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The many faces of Lapis Lazuli by RenaTurnip The many faces of Lapis Lazuli by RenaTurnip
</spoilers> from the other upload.

Tentatively decided to upload these at 2x zoom so you can see all the cheating and horrible pixel choice decisions a little easier. This is one of the things I've been working on this month, for no reasons other than practice, ultimately. They're displayed in almost opposite chronological order. Angry Lapis was actually the first one done, and the only two expressions that were done on the same face were the two on the bottom. Every other one was rescratched no matter how similar they look to one another, bringing the total amount of scratched shapes/lines to four.

Why is the hair so inconsistent? Because I really really hate hair more than pegasus wings. The hair here, specifically the teal part... it was so annoying and so hard to even begin to understand that it literally brought my mood down three days in a row. I don't... I don't get how hair works -_- I'm over it now, but I'm still not happy, and I'm very upset because I can't comprehend the workings of hair at all. The most I can do is fake it, and it's blatantly clear where it fell apart. I don't know. The actual style of the hair isn't even really what I wanted when I first designed Lapis as a character (see the old icon of him), but I guess this is where it got me for these mugs.

... Yeah. This was a rough journey :c Even so, here you go, everyone. I hope you find it interesting. If anybody wants to bug me about commissions for these, chances are I will not take them because these are extremely difficult for me... so I'm sorry in advance for that. Still, though, I hope you guys find these neat in some way.

Lapis Lazuli :iconrenaturnip:

Also, that angry face? That's extremely, extremely sexy >~>

Also I'm really sorry for how naughty the top right face looks, but, well... at least it's a good face, right? xD
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I think you're being a bit hard on yourself here Rena :) Now it's true we can basically see every pixel you ever put down because of the 2x zoom, but at the same time it is the nature of the beast you have chosen to draw. Icons are small, small art is more pixelated and harder to detail because it is more pixelated.

Even the detail I believe is excellent for an icon sized art, the highlights in the teal portion of the hair at the very least gives it a different texture feel and doesn't look like Lapis's skin. The shadows on his skin helps give the hair some pop, which it needed.

Now, I'm no expert in pixel art but perhaps what I would suggest is adding the TINIEST one pixel wide shadow to the center of some of his locks of hair, there are some locks that look 5 pixels wide where you might be able to squeeze a shadow in, perhaps giving it some hair-like texutre.
But again I don't know because I am no where near an expert on the subject, and I rarely find pixel artists who do ponies. Just perhaps something to try.

Really I think the hair looks great! You know, I've heard artists are always harder on themselves because they can see their own "blatant" mistakes. But for me I can't see them as clearly or at all. I don't think it's because I don't see detail or mistakes, it's just when I look at this I see this as "this is the way this piece of art is suppose to be" His hair doesn't appear to connect his head in a funny way, it doesn't look like it's coming out of his skin, or flastered to his forehead.

I won't commission you to make one of these because it sounds like quite an ordeal, but really I think you did a wonderful and lovely job creating them for what it's worth.

Also! DAT BLUSH FACE :iconmoeblushplz:
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While I'm wondering what you're seeing in the hair that feels off, I could see where you're coming from. I think what looks off is that if you think about where the hair grows, and where each stand goes, it probably doesn't make all that much sense. That lock of hair to our right doesn't appear to be placed to be quite attached to the head.

If you're talking about this particular style of hair not being what you intended, the only thing that looks funny to me is how a couple of bunches of hair have a layer of hair right under. I have a hunch that we could just simplify them into one bunch. Otherwise, it still reads as hair and IMO that's all that matters.

You also wanna be careful about chopping up your lines into pieces when you AA. I tried making an edit to show what I think is more optimal AA, but I end up having to create a new color because I couldn't easily find another color that can do the job, but here it is: [link]

Instead of having to create new colors just for AA though, you could just tweak your palette. Heck, look at what I did for this piece: [link]

Value is apparently more important than color for AA, so I was able to AA between colors using colors that doesn't appear to belong... using oranges to AA with the pinks. Most of the colors can fit on a ramp that goes from light to dark in a straightforward manner, while containing multiple color ramps inside at the same time.

Putting aside rendering skills, there aren't that many other things I feel are 'huge'. Maybe the eyelashes can be more consistently thick, and there's the possibility of using a composition that is less of a close up and zooms out farther. I recently realized that there is more potential for interesting poses and other elements if you use less room for the face A current WIP of mine is using a couple of abstract backgrounds, just a fun thought =)
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Kittycatz22 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013

I only think you shouldn't be so close perhaps add room to see the full head?


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PawsInTheSnow Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
very cool like the expressions you chose
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RenaTurnip Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
I was trying to go for a bit of a variety :P My friends have often told me I only draw smiley faces, so I wanted to mix it up here xD
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PawsInTheSnow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's fun to change it up every once in a while :D looks like you did a great job over all of them. Practising different expressions is a great way to know your characters better too :D
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Sentinentcodex Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Okay, I'm no Pony fan, But I am lovin' this thing.
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RenaTurnip Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
You don't have to like Ponies xP I really appreciate it nonetheless. It always makes me happy when someone outside the fandom can appreciate something I do just on its own individual merits, so thank you o:
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tessiursa Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh dear lord. The insane face.
ALSO THE BLUSHY FACE. JHSDJHSKDHFjkdssdgf. /faves a million times
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RenaTurnip Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Sorry :3 (no I'm not)
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Kompalisky87 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha the top center face :XD:
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RenaTurnip Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
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