I aimed for the 8cc.. but failed

I aimed for the 8cc.. but failed

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I aimed for the 8cc.. but failed

Title: I aimed for the 8cc.. but failed
Pixel Artist: sm4tik  (Level 1 Thug :: 573 points)
Posted: 12/4/2010 14:57
Palette: 7 colors
Statistics:  13 comments    3 faves    0 avatars

My first actual pixel work so any comments/critique are more than welcome. My aim was to go with an 8 color palette, but I lost one on the way. There are still a comple of annoyancies with the drawing, but you can just blame it on me; working without a reference kind of sucks.. next time I'll know better ;)

Anyways, I am quite happy with the result, though a decent background etc. would've given it more depth. But I think I'll leave it as it is and move on. I do have a version of it which adds quite a lot to it, but it's quite a mess to work with and I decided to give it a rest for now. Maybe it will have the intended 8 color palette then, who knows?

On a side note, I really have this one serious problem.. I am left handed when it comes to drawing, but I've learned to use the mouse with my right hand since day one. I noticed this really means double the work when trying to do creative work and uhhh... does it piss me off or what!?


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jok (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 6/13/2014 03:33

very good

iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 11/4/2011 03:06

Somehow I missed this! The face looks very much like Jamon's (his face, not his work)  :D

sm4tik (Level 1 Thug) @ 12/9/2010 22:57

@Dennis: Yeah, that's what I've been thinking about. It hasn't been an issue so far since I haven't really drawn that much with a computer, but a new hobby always comes with new investments, right? Anyways, glad you liked the drawing!

0xDB (Level 5 Detective) @ 12/9/2010 14:12

To solve your handedness problem you may want to consider switching away from mouse to a graphics tablet. Wacom makes quite good ones. You could then "draw" pixels naturally with your left hand.

Nice first piece.

jamon (Level 10 Operative) @ 12/6/2010 03:27

Love it! preview is great to!

sm4tik (Level 1 Thug) @ 12/5/2010 03:37

Thanks for all the comments!

You're all right about the preview. Looking at it now, it really does promise more than there is to the actual pic. It was actually a concious decision to draw the face close to no expression, but I picked the grumpiest part for the preview. I've been drawing too many angry faces (it's too easy I guess..) and was afraid that this one would end up beeing just one in the line..

About the 8th color.. For some reason, I was beeing really picky with the darkest/lightest colors as they are in the pic now and it's true I could've added more contrast to it even without adding a color. So basically I felt that the 7 was enough. I will be adding an extra color to the pic I'm working on based on this face (it will need it for sure!), but currently I just really want to try out something different. It still is a picture I really want to do, so it will get done, sooner or later ;)

@Delicious: Funny how those "last minute shortcuts just to get it done" somehow always end up catching someone's interest :)

That's enough talk, now back to the drawing board!

Groogokk (Level 5 Lieutenant) @ 12/5/2010 00:24

Great picture! And yes, the preview has an even more intriguing mysterious look about it.

JerryPie (Level 11 Godfather) @ 12/4/2010 23:15

preview > actual piece

Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 12/4/2010 19:05

Well done. I love the swirl on the forhead. =)

EdJr (Level 9 Nidan) @ 12/4/2010 18:14

First, really? I like it!

I agree with psychotron; I would recommend you to use one darker/lighter color to complete the requisite to enter 8cc. ^^

jeremy (Level 11 Special Agent) @ 12/4/2010 17:07

Yeah, the widepixel look is nice :)

Psychotron-3000 (Level 5 Detective) @ 12/4/2010 16:32

Thats pretty nice. You know, you could easily add a darker or lighter shade to be 8 colours...

Psychotron-3000 (Level 5 Detective) @ 12/4/2010 16:32

Also, I liked the preview better than the main piece, those scanlines look so cool on it!

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