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« Reply #22880 on: May 20, 2013, 11:32:28 AM »

I keep seeing everyone with their really small pixel works of characters and try as I might I simply cannot do anything that looks decent. Doodled this but it clearly sucks.



I'm desperately trying to get better so I can create a character for a game but no matter what I do, big or small, I just can't make anything decent.

The first thing you have to do is stop telling yourself it sucks. Whether you believe you can or you can't do something, you're right.

The second thing you need to do is come up with a plan. What exactly is it you're trying to design? Platformer? RPG? I'd say find a game you like and try to emulate that style as best you can, by hand first, and then take it to pixels.
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« Reply #22881 on: May 20, 2013, 12:20:49 PM »

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« Reply #22882 on: May 20, 2013, 01:57:23 PM »

I keep seeing everyone with their really small pixel works of characters and try as I might I simply cannot do anything that looks decent. Doodled this but it clearly sucks.



I'm desperately trying to get better so I can create a character for a game but no matter what I do, big or small, I just can't make anything decent.

The first thing you have to do is stop telling yourself it sucks. Whether you believe you can or you can't do something, you're right.

The second thing you need to do is come up with a plan. What exactly is it you're trying to design? Platformer? RPG? I'd say find a game you like and try to emulate that style as best you can, by hand first, and then take it to pixels.

I have a plan set out, game wise, but I won't get it started unless I can get my hands on some characters - Sadly there's nothing free out there that is useable for what I have in mind so I have to try my hand as a newb to design two characters myself. I've tried large pixel art and tiny pixel art and on every occasion nothing seemed to fit, or at least click in my head where something I'm drawing sticks out as something I feel like I should run with.

I'm trying as much as I can but nothing seems to really work so far, so I get disappointed and scrap my stuff.

I've only managed to half do those two drawings I've linked and neither is useful to me in the end.

For the record I'm aiming to make a game along the lines of Lone Survivor - Less story based, more adventure/horror/survival so I need at the very least, a protaganist, an antagonist and to design the world itself. So far, 0% progress because I can't seem to find an art style I can draw consistently & satisfactory.

Aside from the above miniature pixel thing, this was the only thing I completed:



This was just to practice in general but ultimately it's far too large.

I've gone to the very start of this Thread and checked every single page (up to 175 so far, still going through them, there's over 1500 of them in total to get through) and many pictures I've seen from other people have given some inspiration but try as I might, I can't seem to do something from my own hands that I'd be happy to work with.

I'll keep trying but as long as this stays frustrating and I make no progress, I won't shy away from calling myself garbage at pixel art.
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« Reply #22883 on: May 20, 2013, 03:05:14 PM »

I keep seeing everyone with their really small pixel works of characters and try as I might I simply cannot do anything that looks decent. Doodled this but it clearly sucks.



I'm desperately trying to get better so I can create a character for a game but no matter what I do, big or small, I just can't make anything decent.

The first thing you have to do is stop telling yourself it sucks. Whether you believe you can or you can't do something, you're right.

The second thing you need to do is come up with a plan. What exactly is it you're trying to design? Platformer? RPG? I'd say find a game you like and try to emulate that style as best you can, by hand first, and then take it to pixels.

I have a plan set out, game wise, but I won't get it started unless I can get my hands on some characters - Sadly there's nothing free out there that is useable for what I have in mind so I have to try my hand as a newb to design two characters myself. I've tried large pixel art and tiny pixel art and on every occasion nothing seemed to fit, or at least click in my head where something I'm drawing sticks out as something I feel like I should run with.

I'm trying as much as I can but nothing seems to really work so far, so I get disappointed and scrap my stuff.

I've only managed to half do those two drawings I've linked and neither is useful to me in the end.

For the record I'm aiming to make a game along the lines of Lone Survivor - Less story based, more adventure/horror/survival so I need at the very least, a protaganist, an antagonist and to design the world itself. So far, 0% progress because I can't seem to find an art style I can draw consistently & satisfactory.

Aside from the above miniature pixel thing, this was the only thing I completed:



This was just to practice in general but ultimately it's far too large.

I've gone to the very start of this Thread and checked every single page (up to 175 so far, still going through them, there's over 1500 of them in total to get through) and many pictures I've seen from other people have given some inspiration but try as I might, I can't seem to do something from my own hands that I'd be happy to work with.

I'll keep trying but as long as this stays frustrating and I make no progress, I won't shy away from calling myself garbage at pixel art.

