Elk's Forest Of Desolation

Elk's Forest Of Desolation

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Elk's Forest Of Desolation

Title: Elk's Forest Of Desolation
Pixel Artist: Elk  (Level 5 Assistant Manager :: 14674 points)
Posted: 4/21/2013 05:58
Palette: 56 colors
Statistics:  179 comments    659 faves    0 avatars

 Can't look at it any longer... +500 hours spent


Top Pixel Art - April 2013 (#1)Top Pixel Art - April 2013 (#1)


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JinJin (Level 1 Thug) @ 5/24/2013 20:50

 Wonderful, man!

Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 5/24/2013 02:04

pixel by pixel ^^

saiko-raito (Level 5 Sniper) @ 5/24/2013 00:05

I dunno how you do that anti alias thing, but this is AWESOME..

catf0x (Level 1 Intern) @ 5/23/2013 20:48

Awesome! This looks like a painting.

Yielmo (Level 4 Lieutenant) @ 5/23/2013 16:33

 this is beautiful.

Salahkun (Level 1 Intern) @ 5/23/2013 10:03

 i love this awesome art, dude you are a real artist .

Gengar (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 5/23/2013 03:04

 This may actually be the best thing I've ever seen.

Fjara (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 5/22/2013 23:50

 It`s amazing piece of art. 

Gongrats to 1st place. 

Felix20 (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 5/22/2013 23:48

This is just amazing, that's all I have to say.

I wish I was there. I want to be there now!

Peyton (Level 6 Hitman) @ 5/22/2013 15:32

This earned the #1 place for sure.

Brejan (Level 1 Rookie) @ 5/22/2013 13:07

 Wow, how did I miss this, breathtaking, absolutely amazing, inspirational and excellent work.

Hapiel (Level 11 Admiral) @ 5/22/2013 12:53

Another well deserved first place for your trophy case! :)

zaua (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 5/22/2013 08:39


Juniorps (Level 5 Soldier) @ 5/16/2013 13:48

 Shadow of the colossus? 

Peyton (Level 6 Hitman) @ 5/14/2013 19:51


This is incredibly impressive!

Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 5/11/2013 14:03

 yep, you get it :P!!!

Worriedcat (Level 1 Depressed) @ 5/11/2013 06:46

How the hell do you even do something like this?! It just blows my mind. Do you begin with blocking everything in then start adding texture? This is a damn master piece.

Sylon (Level 3 Stalker) @ 5/2/2013 15:29

I was actually suggesting they appear more in the background, connected to the cliffs (or gigantic trees whatever they are?) that flank the character and the colossus! Yeah, I much rather like the small detailed stuff in pixel art too.

Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 5/2/2013 09:15

 i actually played with the thought of adding more stalactites or more greenery, but those would be in the macro view and be more a nuisance in pixelart i think... because i like smaller things more :P they wouldnt require as much detail as other things... 

Sylon (Level 3 Stalker) @ 5/1/2013 15:33

I see what you mean, Cure.  Although, you are saying the unresolved space draws the eye away, while Onek claimed it was the lighting.  Onek's lighting edit may consequently solve that problem of the spacial balance, but this doesn't mean the original lighting is problematic.  After all, aren't there other ways to resolve the lack of balance in space than having the strong diagonal lighting? For example what if Elk added some more stalactites at the top of the image? Or some large birds? Or extended some tree branches out from the left and right cliffs to form a sort of arch? Otherwise, the "spotlight on the main character" thing manifests as Jetrel pointed out, which in this case may not be necessary (?).

Anyway, I get that Elk is done with this :-) .

Joe/Wrath Designs (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 5/1/2013 10:14

Wow! This is superb!

Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 4/29/2013 06:31

 yeah i agree cure, thats why im disappointed at this one more or less, but it taught me alot about techniques and physics as it was a big experiment again :p it was the first time i did some serious attempt of waterreflection in pixelart, though most of this work was bitchwork (AA and dithering) but that cant be avoided, but im still proud of lots of details it consists, so that was a step forward, my next piece will hopefully take more planning into consideration so the compositional issues are resolved too xD

pel (Level 4 Lieutenant) @ 4/29/2013 05:49

Epic amazing.

cure (Level 11 Godfather) @ 4/28/2013 21:29

I think onek's edit solves a problem. The upper portion of the composition is unresolved and the open space lets the eye escape the image. the strong diagonal in the edit keeps the eye circulating through the image fluidly. I think it's less a matter of narrative and more of a problem with the eye's movement through the composition.

oish (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/28/2013 18:13

 it is really an amazing piece...wow

but i think onek's piece is physically easier on my eyes

so it's nothing about u, just my problem

beautiful work

Sylon (Level 3 Stalker) @ 4/28/2013 17:45

EXACTLY.  Makes sense to me!

Jetrel (Level 1 Intern) @ 4/28/2013 16:02

I'm sorry, I really have to call BS on onek's suggestion:  " but i also think that the composition is a bit problematic... as delicious said, the eye is heavily drawn towards the background... " 

That is the point.  

