A pixel art rendition of a followers OC for my art giveaway on my twitter.
I have another detailed discussion with Shampoocat here that goes over things like animation and picking colors that may be interesting to you. Its a bit of a read though.
Thank you so much for such a detailed explanation :) I may bother you again for some more specifics (I find this subject so interesting!!)
Starting with the character.
I typically grab my palette from my reference and take a good look at the style used. In this case its anime so I picked a 4 shade cel style and set my palette up for that. I do draw an outline first usually using black pen but the outline is to scale in pixel art. From there on a new layer I draw a clean outline then apply my base colors. Finally I'll add in the darker colors and highlights just applying it by eye.
Now the backdrop.
I actually drew this backdrop up in May for a streets of rage knock off style faux game poster you can see here http://pixeljoint.com/pixelart/126107.htm and it actually re-appears here in a fan art featuring the same character thats in this piece http://pixeljoint.com/pixelart/129072.htm
It makes up 5 layers, with the furthest back layer being just a pixelated gradient. I did not use an outline for the buildings on the middle 3 layers but instead just drew a basic building for each layer and then created different sized building based on those templates for the final. The front building layer I looked at building silhouettes and started with a base of rectangles then applied roof objects and windows later.
I want to say it took 3 hours to draw but due to having the backdrop already the character herself only took 1 hour. If you want even more specifics then you can always DM me. I can go on forever about this.
Really well done! I love the highlights and AA in the character!
Do you mind sharing a bit of your workflow? Do you go straigh to pixel art or do you do some line art or similar before? How long did it take ou to finish this one? Did you use any specific technique to build the background?
Sorry for so many questions it is just that I have been enjoyng your work a lot
Man, I love this.
Thats the idea. I actually have used this backdrop in a few pieces here already. The backdrop is made up of some 4 parts and is inspired from the Streets Of Rage intro. Infact I used a similar palette with making this one.
The effect of that clear buildings in the back, which are bigger,than those black, colser ones is crazy. It makes me think those are just in thoughts. I can't help imagining the slow movement of that last layer.