transparency between the two, it should come out right at 32.  I really did like the pallette I used on the original so I decided, 'why fix what's not broken'?  I obviously lowered the count for the rework and upped the canvas size so I could give more detail.  I hope it payed off and that you enjoy viewing it!  :)

Til next time, keep making what you love and getting inspired!  YOU CAN DO IT! ;D

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DexRunner (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 9/5/2017 15:56

Thank you, my friend!  I've been trying new ways to make my art stand out and continually develop personal style.    I love weird palettes.  I've only used other's palettes twice and neither of the pieces are done yet .  I think experimenting is the best way to get new and interesting colour combinations.  Are you unsure if a strange palette will work or not?  Try it anyway!  You might be surprised. 

Being relatively new to pixel art as a legit art form, it's not as easy as other mediums have been for me.  I know it seems like an uphill struggle for many and because of that too many people give up on it thinking it was going to be easy.   But how often in life is anything that's really worth it going to be easy!?  Hardly ever!  I may not be the next Jalonso or cure but, by george, I'm gonna try my hardest while encouraging everyone else to do the same!  Keep it up and don't give up!   

Huntsmouse (Level 1 Intern) @ 9/5/2017 12:08

Great and brave usage of highly saturated colors (and pink! I wish people were less affraid of using pink!). I love the description as well - the last line is something I repeat quite often when I try to motivate myself :D

DexRunner (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 8/30/2017 21:56

Thank you so much!  That means a tonne (the metric version, not that whoosy u.s. one)!  I would love to make return to this concept in the future. 

Tobikomi (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 8/30/2017 20:13

This is breath-taking, even for pixel art. This would be perfect for some screenshot from the ATARI ST!

DexRunner (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 7/30/2017 19:47

Thanks!  I think, at the time of conception, there was a bit of Seussian influence.  I like to think there are lots of dream-like places in the universe. 

d9nis (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 7/30/2017 18:57

Colors are interesting :) Really dream-like mood!

DexRunner (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 7/29/2017 13:12

Thanks for the comment!  I tried to keep it as visually interesting as I could within the bounds of the pallette I gave myself.  I could definitely see it being a cut screen for an old pic game, especially when zoomed to 2x.  Maybe this could be the beginning of a larger project.  It's not like I have enough already 

kurage994 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/29/2017 12:55

Colors look like old style. Like a first quests for pc)

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