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First art by me.

Postby Jequ » April 12th, 2008, 2:51 pm

Hi all! I have always wanted to learn making graphics and I did my first picture. I know it isn't very good but could you tell me how can I make it look better... All criticism is welcome!
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Re: First art by me.

Postby doofus-01 » April 12th, 2008, 3:32 pm

Jequ,

Not bad for a first attempt. A couple of comments that might help:

- There is a specific way to do the shadows, described in the wiki (click on "create" at the top of the website).

- He looks a little large.

- Start with more solid coloring and add shades later. This guy looks fuzzy.
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Re: First art by me.

Postby megane » April 12th, 2008, 4:45 pm

Looks like a good start; here's a couple of suggestions:

1) Try putting the staff at an angle; that flat, horizontal line looks very unnatural, and slanted lines will also make him look more "alive" or "active."

2) He (or she) is currently facing dead on into the camera. Similarly to the above, it will probably look much better if you have him facing at an angle to the camera. Consider actors on TV; they never look or face directly towards the viewer, because they're trying to give the impression of reality, as though there wasn't a camera.

3) As doofus noted, he's quite a bit bigger than most Wesnoth sprites; I always bring in a similar mainline unit on a separate layer so I know what size my drawing should be (40 pixels tall is normal for level 1 humans; higher levels are a little bit taller).

4) While you do have somewhat strong outlines around the outside of your image, you should put them along interior edges as well. His hair, in particular, is blending into his face due to the lack of a strong line there. You need to strike a balance between outlines which are too strong (which will look cartoony) and those which, like these, are too weak (which looks blurry or mushy along the edges).

5) When it comes to shading, you need to adhere to a specific lighting direction; look at some mainline sprites and you'll see that they're lit from over the viewer's right shoulder (if you see what I mean). Think about where the imaginary lamp/sun is, and then figure out where its light will fall on the figure, which parts will be shadowed by other parts, etc.

Finally, I can't really tell just by looking, but you seem to have used the paintbrush (i.e. "fuzzy" drawing tool) on some parts; this is almost always a bad idea for sprite art. It's fairly easy to take a cleanly done, but aliased, sprite, and smooth its edges, but a sprite done with the paintbrush will almost always come out looking fuzzy or ill-defined.

Hope this is helpful ^^;
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Re: First art by me.

Postby Jequ » April 12th, 2008, 5:30 pm

Thank you about good tips doofus-01 and Megane. I did some shading and completely re-coloured the picture. I shortened the unit a little bit and it is 45 pixels tall now (I know that human sprites are usually 40 pixels :? ). I read the Wiki topic about shadows and I think that I understood it. The picture looks much better now. Enjoy.

What do you think?
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Re: First art by me.

Postby Federalist marshal » April 12th, 2008, 11:37 pm

If he's supposed to be a level 1 unit isn't he kind of big?
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Re: First art by me.

Postby Blueblaze » April 13th, 2008, 12:43 am

As well, try to make only one pixel between the eyes as it will thin out the face to a nicer size.
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Re: First art by me.

Postby Jequ » April 13th, 2008, 6:02 am

Thank you about good tips. I shortened the guy a little bit (it is 41 pixels now :P ) and adjusted the eyes. Added some shading to the face.
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