Well, I haven't entered a contest in a while, actually, so I thought it would be fun to try out my new emote pixel skills is one (those tiny ones, that is). Anyways, some info behind this piece!
I kinda just came up with the title as I was finishing it up, I thought it might be kinda cute. Gotta love our little superheros! <3 Introducing...my new shading style and overall, emote style! Yup! My official new shading style (I thought I had found it, but yesterday and today when I was working on this I developed a new one based off my old one X3). I actually like it, I think! :3 It's a bit of an off of the shiny emote shading style. Also, new eye style as well. I didn't copy it off of anyone, but I'm sure someone else uses it. D: Sorry to that person if someone does! Anyways. This took me probably 4-5 hours, even thought it's a small piece. I spent about an hour playing around and trying to figure out what I was going to do, about an hour and a half on the super hero, about an hour on the two 'civilians' and around an hour and a half for the background. I'm pretty happy with the background, not sure about the grass shading, but after three or four tries on that I settled on what you see. XD Not sure about the animation either, but...tried several times on that as well. :3 Oh well? I might fix it later. Since this is a pretty simple little thing, of course, I don't expect to win anything. That's for the amazing pieces. EDIT// Updated the animation so the emote flys across the whole sky. It's kinda wobbly though. I think it's because I didn't make the animation going straight the whole time. Ah well. -Suggested by *Drache-Lehre-
Since this piece is small, view a bigger version to see more details here - [link] Old Version (different animation) is here - [link] Time: Around 4-5 Hours (+30 minutes for animating) Layers: Around 20 Frames: Only Five (maybe that's why the animation looks bad XD) Now 80 Frames Color Count: 58 Colors Program: Photoshop Elements 11 Tools: Mouse, rare use of tablet
I think you did a great job on this one, I am curious what framerate you used, since it looks different in IE and Firefox (here is a journal about framerates: [link] and some more animation tips [link] ) And I think the Hero looks like that he is crashing into the ground I think it would be better if the hero comes close to the emotes and then he flies up again, maybe like this: [link] (the framerate is 0,08 and it has 28 frames.) Then I think that the sky is a bit too saturated and the colour next to the grass is too bright compared to the other blue shades. It seemed that you used 1 colour for the grass but when I zoomed in I noticed you used 5 colours, the colours are too similar. And maybe it would help if you would look how others created grass, maybe these pieces help [link][link][link][link][link][link][link][link] I would have done it like this: [link]
I think the frame rate was like 10 or something... Oh my! Yes, I was never happy with the animation, kinda planned to fix it before the contest was over but never got to it. But ooh, that's cute! :3 I always love how you fix it. XD Yeah, I have to agree now that I look at it. For both the grass and the sky, the grass is too plain. But those should help.
Oh sure, merge the cape so it is attached to the emote, then make more layers of the emote, moving each layer a bit more to do the animation. Like you could have the emote moving across and also sorta going up and down (in a wave) as he goes across. Might help enhance. Now I would also make a COPY of your emotes so you can have the original layers still not combined, than have the new layer combined so if you not like or what not you have the original to refer back too. :3