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PE: How to Make Pixel Clouds

Fri Apr 18, 2014, 3:00 AM

How to Make Pixel Clouds


In this tutorial, I will be showing you how to make pixel clouds. I have two different types of clouds I use depending on the piece; semi-realistic, and cartoon style. I will be showing you both today!:dummy:

Let us start!:eager:


The semi realistic style can be done two ways, depending on if you are limiting colors or not.
First, I'm going to show you the way for if you do not care how many colors you use.;)

Clouds1 by IceXDragon
First you will pull out your pencil brush, as you would normally do when making pixel art, and set the color to white. After that, set the opacity to around 10%-20%.


Clouds2 by IceXDragon
Randomly brush side to side with the pencil, and then overlap some lines randomly as well.:giggle:


Clouds3 by IceXDragon
Keep doing that until the cloud if about as big as you need it; it should look something like this.c:


Clouds4 by IceXDragon
Zoomed out.:dummy:

Okay, now this is the other way we can do semi-realistic. This way is for if you are trying to limit colors, or simply do not have the opacity tool on your program.;) The brushing is very similar, but we just prepare differently.:nod:

Clouds6 by IceXDragon
So start out by picking a few colors relative to the background, this will be your pallet. I usually pick about 4 colors, but you can have more or less if you want.:D
If your program has opacity, you can take a shortcut for picking out colors.:meow: For this cloud pallet, I took the opacity to 16%. The first color on the pallet is one layer of the color, the second is 3 layers, third is 7 layers, and forth is 10 layers. Of coarse you can change that up a bit, but that is just what I used.:giggle:


Clouds7 by IceXDragon
So much like the first way I showed you, just make some random lines with your pallet you made to form the cloud. Although clouds vary, the good rule of thumb when you are making clouds is to have the middle part the most densely white, and work you way out with the less dense colors.


Cloud8 by IceXDragon
Here I just mixed the colors around and dithered a little bit to make the cloud look cleaner. Make sure to do this otherwise your cloud might look sort of unnatural.;p


Clouds9 by IceXDragon
Zoomed out it looks like a pwetty pixel cloud!C:

Cartoon Style

The cartoon style can be used for a number of situations, like perhaps the piece is very lighthearted, or you are using a single cloud as a focal point, for like if someone is having bad day, and have a single cloud raining on them.>.>
It is not as simple as the semi-realistic cloud, but still not too hard to pull off. Let's get started!:eager:

Clouds10 by IceXDragon
Firstly, set your pencil brush to a dark grey (don't worry too much about it, you can change the shade later), and set the brush size big enough so that is is nicely round. 10px, 13px, 15px, and 17px are good sizes, but basically any size do. Except for 14px, the 14 pixel circle is kind of ugly.:shifty:


Clouds11 by IceXDragon
So now, just blotch those circles together until a resembles a cloud shape like...


Clouds12 by IceXDragon


Clouds13 by IceXDragon
Now hollow it out!:la:


Clouds14 by IceXDragon

So now, following roughly the same shape of the outline, color the bottom of the cloud grey (The light source for this is coming from the upper left).


Clouds15 by IceXDragon
With a lighter shade of grey, do basically the same thing, working inwards.


Clouds16 by IceXDragon
And just keep working inwards using, lighter and lighter shades, until you get to white. You might have to play around with the contrast of the colors too if you think you need to, but I think these are about right.


Clouds17 by IceXDragon
Dither it! If you do not know what I'm talking about, you can find a great dithering tutorial here!:happybounce:


Clouds18 by IceXDragon
And now, take a lighter shade of grey (You don't have to worry about using 50), and shade the edge of the outline of the cloud. I used 2 extra shades - a lighter one for the majority of the top left corner (where the light source is coming from), and one a little bit less light, just to make the transition smoother from light grey to dark grey.;)
This step is important, because it really does improve the cloud a lot.:o It makes it look all shiny.c:


Cloud19 by IceXDragon
And there you have your cartoon style cloud!:hooray:

So that is the end of the tutorial! I hope you learned something from this, and will be able to use this in the future!:happybounce:

Any questions, just ask in the comments!:lawoo:

Have an awesome day!

