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Avisora Pixel by SoulSpade Avisora Pixel by SoulSpade
Some more pixel art, and also *gasp* a new OC!

Her name is Avisora, an earth pony, and librarian

and Cantus's love interest XD

I think I'll continue to work with pixels, as I do like to do it, I just need practice and study. ^^;
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SeikiChan Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What program/website do u use to pixelize things???
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just used Photoshop since it's all I have ^^;
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SeikiChan Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Its really well made!!!
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, that means a lot ^^
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Star--Sprout Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice work! I think your hair may need a bit of work, though. In my opinion, you made the hair a little too dark in the shading. Maybe you could make it a bit brighter next time.
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RavaStar Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   Traditional Artist
It would have looked a bit nicer if it was more to the right. It's a bit distracting otherwise, as it looks like the image was cropped from the side. Have you tried using a coloured outline? It might add some effect.
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, sorry, I'm still trying to figure everything out ^^; I haven't made too much use of anything, but I hope to ease my way into doing new things C:
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RavaStar Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
Don't be sorry, you are still learning, heck I am still learning. Just remember to have fun while drawing it :meow:
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Oscarina1234 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work!
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lordkalem Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice icon. well done ^^
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ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're already awesome at pixel art haha XD
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's still so much to learn and use, but thank you all the same C: I think I'm getting better, but more practice will do me good
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ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yes it would XD

Looking forward on the day you make moving profile pics :D
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Digital Artist
No obvious use of 'cheating tools'. :thumbsup:

By the way, if it's useful to know, pixels seem to be a medium to use for small-scale works, game graphics (most likely thing a pixel artist would be paid for), or extremely detailed and/or crisp works if people decide to work larger scales.

Comments on this deviation is kinda funny. It's kinda funny seeing a of of kind words over your mastery of pixel art. I had a bit of that myself prior to mid-June despite working in a style which some pixel art snobs wouldn't consider proper pixel art. Some of my older crap worked at large enough sizes that I would probably get better results using a different medium because there's a silly amount of manual grunt work involved, but I stuck with pixels just because it's the most natural medium for me and haven't bothered to get a tablet to properly get started with digital painting.

Have I pointed at a guy like this? :iconfool: He is regarded as one of the best pixel artists. It seems kinda funny when I've been receiving comments about how I was apparently a master of sorts (lol @ how much I've improved since then), making me wonder how many of those people actually know what some of the best pixel art even looks like.

I may have gone a long way since those days of really silly priase, but I still have a ways to go. But, do you happen to need any pointers with regarding this? I could be pointing at a few rules and apply a few techniques..

..but I figure that there's a chance that you might be more interested in approaching this medium at your own pace. :iconpinkieshrugplz:
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RenaTurnip Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
People call me a master too. I'm like, I have no idea whatsoever what you're talking about, everyone. Then I link to someone else and they're like "aww no you're still great I love your style c:" and, quite coincidentally, I give them the peepeeshrug :iconpinkiepieshrugplz:

Also I generally link [link] this crime against sanity (and the WIP GIF) when I want to express to people that I am a just a lowly commoner. This should not be doable in twelve hours. It should not. Fool scares me.

Also I swear I'm not following you around lately. I just kinda keep having things to say to what you say.
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Considering how I did my sweetie belle soda in 2.5 hours or so... come to think of it... the crocktown looks totally doable for a human being. You simply need to be very familiar with how you draw certain things with pixels like scales and rocks. In my case, I'm familiar enough with AA do smooth out the linework than how I would have done say... three months ago.
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always appreciate extra tips if you have them to share. Whatever you feel is good for me to know or learn how to do is welcomed ^^ I'll of course take my time with it all, but I do like the idea of having the information to come back to
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   Digital Artist
[link]

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1. I dunno what your exact workflow looks like, but it's a good habit to create a palette that has every color you use. Under the first one, I pretty much put every color I found into a palette. I organized the color by what they are. The blobs that stand on their own are there so I don't confuse them for an adjacent color. This habit certainly helped me with pieces that need more complex palettes and kept me from creating unecessary colors where another color could easily be used instead.

