Justin’s Pixel Art Exercise 16.02.10

Here’s an exercise I did with the NES palette and restrictions. It’s the head of Deacon from Wings of Aetos animated in an eight-directional rotation with a resolution of 16x16 color count of 3 plus transparency.

Deacon’s epic pompadour gives him a silhouette that’s easy to make out even at low resolutions, but suggesting a chrome shine and maintaining consistent detailing proved to be an enormous challenge with such a low color count. It took a lot of work, but these came out amazing.

Overall, this sort of exercise is excellent not only for practicing consistent spriting over several angles, but also for learning to build palettes from a fixed color set. If you’ve done rotations previously, try them with additional restrictions and elevate the exercise to a new level.

So which palette do you prefer?