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Title: Lion
Pixel Artist: andrae  (Level 1 Rookie :: 3872 points)
Posted: 7/29/2014 03:14
Palette: 16 colors
Statistics:  37 comments    108 faves    0 avatars

I tried not to be lazy on pixeling this time and focused more on details and clusters. Absence of legs is intentional.

Update: Changed background, rump and  hind leg, and removed transparency.

Just learned today that I should use gray background when working.

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booty (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/4/2015 10:26


andrae (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/27/2015 02:27

I just google'd it - saw the similarities. lol.

8 Bit Dreams (Level 10 President) @ 1/26/2015 19:49

This should have been the cover to the North American version of Ghost Lion for the NES!

atei (Level 1 Intern) @ 10/6/2014 01:43

Such a unique style you have.  Love all your stuff.

Artifice Machine (Level 6 Hitman) @ 8/24/2014 12:57

Ooo niiice!!

You make very good use of color I think.

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 8/17/2014 10:01

- Gratz on 5th top pixel! -

JosephSeraph (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 8/3/2014 22:43

your stuff is just so dazzling and amazing! ♥

dpixel (Level 9 Vice President) @ 8/1/2014 17:07

I can learn something from the cluster usage here.  Love the girls face and hair.

Friend (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 8/1/2014 07:00

the square background frames the composition perfectly.  This piece is so beautifully pixeled!  I'd never be able to make a magenta background look so amazing.  I love your style

andrae (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/30/2014 20:53

Thanks, I'll try experimenting next time.

jtfjtfjtf (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 7/30/2014 20:42

Nice piece. I like the magenta background, but I think you should try making it a different shape, like a circle.

Erico (Level 4 Deputy) @ 7/30/2014 18:58

and you should be proud, it has a sense of movement that is really amusing!

onilink_ (Level 8 Marshal) @ 7/30/2014 11:05


ParkerBabyDiaperCompany (Level 2 King Checker) @ 7/30/2014 05:48

The lion especially looks awesome. The girl looks a bit off.

andrae (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/30/2014 02:43

Thanks. I'm always open to critic since i want to improve.

Delicious (Level 9 Boss) @ 7/29/2014 19:28

Nice overall!

Hope you don't take offense to criticisim, but... Hands seem a bit iffy the way they are rendered, it doesn't seem to match the face which could be perhaps because of the dark outline. I think her fingers are also a tad small on (her) left hand.

Regardless, super cool stuff. 

JJoploo (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 7/29/2014 17:40

YOOOO I love absolutely everything about this!!

Pixelart_kid (Level 6 SWAT) @ 7/29/2014 13:26

Beatifule work!!

Daruda (Level 4 Button Man) @ 7/29/2014 13:25

I'm starting to love your colors, they're so soft... 

d9nis (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 7/29/2014 10:54

Beautiful! Kinda poetic and mysterious, really love this :)

Harmonica! (Level 6 Blue Crab) @ 7/29/2014 10:03

very very lovely

andrae (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/29/2014 09:35

I should have said first that it was not that deep and I realized interpretation might be diffficult since it was from personal experience

Good guesses though.

king_bobston (Level 10 Capo) @ 7/29/2014 09:03

Ok, upfront I'm bad at these established artist symbols that everybody but me knows, so if a white lion has some established symbolic meaning, I'm unaware of it. Just going with what I think.

Either the lion represents a problem, hurdle or fear and the girl is overcomming it easier than thought (lion stays calm, girl has eyes closed). In that case I read the girl as starting to find her own identity (pullover/skirt thing -> trying things out, not fully detailled -> not fully developed character/grown up) after overcomming what was prior in the way.

Or the lion represents inner strength, in which case I would say the girls pullover/skirt and detail/undetail has to do with showing ones best side while hiding the not so good part. The closed eyes could mean something along the lines of self-unawareness (not reallising the inner strength/lion) or blindly following the expectations of others.

Or I'm totally wrong and the image represents that you become independant, stepping over and away from the safety (lion = parents or similiar) into the unknown (closed eyes). The walk would be confident, the details at top clear expetations and the undefined legs uncertainy. The pullover/skirt thing would in this case represent joy/what you want and fear/what you not want or openess and closeness for and against what is to or could come.

Of course it could be any mix or entirely different altogether... So, how wrong am I? Is it time for me to feel ashamed ?

andrae (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/29/2014 08:54

I used this as a reference, then when I got to the hind legs. I tought that it might not translate well so I searched for another reference where the hind legs were not laying flat (and guesstimates) - might explain why the front may not appear to blend with the whole body.

EdJr (Level 9 Nidan) @ 7/29/2014 08:45

I love when someone posts highly stylized pieces like this. You really made great use of clusters in most places.

I agree that the lion's hump is much different than it would be in reality. It looks like you just pasted two different positions and joined them.

andrae (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/29/2014 08:14

Go ahead.

king_bobston (Level 10 Capo) @ 7/29/2014 08:09

Is it ok to guess? I've no concrete idea but some vague interpretations.

caca (Level 2 Kukyu) @ 7/29/2014 08:05

She is the Phantom Pharter?

andrae (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/29/2014 07:56

I knew it, someone would ask for the meaning . All I can say is it is not sexual but related to the days I was in high school.

king_bobston (Level 10 Capo) @ 7/29/2014 07:44

Closed eyes, lifting pullover up while pushing skirt down, no/invisible pelvis, awake and content lion...........

Does this picture has a deeper meaning?

Anyway, I really like it. The head and upper part of the girl and the head and mane of the lion work well together.

MFlanaga (Level 4 Ensign) @ 7/29/2014 07:36

girls face is striking and the lion looks awesome. really nice!

andrae (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/29/2014 07:10

Most of the work really went to the lion. It was difficult, but I'm satisfied with the results.

Erico (Level 4 Deputy) @ 7/29/2014 06:51

Great Piece!

The lion´s hair gets all my attention, really awesome work.

andrae (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/29/2014 03:53

Thanks Ego will update together with the new edits and cleanup

andrae (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/29/2014 03:48

Thanks felch, I will update later since I also found two stray pixels.

Ego (Level 6 Commander) @ 7/29/2014 03:33

You're totally right about the maroon background - you ought to upload that one as the main image, it works perfectly and makes the inside of the back of the skirt/rear leg/lack of thighs all work better in context, as well as perfecting the AA'd outer curves on the lion. Regardless though this is a really good-looking piece. I'm not looking really close at specific clusters, but it all flows well and looks both crisp and smooth. Great job.

felchqueen (Level 6 SWAT) @ 7/29/2014 03:32

Really nice (again! :) ) The rump of the lion could be a little larger or perhaps the position it's lying in could be emphasised somehow.

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