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Title: ace
Pixel Artist: Jetrel  (Level 1 Intern :: 842 points)
Posted: 11/7/2011 02:40
Palette: 24 colors
Statistics:  13 comments    22 faves    2 avatars

A gaudy, perhaps vulgar experiment with color saturation, dithering, et al.  Supposed to be a vaguely asian-looking chick in a flight cap/coat.


(C&C's always welcome, as long as it's a paintover, rather than just words.  Words are just too vague.)


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Jetrel (Level 1 Intern) @ 11/15/2011 01:22

 Hey, thanks man.  I've really been trying to get a handle on colors over the last couple of years - prior to that I wasn't really doing any non-"direct" colors whatsoever, but .. pixeljoint is pretty much singularly responsible for waking me up to the possibilities there.  I was just floored by some people's stuff - I was just like "I have to learn how to do this, asap!".

As for the C&C I wasn't really kicking my ass to make her look asian; the eyes just kinda-sorta did, and I thought "hey, what the heck".  So I'm not interested in 'optimizing' that regard; though I agree with most of what you said.  However, the comment about the irises - yeah, I might do something about the near one.  Thanks!

TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 11/10/2011 17:20

This is brilliant. I'm envious of all you artists that have full mastery of colours. Colour mixing to this degree is a hard talent to master, but you've nailed it here.

So my critique won't be at the colours or pixel work, because it's as good as it can get. However, to me, she doesn't look asian. With this colour scheme and with her having wavy hair, it'll be hard to creative a completely convincing asian look. Typically asians have dark and straight hair after all.

When I look at her, I see alien eyes - as in the dark orb eyes of little grey men. I think a little pixel tweaking here and you'll have a less frightening, more natural looking set. I'd recommend attempting to reduce the sizes of her irises.

Something you probably already know about is the "epicanthic fold". I reckon this could be made more clear to really bring out asian features. Also I find that asians have a smaller nose bridge than depicted on your pilot.


Don't get me wrong, it looks good as is. I just think from reading your description, you've not quite hit that target result.

Jetrel (Level 1 Intern) @ 11/10/2011 01:52

 Yeah - that's exactly the price of using dithering.  I think it was first kaiseto(?) that nailed it in a tutorial, but as a rule: "dithering adds texture".  It's why it's generally antagonistic with low color counts;  unless you're dithering between two really close colors, it's going to feel like texturing, and in a low-color-count piece, "close colors" are exactly what you're usually short on.

Geoglatico (Level 6 SWAT) @ 11/8/2011 19:48

congratulations you took advantage of the palette well

Perihelion (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 11/8/2011 10:27

I really love the palette on this, but the dithering is really excessive and makes her skin look like sandpaper. Great job otherwise, though.

epoxy (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/8/2011 09:36

Asian Amelia Earheart, then? Cool! The way her face is dirtied below the area covered by the goggles is a wonderful detail.

I feel her hair should be tied back or otherwise secured and that the cap should have an under-the-chin strap or something. It looks like it could be knocked off by strong winds.

Ikiru (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/7/2011 14:56

Really love this, great use of colour

King of Games (Level 1 Thug) @ 11/7/2011 11:48

Interesting experiment. Watch out for the jaggies around some areas of the jacket. Also the protrudence of her nose seems a bit strange in the way that it connects to the bridge between her eyes.

Alex Pang (Level 7 Underboss) @ 11/7/2011 09:42

 Love your colors

Friend (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 11/7/2011 08:49

kind of reminds me of Lucca from chrono trigger.  The colors are perfect

JuninFC (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 11/7/2011 08:37

Good work ! Great dithering

HotDog (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 11/7/2011 08:21

 your colors are magnific!

surt (Level 11 Godfather) @ 11/7/2011 04:47

Colours work great on skin and hair.

This may be rather vague, but her nose seems rather too pointy and sharp to suggest asian ethnicity.

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