Hello Horde :salute:

Welcome back to ApocaLit Fridays; Apocalypse-writing's bi-weekly roundup filled with news, information, features and updates on things ..... well, apocalyptic and literature in nature (hence the clever name :slow:).

This week we have the usual Group, Affiliate and Lit Community updates, as well as "What to Watch/Read/Web".

:star: April is the month of NaPoWriMo!. If you’re in need of prompts, tips or just want to show your support, then head on over to NaPoWriMo and join in the insanity! :star:

:star: Today in Literary History: April 18, 1394 – Geoffrey Chaucer's twenty-nine pilgrims met at the Tabard Inn in Southwark to prepare for their departure to Canterbury. :star:

Group Updates

:bulletblack: Our weekly prompt is The Things We Left Behind. The deadline is this Saturday 19 April 23:59 EDT.

:bulletblack: Check out our latest Member Feature Mondays.

:bulletblack: We also posted our March New Members Feature. Head on over and check them out or just stop in to say :wave:.

:bulletblack: We are looking for prize donations so that we can continue our monthly contests. If anyone would like to donate prizes, then send us a note. We would be most appreciative of any donations. Also If you would like to donate points, please do so here.

Affiliate Updates

:bulletred: A reminder that Horror-Writers-Unite are on a Prompt Hiatus during the summer months.

:bulletred: Poetry-To-The-Masses has Weekly Feature 158 and Weekly Feature 159.

:bulletred: Live-Love-Write share some Craft Elements of Poetry and Craft Elements of Prose. They also update their latest prompt and are looking for Points Donations to go towards their summer programmes. If you’d like to donate, head on over to LiveLoveWriteSupport and hit the "donate" button. You’ll even score yourself a month long feature on their front page!

:bulletred: Writers--club are currently running a 1,000 Word Short Story Contest. The deadline is April 20. They have opened a new folder specifically for their member’s National Poetry Writing Month submissions and showcase their Member of the Month; recklezz84.

:bulletred: Unconventional-Story are still looking for new admins.

:bulletred: LiteratureJunkies has a quick Update for its members & :+devwatch:ers.

:bulletred: Story-Corner are still looking for a new Co-Founder. This could also potentially extend to their sister group, Stanza-Corner, as well.

:bulletred: Unseen-Writers theme of the week is Bird.

:bulletred: Another busy week for SixWordStories with Weekly Spontaneity 104 & 105, the announcement of the Round 4 Winners of their Tournament Contest and updates of both the Prompts! and Versicolor Project lists.

:bulletred: Nurturing-Narratives announced their Twisted Easter Contest. The deadline is April 30. They also have another contribution for their How Do You Write? series from psychovampire11, and introduced their New Contributor; megatarget.

:bulletred: LiteraryCompass lets members know that the group is Still Here…Still.

Lit Community Updates

:bulletblue: Writers-Workshop are in full Resurrection mode. To see how you YOU can help out and bring this invaluable part of the Literature Community back to life, head on over to the journal and get involved!

:bulletblue: communityrelations has CR Newsletter – March/April as well as Fan-Fiction-Tastic News #7, and the April Literature Newsletter.

:bulletblue: lacoterie are running a Prompt Contest until May 1st. There are plenty of prizes up for grabs, so go and check it out!

:bulletblue: devLIT have issued their April – June Challenge.

:bulletblue: theWrittenRevolution puts out a call for Sci-fi Short Stories Wanted for Divertir Publishing’s first ever anthology.

:bulletblue: DailyLitRecognition have a number of Volunteer Positions that need filling.

:bulletblue: IrrevocableFate released the latest issue of Love dA Lit as well as Love dA Lit Loves You: Vol. 2!

:bulletblue: neurotype regularly updates A Smattering of Lit News. (Although, not this month because it’s NaPoWriMo time!)

