Iga Fatalska's Portrait

Iga Fatalska's Portrait

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Iga Fatalska's Portrait

Title: Iga Fatalska's Portrait
Pixel Artist: Psiweapon  (Level 4 Ensign :: 2222 points)
Posted: 2/13/2017 13:29
Palette: 18 colors
Statistics:  7 comments    11 faves    0 avatars

She posted a photo on facebook, I liked it so much I had to make this.

Left it sitting for months because I didn't know what to do about textures so in the end I just dithered it to kingdom come.

Tried to do it with less colors but in the end it jumped up to 18 because I needed extra pinks.

Some technical details in hopes of making approval faster:

This was made using what seems to be a cellphone photo as a reference, with this pic being made from scratch on GrafX2. Photo color values weren't checked either, I just made a palette that more or less went well with the photo. The palette has two main interlocking ramps, one from flesh to reddish brown and a teal ramp. Then it has a couple of smaller auxiliary ramps: vermilion-pink and orange-ish brown. The main ramps meet at their darkest and lightest.

The shading uses several (8+) dithering patterns. The 50% checkerboard that has an opaque pixel in the top-left corner, and its sub-patterns are used for shadows. The 50% checkerboard that starts with a transparent pixel, and its sub-patterns are used for highlights.

It started out with ~2 px wide lineart, it's even still there (you can see it easily on the jaw and the hair contours) but I colored and dithered it too.

Except the lineart and touch-ups, all the shadows are on their own layer, and the highlights on another separate layer above it. And since their dither patterns don't overlap, you can see the shadows through the highlights.

The lips use quite a bit of interleaved dithering, because you can get a sort of shimmering quality out of it that's a decent substitute for lipstick shininess.

I'm already seeing some errors, but if I correct them it'll be after some time, I've already poured a week or more into this.


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Psiweapon (Level 4 Ensign) @ 3/1/2017 07:49

Well maybe you can't explain everything you'd like to but you've given me useful feedback, so thanks!

Hug (Level 1 Thug) @ 3/1/2017 06:05

The bad thing is not that you have used dithering but that some elements on your picture are merging with each other. I mean e.g some parts of the hair are detailed and some are making just color spots. I hope you understand what I said, unfortunately my english skills won't let me explain everything I want to.

Psiweapon (Level 4 Ensign) @ 2/20/2017 14:52

Thanks a lot for stepping up to give technical feedback, you're the first one to do so anywhere!

-Blur/sharpen look issue:
I think I can see what you mean... it was done the other way around, first I drew thick lineart, then I colored it in, then I colored and dithered the lineart. But yes, dithered thick lineart gives pics a "blurry" look. Why do you think this is a bad thing? Could you explain?

-Thin filaments too sharp:
You are entirely right on this. It's one of those things where you no longer have the stamina to keep making the picture better. It's definitely one of the things I'll work on if I come back to polish this particular piece, and will keep it in mind for future pieces. They're not only too sharp, they're too jaggy too.

Really, the only excuse I have for this is that I was too overloaded with the pic already to notice it.

The background was that simple! And almost just as blurry too, really, I didn't remove or simplify stuff from the scenery, it was just that non-descript. I think it's a hotel room or something similar, but I couldn't really tell.

Hug (Level 1 Thug) @ 2/20/2017 10:40

The biggest bad thing I see is that whole art looks like firstly it was blurred and then you've add "sharpen" filter on it. Would be better to add more color depth as soon as it looks too flat even if it is the part of style you do. Thin filament are too sharp they looks more like branches, I'd rather to add antialiasing as you did well on other hair. Scene looks pretty abstractive to me, would like to see more details and I don't know why but the whole pic looks futuristic to me. IMO

Psiweapon (Level 4 Ensign) @ 2/16/2017 19:55

Thanks a lot for the comments and favorites!

You can do pretty cool things with dithering beyond simple gradients. But hey, what else would I say?

Risenshiney (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 2/16/2017 17:00

Absolutely mesmerising! Makes me want to try dithering my pixels in future.

Crake (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 2/15/2017 12:20

wow, this is fantastic. Love the colors too

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