The Pixelz of Oz

The Pixelz of Oz

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The Pixelz of Oz

Title: The Pixelz of Oz
Pixel Artist: The B.O.B.  (Level 11 Master Assassin :: 36146 points)
Posted: 9/17/2006 15:36
Statistics:  87 comments    260 faves    0 avatars

   I couldn't not submit anything on the month of my B-day for craps-sakes. That, and I just wanted to let every body know that I'm not dead yet....Any who, This little sucker was inspiration from my older brother. Ever since I've lost cable and internet, I've had the hugest artist block. I've been out of the pixel scene for a while, so there is a little rust in this piece. One day I just asked my brother what I should draw. He told me to draw a wizard with an orb...and so I did....Bear with me:

Known issues:

* Yes, I do know that the hand is still black and white while the wizard's head is colored in different flesh tones, as this was intended.(though I may change it if too many people have an issue with it)...The same goes with the fact that his arm or robe isn't visible.

*If you notice, through out the piece, it was meant to be pixeled in geometric shapes...just a lil' fyi

* I also already know that it suffers from dither-ea, and that there are a lot of colors in this sucker...I'm a still learning...

* This was all done in M.S. Paint

*Also, if you notice, there is a reflection of the hand( in demon form, I guess) inside the orb. Inside the orb, the reflected hand's middle finger is out of perspective from the actual wizard's finger. The middle finger is kinda sprawled lower than the knuckle. I wish I had some type of reference to show you guys, but I have none at the moment...

* The final weird thing that I noticed was the strange fact that this is my third piece with an enlarged view of the human hand...I hope I don't have a fetish for hands.

Aside from these notes, I'm pretty proud of it, though as of late, some folks here may blow this thing out of the water. Its all good though. Once again, tell me what cha' think. Love it, or hate it, cuz I'm willing to listen...

Take it easy...

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Faktablad (Level 6 SWAT) @ 10/16/2006 12:40
Congrats on the top of the month, dude.

mancolt (Level 1 Rookie) @ 10/16/2006 04:56
wow how did you do that! was it ms paint?

ceddo (Level 7 Ichikyu) @ 9/24/2006 11:39
That's impossible. Instant fav.

Eminesia (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/24/2006 11:19
damn! it's amazing. Fav ofc.

Dark Rogue (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 9/21/2006 18:37
I LOVE your way of texturing, it's wonderful. 7/7 + fav.

Microradiation (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/21/2006 18:12
Hey B.O.B., I saw this awhile ago, and it blew me a-freakin'-way. If you were going for an effect, then DAMN, an effect you have achieved. The concept, the way the colors blended together, and your dithering skills have initially blinded me to any errors in this piece...
Not to say there are none. Previously mentioned are AA and color management. AA, well, you're just going to have to pick at that until you get it, but color management is why I usually don't use MSPaint (it's a fairly good sized hassle to keep low color count there).

Yeah, I really would like to see this polished, but really, honestly, the effect would only be a mite different if you do polish it. Although that is what separates the good pieces from the great, and the great from the hallmark.

Anyways, I hope you don't mind this as an intrusion, but I took the time to edit it a bit. I reduced the color count from your 75 to 49 colors, and I re-AAed a line in the orb just to give you an idea of AA-ing and how much you need (people who probably can AA better than me... *COUGH* Tremulant *COUGH*, feel free to correct my edit, ... haha).

It is here:

coldcity (Level 1 Thug) @ 9/21/2006 08:47
If this is you rusty, I'm scared to see you sharpened.

Omega K. (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 9/20/2006 22:31
Brilliant,  just brilliant.

inkspot (Level 4 Button Man) @ 9/20/2006 08:43

This is just sick! definite fav, all stars and everything else.

buloght (Level 6 Hitman) @ 9/20/2006 01:36
the B.O.B. Stop is inspiring me so much

Aleiav (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 9/19/2006 23:00
This is amazing, but I'm sure you've been told. I really just love the cy00tness!

sk8m8trix (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/19/2006 20:12
dude you are seriously the best pixeler that ever lived.... now im going to delet all teh porn off of my hard drive while thinking of ur awesome pixel skills

The B.O.B. (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 9/19/2006 14:12

Thanks for the comments everybody, I really appreciate them. As for the crits:

to the majority:  I know the AA kinda sucks. It started out as an extremely detailed piece, much like that of Rivas, but soon it got to the point where I knew it would take about 3 months to finish it.( I was using mspaint) So I just speed-pixeled as much as I could and dithered like a beast, thus creating some of the harsh looking AA sides.(for ex. the shine on the top right side of the orb.)...

Faktlabad, Tremulant, and Blick:    yeah, the hand was troublesome to create a good lighting effect while at the same time using those geometric shapes to give it texture. I guess I took on too broad a project to make it look well enough and pleasing for the eyes.

   And about the orb,( I sooooo knew nobody would see what the hell was going on in there) let me explain...The orb reflects the true intention of the holder. Therefore the holder, bieng the wizard, is actually evil, which is why the demon's face is what shows through to the viewer.(its his reflection in other words) Also, in the bottom left side of the orb, there is a reflection of the hand in demon form( as evident by the longer nails, although I must admit it is looking kinda strange and I kind see how someone would miss it).

