Mausoleum Melody

Mausoleum Melody

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Mausoleum Melody

Title: Mausoleum Melody
Pixel Artist: TheInquisitor  (Level 4 Shichikyu :: 4851 points)
Posted: 12/24/2011 14:55
Palette: 34 colors
Statistics:  38 comments    244 faves    0 avatars

Here's my entry to the Secret Santa entry for Jams0988 over at Pixelation. I'm uploading it here to share it amongst you all for Christmas.

I was requested to do an old fashioned snes RPG scene based around either piano playing or kickboxing - I opted for the piano, obviously. I took to the concept towards a dark Phantom of the Opera-like scene. Here, the hero is confronting a villain, who's playing beautiful music in his sinister lair.

Seeing as it's christmas, I fear I might not get any votes for this, so I urge all those around to help out poor ol' me who's trying to add to my meagre trophy count.


The theme for this piece is a moody, gloomy RPG 

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nyctimus91 (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 10/26/2022 19:00

Damn what a beautiful piece! I didnt understand right away that the bottom left was the supposed connection to the cave wall, maybe that could have been emphasized by having some cave wall in the more visible parts of the circle. but still amazing! 6/5!

DoubleSBS (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/16/2014 20:26

wow amazing piece, faved !

Boxcar (Level 4 Deputy) @ 5/19/2014 21:19

Those ground tiles are so smooth, amazing work.

winged doom (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 10/16/2013 07:20

Great work! I wish if someday it will be game (yes, maybe for SNES, why not?) where we can play for this one-eyes villain. 

EvilEagles (Level 5 Detective) @ 3/17/2013 20:12

 Definitely a favorite. Thank you for the inspiration.

AtskaHeart (Level 8 Regional Boss) @ 1/26/2013 07:05

 I'm in love with this piece.

moondrome (Level 7 Merfolk) @ 12/31/2012 05:01

 inspiring work, I have a lot to learn from here ;)

Hetzer (Level 4 Deputy) @ 11/17/2012 02:45

Grand piano in a deep dark dungeon... Amazing!

Ashkin (Level 8 Rear Admiral) @ 7/10/2012 21:35

That piano... Beautiful.

Voldimars (Level 6 SWAT) @ 2/16/2012 13:10

such a nice work! 

bobowitzbob (Level 4 Team Leader) @ 2/2/2012 17:44

Wonderful colors.

xodblux (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/19/2012 09:40

Nice !  I would play that RPG if it was real...

Jetrel (Level 1 Intern) @ 1/18/2012 21:33

 Damn, how did I miss this?  Spectacular.

d-p (Level 11 Psychopath) @ 1/16/2012 13:56

Just like home ... great piece.

gogglecrab (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 12/31/2011 11:48

Oh my god! Amazing!

reis (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 12/30/2011 07:16

 The BG has a touch of the dark pixel art, I loved.

big brother (Level 11 Admiral) @ 12/30/2011 01:06

Amazing piece! Love the warm and cool grays. The candles add a lot to the mood. The adventurer character sprite gets a bit lost, I would deepen the blues of his clothes so they don't look so close to the floor tiles.

TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 12/28/2011 07:01

Thanks muchly for the positive feedback guys. Yeah, this one took a while. I should give a shout out to Jinn who gave me some helpful critique as it was progressing. The hardest part was settling on a palette. Once I had that sorted, the rest became simple enough.

The floor took a while. I hid the repetition by creating two 16x16 floor tiles instead of just one. For each tile I made about 5 progressively darker versions that eventually turned to that faded dark blue. To make the gradient to darkness by the outer walls, I just copied and pasted these different versions of the same tile into 8x8 pixel squares, steadily having the room dim to darkness. That cut down the time significantly! The candle light effects were added over the top.

DE: The outcrops along the bottom right edge were supposed to be where the rocks had interfered with the shape of the room. I tried to make it look like there were craggy steppes of rock. I'm not sure if I pulled it off correctly, but it was quite a tough job with the palette I'd left myself and because it was against the non-visible wall.

I completely agree with yours and others' criticism of the hero character though. He was the last part pixelled and I was running out of time. He looks shoddy compared to the rest. Not only that, but on reflection I don't believe he adds anything to the piece; if anything he detracts from it. I just felt at the time that it was an RPG scene and every RPG needs a hero. I may just remove him all together, which will also free up 2 colours, I believe!

I'm afraid to say that there's no hidden message in the border of the piece, I merely wanted to have a nicer finish than a big black square edge. Though there's no purpose for that design, I think the jagged edges fit quite nicely.

Thanks again and Merry Christmas Jams0988.

Satsume (Level 10 Capo) @ 12/28/2011 01:54

great work,and nice palette. 

Riva (Level 6 Commander) @ 12/27/2011 07:58

I love the style 

llshadow (Level 3 Stalker) @ 12/26/2011 18:06


kevink (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 12/26/2011 04:15

I have to agree with DE. But the rest is really awesome indeed. 

ultimaodin (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 12/25/2011 08:51

This is fantastic!!!!!

-DE- (Level 11 General) @ 12/25/2011 07:36

The only two things I'm not fond of are the random squares on the... outcrops? in the lower left and the protagonist's sprite which is really sub par, you should've left him out. The rest is ace.

baah (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 12/25/2011 03:10

Excellent composition, i can almost hear the sound of... err... organ pipes?

Darth Mandarb (Level 10 Operative) @ 12/25/2011 03:07

 Feels like a "deleted" scene from Secret of Mana/Chrono Trigger ... EXCELLENT!

I swear I can almost read something in the edging of the piece ... does it say something I'm just not seeing?

tomic (Level 11 Admiral) @ 12/25/2011 02:21

my favourite from this years secret santa. so yummy! .. floor must have taken ages!!

Delicious (Level 10 Capo) @ 12/25/2011 00:20

Incredible scene! I'm just not too keen on the characters compared to the background work. The lighting and piano are fantastically done. 

sasuke91 (Level 2 Kukyu) @ 12/24/2011 21:55

this is just beautiful  :)

tho i think the background edges is a bit distracting

lolyogurt (Level 3 Stalker) @ 12/24/2011 19:09

One of my favourite from this year. Amazing atmosphere !

DawnBringer (Level 10 Pixel artist) @ 12/24/2011 18:11

Sexy! :) 

PoisonousJoy (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 12/24/2011 17:45


jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 12/24/2011 17:44

Every so often clicking a preview just makes my day...fav'd

Reo (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 12/24/2011 17:13

 Yeah this is so pro!

ingl0rius (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 12/24/2011 16:56

 Wow - This just jumped into my top 10 of all time - Beautiful!

Friend (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 12/24/2011 16:51

this is incredible.  Never seen pixel graphics look this good before

Cyangmou (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 12/24/2011 16:49

Nice work on the effects, great scenery, and a remarkable villain...

Opacus (Level 7 Ichikyu) @ 12/24/2011 16:43

 Fantastic! One of my favs this year!

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