:bulletblue: OHiNeedTea posted Notes on Co-Writing as part of projecteducate’s Community Week

:bulletblue: Have you ever checked out LadyLincoln’s The Ladies of Lit? No? Well maybe it’s time you did!

ApocaLit Features

This week’s search theme was Easter Apocalypse.

Plastic Easter Grass ApocalypseThis is how the world ends, not with a bang, nor with a whimper, but rather drowning in plastic Easter grass.
The plastic Easter grass was up to just below my window when I went to sleep this morning.  This afternoon when I woke up it had broken through the window and was pouring into my room.  The plastic Easter grass is a foot and a half deep on the floor of my room.  And it is the purple kind which is, unbelievably, even more vicious than the damnable green variety.  Also it is worth nothing that I live on the seventh floor, in Denver, one of the last unburied cities on earth.
Everybody always knew plastic Easter grass had a tendency to show up in the damnedest places, but nobody knows why it's gotten so horrible recently.
It is only natural that I, the world's third foremost expert on the Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, and no less a learned authority on the Jonestown Gravy Disaster, was consulted when the plastic Easter grass began to smother the earth.
I am as stumped as anyone.  
- by joshuadobson

In The ShedDay Two Hundred Fifty-Three
December 16th, 2013
Theme: In The Shed
Warnings: Zombies! Blood, gore, language
It was quiet that morning.
The news had been covering the outbreak for a week at that point, and we knew it was coming. But my parents weren't the type to run. All of the houses around us emptied one by one as they fled to shelters. But that was my parents' plan – get everyone away from us. If a shelter got breached, then everyone inside was a sitting duck. They thought that being isolated would save us.
They were wrong.
Life had pretty much reached a stand still. I had no high school to go to anymore – classes were suspended until “further notice”. So I hadn't been setting my alarm, and thus only woke whenever Mom decided to wake me. But that morning, I rose on my own. Groggy from oversleeping, I rubbed at my eyes and squinted against the grit.
She didn't answer.
Struggling out of bed, I didn't bother changing out of my sleepwear
- by SylveraDrake

The Cuisine of the Apocalypse
we can’t
the way
look at
honing in
we hone,
ich fraß
a hypo-
and it
made me
at least
a few

while i ate
i don’t
know whose
not failing,
but it’s
the corpus
like merdre
with père ubu’s
extra r.
the stem.
and this
stem is
are candy
with an
that just
left or
and salt
the cere-
bral meat
fill you
those round,
but don’t
you’re putting
the ritz
all you
those folds
keep you
but you
won’t like
even fresh,
- by tonepainter

ApocalypseOn the morning where light turned scarlet, ashes poured on the iron sea. Water rose like an incandescent wall, and then transfixed into mud. Whales howled in pain inside the newborn earth and slowly suffocate. Above their melted bodies, their fish bones became the white and sharp branches of the mineral trees.
As water transfixed into earth, earth transformed into fire. Lava swallowed everything, from the grass to the flying birds, and lands disappeared into an incandescent ocean. Stars felt from the empty sky to crash into the burning sea, creating ephemeral islands of ashes and light.
In this terrible warmth, air vanished. Wind got out of breath and died in a long lament. Atmosphere leaved the cold of space and felt on the ground in boiling tears.
- by Parchemin

What To Watch

Ruin: A Post-Apocalyptic Short Film.

"A fantastic short sci-fi film directed by Wes Ball. The movie is just 8 1/2 minutes long but is totally stunning both with its rich post-apocalyptic scenery and its action packed sequences."

What To Read

A Saunter With Death: Book 1 by  Z. N. Halferty, a.k.a. our very own General-Kool-Aid!