I'm saying this not from a "white-knighting" standpoint, not from a defense of "authorial intent", either, but because I really hate these sorts of rules people treat like law.  As far as I can tell, the meat of this rule states that the composition on a picture should always draw the eye towards the main character in the picture - that is, that emotionally speaking, the main character in the picture should always be "center stage", with the limelight on them.  I think that's fine for many pictures, but I think it's dangerous and wrong to say it must be that way for all pictures.  It enforces an emotional tone to a picture that - although it works fine for many characters, works poorly for many other characters.

It makes the character feel like the center of attention - that's totally appropriate for type-A, "look at me" triumphal types.  It's terrible for more passive, elusive, or shadowy type-B figures who actively don't want to be the center of attention.  It just gives off the wrong 'feeling' to the character.


In this piece, the eye is deliberately drawn away from the main character to give off a feeling that he is insignificant in the larger world around him.  Which totally makes sense, because that's central to the game this comes from - being a scrappy, puny human taking on giants.

T1mePiece (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 4/28/2013 15:10

I've been waiting for this piece for a while and I'm glad to say it has excelled expectations. The fact that you can invest so much time and effort into your pieces without altering the concept entirely is fantastic. "Elkcellent" work ;-)

Neela (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 4/28/2013 02:02

This is insane! 

JuninFC (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 4/27/2013 11:03


d9nis (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 4/26/2013 15:03

this is my far favorite pixel art i've seen oO. I envy you!

Zizka (Level 10 Operative) @ 4/25/2013 09:54

 Wow, 500+ hours, how inspiring. Magnificient.

K4T (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 4/24/2013 22:23

 Faved 10 times... :D

Sylon (Level 3 Stalker) @ 4/24/2013 20:44

I have a "contrasting" (if you could call it that) perspective on the composition with regards to earlier comments, particularly the one from Onek.  Rather than become a critic, judging a work of art from the outside, I would choose to "live into" the artist's own idea, own image of his/her creation. What was Elk's goal and did Elk accomplish it? Let's ask Elk. Otherwise, if Elk's goal was silly, then how can one help Elk see that?

I agree with Onek and Delicious that my eyes are somehow pulled as if by a gravity towards the heavily-lit background cliffs and waters. But I don't want to simply stop there - because I also know that I have the freedom to control where my eyes go if I want to. This is why I never let the "wisdom" on how the weaving of compositional elements draws the eye a certain way shape and solidify a law in my head.  Why did Elk depict the light like so? Elk I am curious, what do you have to say about that aspect of your piece?

I simply see the piece as depicting a fantastical place that is meant to take one "somewhere else".  In this "somewhere," the artist (clearly skilled) chose to depict either a place purely as it existed in their mind and wanted to share it, or, purposefully chose to depict a place where the background light was prominent. If it was purposeful, the only thing I can think of is that it brings a sense of hope, or an idea of journeying forth, into the distance, out of the darkness that the forest represents, and the cliffs and waters are part of this hopeful journey.  Whereas, in Onek's edit, the sense of hope coming from the light is there and perhaps more focused, but the cliffs and waters are not really included; they are part of the dark world.

I enjoyed Onek's edit, by the way, but to me, it was just another way of depicting the fantastical place; not better, not worse, but including a different mood. It's like sunset versus high noon.  Both are beautiful or produce beauty, but cultivate in one a different mood.

philippejugnet (Level 6 Hitman) @ 4/24/2013 15:19


Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 4/24/2013 13:39

 haha elkcellent

wreckieb (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/24/2013 12:37


slym (Level 8 Rear Admiral) @ 4/24/2013 11:29

 I haven't commented on this yet o.O 

*slaps self*

Rocks are truly inspiring. Love that texture =]... well, it's all inspiring. damn elk <3

AfroMonkey (Level 2 Dealer) @ 4/23/2013 21:43

How is this fair? I give up! *throws Paint up in the air*

Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 4/23/2013 21:15

i take the time for myself that others dont claim :P

DBAce9Aura (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/23/2013 19:38

Oh crap. Just how did you find the free time for all that? More importantly, how did you not get a heart attack from this?

Phantos (Level 1 Gangster) @ 4/23/2013 19:36

 I dig how the mountain sillhouettes in the back almost look like another giant.

I don't think there's a single wrong pixel in this.

Bitslap (Level 6 Manager) @ 4/23/2013 16:37

How, i.. I can't even.. 

Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 4/23/2013 12:05

 thanks alot nvision ^^

nvision (Level 4 Team Leader) @ 4/23/2013 11:56

 I wish I could devote the time and attention you've clearly given this piece.  Beautiful.  That's the most apt description for it.

Occillo (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 4/23/2013 08:58

 I just want to look at this all day.

Absolutely beautiful!

beef_x (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 4/23/2013 03:14

Holy wow, incredible intricacy.

TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 4/22/2013 23:09

Though I do love this piece, so much so that I've returned to post a second comment, I must say that onek's edit is brilliant. I think his changes take the picture to the next level! Perhaps, if you could muster the energy, you'd try going that route with it in the future?

But alas, I can fully appreciate that after so many hours the enthusiasm has probably all dried up. The original version is still a laudable masterpiece.

I'd buy it for my wall.

programgamer (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 4/22/2013 17:41

 I think I just broke. Potato.

Dont (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 4/22/2013 15:41

 i'm moved

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