2. So for the second pic, I combined similar colors. There's a missing color in the palette as there should be 14 colors in the avatar according to my software but the palette below has only 13. Oh well. Should still be good enough.

I also removed the light outline hugging the edges of our OC. IMO, it's not really necesssary.

3. It helps to count individual line segments to make sure your lines are as smooth as they can. As a line flows, the individual line segment lengths should gradually change and be consistent. Lines that aren't as smooth as they can be are referred to 'jaggies', or just a jag. If you are crazy enough to attempt bigger works, be aware that you'll have to treat diagonal lines as entire line segments instead of counting them as a bunch of 1's.

4. I tweaked the colors a bit so your colors aren't all the same hue, so I hue shifted your colors. The colors end up being more exciting. Keeping colors the same hue doesn't exactly get us the most exciting results even if it looks totally fine to you.

5. I removed some unecessary banding, most importantly the two diagonal lines hugging each other. You can look at them as two lines or a pixel row constantly shifted down. Which makes your work look more pixellated than necessary. You don't have to bother with avoiding banding right away, but it's worth knowing about if you get to it. Helm can explain banding better than I can, and less typing for me. Here's an interesting theoretical thingie he wrote about pixel art: [link]

6. I decided to add a little bit of azure to our OC's coat color to pull the colors closer together, making them more similar. I like the results personally as it looks like the colors belong to each other more ^^;
I know *Karzahnii posted a tutorial of his coloring approach which mentioned unifying his colors by using a colored overlay which essentially adds a bit of the same color to every color which seems to explain how his works are colored like WOW. Pixel art does give you plenty of control over your colors (even more as I use graphicsgale, which probably offers the stupid-easiest color management I know of), so why not go the extra mile to make colors more awesome?

7. I really went the extra mile on this one. Don't be fooled by the name 'pixel art'. Pixel art doesn't need to look pixellated, but sometimes you can get more beautiful results if you use a little AA (antialiasing) to hide the sharp square corners of the pixel that can sometimes be unnecessarily distracting. Some artists can get away with using little AA if any like ~fool, but mostly because his approach to pixel art seems to avoid the need of AA.

AA is a tricky concept though, and certainly takes a bit of practice and trial-error to understand how it exactly works. I know I took a month to get the hang of it for good. AA is also something you should probably avoid touching until you are confident you're good with paying attention to jaggies. I'd like to call it a technique to 'defy the grid' so you can have super precise curves while being confined to a square grid.

A good source on AA though: [link]

8. And lastly, I used a little dithering in the eyes to blur the boundaries between the colors. Just be sure to read this link on what it says about dithering though: [link]

And... there's the comparison between the original and my edit, and that concerns with only technique and not fundamentals like shading. Personally, I like how my edit turned out but not sure how you would feel about it. Anything I need to explain more?
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There certainly is so much you can do to work with pixels if you have the knowledge and ability to use them. ^^ I'm amazed at all the improvements you made by applying the different techniques where it was necessary or effective

What I can see in my own attempts that I really want to work on are things like the "jaggies" you mentioned, use of AA, and working with a palette.

With the jag, I find it difficult sometimes to form proper angles and curves while keeping things consistent or transitional, and these can turn up. AA can be used to smooth out and help eliminate this issue, but I'd like to have a more comfortable grasp of making it so that it's already in good shape, and AA is just to really "pretty" the lines rather than fix them. I might be wrong, but that's how I've seen it.

With the palette and colors, that just happens to be an issue that I have as an artist in general, which is that I never use palettes, and hardly have an idea on the relationships of color. A lot of it is guesswork :C I'm sure there are ways of learning the right approaches, understanding color theory and such, which would be a tremendous help with unifying a drawing with its color.

As an added note, techniques like dithering really intrigue me, but I feel unsure how to work with it, and how it's done. I feel like it would have to be shown to me, so that I can get a better visual understanding.

