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Title: SkeleHarp
Pixel Artist: iLKke  (Level 9 Nidan :: 31612 points)
Posted: 2/26/2007 11:32
Palette: 32 colors
Statistics:  77 comments    210 faves    0 avatars

It's a... skeletal harp-creature in a trenchcoat.
I believe the theme hasn't been overused so far :D
Style similar to dragonplane.
I would do some parts different today, especially the teeth, but I'll leave it as it is, and concentrate on new stuff.


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Helm (Level 5 Detective) @ 2/27/2007 03:55
This has a lot of pixel art detail of course, but things have changed since the Amiga scene. Nowdays 'pixel art' at least in my -and most of Pixelation's- opinion, is stuff where every single pixel has been attended to manually. What you're doing we nowdays classify as Index Painting.

Which is what it says. indexed palette, but cg painting. The 'dirty' tools are blurs, darken and brighten, smudge, soften, blend and such. When you let the computer make the choices, it's index painting.

Which doesn't mean it's not good, I rather like this, but it has to be appreciated for what it is.

Jason_c_o (Level 1 Depressed) @ 2/27/2007 02:36
Jesus, this work is amazing. Get over how he did it and appreciate it!
(Sorry for the breach in internet etiquette, all caps, ouch....)

ZZZkodi (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 2/26/2007 22:58

Beautiful style.

Fool (Level 6 SWAT) @ 2/26/2007 18:12
I'll leave definitioms to purist's, I like it the way it is.=)

Josiah (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 2/26/2007 17:44

it looks great though

surt (Level 11 Godfather) @ 2/26/2007 17:11
The Firefox spell checker didn't have a problem with it

ptoing (Level 7 Underboss) @ 2/26/2007 16:44
Surt, there is no such word as "scening". And demoscene pixelstuff HAS quite an amount of pixelwork involved. But just as much indexpainting in most cases.

surt (Level 11 Godfather) @ 2/26/2007 16:39
Great stuff for scening but scene != pixel.
Scene is low-colour low-res cging (compared to cg not pixel).

ptoing (Level 7 Underboss) @ 2/26/2007 16:18
Brighten, darken paintmodes by any chance? Dpaint I reckon.

ptoing (Level 7 Underboss) @ 2/26/2007 15:33
Not 100% pixelling, but enough for my liking. Some clever use of indexpainting in the beginning.
I have to say I like this one.

iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 2/26/2007 15:33
Everything can be done in MSPaint, only it takes much longer. The only tool I used on these images that PC pixelling programs don't have is 'contour fill' which is like a lasso and paintbucket rolled in one. I've uploaded the WIPs, so see for yourselves.

Evil-Ville (Level 1 Thug) @ 2/26/2007 15:29
skeddles: You know that by your logic everything is pixel art?

skeddles (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 2/26/2007 15:24
as cool as this is, its hard to beleive its 100% pixel

in my opinion, if it cant be done in MSpaint, then it cant be pixel art.

Adarias (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 2/26/2007 15:04
the quality of blening in this is such a vast improvememtn over the quality your other work displays.  I like demoscene, and i like automatic smoothing and blending, but this really is not the place for the latter.

Opacus (Level 7 Ichikyu) @ 2/26/2007 15:03
All Helm's pieces (Nearly all) are either 16 or 32 colours, never heard you complain about those.

Evil-Ville (Level 1 Thug) @ 2/26/2007 14:58
jalonso: Your point being? You can't tell anything by some sort of magical "even" colour counts.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 2/26/2007 14:49
exactly 32 colors...hmmm

BruceJuice (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 2/26/2007 14:30
DPaint is a nice program. After you mentioned it, I went and found a Trial version of the program. It would definitly be a great tool for pixeling. Dpaint and Brilliant 2 both have some gradiant and AA features that I noticed. So that could be cause for the many different colors.

Regardless of what these people say, you used the tools you had well.

born (Level 1 Rookie) @ 2/26/2007 14:19
its cool but i  wonder just one thing - why the technical level of his mockup=////x100//= level of those works? im waiting for WIP's

grave (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 2/26/2007 13:47
Ye as he said, alot of those lines are obviously pixelart especialy the stuff around the eye and the hand.

iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 2/26/2007 13:37
Lol! Thanks for all the nice comments.
Regarding doubt that this is pixel art...
Those of you who don't think this is pixel probably are not familiar with the amiga demoscene. There are lots of styles of pixel art to see there over the years. I admit I was trying to be original but what I did here and on the other two pics form this 'batch' is not so different from work by, for example, Ra.
It is obviously pixel art cause theres all this crisp detail that is impossible to achieve otherwise. Look at all the diagonals, those are not possible to do in photoshop (well, theoretically they are, but then you'd have to be pixelling in photoshop).
All of this work was done on Amiga1200 in either Brilliance2 or Dpaint3. I can descibe the process in detail, and i think i also have several stages of WIP of this very picture.
I will be uploading them soon.
If you don't like that I left parts of the pictures messy, well you don't have to like it :D

FrankieSmileShow (Level 6 Manager) @ 2/26/2007 13:20
Har, whats next, a mic stand and a gun that shoots fetuses?!
(Awesome work! XD)

I love how it looks at us with this lil "meh" expression. Lovely.

Skurwy87 (Level 6 Made) @ 2/26/2007 13:17
ooh FCUK! i can bet my life this is index painting but, even so, it makes an impression!

born (Level 1 Rookie) @ 2/26/2007 13:04
i doubt if that's pixelart but if it is you're god.

murd3rkitty (Level 1 Depressed) @ 2/26/2007 12:48

I've never seen anything like this in my life.  Pixellated or non.  The lines are so immaculate, the colours so amazingly blended, it's nigh impossible to tell that this is digital, save for the obvious preter-nature of the subject and by zooming in to pick the pixels out.

Fav'ed.  Well done.  Now give me my breath back, thief.

schrumpfkopf (Level 4 Team Leader) @ 2/26/2007 12:36
is there a reference?

grave (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 2/26/2007 12:33
This is the most beautifully abstract pixelart i have ever seen. fav and 7/7

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