Jump to content
HydrangeaBlush

first time spriting; please give me critique

Recommended Posts

hello all! dragon collecting has proven to be ridiculously fun and i've been super inspired by the spriting artwork of this website :) i thought i'd give spriting a shot with a cute haku-inspired dragon.

 

currently the image has 37 unique colors but i want to bring that down to 30 if i can. i don't know what the limit is for a limited palette (my hope is to be able to submit a dragon request with this concept)

 

how can i polish this artwork better? also, how can i achieve a slightly fuzzy look at this scale?

 

dragon.png

 

1st EDIT: added an image without the sketch layer to see how many colors it has on just the color layer

 

dragon-colors-only.png

 

2nd EDIT: added an update on the dragon art

 

dragon-updated.png

Edited by HydrangeaBlush
added an update on the dragon art

Share this post


Link to post

I can’t help with your questions, but the artwork is lovely! Would be very happy to see these in the cave.

Share this post


Link to post
1 hour ago, oxoniensis said:

I can’t help with your questions, but the artwork is lovely! Would be very happy to see these in the cave.

 

thank you so much for your kind words! if i could, i would make lots of cute pastel themed dragons. other than haku, i was also inspired by rhodochrosite crystals/stones and their deep pink hues

Share this post


Link to post

taken right from the dr guide

Quote
  • There is no color limit, but this does not mean you may go wild and use 1000 colors. A good limit is 6-8 shades per color if the color covers a large portion of the sprite - use fewer shades for colors that take less space.

@HydrangeaBlush

Share this post


Link to post

The sprite that you posted has over 100 colours. See here: http://yanrishatum.ru/pj/?input=https%3A%2F%2Fforums.dragcave.net%2Fuploads%2Fmonthly_2023_01%2Fdragon.png.5352777fbeb77cc173ee9f351cda09dd.png

 

Try checking if the brush's anti-aliasing is turned off, then if the eraser's anti-aliasing is also turned off, then if the art program has known issues with sprites. If you resized the art it could also have caused issues.

Share this post


Link to post
28 minutes ago, SkyWolf25 said:

The sprite that you posted has over 100 colours. See here: http://yanrishatum.ru/pj/?input=https%3A%2F%2Fforums.dragcave.net%2Fuploads%2Fmonthly_2023_01%2Fdragon.png.5352777fbeb77cc173ee9f351cda09dd.png

 

Try checking if the brush's anti-aliasing is turned off, then if the eraser's anti-aliasing is also turned off, then if the art program has known issues with sprites. If you resized the art it could also have caused issues.

gotcha. i used gimp and corroborated the color amount in colors > info > colorcube analysis

 

and yes, i did resize the art. does that mean i'm better off creating a new file and manually drawing the dragon again?

 

EDIT: in just the color layer, it has 44 colors. i hid the sketch/lineart layer. not quite 37, but not over 100 like in the original one with the sketch exposed.

http://yanrishatum.ru/pj/?input=https%3A%2F%2Fforums.dragcave.net%2Fuploads%2Fmonthly_2023_01%2Fdragon-colors-only.png.4cb00bf7dd4f18436f6b471c30c857a1.png

 

3 hours ago, Tsunami_Void said:

taken right from the dr guide

@HydrangeaBlush

 

thank you! i tried doing a word search with palette; didn't think to do color or limit. thank you for pointing me in the right direction :)

Edited by HydrangeaBlush

Share this post


Link to post
2 hours ago, HydrangeaBlush said:

gotcha. i used gimp and corroborated the color amount in colors > info > colorcube analysis

 

and yes, i did resize the art. does that mean i'm better off creating a new file and manually drawing the dragon again?

 

EDIT: in just the color layer, it has 44 colors. i hid the sketch/lineart layer. not quite 37, but not over 100 like in the original one with the sketch exposed.

http://yanrishatum.ru/pj/?input=https%3A%2F%2Fforums.dragcave.net%2Fuploads%2Fmonthly_2023_01%2Fdragon-colors-only.png.4cb00bf7dd4f18436f6b471c30c857a1.png

 

 

I see, that's much more reasonable. Is the smoke semi-transparent?

Resizing depends on how the art program resamples images. If it turns blurry you'd have to manually redraw, but if it supports the option to resample as 'nearest neighbor' the resized image will still be sharp pixels, and you can use that.

Share this post


Link to post

The back of your dragon's jaw is a little long. Also, I would look up the muscles of the shoulder and the upper arm, there is usually a bump to define each muscle mass but it blends together on your dragon's arm. Really nice job, though! I like the soft shading of this sprite, the pink shine around the highlights on the body is a nice touch.

Share this post


Link to post
On 1/25/2023 at 10:54 AM, CHARDOG99 said:

The back of your dragon's jaw is a little long. Also, I would look up the muscles of the shoulder and the upper arm, there is usually a bump to define each muscle mass but it blends together on your dragon's arm. Really nice job, though! I like the soft shading of this sprite, the pink shine around the highlights on the body is a nice touch.

 

i tried correcting the jaw and added arm definition using some more shading + highlights. is it noticeable?

 

and thank you! i want it give the impression that its coat has a pink iridescence when light hits it. i want it to look almost metallic :)

dragon.png

Share this post


Link to post
23 minutes ago, HydrangeaBlush said:

 

i tried correcting the jaw and added arm definition using some more shading + highlights. is it noticeable?

 

and thank you! i want it give the impression that its coat has a pink iridescence when light hits it. i want it to look almost metallic :)

dragon.png

 

Yes, it does look better! Lovely sprite!

Share this post


Link to post
6 minutes ago, CHARDOG99 said:

 

Yes, it does look better! Lovely sprite!

 

thanks a bunch! i'm very happy with this lad ❤️ maybe it'll be in my scroll one day ^u^

Share this post


Link to post


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.