Hello Pixelation! Me and my buddies are making a game, and I got assigned with the art making. So here I am, hoping to learn how to create fine pixel art!
The game is going to be a simple shmup, with an oceanic type of setting. So there's eventually going to be some artillery-equipped boats, sea monsters (and aliens) and all that good stuff.
But for now, I'm going to concentrate on making the in-game portraits. These are going to be used in the "select ship-screen", as well as for some in-game dialogue (hopefully, there will be various face expressions added later on).
This is what I've managed to create so far:
And this is the reference:
Well, there are some obvious flaws, but I simply do not know what to do with them, or where I even go from here on. I haven't relied on the reference all that much, just used it to get the basic shapes. Also, I'm trying for a somewhat simplified image, not adding all the single strays of hair for example (and I probably won't add the hat either, I don't want it to be a part of the game). I am, however, wanting to add more depth and some detail. To the hair for example, but I have no idea of how to make the shape stand out more, or how to handle the highlights.
And that's that. I'm hoping to get some guidance, so that I finally will be able to make som headway. Looking forward to it!