how do you get inspiration for your stuff, and make it look accurate? my pixel circles always end up so weird and everything looks funky help me pixel master ;_;
Hey! So I usually get inspiration for my stuff based on memories of actual things I’ve had, still have, or have seen. Usually I have an idea of a theme I want to draw from, and I often brainstorm ideas for related objects on that theme in the margins of my schedule planner.
In terms of making things look accurate, I think my technique is pretty close to still life painting? I often have references in front of me, so that I can confirm how lighting and shadows look for a part of an object, or how certain angles and curves behave on specific surfaces and shapes.
I don’t have the most logical mind, in that, I don’t have the ability to envision in my head how objects will look or behave based on an understanding of how art concepts work.. so I try to make up for it by using reality to inform how I should express loose concepts I have floating around in my brain.
In terms of how I get circles and curves and stuff to look good, because the ellipse drawing tool in the program I use isn’t perfect, I usually fix over parts of it or sometimes draw from scratch… it’s a lot of trial and error, and if a curve is bothering me I often change the shape of what I’m drawing altogether or hide an edge I don’t like behind a decoration or something haha. Oh, and also, whenever I make a good shape, I save a copy of it for later! I have a whole sheet of just outlines and shapes and such that I have found look good, and then I usually take from there and adjust for size and thickness when making something new.
For bigger circles, I almost exclusively step my widths up evenly, one pixel at a time at the curve, and then when I am down to a width of two, I will alternate, for example, two pixels, up, one pixel, up, two pixels, up, one pixel, up one pixel, up[…] to avoid boxiness that happens when you go from 2x1 to 1x1 abruptly…
Lemme try and draw it… this probably won’t display correct, but I think if you mimic this on a pixel grid you’ll see what I mean :)
Hope this was somewhat informative!