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Pixel Artist: Helm  (Level 5 Detective :: 10616 points)
Posted: 2/4/2007 10:18
Palette: 33 colors
Statistics:  40 comments    81 faves    0 avatars

Thanks to the wonderful people at pixelation that helped me every step of the way (literally). Especially Pkmays.

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Zephyrrite (Level 8 Guerrilla) @ 4/1/2018 15:56

the banner is terrifying

legendarySchoolboy (Level 5 Detective) @ 11/13/2017 12:17


Rainpowtato (Level 1 Depressed) @ 8/14/2016 11:16

His tits are weird. Lol just kidding, i love the palette and how you used it. Great job.

Helm (Level 5 Detective) @ 4/27/2016 08:57

Dithering in the trousers: that's when Pixelation was experimenting with 'interlace dithering' and other such concepts. 

Helm (Level 5 Detective) @ 4/27/2016 08:57

Thank you for the kind words.

Carrion, perhaps? It's been a long time. Everything I draw has electric blue and purple shadows so it's all like c64 in a way. 

Frost (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 4/25/2016 18:27

I love the dithering on the trousers.

carrion (Level 7 Underboss) @ 4/19/2016 06:25

oh boy.
there's so many picture that i missed somehow... like this one.

great job

is this palette based on c64?

Merez (Level 6 Hitman) @ 7/11/2012 14:24

 I love your style, and also loved the concept, and the prospect of pixel art.


Helm (Level 5 Detective) @ 8/19/2010 10:46

Not at all.

Hatch (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 8/5/2010 20:15

Always been curious, is the title a nod to Big Black?

avo (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 7/22/2010 00:39

love the style 

ilomoonkay (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 9/12/2009 10:03

Noooooo cats suck dogs rule nice pic though

fawful (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 10/14/2008 06:34
LOL,thats pretty awsome,i cant help but feel the background is too empty and simple for the guy and dog though,it's like a complete change in style.

B_j0k3r0 (Level 3 Sergeant) @ 11/5/2007 15:22

you are simply a god.. his pants are freakin awesome man.

Cheers - keep ur helm on!

Odisi (Level 1 Rookie) @ 3/25/2007 22:51
Excellent piece. My favourite part would have to be his right (our left) leg. It just draws my eyes to it, and then they drool.

AwesomePossum (Level 1 Thug) @ 3/21/2007 21:48

Nooooo Poor doggy!

Great job handkling the palette, It came out nicely!

iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 3/16/2007 06:35
I always love the influence of the c64 palette in your work! 5/5

vanSchmidt (Level 1 Intern) @ 2/6/2007 20:50
Very interesting concept, its vereh cool.

Godslayer (Level 2 Corporal) @ 2/6/2007 17:55

The flag doesnt follow the same plane as the torso that its attached to.

Larwick (Level 8 Regional Boss) @ 2/6/2007 15:53
This gives me a strange memory of amateur flash games, i think it's cus of the greys and blocky background. The sort of sense he's very alone in his world.

LOL, anyway. I feel he has rather large arms and tiny pecs.. maybe that's just me. This is uber cool anyhow. The pose of the guy, and the general concept is great. Dog seems like a bit of a last minute addition however, but i think it all still works. Amazing stuff! As usual. Nice to see it come together.

Feron (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 2/6/2007 10:42
helm, you are a master of pallettes.

Setzer (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 2/5/2007 23:12
I really like this. The legs specifically are amazing, the dithering is nice, I'm a huge fan of this background.  The dog looks a little out of perspective to me, but it might just be the way I'm looking at it.

but yeah, good job.

Blick (Level 7 Captain) @ 2/5/2007 18:56
I think you and Pep are the only Pixelation members I've seen use interlaced dithering and I really wish more people would try it because it really does look amazing if done well. Maybe I'll give it a try sometime.

sedgemonkey (Level 11 Coelacanth) @ 2/5/2007 00:17
The work you've done on the legs is phenomenal.  The rest of the piece is excellent as well, but I'm just floored by the terrific sense of depth and dynamic position the legs provide. 

cerealkiller54 (Level 6 Made) @ 2/4/2007 19:00
OMG! This pixel art ROX!

