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Title: Afraid Of Light
Pixel Artist: slay  (Level 1 Rookie :: 1025 points)
Posted: 5/6/2005 09:30
Statistics:  120 comments    76 faves    0 avatars

Old picture, 84 colors. Pixelled in Deluxe Paint on Amiga in about one month. Note to all "strange artists": each pixel, each AA, and all ditherings were created BY MY HAND. greetz,

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Kage no Shinigami (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 12/20/2008 06:51
OMG!!! lovely! i saw it and thought if that was really pixelArt love it

G4v1n (Level 1 Rookie) @ 12/10/2008 14:15
hard to believe that's actually pizel art

Dneezy (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/4/2008 20:46
Wow. The colors are so smooth. Amazing.

Gaby05 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/27/2008 11:36
WOW!!!  Those colors are  Amazing job,

Toad (Level 1 Depressed) @ 9/22/2008 02:03
That is wicked!!!

Toad (Level 1 Depressed) @ 9/22/2008 02:02
That is wicked!!!

Mohak (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/30/2008 07:48
this is really good i lovei t

lilirulu (Level 1 Gangster) @ 8/4/2008 15:40
LOL at first i thought nthis was draw but nevermind

Sponiller (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 7/18/2008 07:10

Chaos Design (Level 3 Stalker) @ 6/15/2008 07:39
very cool look to it.

Mindsreturn (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 6/14/2008 18:09
Looks nice. I like the abstractness.

QuaziGNRLnose (Level 1 Rookie) @ 5/17/2008 05:07

I'd say he used a 3d render as a reference for lighting and shading to get it just right and then pixeled it, it is PA you can see in the dithering, he just used alot of inbetween colours


balls01 (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 5/14/2008 04:44
crazeeee this piece is just amazing i hope i get that good

japez (Level 1 Depressed) @ 5/13/2008 00:27
Wow, kinda suprising how well everything blends in.

Bloo (Level 5 Lieutenant) @ 4/21/2008 00:24
Warwolt, I know it's not obvious for this to be PA when zoomed out, but try zooming in and you'll see some extreme AA and good dithering. That's the reason why this looks so realistic. There's also no other program you can use to dither, because dither can only be created using the pencil tool. It's impossible to dither using the brush tool judging by its round shape.

Anyway, I think this piece is great, love the palette, and your style is amazing.

Warwolt (Level 1 Thug) @ 3/21/2008 00:44
No, pixelart is stuff you do limited to paint. Its a bit like saying "If I take a photo of a mountain and put a layer on photoshop is it a painting then?"

Warwolt (Level 1 Thug) @ 3/20/2008 15:45
I will never ever belive you if you say you made that by hand, thats just BS.

Pandora (Level 2 Corporal) @ 3/9/2008 23:22
Not sure what it is, but I love it! haha.

Boonzeet (Level 1 Thug) @ 1/8/2008 07:40
Wow. Honestly that has made me rethink quitting pixel art.
Either you are really really really skilled. Or you used an auto ditherer.

Plus where is this auto ditherer in paint?

DJ gman (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 1/2/2008 18:38
it is so smooooooooth :O

sputnik (Level 3 Sergeant) @ 11/25/2007 17:29

For the sake of authenticity, if you ever attempt another piece of this magnitude you should include an in-depth WIP. Regardless of this being hand-pixeled or not, it is a fantastic piece of art.

DelphinusMach1 (Level 1 Intern) @ 10/21/2007 06:02
I'd worship myself if I could pixel that well. However, I can't, so I'll have to worship this picture instead.

Circa (Level 1 Rookie) @ 10/4/2007 12:52
It's so good that it doesn't even look like pixels. :D

Thumtac (Level 1 Private) @ 10/1/2007 19:42
I love it!!!

LdnCarBoy (Level 1 Private) @ 9/21/2007 12:53
This is amazing the detail is so cool

Plutogeezer (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/31/2007 03:19
Wow! Really! Wow!

breathingsand (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 8/6/2007 12:14
if you did that by hand, then I'm mickey mouse, or really impressed

jh-pixelzzz (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/19/2007 09:41
awesome shading!!!

rabidbaboy (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 6/28/2007 21:24
I'd just like to point out that even MSPaint has auto dither, if you know where to look.

