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Happy PixelDay2018 Newgrounds!!
This is my take on the concept of leveling up. Plus a snake!

Here is a process image of the steps that got me to the current state:

Taking advantage of being a programmer, I wrote a little program that created the spirally thing surrounding the dude in the middle. Of course I had to do the shading by hand, but I can't imagine drawing the form of it without the program.
Here's the program: https://zanzlanz.com/dump/2018/CircleThing

I later converted the original program into shader code if you wanted to see some spinny things:
- https://www.shadertoy.com/view/4tXBRH
- https://www.shadertoy.com/view/4tXfR8

I also wrote a program to make the flat ground layer, since I wanted the lines to be more perfect.

Anyway this was really fun, and I'd love to do more stuff like this in the future. And since I've been working on a chiptunes album, I think I should use this as the cover art.

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Pixel art is a hard thing to do

Zanzlanz responds:

I really love working with pixels! I have very little practice using brushes with texture and stuff, so it would be an extra investment to learn more traditional-style art.

Similarly, I had to learn edge techniques and usage of colors for pixel art, so I guess I steered to the style I spent the most time on :)

Happy Pixel Day!

First impression is that I really like the complexity of your dithering throughout the picture, especially on the radial gradient around the outside.

I love that you wrote code to assist with the drawing, as you’ve got some great structures (and dithering!) that is ridiculously tricky otherwise. That looping border and it’s shading is really well formed. I hope you push further with coding+illustrations, as the output is really refreshing and good quality.

Oh, and the frog’s sweet!

Zanzlanz responds:

Hey thanks so much TOAS, for the kind review and for scouting me as an artist here on Newgrounds! That was an unexpected and exciting surprise for me. :D

I totally would love to continue generating stuff like this with code - especially into pixel art since I think it can be integrated more naturally than other mediums. I'll definitely keep trying to think of ideas with that!

Happy Pixel Day! (And again your octopus is ink-redible!)

I see that "snek" tag. G frickin G.

Zanzlanz responds:

Hahahe, thanks! I'm glad someone appreciated that tag!

This is totally badass! The whole composition is really clean and awesome work in fading your colors!!

Zanzlanz responds:

Woah thanks Chibazato! I'm glad it turned out readable - I was worried about cluttering it when I added more and more haha :D

As for the dithering, I used software dithering (because doing that by hand would take foreeever... though I think people just use tools for that anyway!). I really liked how it gave me the opportunity to make the colors much more vivid and set the focus more on the center. :)

This looks perfect as a poster! Hope you win! :)

Zanzlanz responds:

Dude I hope YOU win! Your submission is so incredible!
And thank you very much! :D

Credits & Info

4.44 / 5.00

Jan 23, 2018
2:27 AM EST
Pixel Art
File Info
1600 x 2000 px
136.2 KB

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