Womped (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 2/4/2007 13:58
I actually like the simplistic background. Does well to keep the focus on the characters.

Helm (Level 5 Detective) @ 2/4/2007 13:28
If this looks generic then point me towards other pieces that are similar to this.

I'm sorry if you expected more from me and I didn't deliver. The point isn't to overcomplicate everything, the point is for it to read well, and get the mood across, be fun and interesting to look at. I didn't consider doing the background like I did the character, but perhaps 'lush rendering' (which the character has, at the best of my ability) created that sort of expectation that this would be baroque detail-everywhere.

I don't understand the point of sword-eye or whatever, I don't think it's important in any rate for this dude to behave like a proper samurai (if indeed samurais do anything with eyes-swords as you suggest). He's a demented fellow that butchers dogs in the name of a nonexistent Kitty Empire. For all we know that sword is a faux ornamental sword. Let's not get carried away.
'too normal' isn't something I know how to reply to if it's leveled as an accusation towards an art-piece I did. I don't even know what it means. I drew what I thought was interesting to the eye and so on. If it's too normal for you, I'm sorry.

The B.O.B. (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 2/4/2007 13:12
   I agree with Filax. I thought there was going to be more to it. I mean, you're pretty good with color selection, so I really don't understand why you left the background so bland. I actually thought it was going to detailed as much as the characters themselves. Also, the face just seems awkward, compared to his body. And to be honest, I've never seen a samurai, or any swordsman for that matter, look at his target with the opposite eye. Isn't the proper technique to use the eye that is on the same side of your sword-yielding arm? It makes more sense to me at least. I also don't get whats going on with the scratchy right side of the background, when the city scenery seems kind of perfectly geometrically shaped for the style. And now that this is done, I must say that the green just doesn't blend well in this pic. You've heard my other critiques back at pixelation, but I guess you are done.
   I guess to sum it up, it's looking kind of generic all together. Not trying to be rude, but I expected a little more from you. Oh well. I still like the way you tend to blend in different colors with dithering on the character. It's something that I still can't grasp to this day.

Filax_666 (Level 6 Hitman) @ 2/4/2007 13:01
I love what you did with the jeans and skin (even though the latter could be even better) but everything else seems too normal. I had envisioned some neat highlights on the dog and I hate what you did with the face (and the hair is extremely blurry) which should have more RED. I also thought that when you mentioned "lush rendering" that would include the background. I really hope you update this...please?

Pixel-T (Level 1 Intern) @ 2/4/2007 12:57
5 out of 5, favourite

Gnarf (Level 1 Depressed) @ 2/4/2007 12:27
OH,God, I'm speechless man.  this is simply beautiful.  and the colors, i'm so damn jealous!

skeddles (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 2/4/2007 11:29
thats crazy

Corel (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 2/4/2007 11:23
this is totally sweet

Afflict (Level 4 Lieutenant) @ 2/4/2007 10:55
I am a dog person, mmm.

Lackey (Level 4 Ensign) @ 2/4/2007 10:29
The poor dog, you can see by his expression that he knows what's coming.

Luca (Level 5 Trash) @ 2/4/2007 10:27
aaa...wsome..!!!!the colors great as always.fav

Ensellitis (Level 11 Sensei) @ 2/4/2007 10:26
outstanding work, helm.  i love how the simple background makes the characters stand out so much.  the colors, shading, and idea are all great.

HMC (Level 7 General Manager) @ 2/4/2007 10:25
Haha, I love it. Nice pants.

khorin (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 2/4/2007 10:24
I love how it turned out!

Edit - I forgot to mention that my favorite part are the legs and the skin. The colors you used are just perfect together.

Opacus (Level 7 Ichikyu) @ 2/4/2007 10:23
I love it, his left (our) knee still bothers me a bit, but excluding that, fantastic. 7/7+fav

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