Pacific Grove | Slym Pixels

Pacific Grove | Slym Pixels

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Pacific Grove | Slym Pixels

Title: Pacific Grove | Slym Pixels
Pixel Artist: Adarias  (Level 11 Bonsai :: 35377 points)
Posted: 4/7/2019 23:58
Palette: 32 colors
Statistics:  8 comments    99 faves    0 avatars

Over the last decade I've had the tremendous pleasure of watching Slym go from being an enthusiastic kid to an expert pixel artist and pillar of the community.

This piece is an imaginary private beach in Pacific Grove, CA, the same setting as one of his works as well as one of mine.

Slym has better technique than I do, and a lot of my own tastes and styles went into finishing this, so I consider it as much a tribute or homage as imitation.  Specifically I tried to include the following aspects of Slym's work:

- strong diagonals breaking up otherwise flat surfaces, especially in the stones, and vegetation built almost entirely from tight clusters

- lit shadows counter to the main light source (a bit of a throwback to 90's rpg art?)

- light and shadow to build form, often without any other separation -- Slym uses very little AA and the closest he comes to outlining is in rim lighting or sharp shadows

- blue-green, red-orange, and other tertiary colors playing a significant role in the palette, with clean, short ramps (I tend to blend enslessly and the result tends to be muddier)

- strong back-to-front, light-to-dark transitions (this was very hard for me, my typical pieces have very little depth!)

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ToSta (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 12/23/2020 02:43

Great pic with  great colours 

theartistjulian (Level 5 Captain) @ 4/25/2020 22:13

This whole thread is the most heart warming thing ;)

jok (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 2/27/2020 05:05

nice landscape

JerryPie (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 4/11/2019 10:16

Stuff like this keeps pixel joint exciting after so many years. Cool concept! Fun to read the breakdown and look at afterwards.

As much as the clouds have an unfinished look, I really like them. I'm always impressed when someone can come up with a new way to do something. 

slym (Level 8 Ruby) @ 4/9/2019 10:28

Well this completely melted my soul <3

In the early days of my time on PJ, your work was a big source of inspiration for me. I remember seeing this piece and wishing that one day I'd be able to make foliage as diverse and full of character. Funny enough this piece was unintentionally inspired by those tiles, and now that I look at it I can see where the influence came from. These tiles were a further step in defining my direction, abandoning AA much more frequently, and further pushing textural directions.

I always appreciated the crunchy nature of this piece, and the dirt here influenced my dirt coloring and textures moving forward.

Of course when you broke the pixel art internet with these tiles, I wanted to push my work much farther. The fluidity of them and the simplicity of the shapes and texture was so clean and perfect. From that point on I challenged myself to simplify my textures, and show light and depth in my work in a new way.

In a lot of ways I owe many stylistic elements to being inspired by your work, and it fills my heart to see such a thoughtful combination of both of our work into one piece. I'd be lying if I didn't say this caused my to tear up just a little, thank you so much. Thank you for being a part of what makes our little pixel world so incredibly special.

andylittle (Level 9 T-rex) @ 4/8/2019 07:54

Excellent, very brightness work! 

philippejugnet (Level 6 Hitman) @ 4/8/2019 07:19

very pleasing to look at =))) lightning and ambience were very well put together in this.. The only thing I can wish for are some cirrus clouds on the background

Irenaart (Level 9 Dagon (Dagon, also Philistine mythology)) @ 4/8/2019 05:57

Amazing work! A fantastic selection of colors. Almost surreal...

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