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Postby pixelblip » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:10 pm

As Martin Landau sadly passed today

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Re: Acorn Art Thread

Postby Elminster » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:56 pm

Hmm my auto news alerts on my phone did not tell me this sad and important new, was all Wimbledon and such like.

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Postby pixelblip » Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:10 pm

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Re: Acorn Art Thread

Postby pixelblip » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:23 pm

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Re: Acorn Art Thread

Postby pixelblip » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:08 pm

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Re: Acorn Art Thread

Postby bakoulis » Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:49 am

pixelblip wrote:Found this on my hard drive.......a variation of my early experiments with the BBC when we were first getting the program together.

Could you please give a name for this paint?
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Re: Acorn Art Thread

Postby pixelblip » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:19 am

I will give you the honour of naming this bakoulis.......use your imagination :D

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Postby bakoulis » Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:15 pm

I had already named for myself!
From the 2 letters of downloaded file "Z7.jpg":
"Zirus 7"
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Re: Acorn Art Thread

Postby simonm » Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:21 pm

these images are great! love 'em

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Postby pixelblip » Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:59 pm

Zirus 7. What a good title.

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Postby pixelblip » Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:48 pm

Ps thank you for the compliment Simon. From Bitshifters as well. Quite an honour ☺

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Postby pixelblip » Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:50 pm

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This one finally for Lurkio :D
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Re: Acorn Art Thread

Postby bakoulis » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:23 pm

pixelblip wrote:Ps thank you for the compliment Simon. From Bitshifters as well. Quite an honour ☺

I love your art! Psychedelic Sci Fi themes, made of rich colored pixels from 80's. It's fantastic work.
Now we need some *8-bit* futuristic electro-pop music, to dress this great pictures!
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Re: Acorn Art Thread

Postby pixelblip » Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:58 pm

Ahh you need some music do you............... :wink:

Well that happens to be my other hobby. Let's see if I can produce some as well.

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Postby pixelblip » Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:59 am

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Postby FourthStone » Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:49 pm

Superb!

Gorgeous blue =D>

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Postby cjr8bs » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:34 am

Excellent thread. Great contributions!

Oddly enough, I am currently working my way through my favourite photos and putting them on to BBC discs. I am also working my way through the whole of the 8BS library and taking off the images to put in to web pages. It's quite a task but it's coming on well. I would like to include images posted here in the collection too.

I shall add a new section to the menu. The idea of an expo is a good one. Art including pictures and sound, if anyone posts it.

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Postby Dethmunk » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:02 pm

I've done several bits of converted artwork for various projects... Dunno if that counts... LOL 8)
I've also done graphics for other projects and some mockups (Sabre Wulf BBC/ELK) as well as my own stuff such as Raven Wood.

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Postby pixelblip » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:52 pm

Those are great ......I love the Colors and various styles.....always loved that Phoenix one and the expression on the birds face....the blues n greens......really nice imagination :D

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Postby Dethmunk » Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:14 pm

I did this for Castle Defender too... :-)
I tend to work in Photoshop on the PC working with 4 colours in this case, then convert the image to BBC Scr format.

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Postby Dethmunk » Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:18 pm

Back in the Acorn Electron days I used a type-in program from Acorn Electron User to do artwork. Took hours to produce pictures. I did some lovely stuff, well I thought so anyway. I remember doing a version of the Spy Cat game cover because I thought the one used on the game wasn't very good. LOL I even sent it to the Mag and Superior Software. Didn't hear anything back from either of them, so may be it wasn't that good. LOL :D
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Postby sa_scott » Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:35 pm

What an excellent thread. Amazing what can be achieved with a limited palette. Saying that though, those eight colours do include the primary and secondary colours. With that, any colour is possible with the right dithering/mixing techniques.

I have no idea if it's available for download somewhere, but I used a paint editor from one of the last issues of Fast Access. I think it was called Megadraw, and required Sideways RAM to run. I eventually used it to produce the loading screen for my Headcase Hotel game. I recall very much enjoying the experience of creating that piece.

If it's ever made accessible via jsBeeb, I may be sorely tempted to put on my artist hat/beret and do some scribbling :D

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Postby pixelblip » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:12 pm

That would be great Steve.....some more pics.......let's see you try one :)
Megapaint.....I'll have to see if that is around...if you know of it or have a link please post as I'm curious.
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Ps I like that Castle Defender pic. Do rummage around for any more!

