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Title: Hometown
Pixel Artist: OhNoItsMonroe  (Level 2 Dealer :: 513 points)
Posted: 10/10/2020 11:40
Statistics:  11 comments    35 faves    0 avatars

After seeing one of Jesse Munguia's pixel art pieces on twitter that he loosely based on his hometown, I was inspired to do a similar thing based on the city where I was born. I originally wanted to do a midday piece and really focus on some harsh shadows, but by the time I wanted to get started it was already sunset. So all the reference photos I took were during sunset! 

Overall Im pretty happy with this piece, I think its another good step forward for me, with the building on the left being some of the tightest pixels I've done, but Im less satisfied with the two shops on the right. I think partially the angle made cleaner clusters more challenging, but the colors as well were not something I could really settle on, trying to get all the dark browns looking appealing was a struggle. 

The other ever present wish of mine, is to find a more realistic way of representing trees and leaf clusters, I default to a pretty common blobby approach that looks alright, but I know there are better ways of clustering leaves, which is something I want to keep pursuing.

The other thing I was thinking about a lot was the anti-aliasing in the piece, Im beginning to experiment with more of it in my work to smooth out curves and try to hide some of the pixel look, but I think I went a little hard with it in some areas. Especially the telephone wires were tricky since banding is difficult to avoid in such small areas.

Anyways pixel art is becoming more and more enjoyable for me every piece I do lately, and I hope everyone else can feel that too! Keep on pixeling!


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OhNoItsMonroe (Level 2 Dealer) @ 11/5/2020 10:01

hey I know you posted that critique a while back, but I just wanted to say thanks for pointing out the AA on the roof contours not working, I don't think its something I would have caught myself, and since being aware of that, I've been able to get some very smooth curves on roofs with AA! That comment helped me out a lot! 

As for the perspective, its a little wonky since for reference I just photobashed a bunch of different photos of the city I took, so they don't quite line up, but I think it works well enough for the sake of a little piece like this

zedOFF (Level 5 Soldier) @ 10/19/2020 12:48

Oh my, this is definitely a very nice piece, good job!

Mathias (Level 6 Garbage) @ 10/18/2020 01:49

frick so good what teh frick

wakimojo (Level 3 Dodo) @ 10/17/2020 14:03

now double the width to the left!

JerryPie (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 10/16/2020 00:12

Really awesome image. I would love to see the lights AA'd a little bit so they blend a bit more. The sunset is amazing.

Tacheul (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 10/15/2020 16:39

This piece speaks to my soul, it's so atmospheric, melancholic and a little spooky

Gecimen (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 10/15/2020 13:42

Fantastic use of the palette.

ParkerBabyDiaperCompany (Level 2 King Checker) @ 10/15/2020 04:38

The colors and clusters in this piece are fantastic. It is really beautiful. A couple thoughts though: to me it seems like the building in the back would be at more of an oblique angle, based on the perspective of the front building. I'm no expert at all on perspective though, so I could be wrong. Secondly, the AA you used for the contours of the roofs doesn't work at all. The one pixel drop looks super sharp at 1x. I think it's the color you chose rather than your implementation. In a way it fits though because it looks like part of the architecture.

IllusionOfMana (Level 10 Operative) @ 10/12/2020 08:11

amazingly done! It reminds me of the town my grandparents lived in and I would stay at during summer and winter breaks. Nothing but nostalgia from this piece, keep up the good work.

OhNoItsMonroe (Level 2 Dealer) @ 10/10/2020 17:00

thank you! I appreciate that!

SeDiceBisonte (Level 7 Junk) @ 10/10/2020 14:37

This is stunning. The buildings have a great sense of weight and volume and I love all the different textures in the piece. Your clusters are incredibly beautiful and the gradient in the sky is really nicely done. I could look at this for ages (and have done).

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