On the piece itself, imo, if it can't be done in MSPaint, then it's not pure pixelart.

A WIP animation would help in these cases, of course.

WaterCloset (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/26/2007 18:55
If you make something in photoshop and then go through in a pixel program and touch it up, is it still pixelart?

MediYama (Level 1 Depressed) @ 6/11/2007 07:58
Whoa.. you hand-made all pixels..

Inferno.Fighter.IV (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/8/2007 23:34
Wow... All I can say is wow...

cerealkiller54 (Level 6 Made) @ 5/8/2007 07:57
Simply Awesome. This must have taken a long time!

madartiststan (Level 1 Rookie) @ 5/3/2007 16:34
Wow, that's quite amazing man. :)

Guts (Level 2 Corporal) @ 4/16/2007 01:41
Can we really name this pixel art ? btw, impressive

vorofikin (Level 1 Depressed) @ 4/10/2007 04:23

me either but I think I have to.

Bogdxnuuu (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/7/2007 15:17

I don't want to belive that it was made pixel by pixel!

Way to realistic... keep up the good work! 5/5.

Rappybas (Level 1 Rookie) @ 3/14/2007 12:57
Abstract and it has something special... :D

Imp (Level 1 Rookie) @ 2/12/2007 14:12
the dithering is one step from unreality

Ghastly (Level 1 Rookie) @ 2/1/2007 14:36
This is absolutely AMAZING!
It would have taken me much more than a month to make that... If I would be capable of doing that...

khorin (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 2/1/2007 13:18
I don't know if anyone has mentioned this but this piece looks so much like grafiti. Awesome!

Zhou (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/18/2007 18:14
It is absolutely insane pixel art.

TillimannBanana (Level 2 Corporal) @ 1/9/2007 17:56
by the way... what did you expect? you used that much colors and such a perfect aa that it is difficult to believe... i cant understand your reaction. if you made it by hand: enjoy the others who aren't able to draw such pics!

TillimannBanana (Level 2 Corporal) @ 1/9/2007 17:52
I give you 5 points although I can't believe that this is pixelart but I will not make you guilty until proofen innocent so: Very Good Work!!!!!

Josiah (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 12/18/2006 18:12
whoa  totally  awesome!

tacky (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 12/10/2006 14:42
wat the shit! im crap compared to your artwork!!

eckered (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 10/29/2006 19:14

im really just not sure.  the dithering that i am sure he did do is top notch, but zoom in on the blue tenticle thing...  to me it looks rather.... smudged.... i happen to have a pretty extencive knowledge of photoshop, and i am pretty sure i know what im talkinga bout when i say it looks smudged...  another part i noticed was the dark orange part in between the tenticle and the nose thing.  looks rather like a gradient with some soft brush smudging.  again, not trying to call you a liar, or to even accuse you of photoshoping.  but as you have seen here, if you make something this good,  you are going to get a ton of crap from wanabees...

to me, its not really about wether you made it pixel by pixel, more about how it looks on a whole.  it really looks that much beter with some photoshoping, by all means photoshop, but dont lie about it.  (not trying to accuse you)

Jetstar (Level 1 Rookie) @ 10/23/2006 16:19
Very smooth style. Love how everything seems to melt together.

I Am Uh (Level 4 Button Man) @ 10/2/2006 14:06
Once again.... This is pixel art....? Bows to the overlord..

Dysposin (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 9/4/2006 11:58
That's... sweet. I love it. And Amiga... :3 Love old-skool stuff. I can't really see anything weong with this piece of art. I can only hope that I could have skills like this some day. 5/5 and fav.

NobleClock (Level 2 Corporal) @ 7/14/2006 23:09

also, this looks more or less like it has trace bitmapped to make it looks pixelated on flash. :?


