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Title: Stranded
Pixel Artist: Losm  (Level 7 Mass Murderer :: 6458 points)
Posted: 8/11/2012 12:56
Statistics:  16 comments    17 faves    0 avatars

 Hoooo boy, was there lots I wanted to do with this, in terms of animation. Unfortunately, they didn't make it.

This is a piece I started a while ago. Like, a WHILE ago. I was never happy enough with it to post it here. I've finally dug it out again and I think the final product is MUCH better and MUCH fuller.

So, yeah. Voilà! What I consider my best piece yet; a true representation of how much I've improved.


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PNG (Level 1 Thug) @ 8/18/2013 23:33

 Olivier, why am I just now seeing this!?!? It's amazing!

skittle (Level 9 Nidan) @ 4/5/2013 14:24

Lovely! Absolutely lovely!

Voldimars (Level 6 SWAT) @ 8/31/2012 11:08

very nice mirror effect

Friend (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 8/14/2012 16:09

I agree 100% with Cheetah's critiques.  The guy doesn't really need to be animated, but he does look quite frozen in action and is a disjunction in the piece. 

I also agree that a cutesy smoke animation could really sell the piece and bring the whole thing home.  I have many simply doable ideas:

1 simply have the smoke bubbles ascend a few pixels upward as they shrink, slightly rocking left and right. 

2 move the cloud slightly left so the bubbles go behind the cloud and disappear, so the cutoff point is cute and the bubbles go out of sight instead of dissipating.

3 have the top bubble fade out and disappear, then fade back in some pixels upward, and have the lower bubbles follow.  This animation brings to mind early childhood cartoons, though I can't place my finger on examples


Lastly, if you really are going for a relaxing piece, then you could slow down the reflection animation and widen the zig zag out more to both sides

Losm (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 8/13/2012 16:49

 Thanks! :O That first comment made me smile. :) And the rest of the feedback was quite helpful.

So, it seems the majority of you (who gave me feedback) had somewhat similar views on what could change in my piece: having the human be more animated, doing SOMETHING with the waves, etc. etc.

I've gotten rid of the waves and the birds. They brought little to the piece and even somewhat broke it.

I've also slightly animated the dude. He has a swinging/breathing animation now (and it's slow, so as to not break the calmness!).

I wanted to animate the smoke, but it's again one of those things I'm not sure how to do. I could maybe just make the "bubbles" wobble from left to right or something, but anything else isn't going to happen. :\

Thanks, though, everyone! :3

Cheetah (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 8/13/2012 09:28

 I love this piece in general and have several of your pieces tagged for future reference. Some thoughts:

1) Get ride of the waves. They look good, but you can't have waves, animated or not, if you have a calm reflection.

2) Should the reflection animate with more of a wavelength pattern instead of jaggy?

3) The guy should be standing straight or more animated. I understand Friend's critic because right now he looks frozen in action.

4) If you could get the smoke on from the chimney animated I think that little detail could really sell the piece. The animation is all centered down at the bottom so that you don't so that it steals the show. You need something more to bring the attention of the viewer up higher.

Geolm (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 8/12/2012 12:05

I'd like to see bird and/or clouds moving too

LachieD (Level 1 Depressed) @ 8/12/2012 09:53

 Love the water animation and the clouds, but I'm not digging the composition. The placement of the lighthouse makes little sense.

Losm (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 8/12/2012 08:55

I'm cool with taking out the birds. They're really not that important.

The waves, I've been considering either removing completely or removing their reflexion and animating only the top part.
I'm keeping the guy there, though. I think he looks good like that. More "hyper, young child" than "lazy old man", if you know what I mean. :P
@Jalonso + Christoballs
Thanks! :O

Friend (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 8/12/2012 06:26

I meant it in a bad way.  At first glance, the piece is relaxing.  The colors, scene and especially the animation help me breathe more relaxed.  But then I see the frozen waves, and the frozen birds, and how the guy is hanging rather than sitting in a chair or something and I can't breathe easy anymore.  My breathe gets held up in anticipation.  It's no longer relaxing

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 8/12/2012 05:16

Real nice scene. Animation works for me. The birds don't add anything since depth here is unimportant and is my only crit.

Christoballs (Level 6 Saber-toothed Tiger) @ 8/12/2012 05:12

I like what you've done with the dithering and the animating (especially the sea).

Losm (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 8/11/2012 18:58

 I wanted to animate those waves, but I wasn't sure how. :(

The guy's just chillin' out with his loyal and trusty friend. Nothing bad going on there. I swear!
... Although, I'm wondering if you might've meant it in a good way, which in that case, thanks! ... And I'm wonderin' exactly what you meant by that too, which in that case, care to explain a bit more? O_o

Friend (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 8/11/2012 17:22

at first i found the piece to be very soothing, but upon noticing the frozen waves and splashes, and the person hanging on to the door (?) creates a ton of dissonance with the serenity

Losm (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 8/11/2012 13:36

 I don't want to sound negative or condescending in any way, so I excuse myself if I do, but I've actually experimented with most of what you've suggested. The dither made it look griddy, the waves made it look wonky, and the distinct colour would mean I'd need to add extra colours.

I wasn't for any of that. I found the clear, ripply effect worked best for what I wanted to portait: a calm and serene little island in the middle of nowhere.

Thanks, though! :3

a-jay (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/11/2012 13:24

The water has a lot of potential, but it's not quite there. I would give it a color distinct from the sky, add a few waves (besides the ones we see in the reflection) and dither the reflection a bit.

Otherwise I like your piece.

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