You have a perfectionism problem. If you have the game idea in mind, why not start with some basic placeholder assets to test out the gameplay? Never mind art style right now, focus on logic and interactivity. You can always replace the assets later or enlist an artist if you show your engine has promise. Borrow some sprites from somewhere, even if they don't suit your vision, just to get something interactive moving. It may sound dull, but game design isn't all about art--which is something I really need to learn myself (I have the opposite problem--I'm fine with art direction but settling upon a gameplay approach is stifling me).

Mind you, I'm not exactly speaking from experience (I've only made one game in my entire life and it's total simplistic garbage), but rather from what I've gleaned from several game design-centric books and courses. One thing I know about game design is that it's better to get something interactive going and worry about art later, unless you can do it all at once
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« Reply #22884 on: May 20, 2013, 03:15:03 PM »


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« Reply #22885 on: May 20, 2013, 03:20:15 PM »

It's true, if I'm not satisfied with my own work it gets canned pretty quickly. I won't pretend like I don't give it a proper effort, but I get disheartened if things aren't going somewhat smoothly.

I don't go about placeholders etc first because I tend to make games with TGF, so I'm aware of it's limitations and acceptable game-styles enough to know I could make the game I have in mind work and wouldn't benefit much from making a placeholder/template first - However, to get the ball rolling I want to get a character animated in some kind of world - What gets me smack bang into the creative process hardcore is when I have my resources together and can then get to the meaty work - Anything before that I find frustrating, moreso if I'm making it myself as I spend too much time making things that I simply will not use, might even lose the drive to make the game entirely if this happens long enough.

Again, I've seen a lot of influential pieces of work from others here (Hence I signed up to the site in the first place) and it's giving me some helpful ideas to try out in Photoshop but I'm no pixel artists and unless I create some kind of satisfactory character soon I might pull my hair out No No NO
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« Reply #22886 on: May 20, 2013, 03:22:36 PM »

Is this for Echro?


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« Reply #22887 on: May 20, 2013, 03:26:16 PM »

@RopeDrink - make a workshop thread, listen to people's feedback, and put in the time to get better. easy peasy
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« Reply #22888 on: May 20, 2013, 03:29:23 PM »

I'm brand new to animation. Feel free to tell me what I'm doing wrong.
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« Reply #22889 on: May 20, 2013, 03:39:27 PM »

From the looks of it: no reference

it's like you just winged it
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« Reply #22890 on: May 20, 2013, 03:46:44 PM »

The wings stay above the body he whole time, twitching rather than flapping. You can find frames of actual birds in flight on the Internet.
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« Reply #22891 on: May 20, 2013, 03:47:40 PM »

From the looks of it: no reference

it's like you just winged it
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Yeah, I didn't use a reference at all. I probably should have though.
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« Reply #22892 on: May 20, 2013, 03:51:30 PM »

The wings stay above the body he whole time, twitching rather than flapping. You can find frames of actual birds in flight on the Internet.

Now that I look at it, there seems to be one more frame that I could have added where the wing goes lower than the rest of the bird's body. I know there are plenty of references to be found on the internet, I actually spend most of my time watching videos about birds. Which is why it's surprising that my animation came out so shitty.  Sad
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« Reply #22893 on: May 20, 2013, 04:07:21 PM »

Don't kick yourself over it, understanding the movement of an animal from just seeing it in real time is really really hard.
Try to find a series of stills or some slow motion footage instead.
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« Reply #22894 on: May 20, 2013, 05:17:31 PM »



Early foray into this weird "drawing with tiny boxes" thing, featuring a billion colors.
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« Reply #22895 on: May 20, 2013, 05:51:41 PM »

@RopeDrink - make a workshop thread, listen to people's feedback, and put in the time to get better. easy peasy

Sounds good - I'm new to the site so I currently just sit in the art section for now while doodling. I'll have to look up more tutorials and probably consider one of the threads you mentioned.

On a seperate note, sat down for 30mins trying to come up with ideas, didn't succeed, but doodled another pile of garbage that is a) incomplete and now b) in the bin.



@Blambo, thats some nice work Smiley
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« Reply #22896 on: May 20, 2013, 05:58:26 PM »

Any better?
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« Reply #22897 on: May 20, 2013, 06:08:49 PM »



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« Reply #22898 on: May 20, 2013, 06:09:26 PM »

Any better?


Definitely.  I really like it.  Smiley
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« Reply #22899 on: May 20, 2013, 06:12:16 PM »

Any better?


well, it don't look like a bird

reasons:
-the tail is wrong. birds don't have tails, they have tail feathers.
-birds with short wings like that either employ high-aspect ratio flight which is high speed, and glidey or they pump their wings in an elliptical pattern to get lift on both the up and downstroke.
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