Pacific Grove, CA

Pacific Grove, CA

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Pacific Grove, CA

Title: Pacific Grove, CA
Pixel Artist: slym  (Level 8 Ruby :: 17676 points)
Posted: 11/28/2014 17:51
Statistics:  28 comments    179 faves    0 avatars

Well, this took way too long... I first began this piece this January <3

Pacific Grove, CA is where I was born. I remember the juxtaposition of the calming cool ocean air, and dramatic landscapes. My favorite thing about Pacific Grove however, is that you are always a mile hike away from a remarkable view or secretive beach. This piece is meant to portray this atmosphere, with the hopes of sharing with you all a piece of my past. 

Top Pixel Art - November 2014 (#6)Top Pixel Art - November 2014 (#6)


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SuperPanda (Level 7 SNES) @ 1/9/2023 20:04

Amazing job

Vsigos (Level 5 Amethyst) @ 7/11/2022 12:32

This is a stunning piece, I'm enamored with the way you've rendered the waves & shoreline in particular.

vrine (Level 8 Megalodon) @ 5/6/2021 18:55

The crispness of the water is just gorgeous, top stuff.

Motrox (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 12/5/2014 22:33

The vibrant colors work very well !

The only problem I see is the blobby tree folliage. What made you change folliage style on this one?

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 12/5/2014 09:02

Superb work.

Hiuru (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 12/4/2014 07:36

I think some leave shapes at the outlines of the tree bushes would help the piece a lot. The trees look really blobby and solid at the moment imo. Awesome nontheless!

rhlstudios (Level 6 Hitman) @ 12/3/2014 18:27

Oh god everything about this is gloriously gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful. Litrally, the most beautiful waterscape, I've ever seen. (Imaging that last line read by parks and recreation's Chris Traeger)

ptoing (Level 7 Cuttlefish) @ 12/3/2014 05:19

Nice colours, nice textures (the water esp) and decent composition, but the way the foliage borders to the sky (the rocks and clouds too, but less so) looks so-so. There could be a more interesting silhouette and things getting broken up a bit more. Right now it has a paper cut and paste kinda feel.

And you have some lackluster AA in a few places. I'd either AA everything properly (which would at max take about 1 hour for this piece, if that) or leave it totally without AA. Some meh AA just looks halfarsed.

solrac (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 12/2/2014 17:18

I love pixel landscapes, and this is a good example. Faved.

Ysayde (Level 1 Rookie) @ 12/2/2014 15:50

There is a really nice "painted" feeling(like fine art actual paint and paint brush) in the texture of the forground stuff. It's my favorite thing about this piece.

helcril (Level 7 Colonel) @ 12/2/2014 15:49

Fantastic detalization and colors, very nice overall picture. Though imo this lagoon looks more like little waterfall to me, something like downsteps (because of lighting I suppose). And also transition from background to foreground (waves and still ocean) seems a little harsh to me.

Anyway great work, I like it very much! 

Friend (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 12/2/2014 09:21

i loved the cramped cozy feel.  agree with most crits, but i love the dark wave shadows.

i loooooove this piece

Gecimen (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 12/2/2014 08:02

Everything in the foreground seems gorgeous together. BG is an entity on its own but it's ok. The trees are very much Slym.

Just an idea, whether or not it's too late: some moss on the rocks would do great things to this piece. Also a white line as the final wave (left over foam) would be very fulfilling.

Pookaball (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 12/2/2014 07:09

I don't even know what to say :o

SuperTurnip (Level 1 Seaman) @ 12/1/2014 17:12

Gorgeous. Simply fantastic!

Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 12/1/2014 11:48

looks cute ^^

Mrmo Tarius (Level 10 Master Sniper) @ 12/1/2014 01:10

Holy crap, those colors.

orange08 (Level 6 Blue Crab) @ 11/30/2014 12:32

its very nice i feel like i could just eat it right off my screen like a big chocolate bar

i have only one single concern

the three water waves, their shadow colors look a bit overly dark to me

slym (Level 8 Ruby) @ 11/30/2014 10:20

Sam lol <3

skeddles (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 11/30/2014 08:26

Ugh I hate you tony

CraftyPixeI (Level 1 Intern) @ 11/29/2014 23:09

- It is amazing. -

slym (Level 8 Ruby) @ 11/29/2014 20:20

Thanks everyone! 

Dex: Yes we do. I'm working full time with pixel art now, so I have more time to keep pushing new stuff out! I fixed some of the AA areas, thank you for pointing them out. I also tried to address the bubbly issue by bringing everything up. 

RBL: Thank you for the critique! I definitely felt that the colors didn't look enough like my work, so I reworked them in a couple places. 

Eishiya: Thank you so much! I've spent so much time on this piece that I'm going to pass on any large changes, but I will keep what you said in mind for future works =)

AdamF (Level 11 CEO) @ 11/29/2014 13:03

I love parts of this-- the rocks, the colors, the tree texture, that gorgeously smooth sand-- but it still feels unfinished I think. The lack of aa in places makes some parts really harsh, and the contrast of the trees makes them feel like they're all on the same plane, flattening the piece. The clouds also look super bubbly as they get darker; you nailed the white, highlighted areas but the texture as the shadows increase feels a bit too solid. 

Overall though, great stuff, and I love the composition and the feeling the piece gives off. We still need to do that collab, btw! 

RBL (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 11/29/2014 08:57

Great picture, but I find the colors too contrasted at dark areas. It seems that shodows were gotten by adding black instead a cold color like blue or purple.

Maybe somebody could provide a tweaked version with another pallete.

eishiya (Level 7 Bunyip) @ 11/29/2014 08:02

Great textures and colours, wow. And you keep getting better at leaves.

The tree canopies feel a bit out of place. The lighting on them is inconsistent with everything else (they look lit from the right, while everything else is lit from the left), and they don't have the same detail-fading-to-non-detail thing going on that's present everywhere in the image, making them look a bit unfinished.

Ubisavis (Level 6 Made) @ 11/29/2014 04:44

awesome :D

Theoden (Level 10 Operative) @ 11/29/2014 04:36

Great stuff, I love how the rocks look solid.

skamocore (Level 11 Dolphin) @ 11/28/2014 17:57

Beautiful, but why no AA on the left trees?

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