Fantasy Vs. Reality

Fantasy Vs. Reality

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Fantasy Vs. Reality

Title: Fantasy Vs. Reality
Pixel Artist: Delicious  (Level 9 Boss :: 22747 points)
Posted: 5/12/2012 01:46
Palette: 15 colors
Statistics:  67 comments    203 faves    0 avatars

Done with this! Took a long time because I lack any time to work on personal pieces. Anyways, hope you like it. 

Was going to go for 16 colors, but managed to not need one! So, it's at 15.

WIP animation:

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Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 5/24/2020 11:45

I didn't read it as negative, it all makes sense and I really appreciate it. I can see what I'd do differently now and it corresponds a lot with your comment. Thanks man! Also, I'm trying - These days it's been hard - Hope the same for you! 

big brother (Level 11 Admiral) @ 5/23/2020 21:53

I be lurking! Eeesh I reread my comment and it seems unintentionally negative. I do really like this piece! I hope you are continuing to make personal artwork.

Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 5/22/2020 00:52

Just noticed this comment and how constructive it is. I'm glad to run across this so many years down the road. Hope you're doing well Big Brother! A true legend that I had the opportunity to come across my work 

chrilley (Level 3 Rocky Planet) @ 6/13/2018 13:14

Great piece! I love the little detail of the tail slapping one of the background trees. It's a nice touch :)

DianaDiamond (Level 1 Rookie) @ 12/11/2013 14:39

 beautiful and very detailed

Bandersnatch (Level 1 Thug) @ 7/13/2013 16:35

Poor ship. It never stood a chance...

shapeshifter (Level 1 Gangster) @ 7/2/2013 11:12

wip link is down :/

kaze19th (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 12/10/2012 14:13

Love the colors, beautiful piece.

Voldimars (Level 6 SWAT) @ 8/30/2012 21:01

 one of the best )

Muziak (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 8/12/2012 02:20

Ah dude this is awesome! Looks like fantasy is gonna win out on this one ;)

Fe4r (Level 1 Gangster) @ 8/9/2012 04:56

You never fail to impress!  

CakeDrake (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 7/21/2012 14:15

Great work, you are amazing.

AdamF (Level 11 CEO) @ 7/12/2012 09:52

woah, how did I miss this? awesome stuff man! I feel like the sky is too cluttered, which takes away from the focus of the dragon, though. favorite part has to be the neck 

I am very disappointed we never finished any of our collabs, sir. we'll have to start another one sometime! 

Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 7/9/2012 16:05


Graindolium (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 7/8/2012 05:41

Friend (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 7/4/2012 10:36

Lovely style.  To me it sort of manages to captures both essences of pixel art- the sharp crisp vividness, and the painterly aspect.  Awesome

slym (Level 8 Rear Admiral) @ 6/22/2012 10:03

 Congrats on 100 favs <3

Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 6/20/2012 21:33

Much appreciated. :)

rphg12 (Level 1 Intern) @ 6/18/2012 11:07

yea that is awesome

gohan22-22 (Level 1 Intern) @ 6/18/2012 10:58

So freaking awesome!!!

Bam112 (Level 1 Intern) @ 5/29/2012 16:16


Satsume (Level 10 Capo) @ 5/19/2012 04:02

awesome, grats. 

QuaziGNRLnose (Level 1 Rookie) @ 5/17/2012 10:22

 this is so tasty

big brother (Level 11 Admiral) @ 5/15/2012 16:46

I love the appealing style and movement in this piece!

The proportions of the dragon feel very uniform, almost derivative. If you varied them more you could play up the contrasts between thick and thin. This would give more personality to the negative space.

The colors are nice -- very customized to the piece. The lightest blue shade seems like a bit of a drastic jump from the next lightest shade. Adjusting the darkest shades of green to be more neutral and closer in hue to the blue of the sky would help unify the piece. As it is, the piece seems divided into two very distict planes. This color adjustment would also help provide a grander sense of scale with atmospheric perspective on the dragon. It may lessen the cartoony vibe, but the piece seems conflicted on that already with the intricate detailing on the dragon, the mountains, and the clouds.

In regards to the composition, I would be tempted to move the dragon a tad more to the right so it's not exactly in the center of the piece. You could even add a slightly darker cloud in the space that opens in the upper left-hand corner to balance it out.

Anyways, these are just some nitpicks that occurred to me. Great work!

