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Title: Sunset
Pixel Artist: James McCarter  (Level 5 Lieutenant :: 5050 points)
Posted: 6/18/2010 23:54
Palette: 27 colors
Statistics:  27 comments    33 faves    0 avatars


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nedink (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/16/2013 13:01

Looks awesome.  Some pretty cool effects have been pulled by pixel artists so I think it's rediculous that you've had all this buff from people; whatever happedned to "innocent until proven guilty"?

Gonfalon (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 8/23/2010 05:06

That tempts me to make similar.

Helm (Level 5 Detective) @ 6/29/2010 04:31

This piece is very obviously pixelled and it sort of surprises me to see scepticism by others, especially people with a long history on the medium like Tomic. I hope James McCarter doesn't get a sour taste of this community because of the skepticism.

This isn't to say the technique here is without fault, but it's one thing to help James with his pixel placement/clusters and AA and another to tell him off for not being proper.

allaze-eroler (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/27/2010 14:55

ok then.

Manjaman (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 6/27/2010 08:48

@allaze : man, anti-aliasing can be handmade too, doesn't necessarily  mean any automatic blure tool or whatnot. There is aa in this piece, end of story.

allaze-eroler (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/26/2010 15:04

excepted that i used graphic gale for to see if there any AA but not, it doesn't have and i guess it's your browser who didn't reproduce the exact pixel size. because i know how internet explorer act...

James McCarter (Level 5 Lieutenant) @ 6/26/2010 14:57

In some areas there is AA, in other areas not. 

It mostly depended on whether I was going from one colour to another that were separated from each other in the palette.  If there was a colour available to do AA, I'd often put a single pixel of the in-between colour in.  Otherwise I would skip the AA, hoping the two colours would be close enough in hue & value to not need AA.

cure (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 6/26/2010 11:27

if you zoom in, you'll notice that there is in fact AA.

allaze-eroler (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/26/2010 05:56

sorry but if you zoom out, you will noticed there is no AA, it's just an illussion optic that make you think it have the AA, which it explain why your jugement got altered.

Cloveck (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 6/25/2010 08:19

 This way of using pixels is something that I don't often see, and I really like it. Of course the palette, composition, and general aesthetic appeal is nice too.  As far as I can tell this is clearly pixel art, I'm surprised people would suggest otherwise. Might make a great forum signature too given the dimensions. 

Badassbill (Level 11 Psychopath) @ 6/25/2010 05:58

Getting better. I'd just make sure you can get a WIP animation next time so it can go straight through.

Manjaman (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 6/25/2010 03:23

Gorgeous ! I'm seriously impressed by your recent works, carry on !

Gecimen (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 6/25/2010 02:56

I don't beleive there's any sort of color reduction or auto-aa in this work. The AA is very simple and colors are distinctive enough. There's no out of order shapes or dithers, which Photoshop creates when reducing colors. Blaming someone with lying shouldn't be that easy IMO. Btw the work is great.

The B.O.B. (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 6/24/2010 22:14

Well, this has waited long enough. And from other user votes, seem most people are ok with this to let it in. I myself, am still not convinced, but it's a public vote...submitting.

Mathias (Level 6 Garbage) @ 6/23/2010 10:24

Yeah, hopefully. Though, if you're legit, I wouldn't spend much time pandering to the pixellites.

Keep up the interesting work!

James McCarter (Level 5 Lieutenant) @ 6/23/2010 08:37
Hmm... okay.  Well, I found two in-progress images on my Time Machine, so I've put together a three frame WIP.  It's not much, but hopefully it's enough to convince people this is pixel art.

Mathias (Level 6 Garbage) @ 6/23/2010 08:08

I guess you haven't proved it's not NPA yet. Hey, be glad PJ is strict about this, it's what keeps the gallery pure, for the most part. I don't have trouble with this issue because my works are obviusly pixel garbage, it's easy to tell!

James McCarter (Level 5 Lieutenant) @ 6/23/2010 07:57

I'm just wondering if there is a reason this is still waiting for approval...?

James McCarter (Level 5 Lieutenant) @ 6/20/2010 01:19

Thanks for the tips. To be honest, I was rather surprised to receive skepticism with this image.  Much of the image has no anti-aliasing, and where there is some it's typically just a single pixel of the in-between colour applied at the corner of two other colours.  And Deluxe Paint makes this easy by having the [ and ] hotkeys to move easily through the colour palette.  It'd be fun to do some screen capture WIPs.

DeProgrammer (Level 7 Underboss) @ 6/19/2010 23:17

Expanding on what Clovvach said, heck, you can probably use my "Full Screen Click Grabber" program to capture WIPs. (I haven't tried it with a DOSBox-based program or on newer operating systems, but it worked fine with MS Paint and Windows XP, so that's why I say 'probably'.)

I guess you can try it if you want. Virus scanners might say it's some generic trojan, but that's probably because some actual trojan took screenshots with similar code. Basically, open it, alt-tab to your paint program, and get to work. Here's the link. Source code (Visual Basic 6) included in case you don't trust it.

Edit: Oh, yeah. Probably should use Control-E first and tell it to save as .png.

Hiuru (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 6/19/2010 10:54

 This looks....godly  

However you should create wips from now on for those who dont believe in it. 

Clovvach (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 6/19/2010 10:15

James, I see you've been getting a hard time being blamed of color reduction, and photoshping, and junk like that.

If you are doing pixel art, truly, and it just LOOKS color reduced, then I think what you need to prove it is a WIP animation. Save an image for each step you take, and make a link to them all or just put them in a GIF animation.

Or you could always just use a screen capture, and make a video of your steps from start to finnish.


zero57 (Level 1 Depressed) @ 6/19/2010 07:30

4/5 May not look like pixel art at first, but it is.

EDIT: Now that I think about it, doesn't really look like Pixel Art... Someone confirm this for me.

James McCarter (Level 5 Lieutenant) @ 6/19/2010 07:16

I didn't use any auto-antialiasing, nor did I use any translucent-drawing-tools.  I did sometimes increase my brush size to get the larger circle shapes.  so, yea, the pixels were all placed by hand.

tomic (Level 11 Admiral) @ 6/19/2010 07:00

well, the program doesn't make it pixelart (or no pixel art), but the techniques used..

deluxepaint's auto-antialiasing- and translucent-drawing-tools make it what we call 'indexpainting' rather than pixel-art.. we've had this discussion here too often already, mostly with fellow demoscene personell.

pixel-art implies that (more or less) every pixel is placed by hand.. and in case of this piece it looks like you've gone the way of creating that one would go in 24 bit and photoshop.

James McCarter (Level 5 Lieutenant) @ 6/19/2010 03:12

tomic, sorry?  Why is it NO pixel art?  I primarily created this in Deluxe Paint IIe in a DOSBox.  

tomic (Level 11 Admiral) @ 6/19/2010 01:58

nice.. yet NO pixel art.

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