Windgust Bay

Windgust Bay

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Windgust Bay

Title: Windgust Bay
Pixel Artist: Mrmo Tarius  (Level 10 Master Sniper :: 37493 points)
Posted: 10/31/2014 03:34
Palette: 6 colors
Statistics:  28 comments    166 faves    0 avatars

 Phew! Okay, this one took a long time to make.

I started by creating a basic "rocking ship" shape animation (I did "cheat" a little and used the rotation tool in Grafx2 to create crude frames which I then refined a bit) and the silhouette of the ocean with the waves caused by the ship.

Animating the clouds was rather easy- the trick was to find the correct phase for each cloud "layer".

I then created the basic rocky tileset (about 8 tiles plus two big rock tiles), and animated some of them with some subtle water dripping effects (plus the splish effect for the topmost tiles). Manually placing the animated tiles on the background took a long time, but I think it was worth it.

I tried to slow down the ship movement, so I interpolated the frames manually by using the neat sieve option in grafx2. The result is that the background layers (clouds and the ship) have a 16-frame animation cycle, while the foreground has 8.

I then made the tree and "bush" sprites as a separate 8 frame animation, added the rain splish effects (which actually took a VERY long time) and placed it on the main scene.

After tweaking the color palette (I used colors from Dawnbringer's 16col palette and shifted the darkest "purple" to "blue"), I added in the rain from yet another separate animation. 

I then added more animation cycles to make the whole thing longer.

Finally, I palette-shifted a few frames to create the lighting effect, and added in the lightning bolt on top of the animation. With properly set up shortcuts in grafx2 for switching between animation frames, drawing the lightning bolt animation was both easy and fun to do.

Weekly Challenge: Dark and Stormy NightWeekly Challenge: Dark and Stormy Night
Top Pixel Art - October 2014 (#2)Top Pixel Art - October 2014 (#2)


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vrine (Level 8 Megalodon) @ 5/6/2021 19:24

That rain effect is dope! Will be looking at this one for a while

Drea (Level 7 Teleporter) @ 2/5/2021 21:50

This image has blown my mind for years 

James McCarter (Level 5 Lieutenant) @ 11/19/2014 16:57

love it.  you've created a wonderful mood with this piece!

my only critique, and it's minor, is that there appears to be a really strong wind from the right, yet all the rain is running off the tree towards the wind.  it'd make more sense for the rain to be pushed to the leeward side of the tree. 

Siikikala (Level 3 Sergeant) @ 11/18/2014 05:07

damn, this is on of those pieces i've tried to fave multiple times. this so beautiful and very atmospheric.

Mosst (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 11/12/2014 16:44

I love the little bubbly raindrops when they pop on the ground 

Theoden (Level 10 Operative) @ 11/10/2014 12:09

A well deserved first place, congrats.

ZudZement (Level 5 Captain) @ 11/6/2014 13:11

This is great. The animation is smooth and I can almost feel the storm by watching this picture. The lightning effect is awesome. Great use of colors. You have achieved alot with just few colors. Cheers!

FinoRaptor (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 11/3/2014 19:59

This is just perfect and your hard work was worth it!!!!! Amazing, but we just can expect the best from you Tarius

Stickman (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 11/3/2014 15:26

I love everything about this.

shampoop (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 11/3/2014 09:24

The only thing this is missing is a character running through it.  This would make great game art.

ToSta (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 11/2/2014 14:07


ptoing (Level 7 Cuttlefish) @ 11/2/2014 02:22

Very atmospheric. Good job :D

Also, you did not cheat, you did what a sane person would do.

orange08 (Level 6 Blue Crab) @ 11/1/2014 15:49


the atmosphere is nice

Dr D (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 11/1/2014 15:49

Shouldn't the waves be rocking the boat and not vice-versa?

Anyways, amazing work.


Mega_19 (Level 6 Manager) @ 11/1/2014 11:17

CooliePixel (Level 5 Detective) @ 11/1/2014 08:02

amazing :l

that lightning..

philippejugnet (Level 6 Hitman) @ 11/1/2014 05:21

dude marry me maybe we'll share some pixel talent omfg

Eldboll (Level 4 Murderer) @ 11/1/2014 05:03

Great work dude!

tomic (Level 11 Admiral) @ 11/1/2014 04:42

oh man, the small waterdrops running down the tiles are so beautiful. faved.

Phill (Level 7 Cuttlefish) @ 10/31/2014 20:05

This is obviously a high level of pixel art  The cherry on the top of the cake is the whole explanation. It just brings closer to the average (or newbie) pixel artist the whole process of doing something excellent like this piece.
Please keep them coming! 

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 10/31/2014 18:25

- Oooh! -

BathMaster_2000 (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 10/31/2014 11:39

It looks amazing. Also, thanks for the narrative! 

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 10/31/2014 11:06

I love how smooth the lightning dissolves.

One hell of a pixel!

Bitslap (Level 7 General Manager) @ 10/31/2014 10:54

You are so good! 

Zizka (Level 10 Deep Blue) @ 10/31/2014 07:37

8/8 -3 for cheating! 

Animation looks super smooth though. Well done.

StoneStephenT (Level 8 Ruby) @ 10/31/2014 07:02

Damn, that looks amazing. It'd look right at home in a 16-bit-era videogame.

Finlal (Level 11 Special Agent) @ 10/31/2014 06:08

My favorite by now.
Great job.

skittle (Level 9 Nidan) @ 10/31/2014 05:06

You should just animate all of your work ;D 

The ship in the background is fantastic!

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