Author Topic: Hand drawn first background for new game.  (Read 227 times)

Smarty

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Hand drawn first background for new game.
« on: 09 Nov 2017, 07:57 »
Hey there people!
Just wanted some feedback/critique on my art.
The game will be called: Redgum Joe in: The beginning of the end.



I have a small cast made up also.. (the background is a photo of home & not for the game.)



Just want to make sure the style fits? ie. do the characters suit the background?



Obviously the characters are pixel art... how do you think it looks?
I am planning to make a series of episodes if the art style fits.
« Last Edit: 09 Nov 2017, 09:27 by Smarty »

Cassiebsg

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Re: Hand drawn first background for new game.
« Reply #1 on: 09 Nov 2017, 17:08 »
I think both look good!
And, to me at least, I think they fit (or at least they don't clash). (nod)
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Smarty

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Re: Hand drawn first background for new game.
« Reply #2 on: 09 Nov 2017, 23:17 »
Thanks Cassiebsg! I may try a little bit of shadowing/shading on the background after some reflection...
The characters need a little 'oval' shadow at their feet too. Will update soon.
Appreciate the feedback! :)

Mandle

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Re: Hand drawn first background for new game.
« Reply #3 on: 09 Nov 2017, 23:20 »
I might suggest making the outline pixels around the characters a little darker to better match the pencil lines you have outlining objects in the picture. Then they would really fit in with the world I feel.

Beautiful art by the way! Can't wait to see more and also play the finished game!

Smarty

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Re: Hand drawn first background for new game.
« Reply #4 on: 10 Nov 2017, 08:39 »
Cheers Mandle! I gave Redgum Joe a shadow...
I outlined the original in black? (far left)
I've re-drawn the main character in pencil? (middle)
Original (far right)


Re: Hand drawn first background for new game.
« Reply #5 on: 10 Nov 2017, 09:42 »
Nice, colourful background! It makes me think of an adventurous cartoon.

I think the characters fit. The middle one looks better than the others, in my opinion; the original has a strange expression that I find hard to decipher.

I'd keep the outline, it makes it easier to separate the character from the background. Without it, they tend to blend a bit (especially the central one, with his light green shirt).

I love the cast, by the way! :) I'd definitely play the game, once it's out.

Mandle

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Re: Hand drawn first background for new game.
« Reply #6 on: 10 Nov 2017, 10:14 »
Yeah, I much prefer the far-left character with the black outline. Now he looks like he fits with the rest of the graphics to my eye!

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Re: Hand drawn first background for new game.
« Reply #7 on: 10 Nov 2017, 10:20 »
Given i can't hand-draw at all, i already view your work as very impressive! 8-)
It also has a sort of 'laid-back' feel, imo.
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Smarty

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Re: Hand drawn first background for new game.
« Reply #8 on: 10 Nov 2017, 12:00 »
Thanks for the feedback guys. :)
I've tried scaling down from the drawing (heavily outlined) but it's a nightmare to work with that many pixels when separating for transparency.
Currently the image fits into a 47 x 112 pixel box making it easy to work with.
I'm leaning toward going with the outlined image (far left) for ease of manipulation when making other sprites.

Cassiebsg

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Re: Hand drawn first background for new game.
« Reply #9 on: 10 Nov 2017, 16:29 »
Make sure your shadow has alpha-transparency when make the character sprites.
Also think a lighter shadow (more transparency) would make it blend better into the BG (and the alpha will let you see where the character has his feet). ;)
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