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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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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 Rookie) @ 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.

Helix (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/3/2005 08:51

The clouring is amazing. Just pure amazing work. It must have taken you ages but all the hardwork has really paid off! Excellent work Slay!

EdanadE (Level 1 Rookie) @ 10/10/2005 20:40
i dunno, i don't think this is a pixel art at all.. hmm, though the piece itself looks really cool altogether, it's just that, we're talking pixels here peeps.. anyone who uses photoshop, or anyone who studies computer & software for that matter, knows how simple images can get "pixelated" once it is saved in either .png or .gif formats.

because pixel is the basic unit in any computer-generated images, it is just normal that we see "pixels" when zooming-in images, ESPECIALLY if it's in .gif/.png formats..

ah, oh well, i guess this is a far-off topic already. ahehehe.. but don't get me wrong, this is a cool piece. it would do better in deviant art if you ask me.

Indigo (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 10/3/2005 23:00

I've talked with St0ven for a very long time about Slay's pieces a long time ago - and downloaded deluxepaint to test my theories....and it in fact is true.  there are auto dither tools even... I didn't want to cause a big ruckus about this, but i'm glad more expirienced artists have.

to all you who say its hand pixeled:
just because you can see distinct dither patterns does not mean it was done by hand.  there are many programs out there that use a pre-defined pallete to create dithering for you.  Neota gave some examples of these programs.  If you dont believe me, research into these programs youself because you only making yourselves sound worse supporting this.

Helm (Level 5 Detective) @ 9/15/2005 16:23
 Btw the Helm below is me. I stand by my comments, and they've nothing to do with jealousy or spite.

neota (Level 8 Shodan) @ 9/7/2005 10:11
 What is funny about you naive guys is, you probably haven't even used a paintprogram that has hotkeys for next/prev color( deluxepaint, grafx2, brilliance..). Just that by itself can boost your working speed  1000%, and make antialiasing incredibly easy and quick to do.
It probably is amazing to you, to be fair.. I would just like guys like slay to put it into context if possible: He drew this with tools that are a few orders of magnitude better than the ones you're likely using.

I also agree with Helm and ptoing, this is not so good as most posters here are making it out to be. go to and browse through the 8bit galleries to find some pictures that can be compared on equal ground with this one. Or just think, 'if this was a CG, would I like it, as a picture?'

OTOH, I do want to encourage people to draw demoscene style pics, I like the style and i like perfectionism. So it's great that slay submitted this if it's going to prompt more demoscene style pics.

Is it going to?

Aiko (Level 1 Quiet One) @ 9/3/2005 08:20
 oh my god.....

it's amazing! i had to zoom in to see it for myself. and when i saw it, my jaw dropped! you have amazing talent, and i have to say that it rocks. just wow....

inkspot (Level 4 Button Man) @ 8/24/2005 14:22
 I can't see any reason why this should not be a pixelart. Perfectly antialiased, thats all. Including the brilliant shading. PERFECT.

All pixels are not some 8 color junk, I was on that opinion until I got brainwashed on the forums by main pixelscene, and now I am tring to work it back as it was before...

cryofecstasy (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/22/2005 16:56
That doesnt even LOOK like pixelation. My god.

islandhopper910 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/21/2005 17:15

Blick (Level 7 Captain) @ 8/20/2005 13:25
 You guys are so naive that it's making me get lightheaded.

Kirra (Level 1 White Belt) @ 8/15/2005 10:04
 It does look a little bit like it isnt completely hand pixelled but in some places it looks true. Just alot of colors. Like that demoscene stuff. But to anybody who says that helm and ptoing are jealous is just hilarious because their artwork is amazing and they have been on the pixel scene for a looooong time. Still a great peice of work though

Gold Yo (Level 1 Quiet One) @ 8/7/2005 20:28
Err... even if it wasn't pure pixel, it's still a nice bit of art.

Gold Yo (Level 1 Quiet One) @ 8/7/2005 20:25
Well.... DAMN! That's some impressive pixel placing.

perfectless (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/6/2005 12:40
It looks more like 3D art than pixel, but while zooming in it's clearly pixeled. Very well done.