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Postby cjr8bs » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:35 am

sa_scott wrote:
I have no idea if it's available for download somewhere, but I used a paint editor from one of the last issues of Fast Access. I think it was called Megadraw, and required Sideways RAM to run. I eventually used it to produce the loading screen for my Headcase Hotel game. I recall very much enjoying the experience of creating that piece.

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It might be the program called 'Artwork', on the penultimate Fast Access disc 3-1-A in the FAC section of the 8BS library:

http://8bs.com/catalogue.htm#Fast%20Access%20Magazine%20Volume%201

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Postby Dethmunk » Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:52 am

Dithering is the key. Best combination for 4 colour screens is Dark Blue, Red, Green and usually black. From that you can get loads of pseudo colours. :D
Blue/Red - Purple obviously.
Blue/Green - A sort of light Blue colour.
Red/Green - A sort of Yellow colour.
Then obviously Black/Colour for various darker shades of Red, Blue and Green. :-)

You could use these combos and others in 8 colour mode too as someone has mentioned for all sorts of colours. :-)
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Postby sa_scott » Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:06 pm

cjr8bs wrote:
It might be the program called 'Artwork', on the penultimate Fast Access disc 3-1-A in the FAC section of the 8BS library:

http://8bs.com/catalogue.htm#Fast%20Access%20Magazine%20Volume%201



I'm pretty sure it was called Megadraw. I'll have to read my own diary buried somewhere on my website to be sure.

For anyone who is interested, this article gives some insight into pixel graphics, and how it may have been influenced indirectly by Pointillism.

https://idesigni.co.uk/blog/past-presen ... pixel-art/

I think that art movement would have loved 8-bit computers, but may have got frustrated with the lack of colours. At least, initially. :D

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Re: Acorn Art Thread

Postby dhg2 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:35 pm

Dethmunk wrote:Back in the Acorn Electron days I used a type-in program from Acorn Electron User to do artwork. Took hours to produce pictures. I did some lovely stuff, well I thought so anyway. I remember doing a version of the Spy Cat game cover because I thought the one used on the game wasn't very good. LOL I even sent it to the Mag and Superior Software. Didn't hear anything back from either of them, so may be it wasn't that good. LOL :D


Did you send it to them on a cassette? Maybe they couldn't get the file to load. I recently got an electron and I've been surprised at how fussy it is about different tape machines.
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Postby Dethmunk » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:29 pm

dhg2 wrote:
Dethmunk wrote:Back in the Acorn Electron days I used a type-in program from Acorn Electron User to do artwork. Took hours to produce pictures. I did some lovely stuff, well I thought so anyway. I remember doing a version of the Spy Cat game cover because I thought the one used on the game wasn't very good. LOL I even sent it to the Mag and Superior Software. Didn't hear anything back from either of them, so may be it wasn't that good. LOL :D


Did you send it to them on a cassette? Maybe they couldn't get the file to load. I recently got an electron and I've been surprised at how fussy it is about different tape machines.


You're right. I have loads of tapes and granted after 30yrs some have degraded, but even back in the day the Electron was very fussy indeed. :D So you might be right, maybe they couldn't get it to load. Who knows. I still achieved my dream of working in the games industry, so it all worked out in the end. :wink:
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Re: Acorn Art Thread

Postby 1024MAK » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:51 am

Some damn excellent pictures in this thread =D> =D> =D>

I have always been handy with a pen or pencil, more for my own ideas than "normal" art. But did do art 'O' level at school and got a good grade :D
When I tried using a computer (at first a Speccy 48k, credit to artists doing work on this machine) and then later an Atari STFM (using Neochrome and Degas Elite) I found it hard to adapt. With paper you can start anywhere and use different pens, pencils (different lead hardnesses and widths) etc... to get the results I wanted (I'm not much of a paint person). I found it much harder and more time consuming to do this on a computer. Getting the scale/size right for the level of detail also had me scratching my head. Drawing flowing lines was also tricky.

I did do enough pictures in the end for a short slide show (multiple pictures loaded from the 3½ floppy). Then I got a job, so my art faded away as real life took up more time...

So keep it up, it sure brightens my day :D

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