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Title: Up there
Pixel Artist: Muxaun  (Level 4 Deputy :: 4684 points)
Posted: 8/29/2013 09:29
Palette: 10 colors
Statistics:  16 comments    54 faves    0 avatars

I have huge problems with composition - so I decided to focus on this aspect of art.

Initially I submitted this: http://imageshack.us/a/img17/9037/obn8.png, but then I thought it would be great to expand the piece.

 This was also my first practice with the sky and rocks. 

Animated WIP: http://imageshack.us/a/img854/5346/srx.gif 


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philippejugnet (Level 6 Hitman) @ 9/4/2013 15:52

 Looks amazing when I look at it and right after I close my eyes ( same happens with my work :/ ), but when I look deeply into the picture I can see it could be a little bit more worked. I think these cloths are a little bit too distracting. some techniques I see some artist using are pointing the line art of the things in the picture to the focal point.

eg: make the cloths in an angle that they kinda point to the house or stuff like that ^^

vimmel (Level 5 Detective) @ 9/1/2013 10:45

Beautiful piece man! Really digging the color choice and moood :) peace

Manupix (Level 11 Godfather) @ 8/31/2013 01:26

Agree with jal on most points, except that the overall composition is still good: the eye is neatly drawn to the important areas and doesn't wander away, the aerial perspective alone gives great depth.

I'd recommend adding some canvas space at the bottom, so as to offset the central horizon without major changes, and to give a nicer finish to that center bottom swirl. Also give those clouds some perspective and flatter bottoms.

Also lol @ blackbirds XD

Tricxta (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 8/30/2013 19:56

I dig your selection of colours as well the style presented. Well done pulling this off!

reis (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 8/30/2013 14:27

Amazing piece.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 8/30/2013 06:15

Its not that its a total failure at all. Maybe I was being harsh using 'fail'.  Even your edit doesn't quite fix what I see. Your description makes this a layout/composition piece and this is all I mention (cept the palette not fitting the mood to me and that's just a personal pref so not bad/wrong). The sky here does not add the feeling of depth or vastness as indicated by the middle area of isolated rock spires. Seems that it does the opposite and perhaps if the openess is an intregal part of the design/layout/comp then an empty simple sky will add to this. Even if a storm is coming this can be implied with extreme subtleness (in pixelart suggesting often does more than pixelling). The rock spire with the house additionally closes in the vast areas with the tree falling exactly on the horizon line so that you have the sky cramping down then the tree/horizon splitting in half. The viewer is therefore trapped with half the space your layout/comp defines. The mid areas has several rock spires that are directly aligned vertically and this cuts the 'space' further.  I think this layout/comp cuts the canvas in very unssuccesful ways and its really what 'failed' for me based on your goal as described or else i may not have commented at all but unmilkely as you've shown good talent and skills and really this is a bit below the standard you've set for yourself.

Leaving the front layer in place and lowering the mid areas by about 24-26px moving the spires to scatter on the horizontal. Check that nothing from any layer is aligned with any object on the layer behind it even if by just 4-6px. Softening the sky's coloring into a less stormy/swirly (conflicts with the top left swirl from front layer and creates another constrictor of space should correct and make a far better layout/comp of the overall canvas.

*@Others who know me and my peeves...I really fought the urge this time to mention the black birds >.<

Muxaun (Level 4 Deputy) @ 8/30/2013 04:49

Oh thanks for the detailed  comment. Do you mean the sky should have been made softer and mabe less saturated?

like this: http://imageshack.us/a/img202/9360/xkip.png ?


And I didn't understand how did I fail you.

elend (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 8/30/2013 03:49

Sky looks a bit too swirly in my opinion, but other than that a very nice artwork, which reminded me instantly on Agony's loading screens on the Amiga.

Lusque (Level 5 Detective) @ 8/29/2013 16:17


jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 8/29/2013 15:48

 I agree its a nice palette yet I think its not the best possible palette for this piece as it seems to counteract the feel and vibe. The overly colored sky overshadows the expansive space in the middle and constricts it while at the same time overpowering the front layers' intimacy...

...nice piece. You do good work and pixel well. Here you failed me.

Theoden (Level 8 Marshal) @ 8/29/2013 14:21

Your style is instantly recognisable. Nice work!

carrion (Level 6 Made) @ 8/29/2013 12:38

 Wow! Great job.
Reminds me a bit of Amiga game called Agony and "bettween-level" graphics.

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 8/29/2013 12:04

Palette is popping mate. Very nicely done. :)

Zeuh (Level 1 Seaman) @ 8/29/2013 10:49

It's awesome! The colours are amazing! Composition-wise, to me it's a little bit too symmetrical (two huge things on the outside edge, then two small things inside.... don't know if I'm being very clear XD) as a result, my eye keeps focusing on the gap between the well and the house.... :)

Lucas- (Level 4 Button Man) @ 8/29/2013 10:28

LOL FANTASTIC, your best work!

Dastal (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 8/29/2013 09:44

 Your huge problem with composition give this piece a nice composition... :)

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