Dynamite Fishing

Dynamite Fishing

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Dynamite Fishing

Title: Dynamite Fishing
Pixel Artist: Mandrill  (Level 9 T-rex :: 35685 points)
Posted: 9/10/2014 06:23
Palette: 9 colors
Statistics:  37 comments    51 faves    0 avatars

There is alway a bigger fish...


I had the chance to play some good old Gradius last weekend.

Since I haven't done a mock-up in quite some time and wanted to figure out how to pixel a rough metal surface I restricted myself to do some kind of space game with a huge end boss and a 10 colour palette.

The metal was the hardest part to do. I tried to incorporate a lot more cleaner lines and dithering but it made the surface look too smooth. A bunch of random lines and crosses worked pretty well though!

Hope you like it. :)



scrapped the white; 9 colours now.

Ship and colours will be reworked soon, cheers for all the suggestions. ;)

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Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 12/28/2014 12:42

Hehe, cheers Marina. Glad you like it!

You work is a source of constant inspiration. :)

Marina (Level 9 Necrophiliac) @ 12/27/2014 03:11

How come that I didn't see this before!!!! This is absolutely beautiful to have only 9 colors. Very good job Mandril

Dillerkind (Level 2 Dealer) @ 11/6/2014 13:40

The only thing that I'd probably have done differently is the stats. I'd put everything player-related in one place, everything enemy/boss-related in another. i.e. add the player's health + boost to ammo and life counters at the bottom and the boss' name and health bar to the top of the screen. But I guess that's just personal preference...

Apart from that small point I think you've done a great job. Palette, texture, details (love that engine flash behind the player ship), all done very nicely! Oh yeah, can I play this game please? ;D

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 10/17/2014 05:05

@ felch

Thanks a ton! :)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 10/17/2014 05:04

@ Squid

Thank you very much. I really want to change it but have no internet to upload a more recent version for the next two weeks.

felchqueen (Level 6 SWAT) @ 10/16/2014 11:28

Congrats on the award! :)

Squirrelsquid (Level 4 Rubbish) @ 9/14/2014 15:58

I just wanted to mention the player ship, until I was finished reading your description. It's the only thing I don't like about this. ;D the fish monster looks brilliant.

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 9/12/2014 08:55

@ skeddles

Thank you very much.  Awesome you like the texture!

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 9/12/2014 08:53

@ Emperor

Absolutely, we need more of them! Cheers.

skeddles (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 9/11/2014 18:05

Love the texture on that fish monster!

Emperor_Pixel (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 9/11/2014 16:49

Gosh I love shmups!!!

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 9/11/2014 16:33

@ Pixelart_kid

Hey, thanks a lot, kid! Always great to hear from you. ;)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 9/11/2014 16:32

@ crafty


I actually gave the fish a huge gun attached to the lower part of its body.. looked like a penis, haha.

Pixelart_kid (Level 6 SWAT) @ 9/11/2014 07:05

I left without a word.

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 9/10/2014 17:41

- Looks great, needs bigger weapons top. -

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 9/10/2014 17:07

@ ranska


Nope, I just started to "free-pixel" against a dark backround and tried to get somehting metal looking going. After a while I began to work out a rough fish-like form and added details/roughness.

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 9/10/2014 17:03

@ vimmel

Thank you, man! Awesome that you like it. :D

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 9/10/2014 17:02

@ ||||

Thanks! :)

ranska (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 9/10/2014 16:58

That's beautiful ! How did you draw the boss. Did you draw on paper before.
There is a lot of details, i like it.

vimmel (Level 5 Detective) @ 9/10/2014 14:36

This is awesome man! loving that boss! Great colors!

|||| (Level 8 Venus fly trap) @ 9/10/2014 13:39

That looks awesome!

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 9/10/2014 12:52

@ Lyud

Thank you very much! Cool you like the backround. :)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 9/10/2014 12:51

@ Dr. D


Not really a gradius thing. ;) I just wanted to make the ship contrast a bit from everything else since I'm only using 10 colours.

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 9/10/2014 12:49

@ failureboy

Hey, thank you.

Yep, that would be essential to get a working interface going. It is really hard to read what belongs to the player and what to the enemies.

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 9/10/2014 12:47

@ Friend


You are totally right. :/ I couldn't get more variety into the 10 colour palette and the ship needs to be reworked.

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 9/10/2014 12:44

@ felch

Thank you, man! I tried to make the ship look different in terms of shape and shading to contrast with the rest of the metal.

But you are right, it does look bland and boring.

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 9/10/2014 12:42

@ Manupix

Thank you! That ilkke piece looks absolutely amazing, cheers for the link.

Really got to study this shape-bluffing technique.

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 9/10/2014 12:39

@ AdrawingMan

Thanks, chap! Great to hear from you again. :)

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 9/10/2014 12:38

@ Dawnbringer

Thank you very much. That's a great tip! I'm working on a 14-16 colour version with more variety, not too sure if i upload it though ;)

Lyud (Level 2 Pufferfish) @ 9/10/2014 11:59

Awesome background... with 10 colors!!

Dr D (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 9/10/2014 10:15

Looks quite nice, I'm wondering though, why does it look like the player ship is viewed from above and the boss from the side? Is that a Gradius style thing?

failureboy (Level 7 Assassin) @ 9/10/2014 09:35

realistically you'd need more colors for different projectiles.  I really like the crumbled blue landscape.

Friend (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 9/10/2014 09:25

needs more color differentiation.  and the ship is too clean for everything else.  Other than that... holy shiz

felchqueen (Level 6 SWAT) @ 9/10/2014 07:16

The baddie is reminiscent of something from gynoug on the megadrive and the colours are great! The player sprite is perhaps a little too big and a bit bland though lovingly shaded!

Manupix (Level 11 Godzilla) @ 9/10/2014 07:04

Love it, the boss is a bit on the noisy side though. Tried some shape-bluffing? =)

skittle (Level 9 Nidan) @ 9/10/2014 06:41

Oh lord, that's sweet.

DawnBringer (Level 10 Maniac) @ 9/10/2014 06:31

Hey, really nice work, and with just 10 colors! I think you could almost afford a few extra (different, maybe grayscale-ish) colors for the player ship and make it even snazzier.

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