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Title: FishDick
Pixel Artist: slay  (Level 1 Rookie :: 1025 points)
Posted: 12/30/2005 12:28
Palette: 25 colors
Statistics:  39 comments    31 faves    0 avatars

Some pixells after a long break...

I've found this picture on my old Amiga 4000 hard disk when I was at my home town at X-Mas some dayz ago. It was a nice surprise! I was sure that I lost "FishDick" many years ago...

Tool used: Personal Paint, 25 colors, lo-res

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theguy (Level 6 Hitman) @ 7/27/2007 13:41
you dont, infact you shouldnt use symmetry in peices unless you really have which is usally never (except for front view faces), but I think abit of dithering in the BG would help it alot

I-Joe (Level 1 Thug) @ 4/3/2007 11:18

i like the concept of fish with ears, i think if the the tail-fin was shaded i'd lokk better, but good job anyway...

love it

MADmiral^^ (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 2/20/2007 23:06
The fish is great, but the background lacks symmetry.

Josiah (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 12/18/2006 23:15

This is really good the texture and shading and colors are really good, and such a crazy concept

sinkquick (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/22/2006 02:50
A brilliant piece of work here... Keep it up!

rabidbaboy (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 8/3/2006 20:48
Looks like Andy Dick.
To be fair:
IF it was hand pixelled: I had to pick my jaw up from the floor.
IF not: Meh. There's no soild way to prove it anyway, so we'll never know.
The end of my useless comment.

kisiel (Level 1 Rookie) @ 3/9/2006 05:00

why dick? I ve got my personal theory

these ears strongly resemble ears of Jerzy Urban, and the shape of the fish resembles the shape of Urban's head. Urban was spokesman of communistic government in late 80's in Poland, now he publishes controversial, left oriented and anticlerical magazine. He is controversial character, symbol of red propaganda and metamorphosis from commie to capitalist. For some he is an icon of fight against clerical state and polish dumbass right wing populists. He is hated by many and called by them DICK WITH EARS.

"Fishdick" was also name of  Acid Drinkers'  (polish metal band) EP - that's might have been an additional association;)))

Am I right, Slay?

Psiweapon (Level 4 Ensign) @ 3/7/2006 02:39
I think it's more of an "earfish" than a "dickfish" ;) anyway it looks good

Riva (Level 6 Commander) @ 2/25/2006 10:49

I woun't add anymore comments to "is it pixelled" discussion. I saw so many images that looked like freekin photo and were handpixelled and also auto-dithered 24-bits that looked like 100% pixelart.

Whats important for me is - Does the image look good ? Why \ why not ?

Of course this is way above the average pieces around here.
But it also have some serious issues you worshipers might not see.

1st of all, imho, the noise thing (whether it is hand made or function) didnt help the image a single bit. I certainly wouldnt call it "inovation" and I cant say it makes the pixel thing any more "art".

2nd the image have some lighting issues, specificaly so popular light-inconsistency. It seems that for the different part of the object light shines differently wich makes the shape hard to recoginze. It is really seen on (but not only) the blue light effect ,hat is imho out of place.

3rd there are some shape nonsenses I think. For example the topmost blue-ish fin someho doesnt fit there, the same as the left ?eye?. Question is also what exactly should be the bump leading from center of mouth on the down side of the fish. Shouldnt the animal be roughly symetric ?

Again I like it and dont want to critique the autor very much. But I also dont feel that its so perfect and should be so fiercily defended.

Also I think the issues I have noted here, can be more-less seen on all Slays images.

mccow28 (Level 1 Gangster) @ 2/13/2006 17:53

"This fish reminds me of the game from Yoot Saito where you could chat with your fish about the meaning of life. Can't remeber the name though. Outstanding work either way."
I believe that game was called "Seaman". A name of a ranking on this website, too. Very ironic...

Yeah... I dunno whether this is actually pixeled or not, so I'll just leave it alone. Maybe you should post an animation/video of you making your next piece. Might clarify things.

Atooi (Level 5 Soldier) @ 1/27/2006 12:48

DarkAuron (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 1/15/2006 13:04
Yes well big brother, your 'advice' is nowhere near friendly at all, and I don't know why anyone would want to listen to you with your attitude. Slay, just ignore those hypocrites and let us admire your amazing work that those complainers could never dream of even attempting even with 'tools'.

Angel (Level 5 Soldier) @ 1/6/2006 06:22
Maby he has a friend that look like this, who's name is Dick?

acrylicana (Level 1 Intern) @ 1/4/2006 09:44
Amazing. You've got quite a talent. :D

The B.O.B. (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 1/3/2006 14:28

Yeah, you answered the background question, but I still don't know why you called the piece "FishDick?" And by the way, calm er' down big brother, obviously his  works have been let in and ok'd by the correct authorities, all of whom I trust know their pixel art. It's just "perrty" and thats all we really care to think about it. And yes, I'm aware that Slay has been under fire in the past as to whether it is or isn't true pixel art. Sure, it's not perfect, like everybody elses work here at pixeljoint, but it sure as hell ain't half bad either. You seem to have a hard time taking a comment, man. Just let it flow, and you'll be alright. But seriously, whats with the name "Fishdick?"...

big brother (Level 11 Admiral) @ 1/3/2006 13:05

Any schmuck can do "hand-imitation of dirty tools", pal (since there's really no way to tell between the imitation and the actual dirty tools in this case). It's not innovation. And it's certainly not new. Your misuse of the term "hand-pixelled" is also not new (but it is deceptive to the newer, more impressionable people that visit this site).

