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Title: Rider
Pixel Artist: verfum  (Level 3 Private Eye :: 1462 points)
Posted: 8/22/2006 13:45
Palette: 32 colors
Statistics:  99 comments    175 faves    0 avatars

Rider - my first pixel art since 1993! Uses the Amiga 12-bit colour palette.

Based on 'Death Dealer' by Frank Frazetta.

Was great fun revisiting Dpaint in over a decade. I've got the bug

Oh yea - you can find the WIP anim gif here ....





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SeanGraal (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/31/2006 20:08
thats pretty cool...i really like it actually ...whats dpaint? :[

verfum (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 8/30/2006 06:23
There's a link to the reference work at the beginning of the comments. Do you mean put it in the description?

Helm (Level 5 Detective) @ 8/29/2006 15:10
Please always credit the original artist if you copy. Most of us might know this is Death Rider by Frank Frazetta, but even if one person doesn't know this and thinks it's your own, you've passively decieved that person.

I personally have no interest in copies, unless there's extremely high technical skill involved in the repixelling. Looking forward to nocopy artwork.

rabidbaboy (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 8/28/2006 19:38

verfum (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 8/28/2006 09:00

No - with the exception of flintstones characters, all my other stuff is original.


-DE- (Level 11 General) @ 8/27/2006 09:29
Do you guys do original work, or just limit yourselves to copying professional artists?

Da_Masta (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/27/2006 07:39
Woah, that's realy awesome!i am not worthy xD

xdjkittiex (Level 1 Quiet One) @ 8/24/2006 18:36
I like the dithering - it gives everything a nice smooth look - instead of the metal having an overly shiny look to it, the dull smooth shine gives it a very eerie feel to it which I think fits the overall piece.  I really like this piece - definately faving.

Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 8/24/2006 09:52
very very nice on the axe and coat

Huggkruka (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/24/2006 00:31
Wow, very nice. Thanks for that WIP, see if I can catch something :D

foss (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/23/2006 15:27
pure class!  thanks for sharing.

Valcron (Level 2 Corporal) @ 8/23/2006 11:35
Personally I don't agree with everyone saying there's too much dithering.  It uses just the right amount to retain a clean enough look.

And personally the staff of the weapon looks perfect.

These are probably only biased on my views though, as others have other views.  I personally though think that the dithering is in perfect amount.

verfum (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 8/23/2006 10:15
I think my next pixel art will use less dithering. Try to give it a more clean look with more sharp detail. This piece is more of a painting replicated in pixels.

Schnauzer (Level 1 Quiet One) @ 8/23/2006 10:12
Animation where?

verfum (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 8/23/2006 09:47
I created the WIP anim the hard way by saving a new file numbered chronologically each time I changed something. The anim was stitched using Easy GIF Animator.

neota (Level 8 Shodan) @ 8/23/2006 07:54
It's good to see your WIP anim.. I'm amazed at the amount of times you corrected it. Personally for building WIP anims I have a custom plugin that lets me take a snapshot at anytime and orders them chronologically in an animation -- that seems enough like a chore to me, do you use an easier method?

There are a few places where style cannot really excuse the amount of dithering used -- most obviously on the browned area of the blade where I would expect relatively tight highlights.

I like the BG most, actually.

Evil-Ville (Level 1 Thug) @ 8/23/2006 07:51
Looks good but some parts would do with some cleaning up. (Mainly the shield I think) Colours are a bit boring too, would look better with some variation.

Ps. You should make something more original next time

Dark Rogue (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 8/23/2006 06:40
It looks wonderful, oilpainting-ish. 6/6 + fav.

verfum (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 8/23/2006 05:20

Cheers guys! Not sure what to do next.

Necky (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/23/2006 04:51
Really brilliant mate! I love the pastely look to it, it's like it's been painted in oils. :) A*

Macks (Level 5 Detective) @ 8/23/2006 03:58
I would question how you achieved such smooth shading if I hadn't seen it myself.
Absolutly beutiful.

AlanDryhair (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/23/2006 02:03
Great work Tim, very interesting way of doing it.

AndyOaks (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/23/2006 01:52
Excellent work Tim!
The WIP gif is really interesting to watch the way you went about drawing your picture.

