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Offline MrPork
« Posted 2014-11-23 12:29:31 »

       I'm trying to make a spaceship but no matter what I do, It looks ugly. I'm going for top down style game and I don't know how I should shade it so it doesn't looks so cartoony. Any tips? Please do not mock my art  Roll Eyes





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Offline VIrtueeL
« Reply #1 - Posted 2014-11-23 14:48:58 »

looks like to me:

face / mask

xD

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Offline VIrtueeL
« Reply #2 - Posted 2014-11-23 14:56:59 »


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« Reply #3 - Posted 2014-11-23 16:20:51 »

Like VIrtueeL said, this doesn't look very "spaceship-y" to me. I don't think the problem is just shading; the problem is that nothing really jumps out as "spaceship" from the sprite.

Maybe it looks much better when it's animated (maybe you have some particle effects that come from the rocket part?), but if you're looking for advice (from a non-artist myself), then I would say that you should maybe try to add more "spaceship stuff" to it- fins, rockets, windows, etc.

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Offline MrPork
« Reply #4 - Posted 2014-11-23 16:51:52 »

Omfg hahahahahahaha, I am dying from that art! And yeah, I can see that it is not really spaceshipy. I am just really bad at art. No matter what shape i make for my space ship , it looks ugly anyways  Grin

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Offline MrPork
« Reply #5 - Posted 2014-11-23 16:56:43 »

Well I added some sort of shading to it, it looks sort of better  Lips Sealed


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Offline VIrtueeL
« Reply #6 - Posted 2014-11-23 17:01:05 »

looks like a really overpowered sword in Terraria XD

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Offline Drenius
« Reply #7 - Posted 2014-11-23 17:04:49 »

It looks actually kinda fine already, just try to make something actually look inconfusibly like a drive, so everybody can see this is supposed to go forward (or whatever direction).

EDIT: Maybe some gondolas or at least something wingy, but maybe also just a little pipe pointing backwards.
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« Reply #8 - Posted 2014-11-23 17:16:32 »

looks like a really overpowered sword in Terraria XD

I think it looks like a speed boat!

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Offline MrPork
« Reply #9 - Posted 2014-11-23 18:31:49 »

   I tried making a planet too  Grin


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Offline VIrtueeL
« Reply #10 - Posted 2014-11-24 06:45:09 »

looks good

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« Reply #11 - Posted 2014-11-24 23:57:51 »

Like everyone's saying the art looks fine, BUT it doesn't stand out as a spaceship.

Why?

The silhouette, so when you add thrusters or animate the ship it might look better, but if you start out with a good silhouette then you'll have much better art to build off of. What I would do is add some visible engines to the back, they don't have to be big, just noticeable.

Also, add some cloud cover to the planet Cheesy.

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Offline MrPork
« Reply #12 - Posted 2014-11-26 16:37:15 »

Well I took some of you guy's tips and decided to add some wings and then I realized I have no idea how to make good looking wings.


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Offline Drenius
« Reply #13 - Posted 2014-11-26 16:44:16 »

The wings do actually look good, but what you need is not something more that points forward, but something that also points backward.
Keep those wings and just add some exhausts or whatever to the back. If what you have there are ones, make them a bit more visible, longer.
Offline BurningCore
« Reply #14 - Posted 2014-11-26 16:47:08 »

That looks fine. You should add like a thruster that sticks out from the back, in my opinion. If the wings bother you, you can get those two wings that you just made, copy them and put them farther back and at a wider angle (without taking out the other ones) or invert them and place them at the back as well (also without taking out the other wings). This is just what I would do. Hope my suggestions helped!
Offline MrPork
« Reply #15 - Posted 2014-11-26 16:49:12 »

That looks fine. You should add like a thruster that sticks out from the back, in my opinion. If the wings bother you, you can get those two wings that you just made, copy them and put them farther back and at a wider angle (without taking out the other ones) or invert them and place them at the back as well (also without taking out the other wings). This is just what I would do. Hope my suggestions helped!

Thank you, and also drenius! Double pointed wings is just what I need to make it look more like a ship! And also the exhausts, im going to be working on that now.

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Offline BurningCore
« Reply #16 - Posted 2014-11-26 16:59:03 »

Don't forget to post it again! I want to see the results  Wink
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« Reply #17 - Posted 2014-11-26 17:07:37 »

How to not suck at pixel art:

[OPTIONAL] Step 0: Have some natural ability.
Step 1: Practice.
Step 2: Repeat step 1.

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Offline MrPork
« Reply #18 - Posted 2014-11-26 17:10:47 »

Well, this is the horrid result  Emo   I think I just need to make the back wing much longer.

   

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Offline Drenius
« Reply #19 - Posted 2014-11-26 17:23:17 »

Looks actually pretty good, maybe make the color borders a little bit less jagged...
Offline MrPork
« Reply #20 - Posted 2014-11-26 17:51:16 »

     I feel like the different colors don't go well together, or I just need to make the planets more pixelated.


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Offline Drenius
« Reply #21 - Posted 2014-11-26 17:55:15 »

No, but thats because you've used two completely different color schemes and even art types here...
Rather redraw the planet than the ship, the colors are just too pale and it has way too less details...
Also the black borders on the planet break completely with everything the ship does.
Offline NouryHD
« Reply #22 - Posted 2014-11-26 18:01:24 »

you should make the planet a little bigger or the spaceship a little smaller so the spaceship does'nt look that huge.

but it is much better than my pixel art.
Offline BurningCore
« Reply #23 - Posted 2014-11-26 18:22:35 »

This is what I came up with. All I did was duplicate your wings and bring them back some more.
Offline MrPork
« Reply #24 - Posted 2014-11-26 20:46:28 »

This is what I came up with. All I did was duplicate your wings and bring them back some more.

Not sure how to post the image..

Upload the thingamajig to imgur. copy the messageboard format thing on the site and paste it here.

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Offline BurningCore
« Reply #25 - Posted 2014-11-26 20:57:22 »

There we go. Tell me what you think. The shadows were messed up though Sad
Offline MrPork
« Reply #26 - Posted 2014-11-26 21:12:03 »

I Like it much better! Cheesy. Don't worry, ill fix up the shadows. Thank you!!!!  Grin

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Offline BurningCore
« Reply #27 - Posted 2014-11-26 21:22:24 »

No problem, man. Enjoy! Let me know if you need anything else!  Smiley
Offline MrPork
« Reply #28 - Posted 2014-11-26 21:48:38 »

Well thanks to you guys' tips and help, I now have some decent art that will begin the foundation of my game.



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Offline gzuzboey
« Reply #29 - Posted 2014-11-26 21:50:18 »

The game amazing already! Keep up the good work! Wink

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