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Title: [challenge] Rat Warrior
Pixel Artist: 0xDB  (Level 5 Detective :: 14085 points)
Posted: 8/10/2008 14:47
Palette: 16 colors
Statistics:  4 comments    7 faves    0 avatars

For the "Time Travel" weekly challenge. The original drawing was done in 2002 as a birthday present for a friend who had some rats as pets.

I tried to improve upon the original drawing in this recreation in pixels by giving the image a stronger perspective which I think I have achieved well. I could have used another color or two here and there but sixteen colors was the limit for this challenge. In the end I ran out of time, so I kept the background very simple.

original drawing

wip states

16 colors

Thanks to everyone who commented in the challenge thread.

Weekly Challenge: Time TravelWeekly Challenge: Time Travel


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0xDB (Level 5 Detective) @ 8/13/2008 02:30
Thanks Reo and thanks MR21 for your opinion.

Huge thanks to Arachne for taking the time to write that most helpful analysis and for the edit. I have already started working on making changes based on what you wrote and what you show in your edit.

I don't think it is allowed to change a challenge entry while the challenge is still running though, so I'll have to upload a v2 later (will make a WIP thread in the forums too).

Arachne (Level 4 Murderer) @ 8/12/2008 13:35
I like the concept, and the execution isn't bad, but there are a bunch of mostly minor things that bother me. I think some color changes would help a lot.

I think the purples and the sand are much too saturated. Palette variation is not a bad thing, but right now it looks a bit too garish. I would replace the yellow on the tail with light gray and white so that it's easier to tell it apart from the sand. You can also use the lightest fur color instead of the purple dithering on the tail if you desaturate the purples. The brightest yellow could also be darker. I would use a darker gray on the fur and maybe give the darkest red on the fur a more yellow tint because of the yellow sand surrounding him.

I don't think the dithering on the metal works. It makes it look too grainy. The dithering on the sand dunes doesn't do much other than make them look hairy in a sense.

The green on the middle gun should be shaded with a solid color since they're flat surfaces.

Why is the shadow cast by the rat a checkerboard pattern while the shadows cast by the sand dunes are solid? The sand dunes and shading on the minigun suggest that the light is coming from the top left side, while the rat casts a shadow as if the light is coming from above.

The top of the image is a bit cramped while the bottom is just sand, so you can move everything down a bit.

I edited the colors to find something a bit more realistic. Even though it's not as interesting as your colors, you can see if you think some of this works better.

AdamF (Level 11 CEO) @ 8/11/2008 10:55

In my opinion, the colors on the fur are awful. Try something different. :]

I like the rest, though.

Reo (Level 11 Psychopath) @ 8/11/2008 03:27
Exelent work!Love the fur!

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