Pixel-On-Sea

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More practise with pixels! This time I went a tad more ambitious, with the previous industrial vein moving toward the coast.

The landscape with Happisburgh Lighthouse above was a blast! I started out studying the trees, and, when they turned out okay, the buzz started to kick in. I ended up completing the scene in a couple of hours. There’s still some more experimentation required I think, especially with the sky and clouds, whose gradients are perhaps a little too steep, but I think on the whole it looks alright.

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And here we have some imaginary gas platform, not an unfamiliar sight here on the coast, though indeed more imaginary than they used to be. This was mostly looking at light, reflection… reflected light. I think this exercise reinforced that, when working with a brush the size of a single pixel, patience is most definitely the key. I’ve been tempted by some examples of pallette cycling in old computer games. It should be a fun technique to explore – using it to suggest flowing water looks particularly beautiful. More to come, hopefully soon.

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11 comments
  1. Hi Jacob…your range of digital art styles is beautiful. I love the pixelated light house scene.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks as always, Sharon! This pixel art stuff has been a lot of fun thus far.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Kerfe. One of my favourite things of this location is the way the wheat fields and lighthouse play with the blue sky – truly picturesque. Glad I captured some of that!

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  2. The lights are very effective.

    Out of interest, I’m guessing the program you’re using has a function to enforce individual large pixels? Ahem… yes, I know that a picture cell = a picture cell and can’t technically be any larger than another but you know what I mean…

    Or are you just restricting your canvas size to 256 pixels wide or similar and then zooming into maximum. Are you restricting yourself on colour choice as well?

    This is a very good project, I think I’d like to give it a try at some point hence the tech questions 😀

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks! I’m using Photoshop with the Pencil tool, on nearest neighbour interpolation to avoid anti-aliasing. The canvas is usually 200-300px, then enlarged 2-3x for showing here.

      I am being a bit lax with colour at the moment. I set out to use a 256-colour pallette but deviated a bit with the lighting.

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      • I’m tempted to try the Spectrum resolution but would have to enforce just two colours (from the choice of eight) within any 8×8 block.

        Colour clash is tricky 🤔

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      • Jacob said:

        Hmm… it’d have to be done the old-fashioned way!

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  3. Coyote said:

    Cool pixel stuff! I especially like this lighthouse. 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Hi there, thanks very much! I love what I’ve seen of your work so far, so that’s much appreciated. I was pleased with how the lighthouse turned out, and learnt a lot from it.

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