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Title: Portrait
Pixel Artist: Sooba  (Level 3 Hatchet Man :: 1288 points)
Posted: 9/7/2011 23:11
Palette: 4 colors
Statistics:  37 comments    130 faves    0 avatars

 A  four color self-portrait pixeled from picture reference, life, and my head. 

I've been "almost done" with this for about a week and it has driven me crazy. 


Small pixel edits done with the help of helm and cure!

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Psiweapon (Level 4 Ensign) @ 3/28/2016 14:47

This is still one of my all-time pixelart favourites.

iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 10/6/2011 23:14

Now that is very nice and stylish.

mambazo (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 10/5/2011 07:05

Beautiful in every sense of the word!

Dwibble (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 9/14/2011 07:53

Awesome use of dithering. I could never really get the hang of using it for different shades, but this is an excellent reference.

Mis-BUG (Level 9 Bio Mutant) @ 9/13/2011 11:59

Fantastic... It reminds me of an old weekly challenge, but I can't recall which one... :\

Kurt Russell Fan Club (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/12/2011 23:15

 Love it a lot

snowk (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 9/11/2011 17:50

WOW! I think this is my favorite portrait on pixel joint. Beautifly rendered especially the hair and eyes. There is some banding going on on the left side of the hair but its not really a big deal.

jeremy (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 9/10/2011 21:44

Really nice work here, love the value changes especially in the hair. I fee like the angular green dithery shadow on the bottom right of the nose is a different shading style to the rest, it's quite angular.

DawnBringer (Level 10 Maniac) @ 9/10/2011 05:37

Great 4 colors stuff, but I find the arbitrary/random scanline-dithers to be intrusive here, esp. in the face. 

Helm (Level 5 Detective) @ 9/9/2011 19:22

"I think that the rules you're supposedly breaking are partially what gives it so much character."

Nobody's talking about any rules. Sometimes when percieved issues are brought to the artist's attention, the artist also percieves them as issues.

Devicho (Level 1 Seaman) @ 9/9/2011 18:00

Wow, I really love how effective the dithering is. :>

skeddles (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 9/9/2011 10:12

this is really amazing, great use of colors, and the form is all perfect

neofotistou (Level 5 Captain) @ 9/9/2011 09:31



Sanfrouah (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 9/9/2011 09:25

It reminds me the atmosphere from the comic Ghost World. I definitely love this portrait!

Muiriled (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 9/9/2011 07:17

Amazing  (bow)

Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 9/9/2011 01:43

Awesome! Really well done, especially for four colors. :-)

Raveheart (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 9/8/2011 20:59

I think that the rules you're supposedly breaking are partially what gives it so much character.

Sooba (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 9/8/2011 20:48

Thank you, Helm! I think I understand what you mean about the clusters around the line-art and the banding areas. I'll make some changes.

Thanks again to everyone who faved, commented, or critiqued me!

Helm (Level 5 Detective) @ 9/8/2011 16:52

http://locustleaves.com/selfportraitfinal.gif some minor edits. Avoid single pixels that are stranded from their clusters, pay attention to where clusters touch each other and interact.

ui_ (Level 4 Deputy) @ 9/8/2011 12:57

 4 colors, ACE!....

showtime (Level 6 Made) @ 9/8/2011 10:48

This is amazing, I love how painterly of a look you've achieved with only 4 colours.  The way you've done the hair is just spectacular, and I like that the background is there, as subtle as it is.  Very nice. : )

ThePixelKnight (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/8/2011 09:38

Amazing! :D

xxmantisxx (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 9/8/2011 09:13

Awesome work, nice interpritaion with a very small amount of colors!

ellie-is (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 9/8/2011 08:18

 Duuude. Beautiful. I love this piece. Reminds me a lot of Helm's challenge portrait from a while ago!

Not sure how close to you this looks, but either way, beautiful piece.

Hapiel (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 9/8/2011 07:08

Wow, beautiful Sooba! Both the pixel and you ;)

Manupix (Level 11 Godfather) @ 9/8/2011 07:07

Can't stop staring at this. That hair, those eyes, wow.

Some of the dithering / texturing looks a bit random / harsh though. The right side of the face, esp that patch just below the lower right lip (cure's pixel might well hide there!).
Generally, patches of checkerboard dithering are perceived as flat sharp planes, might be ok in a bg or fabric but not so much on skin. Rows / patches of single pixels can be even harsher (jawline; lower right corner).
Anyway, I'm very aware of the time issue when you start nitpicking at that level ;)

Sooba (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 9/8/2011 06:45


I'd love to fix them if you're willing to point them out! I'm not sure what you mean by the clashing. I noticed I might of had some banding going on. 


I spent 2 days on the parts of the of the hair, soo....

Psiweapon (Level 4 Ensign) @ 9/8/2011 04:58

 Wow, so lifelike! :D


And you got awesome looks to boot!  

Helm (Level 5 Detective) @ 9/8/2011 02:44

Well done. Be very careful where patterned clusters touch the line art, you've got some sharp clashes and some banding. If what I'm saying isn't making sense, ask and I will elaborate.

Photocopier (Level 11 Godfather) @ 9/8/2011 02:02

This is excellent. I particularly like the lighting in the hair.

Christoballs (Level 6 Saber-toothed Tiger) @ 9/8/2011 01:26

quite good for four colours! i like the impression of direction you've given to parts of the shading. the t-shirt's neck is the weakest part for me.

CELS (Level 7 Lotus) @ 9/8/2011 01:18

It's all very nice, but I've no idea how you managed to get the hair that good. I'm pretty certain it's magic.

Sooba (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 9/8/2011 00:41

 Thank you for all the faves and the nice comments. :)

Cure, I think I know what you're talking about. Let me send you 10 edits just to be sure. 

TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 9/8/2011 00:09

That's a beauty pixel and you know it, Cure!

mrduke (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 9/7/2011 23:47

Amazed by the use of only 4 colors! Awesome! Fav ofcorse!

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 9/7/2011 23:35

There's one pixel off. I won't tell you which.

Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 9/7/2011 23:26

 Very niiiice :D

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