Johnny Vandal (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/4/2005 03:32
 i like how some are saying its not pixel art...have you not zoomed in? you can clearly tell ti was done pixel by pixel..slay i applaud your work............very lovely.great colors and great dithering

excape25 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/30/2005 05:43
I can't believe it... this is pixel!!!

sigh @ 7/19/2005 14:25
it's funny how people call us to be jealous-kind, when they probably have never made a pixel art themselves. Most of us who claim this is NOT a pixel art have done pixelart more or less professionally for several years, some even over a decade. Go figure who to believe.

Monstara (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/18/2005 07:21
 So this is pixelart? For real?

kiwidesign (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/17/2005 12:51
I agree with auron..... in all cases, a great piece More pixelart

Sallune (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/15/2005 08:07
 I like the piece, congrats ^_^

DarkAuron (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 7/12/2005 19:24
 Yeah, those who doubt it are just jealous of their own lack of skills. Especially since the only ones who are disbelievers 1. have an immature tone in each of their messages and 2. don't have a profile/gallery to show, thus they have nothing and nothing to show for. Photoshop is too hi-end to care about how many colors you're using, and theres no way it can do that kind of hand-made dithering. And slay, this piece of work is one reason why a rating of 5 isn't always enough.

TheCrazySalesman (Level 1 Intern) @ 7/11/2005 07:22
 You know, you doubters don't have to be angry about it just because *maybe* you're not talented enough to create something of such magnitude. I know that I could never do something like this and I applaud slay for creating it, even if he did not do it pixel by pixel. Either way, can't you appreciate it for being well done and creative? I know I can. It's wonderful, slay.

1ucas (Level 5 Soldier) @ 6/30/2005 21:30
Awesome concept. The shading is superb! :)

Claudster (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/30/2005 13:12
 Wow, this is amazing. And if you dont believe him, zoom in. You rock! Mad skills :P

The B.O.B. (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 6/29/2005 23:43
Don't care how he did it. I just like the whole thing all together. Tis wonderful, and imaginative. Besides peepo, as hard as it may seem some people do have patience to complete a piece in it's entirity. In my case I would have only done about 30% of that and quit. He manages to "get er done" though. So kudos to you, guy, and have a good one...

u suck @ 6/23/2005 07:50
 dis dis

Helm @ 6/20/2005 08:38
 Do whatever you want. If you like victimizing your own self, fine. Fact of the matter remains, that it's highly probable that most of your art is not 'CREATED BY YOUR HAND' anymore than a person using photoshop can claim the same about his art. I think it's possible you're confusing what HANDPIXELLING is and what INDEX PAINTING is. That you used oldschool means ( Deluxe Paint) and painted in indexed mode doesn't make the blur tool you used, the smear tool you used, the gradient tools you used, and less non-handpixelled. Handpixelling is the intentive placement and attention of composition on the PIXEL LEVEL. Sorry it has to come to this, but regardless of whether you've misunderstood something, or are outright lying, I really don't like false claims.


Ptoing @ 6/20/2005 02:54
I have to agree with Helm on this one. I know Deluxe Paint as I used it back in the days and I have to say i am rather sure you used paintmodes like Smear or Airbrush (on the blue stuff), Blend (On the orange backgound) and Smooth (on some of the aa) as well as contour gradient fill (in the lower right corner grey thing).

And i also have to agree with Helm, that this in fact is not all that terrific.

slay (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/18/2005 00:43
After some comments like the ones from Blick or Helm I really don't see any clue in submit  any new graphic at PixelJoint...  It's not so cool to read in every graphics that I public here, that it's color reduction or photoshop convertion... Especially if I spend a lot of days in hand pixelling of it. So thank you to all you strange "people of disbelieve"....  Anyway greetings to all, who belive in my stuff.

Faktablad (Level 6 SWAT) @ 6/17/2005 14:43
Thanks for not believing the guy.  Jerk.

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