La Reine des Masques

La Reine des Masques

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La Reine des Masques

Title: La Reine des Masques
Pixel Artist: d9nis  (Level 5 Assistant Manager :: 3529 points)
Posted: 6/13/2018 00:39
Palette: 24 colors
Statistics:  29 comments    54 faves    0 avatars

Hi there! Here's my last entry for my dreamy pixel art serie! This one is inspired from an ex-girlfriend I still have in mind, even ten years after the break up.
It was the first picture I imagined for this serie. Actually I decided to start making pixel art specifically for drawing this picture one day. And now I'm done! What a relief!

There is many way to understand this picture, and feel about it. Let me know what do you see or think in the comment!

On a technicall point of view, it has been made with Grafx2, a wacom tablet and 24 colors, as usual.

Enjoy the step by step animation below!

Oh, and I always forgot to mention it, but most of my works is under the license Creative Commons By-SA. Feel free to use it according to the terms!

If you like what I do and/or you feel generous you can support me on

Keep dreaming and watch more from this serie:

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d9nis (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 7/27/2018 10:51

that's me indeed bro

Mathias (Level 6 Garbage) @ 7/24/2018 14:13

d9nis is that you, bucko??

Umbohr (Level 2 Kappa) @ 6/21/2018 04:41

Impressive stuff, the lighting  and the composition

d9nis (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 6/20/2018 13:04

Thank you vert much :D

Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 6/20/2018 12:28

Excellent stuff, really clean. Lighting is definitely cool. 

d9nis (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 6/20/2018 02:52

Thank you very much! I worked hard on it!

JerryPie (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 6/19/2018 14:40

Best of the series. Awesome lighting.

d9nis (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 6/14/2018 04:16

Well, shame on me, but I don't know well about Albator u_u

Thank you for your appreciation :)

yrizoud (Level 6 Aquamarine) @ 6/14/2018 03:10

The mix of soft curves (character, fabric) and hard straight lines (chair) should not work, but it does!

It's incredible how the color gradient for the background turns the "mask pattern" into an actual scene, but on closer look, the subtle changes of lighting on masks help a lot.

Getting rid of the mask handle is probably a good decision, hand-held mask feels more personal and less authority-like; it also matches better with the masks on the wall.

The lady reminds me of the designs from Albator (Captain Harlock), is it something you had in mind ?

AirStyle (Level 6 SWAT) @ 6/13/2018 22:09

She did, but if you look at your progress gif, you'll notice that you furrowed her brow and opened her eyes more as you progressed, which gave her more of a look of disdain than sadness.

Theoden (Level 8 Marshal) @ 6/13/2018 15:50

Stunning piece. Very impressive.

orangemagik (Level 6 Commander) @ 6/13/2018 13:42


d9nis (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 6/13/2018 13:41

Beautiful story!

I just realized that the character may be seen as someone evil but the actual girl was really kind IRL. In the first step of the drawing she was looking way more sad than now.

Thank you for the input anyway :3

AirStyle (Level 6 SWAT) @ 6/13/2018 12:52

Ooh! Very ominious lighting! It's eerily beatiful.

It makes me think of two things:

1)  The woman in the picture is a master manipulator, and she sits in this closet of masks, each one representing a fragmented personality she wields to get what she wants out of people. Currently, she's at a party that has invited all of her sworn enemies into one place, and over the course of the party, she's been visiting this closet to try on new masks. She, however, has found that her control over her guests is crumbling beyond her control. She then revisits the closet, gazing at the masks, and wondering which one could possibly fix her current quandary, until you (the viewer) walks in.


2) She's a sociopath, and this room is her trophy case of all the people she's "conquered". Each sigil is kind of like the person's soul signature she's engraved into each mask. She's become so good at her craft, that it doesn't matter if you discover either the room or its purpose; regardless of the extent of your knowledge, if she wills it, you'll be next on her wall.

d9nis (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 6/13/2018 10:15


Thank to all of you for kind words :3

PS: The trick is to insert a smiley/emoji. Then right click on it, edit property, change the url with the desired image.

TRUEvector (Level 8 Regional Boss) @ 6/13/2018 10:11


And a great one art as always. Superb job with light and ambience. And I like the backstory and whole feeling of the pics as well - so nice when you have ambitions and posibility to express something deep within you. 

ParkerBabyDiaperCompany (Level 2 King Checker) @ 6/13/2018 10:06

I don't know how I feel about the chair's being composed of just straight lines.

TheOdditey (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 6/13/2018 08:54

Woah, this is amazing! I love the highlights on the dress, it almost looks like a painting.

Irenaart (Level 8 Marshal) @ 6/13/2018 03:24

Amazing work!

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