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March 14th, 2010, 3:13 am

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Mist the Moonhunter, March 14th, 2010, 3:16 am

Not a to bad tutorial.
The shades in all your sprites are a bit to shiny though.
Thats probably the flaw in your sprites to be honest.
6 shades aren't needed.

Christh^^, March 14th, 2010, 7:13 am

Your obviously not a good spriter Mist. 6 shades isn't a bad thing in fact it's usually better to have more shading.

coopthehedgehog, March 14th, 2010, 9:36 am

(off subject but...)
Your character looks alot like Entaren...

FlyingMonkey, March 14th, 2010, 10:39 am

Actually chris, It is a little overwhelming to have so many shades on such a small sprite. And in no way is it better to have more shading. As a matter of fact. Most pixel artists only use four to five shades for a piece seven times this size. Its not more shading that you need. It's better shading. And as for the shading on this sprite, it's all scattered and sloppy with up to three separate light sources.

The thing is that six shades messes up the shading and can add a very plastic like texture. And the hue and contrast that you choose hasn't helped the matter all too much.

Now I must admit that when I comes to spriting Mist isn't the best. But he is giving you some very good advice. Advice that you would be wise to take.

Blitzn'Burst, March 14th, 2010, 11:15 am

okay...i have a request. I really need some help on how to make good comics in Sound good?

FlyingMonkey, March 14th, 2010, 11:47 am

I could help with that.

Thunder the HalfBloodHedgehog, March 14th, 2010, 1:10 pm

I need a tut on custom wolf tails, that's on an Average level

Yamataro, March 14th, 2010, 1:12 pm

I use five to four shades. Depending.

FlyingMonkey, March 14th, 2010, 2:10 pm

Um, I'm not quite sure what you mean when you say, "OMFG FM, your like... :'D?"
I'm like whom?

Christh^^, March 14th, 2010, 6:35 pm

I'd have to disagree with you FM. If done right alot of shading can look rather good. So I ussally try to use as much shading as I can.

FlyingMonkey, March 14th, 2010, 11:36 pm

Click on the above link and browse around for a bit. Then take some tuts on shading. You'll see how too many shades creates an un-realistic (Plastic.) look.
Five shades is almost too much for a sprite the size of Sonic. And six is just over whelming.
Take my advise, and if you come out the same way you came in then that's fine. But I think that you'll benefit from other artists techniques.

(P.S. Now that I look even deeper it may not be the actual color count that is making your sprites look weird. It could be a contrast/hue issue.)

cqclegoman, March 16th, 2010, 7:46 am

Ohh he used the pixeljoint card; well played FM, well played.

FlyingMonkey, March 16th, 2010, 9:57 am

Haha, actually I am a member of Pixel Joint. So I feel entitled to exploit that site for my own personal arguments! :3

But the main point I was trying to make is that too much shading looks like a gradient. And it doesn't look good.

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