   The center of the orb is a metallic sphere that is creating electric energy and bolts(kinda like those cheap electric sphere/balls you find in the mall). And the strange white circles in the orbs are actually reflections from other light sources....There's no actual reasoning for the colors, as I just wanted to make it very  colorful and mysterious...and again I apologise for the way things are positioned and how they don't translate well to the viewer, as I had no reference at all to work with( except my crack finger hands, which is probably why the hand looks the way it does)...

Stichy: "OMG B.O.B. /rapes you hard!!", that is the third reference to my name and something sexual. I think I'm giving out the wrong impression...

Thanks again, though everybody. It was hell trying to find somewhere to submit this thing, but if I get time, I'll try and fix some parts of the piece as you guys requested..

Thanks again...

ryumaru (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 9/19/2006 12:09
easily your best work imo. the only crit i have is to learn more perfect aa technique.

Stitchy (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 9/19/2006 10:05
OMG B.O.B. /rapes you hard!!

This is just awesome. Surreal, great colors, and the contrasts and flowing dithering just make this piece POP and say "Lookit meee!" Fav'd. :'D

Pieface (Level 3 Sergeant) @ 9/19/2006 08:48
Awesomeness in a can, 5/5 +Fav. Can't wait to see more new things from you

Fred (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 9/19/2006 05:32
Kodi, tylko przypadkiem nie zrób tego i owego patrząc na ten obrazek

Great piece BOB :) Nice colors, but aa it's really weak :( 5/6

pmprog (Level 4 Murderer) @ 9/19/2006 04:42

I've been doing a piece this month for my birthday, but it's not going to be a patch on this!

Great work!!!! 6/6 fav

jkilla (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/18/2006 20:33
pure aw thats what im in 5/5 fav fo sho

Xirkur (Level 1 Private) @ 9/18/2006 20:12
Its INSANE.  But I give it a 10/10.

Blick (Level 7 Captain) @ 9/18/2006 18:59
I really dislike how the fingers are positioned, they look awkward and inconsistent as far as shaping goes. Then it's hard to tell what's happening in that orb other than a wolf like face, you could've used the space a lot more interesting by making it clearer, but it's still impressive. You already noted the other bits that are awkward.

Anyway, this still deserves a full rating. The spots with the obvious geometric theme in mind are really interesting, like in the texture of the hand.

Shawn (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 9/18/2006 15:59
Holy fucking Christ! You're insane, man.

Sgrum (Level 5 Captain) @ 9/18/2006 12:40
I have no words.6/6

Huggkruka (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/18/2006 12:15
Very, very nice. It's got style I haven't seen in a while. ;)

Tremulant (Level 1 Gangster) @ 9/18/2006 09:50

The only "rust" I see in this piece comes from the fact that you've included both ultra-smooth gradients and some pretty harsh selout side by side in places (note the lower lefthand corner of the orb, for example), which makes for a bit of a jarring contrast. The black selout in other places bugs me a tad, too (the middle finger seems almost disconnected from the hand).

Honestly, though, this blew me over when I saw it. It's easily a perfect scroe, and I wouldn't doubt a hot contender for best of the month. Love it loads, and the colours in the background do a lot for me.

Filax_666 (Level 6 Hitman) @ 9/18/2006 09:35
What can I say...I am unable to translate my feelings for this into words. It's brilliant.

Mowzr (Level 1 Depressed) @ 9/18/2006 01:58
 I hate you. lmao.
 Why must you be so good.

Setzer (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 9/18/2006 00:04
I wish my wizards with orbs looked half as cool as this :p   

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 9/17/2006 23:30
This is what I call a good mess. Even if you had not written such a detailed description with truly harsh self-critisisms. It is an evident piece made by someone who has not pixelled in a while. You start with an idea you work a little bit then... the vented up creativity just pours out in a cyclonic way to produce some over the top piece. Welcome back

ZZZkodi (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 9/17/2006 23:06


FAV + ******* 7! Really ,You' re brilliant!

dyuaru (Level 1 White Belt) @ 9/17/2006 22:35
Wow this piece is just so artistically amazing and beautiful. It has complexity and uniqueness unlike much pixel art I see these days and the subject matter is awesome. Favorited. This is going to get on the hall of fame for sure.

ZoSo (Level 3 Chief) @ 9/17/2006 22:15
Freakin Amazing... O_o.. I cant believe how wierd way you made that hand look in such good way..I love eveyrthing in this piece.. Lighting is amazing..

Souly (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 9/17/2006 21:13
Amazingly executed.
Fav'd +5

Faktablad (Level 6 SWAT) @ 9/17/2006 20:37
*has a dithergasm*

Holy god man, this is excellent.  Love the colors/texture in the top left, very bright/misterious/atmospheric.  And the orangish bg texture behind his hand:  good god man, where did you learn to do stuff like that?  The wizard's face is also amazing.  How many colors?

*has another dithergasm*

Alas, I got ta be givin' ye some crits....

I know that where the middle finger connects to the hand there's supposed to be another finger segment that's hidden behind the other two, however it's just not convincing.  Perhaps a cast shadow would do the trick?  The lighting on the hand is just funky in general.

The orb is just messe dup for me, my mind can't wrap around what's going on in there.

Other than that, one of my faves at PJ.  You sir are good.

DJD (Level 4 Button Man) @ 9/17/2006 18:34
Dear lord...


I love that lighting

Scruffs (Level 7 Assassin) @ 9/17/2006 18:24
holy...I've been waiting for a new piece from you and this is amazing =o  The varying textures are great and i loooove the dithering under the orb.  Damn man, you have talent.

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