Lynx’ Heretical Pixel Art Method!

Hi Wizards and Sorceresses,

from today on, you will be able to produce seamless terrains for your games in great pixelart! Many times I wrote about my heretical approach to produce unlegit pixelous assets from photos in order to save times, but in professional quality.

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“With my method you’ll quickly produce stunning assets for your game, dear Oni!”

The floors I realized for the fire stage and the ice stage convinced me I was right, and that my method could be spread and shared. Continue reading

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Pixelart Proficiency

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Mount Ibuki: The Yuki Onna’s Frozen Spire!

Welcome back wizards and sorceresses!

Time ago I talked about game design vs concept art, and the consequence of their confrontation. Today I’m proud to say I find a way to fruitfully use that conflict. Indeed art is about limits. As an artist I feel a natural need to overcome boundaries, but, art is more than a rebel act of creation against rules: like every language and grammar, art need to face limits and find a way to magnify the border itself. Why we would keep using pixel art otherwise? The deprivation of hi definition is a limit we self-impose working on low-fi-media as pixel art, but artists all around the world enjoy these limits so much, because limits and needs give birth to Continue reading

Enemies Update!

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Behemoth’s walk and attacks cycle animation

Hi folks,

let’s face video games are a love declaration to foes and enemies! Game designers, writers and artists puts all their effort to build charming and deadly nemesis for player, and so do we for our Wizards’ Duel!

Last month I’ve introduce our bestiary and the evil inhabitants of the Fiery Pit. Today I just want to show you some more enemies I’m working on. Continue reading

Rake: the rash rebel

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And here comes the second and last Wizards’ Duel’s playable character: Rake. As previously explained for our first PC Exekiel my rules are:

  • 32*32 pixels
  • one color + a shadow
  • the palette I made
  • 12 colors per sprite (I’d like to reduce ‘em at 8 only)

About the name, I wanted something with a hard sound, short and aggressive. Rake synonyms are: debauchee, decadent, deviate, libertine, pervert. Related words are: delinquent, incorrigible; blackguard, cad, heel, knave, miscreant, rascal, reprobate, satyr

In a traditional view of good vs evil, Rake could be considered Continue reading

Concept Art vs Game Design

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Aye, there’s the rub! Unlike pure paint, concept art has always a purpose over the aesthetic message. As previously shown , at the moment we’re focused on the fire stage with heretical  pixelart mix, but to take a break by all that red, black and yellow I spent some time on the Frozen Spire’s concept, the ice level. When I’ve finished this piece I was so proud of it because of the calm and majestic feeling it has… To me its visual strength is getting close to the big games I was inspired by: Hyper Light Drifter, Sword and Sworcery, Bastion… Can you image it with an animated layer of falling snow and the shaking pines on foreground? Add some wind fx and a minimal cold echoing OST and here you have such an immersive stage to interact with… But no.

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Exekiel: The Repentant Sage

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Exekiel: from first pixel draft to final sprite.

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children.

Ezechiel 25:17

And finally here I come with the first playable character sprite, from the first draft to the actual sprite. These are the rules (not so strict at the moment):

  • 32*32 pixels
  • one color + a shadow
  • the palette I made
  • 12 colors per sprite (I’d like to reduce ’em at 8 only)

Continue reading