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Bread! Bread!

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Good grief! I've seen a bit of your other work, but your ability to create texture with pixels really shines through here. You can really get a feel (hah) for how the foods would feel if you ran your finger over them, especially the ridges of the croissant, the scales on the taiyaki, and the smooth skin of the turtle bread.

Not only are they unified in their color scheme, they're of very similar size and orientation. Yes, they're a set, so that's par for the course, but it's a set executed well.

I like the frames, too. They look like they could be items in one of those sort of tongue-in-cheek JRPGs like Dragon Quest or something.

And of course, they look quite delicious. Marvelous~



blue blue

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I've always had a soft spot for very clean pixel art. Despite your using only five colors, no areas of the piece feel muddled, even though you manage to fit in a fair amount of detail like texture and complex lighting. It's a very well-executed piece. Kudos~



Tattoo Tattoo

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Really enjoy the crisp lineart and simple coloring (that's often standard for tattoos, but still~). For some reason, the color scheme reminds me of comics from the 80s, especially the olive-yellow color for the skull and the washed out blue for the hair's highlights. The texture from the brush lends a definite tangibility to the outlines, and I like the stippling effect used for depth. Also, I'm a fan of skulls, so that's another plus from me. I hope your friend loves it!


SlowlyRot responds:

Yeah, he likes it! Thanks a bunch for the nice words!


Napping Shrine Maiden Napping Shrine Maiden

Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is an amazingly relaxing piece. I just feel calm looking at it. I like the pancake/sunny-side up egg mushrooms, the shiny rock floor, and the backdrop that's reminiscent of retro platformers. I also appreciate how it looks like the shrine maiden and the tiniest ghost, the medium ghost, and the big ghost appear to be on different animation cycles. Excellent~


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maruki responds:

Thank you for you kind words. I'm happy to know that the composition worked so well!


The Grudge The Grudge

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Really liking the cartoon-y style of this. I especially like the textured look of the piece; it feels almost painterly. The dynamic lighting, for me, is what makes this picture shine? There's something striking about the mix of sharp shadows and soft glows. Painter man's paint can hand looks a bit wonky, though. Maybe if that bit of shading that almost runs parallel with his forearm were softer or removed entirely, it might help?

Good luck to a fellow contestant!


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Paint the Future Paint the Future

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Simple and clean juxtaposition. The first thing I said when I saw it was, "Oh, COOL!" If I had to make a criticism, it would be that the shading/highlights feel a bit too soft, at least to me. The lineart and structure is very good overall and makes the characters seem substantial, yet I feel as though the shading/highlights make the characters feel somewhat intangible and not quite as solid as they could be. Perhaps it's how the lighting would actually work and I'm just being a silly silly, I dunno. :P

I'm a fellow contestant, and I'm a tad jealous I'm not finished with mine yet. Nice work here, and good luck!



Against Wall Study Against Wall Study

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

The simple design and use of lighting here is quite good, I feel. They lend a certain weight to the character, especially in regards to the variations in the shadows on the wall (fence?). The airbrushing, though generally effective, makes the picture look a bit feathery in places, such as on that lock of hair on the top of her head and in places around the character. Overall, good work~


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How the Cat Stole Christmas How the Cat Stole Christmas

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very nice~ I love the hand-drawn feel of the whole thing, especially how the Moon isn't perfectly round and how the buildings are not perfectly straight. The simple color scheme works nicely, too.


HugoTendaz responds:

Thank you. Glad you mention it, I like to drawn by hand as much as I can, so I don't use many digital tools. It's more organic because it's not perfect and looks a traditional drawing.