Pixel Dailies

I have recently started following @pixel_dailies on Twitter. Ben Porter runs the account and puts up a prompt every day. Then the rest of us do pixel art along the lines of that prompt. There are fairly regular contests to. The contests are usually for a free copy of a pixel art game and are awesome in that usually two are given: one to the best and one to a random entry. So it is also about trying and not just for those super practiced among us.

I totally believe that regular practice and production is a road to getting better at things. One of my goals is to create and publish a game on Steam. I want to have mostly my own art, so I got to get better. Pixel dailies is part of that.

Here are some of my favorite pixel dailies that I have done recently. Everything is done in GIMP.

Theme:Time Machine

My first attempt at animation. A time traveling construction worker.
Timemachine

Theme:Waterfall

We had been wandering through churches in Italy that day and I liked the idea of stained glass.
WaterFallStainedGlassFrame2x

Theme: Inventor

One of two I did for “Inventor”. I called this one accoutrements.
WrenchGoogles-6x

Theme:Shield

Shield-4x

Theme:Potions

potions

Theme:Fur

Furry monster for the theme “fur”. Inspiration was an old Bugs Bunny cartoon where he is being chased about a castle by a big furry monster. Mine ended up old and cute rather than scary.
Fur

Theme: Cute Monster

This is a tile featuring the “Dogtopus”. There is a bridge in Freiburg that has a symbol on it that Ali and I both think looks like a dog with many legs. This is my thought of what a Dogtopus might actually look like.
DogtopusTile-6x

Theme: Bucket

Bucket

Test Cover for Crossing the Dropline : Air Pirates

The first novella of the Crossing the Dropline series is off to beta readers, so I am beginning to concentrate on other aspects of its publication. Next up, the cover.

Cover2_xThe world of Crossing the Dropline is fantasy, but instead of the more typical medieval style setting, I have placed it closer to the 20’s and 30’s of our own world. The cover is meant to echo a travel poster from that time period. It features the floating islands that make up the world north of the Dropline where the stories take place.

Phase 2: Got some feedback on a writer’s forum and redid the cover. Here is the next version. I like it tons better. A wonder what a little push does to help.
Cover3_Nickel_x

Phase 3: Even more feedback. Another round of simplification and more font in the direction of the Art Deco feel I was going for.

The white band is gone and the colors are a less “box of crayons”.
Cover3a_Blackx

For the final cover check out the Books page. The title has since shifted to Queen of the Cloud Pirates as well.