I think I have reached the point of diminishing returns on this piece. But I think it’s the first pixel art I am really proud of! Thanks to Ju for all the help and encouragement.
I was drawing on my iPad this afternoon. Since I don’t really have a particular piece in mind for my next pixel art I thought I’d have a go at seeing transitioning it from a rough sketch into a pixel art piece.
Anyway, here’s the drawing, and my first attempt at composing it in pixel form. Still quite rough, but a good place to start I think!
I think it turned out quite well. I took longer than I wanted doing it but I had a hard time finding free time. I am happy with how it came out. I think it’s not as close to the original pose/composition as I could have come, but I think one of the most interesting parts of this exercise is determining what parts of a composition to include or not — and for that matter, where one should improvise entirely!
The palette ended up going in a sort of unusual direction, but I let it expand organically, combining colours as needed to keep it under 16. I think there is definitely too much of the “feature” colour – the grey-blue of the road, in this picture. I decided that instead of detailing and adding more noise, it might be best to leave it that way.
There are some perspective and scale issues for sure, but I am glad that I decided to do a background this time. Many lessons learned. I think my next one will be a lot more simple than this, and that I’ll consider making room for it in the pallete much earlier.
Made some progress on the background. A lot of this is a really interesting learning experience for me. Trying to find a balance between details that are useful and details that are too noisy.
Still have a large area in the background that needs to be filled in, and then numerous small details that will need touching up after the fact. But the end is in sight! Sticking to a 16 colour palette for this whole piece has been challenging, but I must say I rather enjoy the challenge of creatively applying colours in places where I didn’t think they’d fit!