Sgrum (Level 5 Captain) @ 8/23/2006 01:16
Ooops. I put an strange " whit" . sorry

Sgrum (Level 5 Captain) @ 8/23/2006 01:13
I´d like whit this "too much" dithering. Not all works must be making with the minimum dithering. It gives you a personal style and makes it easily differenciate from other artists (like me with my scrappy fur).Carry on with it.

Llama (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 8/22/2006 23:35
Great job!                    

InvaderLupus (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/22/2006 23:04
I like how the dithering gives the piece a smooth look. However, the lack of dithering on the shield really makes it contrast with the rest of the piece. I think it would look a lot better if you added a bit more dithering to the shield, or if you really like the way the shield looks, the remove a lot of the dithering on the rest of the piece to provide continuity.

ryumaru (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 8/22/2006 21:00
yeah, i put this in graphics gale, and found 2 ramps of grey and a ramp full of blacks. other than color wasting i kind of like this.

Schnauzer (Level 1 Quiet One) @ 8/22/2006 20:29
Absolutely amaxing. Hard to believe is pixel art.

Carnivac (Level 8 Behemoth) @ 8/22/2006 19:05
It's a nice piece but generally I ain't a fan of pieces copied from other peoples work like this as the best things about this piece just come straight from the original's design.  It's nicely done though I think the shield looks a tad sloppy.

big brother (Level 11 Admiral) @ 8/22/2006 18:55

Death Dealer!

I like the technique, but my eyes want detail!

Monkeyspork (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/22/2006 17:59

ohh man you rock!

And that step by step is great, i guess if i want to produce something awesome like this i gotta spend more time on things :D

ptoing (Level 7 Underboss) @ 8/22/2006 17:07
Looks quite nice, but i have to say that the colours are quite boring and lack depth. There could be more hue variation and a bit higher contrast. you are also wasting quite a few of your colours.

Also, why choose a pic as reference that has already been copied quite a few times.

Sora_Keyheart (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/22/2006 16:33
Great job, truly a masterpice.

manxana (Level 3 Stalker) @ 8/22/2006 16:00
interesting work. I loved the animation of the process
And I can see you haven't lost your touch since your last pixel art !
5/5 and +fav

buloght (Level 6 Centaur) @ 8/22/2006 15:10
Awesome work.

verfum (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 8/22/2006 15:08

For interest sake, has anyone looked at the WIP anim? I'm quite new to the WIP thing and I'm interested if it's worth the effort in making. The link is in the description, but here also for reference :


verfum (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 8/22/2006 15:05

Badass: I totally agree with your comment about dithering - I'm a sucker for it. I think I use dithering a bit too much - and looking back at my old stuff that has too much dithering too. I made a concerted (is that a word?) effort to try to reduce dithering when I was doing game gfx - see my Flintstones gfx.

Thx for your comment.

Valcron (Level 2 Corporal) @ 8/22/2006 15:03
Words are not even worthy.

Fav'd and 5/5.

Badassbill (Level 11 Psychopath) @ 8/22/2006 14:59
Holy shit that wins! A tad too much dithering for my taste, but very nice lineart and lighting.

verfum (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 8/22/2006 14:59
Tomas - I agree about the shield  - I had spent so much time on the rest of the picture that I rushed the shield. But in a strange way I like the rawness that it gives (well, that's my excuse ).

Tomas (Level 4 Deputy) @ 8/22/2006 14:54
This I like - great stuff! I think if you increase the contrast a bit it will be even more amazing though. And the shield looks a bit unfinished in a way.

verfum (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 8/22/2006 14:50
The original Frazetta is far superior  

verfum (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 8/22/2006 14:48

Here's a link to the reference material. Thanks Sqrum for pointing out this is based on a Frazetta piece.


verfum (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 8/22/2006 14:26

Hi Sqrum! It's based on a frazetta piece - can't remember what it's called, but I've got references if you'd like them. I wanted something fantasy like to kick-start my pixelling for the first time in over 10 years. I'm a bit rusty and fantasy work is the best coz it can hide your mistakes quite well because its not entirely clear what is't supposed to look like



Sgrum (Level 5 Captain) @ 8/22/2006 14:08
Great job! It´s based on a Frank Frazetta work. The shades are really ok, but the red brightness over his face seems odd. I think it must be smoother.

Afflict (Level 4 Lieutenant) @ 8/22/2006 13:57
Very Very Awesome! Well Done!

ZoSo (Level 3 Chief) @ 8/22/2006 13:47
Just... wow.. Looks like brush work when not zoomed in...

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