End of year artistic challenge.

Inspired by a number of artists whom follow my good buddy Radiant Dreamer on Facebook. I’ve also decided to test myself. To assess my artistic progress if you will.

This idea, which never occurred to me previously, was inspired by a very particular post by Leong Jin Jie (found [here]) where he tested his advancement for one year by redrawing a particular drawing he made at the start of 2011.

My challenge will be slightly different however. I’m aiming to increase my skill in pixel art. So what better way than to make a huge end of year pixel art? 🙂

The theme is Christmas as that day is today (By the way, hope you all had/are having a great one!! :D). The character is none other than Radiant Dreamer’s AwesomeSauce Girl. The situation…well that’s a surprise like all gifts are ;).

My original pixel art of her I felt had some issues, but being that it was my first longer attempt at pixel art and using Graphics Gale, I figured it was good enough at the time.

As you can see, the image size is pretty small, well this time I’m increasing the difficulty by a large shot. As the size is increasing from 128×128 to a whopping 512×512 with a completely new drawing. That’s four times the size.

So until next time, hope everyone’s having/had a great Christmas day, and see you soon! All the best!! 😀

Awesomesauce thanks you kindly for the visit!~ :3
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Over half-way through the end of night!

Being over 2000 miles (3000+ kilometers for my international friends :3 ) away from home base is quite the tiresome thing. It’s been full of its ups and downs.

I had a great deal of my plans go under during this trip. I can’t believe how many times I’ve heard ‘Dang! You sunk my battleship!’ in my head repeat over and over. The bright side is that all was not lost.

Most of them are around what I had planned to do artistically. I brought enough to keep me going for months, but have rarely used any. Only maybe 10+ of the 500 pages have I actually touched. However, you didn’t think this was going to be a depressing blog post didja ;)? I’ve decided to try and steer away from those if possible from here on out .

On the bright side, I’ve photographed well over 150 textures that I can use on digital works (Overlay/Multiply layer type FTW!!). And since I took them for textures, I need not worry over copyright :). An added bonus is that I also got a few more professional contacts. That’s always a plus in any trek 😀 !

Oh, and here’s a little cookie on the adventure! I’ve also recently found a good program for making pixel art. In my opinion, Photoshop was not made for that purpose (At least my version wasn’t hah). If that wasn’t hard enough, though, try animating one in it. Now that’s a nightmare (Imagine the flaming version of Twilight Sparkle…And yes I had to throw that out there for the bronies :P).

For those interested, the program is GraphicsGale. While quite difficult to get into and use, its features way outweigh its difficulty in my opinion. Two grids for working on pixel art, an always going preview of whatever animation you have in one window AND the ability of onion skinning. It has features for pixel art I’ve been looking for years. I wonder why I just ‘now’ found it. Maybe I wasn’t delving deep enough? 🙂

In the future, I feel that I’ll have some posts dedicated to this very application as I feel that it’s extremely useful and can be daunting to new comers.

Later I’ll report back with images that I’ve made over this trip. For now though I’ll simply leave you with my first ever sprite from Graphicsgale: Awesomesauce Girl in sprite flavor ;). If you follow me on twitter, you might have seen it already (FYI, my artworks almost ‘always’ are seen on twitter first 😉 ). I plan on making several more versions including an animated one at one point :).

You’ll see more of her in the future I’m sure :3.

Take care, and remember you’re awesome friends! Stay epic!… I’m out !

Awesomesauce thanks you kindly for the visit!~ :3
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