If you re-read me message, I listed some SPECIFIC advice on improving this work. Advice which wouldn't require you to ditch your "innovative" style. Take it or leave it, but don't try not to be a total cock about it. You're not some classic artist who's martyred for his work.

Besides, it's just pixel, dude. This is a media rooted in fucking videogames, for Christ's sake. It will never be sold for millions of dollars at some auction so you can stop being so pretentious about it.

Brian the Great (Level 8 Brigadier General) @ 1/3/2006 12:36
This fish reminds me of the game from Yoot Saito where you could chat with your fish about the meaning of life. Can't remeber the name though. Outstanding work either way.

slay (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/3/2006 11:21
Thanks for all your comments. FishDick is of'course 100% hand pixelled on Amiga. And now, let's dance...

big brother (and some others..): when you asked me to create something "more simple and clear" you don't understand many things... and maybe you even don't understand what is the ESSENCE of PIXEL ART. So please understand that pixel art is not only creating poor 8 colors sprites in 50 x 50 size (as u do). It can be something MORE. And it SHOULD be something more (there is an also word 'ART' there, can't you see?), but you have to be more creative... I don't see any clue in creating normal simple things, 'coz I try to put some more in pixels, I try to create a bit "more ART than PIXEL" gfx.

Yep, You can called my own hand dithering & aa: "hand-done imitation of dirty tools", I don't care, but for somebody "open-minded" it can be called 'innovation' for example, or attempt (maybe fruitless, but always attempt) to create something new in old and simple PIXELLED GFX.

E-Magination: I answer you in my Zipper Blues graphics, so there's nothing more to say...

SILVER: it took me about 30-40 hours to create (or even more, I don't remember too well, 'coz it's an old one).

DrunkyDuck, BOB: yes, that's right, the background should be better :] it's still unfinished :]

TheChaindog (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 1/3/2006 10:25
That's amazing. Must have taken forever to make.

Shark (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 1/3/2006 10:25

Silver: It does make sense.  There are many doubts over the purity of slay's work.  Beautiful as it may be i am not convinced that this is 100% pixelart.  Read indigo's comment here: .  I would love to think someone could create pixel art this perfect, however this can't be 100%.

SILVER (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/3/2006 08:15

What you said big brother dont make any sense , you have no strong reason to say its not a pixel art , have you ever been to demoscene site and see how much time 1 piece sometimes take , how many colors they waste on AA to make it soft , and how many shades .

Its Not my case if you belive or not , Its up to you .

+ Im not neophytes

big brother (Level 11 Admiral) @ 1/3/2006 07:30

If this is indeed raw pixel art, it's sloppy. Look at the inconsistent AA along the outermost edge of the fish and the black pixels along the underside of the jaw. The yellow ochre -> light blue transition is rough at best (you go between two relatively saturated colors with no buffer). The eyes need to be differentiated from the texture of the scales (shinier, perhaps?) because as it is, they don't stand out (same color as the rest, too). As far as the design goes, I get the ear thing replacing the gills, but perhaps the fish could use some fins on its sides.

I would like to see you attempt something more simple and clear, Slay. Focus on the design rather than getting caught up in the fiddly dithering and dirty tools (or your hand-done imitation of dirty tools).

I hope this post helps you and any neophytes who can't see "whats wrong with it"...

SILVER (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/2/2006 21:55

whats wrong with it , its 100% pixel art .

How many hours did this take slay ?


Akira (Level 5 Sniper) @ 1/1/2006 17:47
damn demosceners making us look bad. shweet colours and dithering. the thick bad outlines look a little off tho.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 1/1/2006 14:01
I see that this image is all pixel, I have reservations wether its of the "one pixel at a time" quality. AA is far to intricate for hand work. Me thinks

Putmake (Level 2 Peon) @ 12/31/2005 20:19
absolutely spectacular

Aleiav (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 12/31/2005 19:47
This is amazing. :)

The B.O.B. (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 12/31/2005 16:45
another stunning piece by you. I thought you left for good. But I guess your back, to destroy the rest of our pathetic excuses for pixel art. The fish looks awsome, but I do agree with the others when looking at the background. It looks like you got so tired of drawing so much details on the fish that you didn't have the patience to do the same for the background. either way the detailed fish makes up for everything else. But one thing still bothers me. Why did you name the piece "FishDick?"

lilhawk2892 (Level 1 Depressed) @ 12/31/2005 16:08
from afar this looks so much like 3d how are you so good

Souly (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 12/31/2005 12:50

It's so good that at first sight, I didn't even think it was pixel art. I had to zoom in to re-asure myself that it was.

Amythist (Level 2 Stalker) @ 12/31/2005 12:25
his eyes look a bit uneven to me, but other than that I love it. The ears are awesome.. very well detailed and all. I really like it. <3

Angel (Level 5 Soldier) @ 12/31/2005 10:28

I think you should get prepared to  get many comments, jagging on about "this is not pixelart" , so to all you doubters out there, It shure as hell is pixelart, and so is the rest of his art!

5/5 + Fav

DrunkyDuck (Level 1 Quiet One) @ 12/31/2005 10:11
The jaggy background lines don't fit in with the rest of the image. Also, the blue light reflected to the fish seems unnatural.

But still, 5/5.

0xDB (Level 5 Detective) @ 12/31/2005 08:02
...stares at picture...closes five points...and favs.

Blueberry_pie (Level 7 General Manager) @ 12/31/2005 02:50
Weird... but incredibly well made
Great job man.

manxana (Level 3 Stalker) @ 12/30/2005 18:45
holy crap this is amazing =O!!!
I love it


Nomade (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 12/30/2005 17:22
Oh my god! Is it a pixel art? Too awesome to be one! =D Amazing use of colors. Congratulations

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