MichaS (Level 1 Depressed) @ 7/6/2006 11:21
You are genius

NobleClock (Level 2 Corporal) @ 7/2/2006 00:19
the trouble with finding the best thing to work on is that most files (photshop included) vectorize the lines. But i think for the sake of a challenge it would have been better for you to work in Microsoft Paint.

Mullet (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 6/26/2006 14:39
Regardless as to whether or not it's hand pixelled, which I believe it's not, I don't like it. Considering the number of colors and the static-ish dither patterns on the blue guy, it would have looked better at a large resolution in a photoshop style piece. It lacks the clarity I that enjoy in pixel art.

ZoSo (Level 3 Chief) @ 6/24/2006 05:24
Thats one hell of a good piece of anti aliasing. Colours are amazing to.. Very very nice work.

radio_active (Level 2 Corporal) @ 6/17/2006 16:19
seeing art like this just reminds me of how much I suk  LIKE HOLLY CRAP! must of taken forever!

Huggkruka (Level 1 Rookie) @ 5/26/2006 03:34
How bizarre! That's a great piece. One would hardly not believe it was pixelart! Reflections are superb IMO.

DainBramaged (Level 1 Quiet One) @ 5/22/2006 12:15

Domarius - Agreed in some of your postures... It isn't made in paint MS, but it's great anyway... It would be more great if you merely did make it in paint... Then it would also be a bigger challenge for you ^.^


Transformer Guy (Level 1 Depressed) @ 5/18/2006 20:10
... This is amazing. JUST. FREAKING. AMAZING. You must not have slept for a month, huh? You must be a pixeling god (or goddess). 5/5 and fav. This is possibly my favorite work on this site. Keep up the above-perfect work.

Domarius (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 4/9/2006 06:21
It doesn't matter if it really was done by hand 100% - as far as I can see (afer zooming in) this could easily have been created by painting it and then sampling it down, or just using photoshop style brushes at this resolution.  And then dropping the colour range to get the dithering in photoshop.

Personally, I consider "real" pixel art to be something that is too sharp and refined to have been done using what I described above.  I mean, otherwise there's no point.

What's the point in replicating what PS will do for you already?  In my mind, Pixel art is what you can do by manually placing pixels to get the look you can't already get with photoshop.  And if you want to do dithering or anti-aliasing, if you're doing it by hand then you can make it very controlled and fine - dither in the appropriate direction of the shape of the object, only antialias exactly where its needed, etc.

I just don't see that in this pic.  Like I said, if it really was done pixel by pixel, it was waste of time.

(Yeah I'm new and haven't uploaded anything yet... it's coming.)

Dio Weaver (Level 1 White Belt) @ 4/7/2006 11:15

That is just amazing...

not sure what the hell its supposed to be...

but its damn well done...

Agaki (Level 1 Intern) @ 3/25/2006 03:34
Too great for words.

Grix (Level 1 Seaman) @ 3/6/2006 11:41
Wow. How do you make that kind of invisible dithering?! It's incredible!

7mm (Level 1 Rookie) @ 3/5/2006 09:55
This is fantastic...


Ghost (Level 1 Seaman) @ 2/16/2006 17:53
WTF. this thing is weird

donkey boy da noob (Level 1 Rookie) @ 2/10/2006 18:20
dis is kool i like it how it is 3D

Awesomeguy (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/29/2006 14:17
HOLYZ SHEET! dis iz duh best pixeel artd EVAR!!!!!1111111

radioactivity (Level 1 Depressed) @ 1/4/2006 12:58
I hate you demoscene people :(

lol, nice job, wether or not it is all 100% hand pixeled (which i believe it is) it is still a nice piece of work :)

Blood Stained Hurricane (Level 1 Thug) @ 12/10/2005 20:03
OMG this is fu*king briliant and it is clearly pixleled to all you nay-sayers out there.

aurelis_complex (Level 1 Hired Gun) @ 11/3/2005 09:18
insanely head spins with the granduer. awe inspiring my friend. the coloring is so detailed and precise. i almost didnt think it was really pixelled but some digital art made on ps or psp.

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