Anyway, it really is a great thing to have you working to help me in my pixel art pursuits, so much so, that you'd go to the trouble of doing a step-by-step of your process and direct me to these sources :thanks: I am highly grateful
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Sometimes when you draw using a grid, you will have to exaggerate some details, and toss away other details. Pretty much why a ton of sprites are pretty chibi.

With aliased lines, you will have to avoid certain angles or you will need well executed AA to have them smooth. It can pretty up lines but can make otherwise unusable lines usable if absolutely necessary (e.g. one that constantly switches from ones and two's). Sometimes, you can avoid having to use really jagged lines by simply working with a smaller canvas. Again, another reason why I advocate smaller works as they are more practical for the medium and requires less fancy polish, or extreme detailing to make it proper pixel art for the snobbier people. (Ugh, disproportionately thin line work)

Again, the last steps were just going an extra mile. The pixel.schlet.net link does explain exactly how dithering should be used, though possibly not immediately understandable if you have not understood pixel clusters.

Also... while I'm talking about pixel techniques, it kinda bothers me to think there are horrible tutorials that explains AA and dithering totally wrong. Seen any contradictory tutorials yet, out of curiosity?
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TheBoss445 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You mastered pixel art good job spade love the pixel
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm far from mastering it, but I appreciate you saying that ^^ It's motivating
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TheBoss445 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gald to be your motivation :)
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EmpressOfDestruction Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omfg you are so good at pixels v_v Im jealous. I wouldnt be patient enough.
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're too kind, you really shouldn't be jealous, I've still much to learn about pixel art ^^; It didn't take me any more time than what it takes for other drawings, but seeing as it's just a head then it probably would take forever to do a full body pixel drawing XD
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EmpressOfDestruction Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
v_v I only speak the truth. For this only being your second one, it looks amazing.

: D....
Oh god a full body |D so much tiiimeee and patiiieennccee.
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I ever do that, it won't be anything too crazy XD Probably something simple
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Felynea Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Cute ^^ And also I can see how much you've improved, well done. :3
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm lucky to have gotten so much advice to help me improve :aww: I hope to add in animations as I become more familiar with it
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Felynea Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Best of luck with your progress. :aww:
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really appreciate it Bliss, thanks again ^^
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Mynder Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A love interest you say? Oooh, she is easily pretty enough to look good next to Cantus! :D
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD Um, thank you. I think so too
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Mynder Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Btw, I got a new icon! Cool right? :)
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I noticed, it's awesome, much love XD :iconrenaturnip: make it for you?
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Mynder Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep! :D
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RadiantKitsune Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I agree, your getting better. Keep it up.
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much, I'll keep working C:
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dashleigh Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You are getting so good ^^ I need to make a love interest for my Daredevil hehe
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And I'd love to see it XP Whenever you get it, that is.
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dashleigh Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I am not sure how to design him..
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I'm sure some careful thought and brainstorming will do well for you ^^ Just give it time and consideration
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dashleigh Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I hope so.. I have sort of been in a drawing slump /:
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XNightMelody Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Really cute oc ~:heart:
And Great job on the pixel art. Youre pretty skilled in it ^-^
X'3 I could never draw with pixels.
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, thank you so much, it means a lot hearing that from you :aww: You could give pixel art a try if you wanted, I'm sure you'd do well C: Especially with all the guides and tutorials and artists that cover it
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RenaTurnip Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Oh, you know what this makes me think of... the portrait style in Pokémon, in the later games. And wow, is she pretty xD You seem much more pleased about this one too c: I'm glad to see that. I hope that if you keep going it keeps being fun for you.
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I felt better about this one, after looking more at the advice I was given and seeking out a few guides. I hope I can continue to work with pixel art, and even add in some animations when I get better ^^
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blueblitzie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
D'aww, does little Cantus have a crush? x3

Cute pixel art! Great job c:
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SoulSpade Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much, I'm glad you think so ^^ And yes, Cantus has a special somepony now XP I'll have to draw something up of her for later
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blueblitzie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
You're welcome ^-^ You should totally draw her sometime with Cantus...

Funny, I just made a special somepony for my main OC. I need to draw them together too >u<
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