Faceless (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 5/15/2012 15:30

I always enjoy seeing your work. I actually preferred the pose in the original sketch and I'm wondering why you changed it. Looks like you have a few stray pixels at the bottom of the central section of the dragon's left wing. I think those 3 pixels were supposed to be 1 pixel to the right. I do have one little suggestion as well: I think changing the reverse side of the dragon's wings to green would improve the readibility.

Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 5/15/2012 06:15

 Ah! Thank you Thumbtacks. :)


Thanks iLKke! 

Perhaps it's a bit cluttered? The red mixed with the dark green might be a bit gritty though, which could also make it seem some-what messy.

I appreciate it. :)

Thumbtacks (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 5/13/2012 15:44

Absolutely horrible.


iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 5/13/2012 14:40

Totes awesome!

For some reason it seems to me more 'messy' than your regular fare, but I can't put my finger on it, as nothing is actually messy :P

Perhaps it's just the colours, a bit more dirty and gritty?

Anyhoo, great job. Glad you managed to finish it.

Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 5/13/2012 14:09

 Thanks guys, really appreciate it! :)

Damian (Level 10 Operative) @ 5/13/2012 12:47

 A big thumbs up buddy. I always do love your color choices.

reis (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 5/13/2012 12:24

 Amazing, lovely shadows.

Lexou Duck (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 5/13/2012 02:06

You're probably my favorite pixelartist on this site, and this does not dissappoint bro


I loved the progress thread at tSR :)

Ashkin (Level 8 Rear Admiral) @ 5/13/2012 01:22


Mhyre (Level 2 Petty Officer) @ 5/12/2012 17:20

 Brilliant work, there's definitely some movement in this picture!

monotov (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 5/12/2012 14:19

luv it


NarutoPixel (Level 1 Private) @ 5/12/2012 13:49

maldit,very nice

Benjiro (Level 8 Shodan) @ 5/12/2012 12:39

excelent idea and a great work. i fave it

Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 5/12/2012 11:49

 Ah, nice edit Slym. 

Yes, the green was intentional to limit colors, but I suppose it's worth changing if more people seem to dislike the green because of the landscape blends with it. 

I appreciate the small tutorial as well, Dawnbringer. I'll test er out when I get time. :)

ianlennonford (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 5/12/2012 11:47

Wow.  Been looking forward to this one being finished.  Really great job.

slym (Level 8 Rear Admiral) @ 5/12/2012 11:13

This is kinda what I was thinking. It brings more importance to the dragon. But I understand if the green was intentional. 


edit: Lmao I didn't notice that DawnBringer made the same edit! 

DawnBringer (Level 10 Maniac) @ 5/12/2012 11:02

In Grafx2:

1. Pick up a brush of the area with affected colors to NOT be remapped (the grass and trees)

2. (for convinience) arrange the palette so the color the be changed are sequential (use X-swap in the pal editor)

3. Copy the original color selection to another place in the palette (also best set all other unused colors to black)

4. Brutally change the original colors and use "recolorize" (brush effects menu) to remap the brush to the copied colors.

5. Undo the color change.

6. Paste the remapped brush (grass & trees) into its place.

7. Now the dragon uses unique color indexes and may be tweaked independent of all other gfx.


Ok, that seemed like a lot when it was written done, but point 1-6 can be done in 10 seconds when you know how.


Voltali obscur (Level 9 Boss) @ 5/12/2012 10:57

This piece is absolutely delicious. Omnomnom <3

slym (Level 8 Rear Admiral) @ 5/12/2012 10:54

 I love you.

I do think that making the dragon purple would help the overall palette. I keep thinking the dragon is made out of grass. 

Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 5/12/2012 10:36

Thanks everyone, did a few more edits.

Dawn: True. How did you go about editing that? Selected the area and shifted the hues around? I'll see if I can come up with something better for the dragon color because I do agree that the vegitation blends in a bit.

Thanks for the edit!

ultimaodin (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 5/12/2012 10:01

Very nice, looks like the dragon is about to whip that spaceship out of the sky with it's tail!

JuninFC (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 5/12/2012 09:25

Great  ! I want to see the end of this battle

Level 1 (Level 1 Intern) @ 5/12/2012 09:13

 Holly god

This is beast!

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 5/12/2012 08:46

Nice work, distracting sig

EdJr (Level 9 Nidan) @ 5/12/2012 08:36

It's just great! Nevertheless, the anatomy on the "bottom" part of the dragon is very, very weird. Change it and you'll have made a brilliant piece, as you usually do!

DawnBringer: Wow, very good! I have to agree that these colors work much better than the green ones.

SpaceSalmon (Level 1 Rookie) @ 5/12/2012 08:02

 don't like the position of the dragon and spaceship it's kinda akward.

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