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"?
That tempts me to make similar.
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 : 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.
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...
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.
if you zoom in, you'll notice that there is in fact AA.
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.
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.
Getting better. I'd just make sure you can get a WIP animation next time so it can go straight through.
Gorgeous ! I'm seriously impressed by your recent works, carry on !
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.
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.
Yeah, hopefully. Though, if you're legit, I wouldn't spend much time pandering to the pixellites.
Keep up the interesting work!
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!
I'm just wondering if there is a reason this is still waiting for approval...?
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.
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.
However you should create wips from now on for those who dont believe in it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
tomic, sorry? Why is it NO pixel art? I primarily created this in Deluxe Paint IIe in a DOSBox.
nice.. yet NO pixel art.