"A plague has been cast upon the Earth, turning people into animal-like, cannibalistic beings. With no humanity about them, they devour any creature they encounter, leaving death and destruction in their wake. Read as Kmoneiethe, a young "prepper," struggles to survive the hell that has become his new home as he records, in detail, his experiences. Plagued by a series of misfortunes throughout his journey, his own sanity comes into question; bits of his memory becoming voids, strange occurrences becoming standard, and his actions becoming something of a mystery.....those of a creature; if you will. With little help from his short-known friend, Kmoneiethe endures some of the most challenging obstacle of his life. Each becoming seemingly more difficult as his mental and physical health degrade. Will he survive this new world? Or become another statistic among those that have already fallen?"

*Admin recommendation*

What To Web

Underground New York Public Library

" The Underground New York Public Library is a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways. "


IrrevocableFate's Love dA Lit - latest issue
CRLiterature’s Literature Articles You Should Know
Breaking in to Lit!
Expose-Lit: Your Literature Lifeline
Tips For Young Writers
How to get more views on your Literature
'PinkyMcCoversong's Writing Resources for Noobs (and not-so-noobs)
How to promote other peoples work
Forum on How Publishing Works
=julietcaesar's List of Useful Writing Blogs
#deviantHEART's ARK Project
ezradeacon's LITany of Resources

LiteraryCompass - Group featuring and promoting long-form fiction, novels, and on-going serials.
TheBackOfTheBook - A group for browsing for/or advertising your books.
:iconpublishing-group: - A group for writers seeking to be published and for publishers seeking writers to publish; poetry, prose and fan fiction; horror, science fiction, fantasy and romance, manga, comics and cartoons.
TheKnow are a new group here on dA that are building a database of resource material aimed specifically at writers. As their founder puts it:
"Research is a huge part of writing. And there are several things for which it's hard to find a good resource. Deviantart is a big place, full of folks with different backgrounds and experiences. What if there was a place where we could offer our personal knowledge to all those people looking for information?
We want to be that place."

So if you’re looking for information, have something you want to contribute or have suggestions for topics, then head on over to TheKnow and check out the Original Release Journal and Database Roundups. Submission Guidelines can be found on their front page. :star:

We hope you enjoyed this weeks edition of ApocaLit Fridays. Make sure to join us again next issue.

If you have any suggestions or if there are any specific topics, hints, and tips that you would like to see included in future editions, then please send the group a note titled "ApocaLit Fridays - General Info" with your suggestion and I will get to researching. If you already have any helpful links or info, then include those as well (it will certainly make my job easier ;)).

Also, if you've recently come across a piece of apocalypse-themed literature that you would like to see featured (and that is not your own or from one of our members), then send us a note titled "ApocaLit Fridays - Feature", include a link to the original deviation and a brief blurb about why you would like it featured and we'll make sure to add it in. *Note: Your name will be included with the deviation as "suggested by".

The deadline for these is no later than Thursday 12:00 noon (EDT).

Until next time, Dear Horde. Stay frosty. :salute:

The Results

The results for the Colors Contest are now in! :eager: Thank you to all those who participated, and special thanks to the following admins for judging:


We had a total of 79 entries and 63 participants, so we have prizes for runner-ups and honorable mentions in addition to those for semi-finalists and finalists. :aww:

Honorable Mentions

Moon River by RainblowBast Memories of July by Goodnight-Melbourne No ferries today... by Billiam-X Dance in Orange by DuchesseOfDusk What\'s up!!! by AITUARMANAS




Vote for the Finalists!

The semi-finalist entries are listed below along in no particular order along with some comments from the judges.

:star: :#1: Vote for your favorite entry by commenting or sending Rising-Artists a note with the number of the artwork that you like the most.

:iconnumber1-plz:Indulgence by bloodify Indulgence by bloodify

"This detail picture is very impressing. Great choice of extract! Aside from the colours, it looks very realistic. I really like the lighting and colour variations, which make the motive appear somehow metallic." Pinjachi

"A different use for cool colors; tenderness and sensual indulgences.  Everything about this, from the blending to the texture on the skin, is perfect." Neccers

:iconnumber2-plz:liberate. by sugarmints liberate. by sugarmints

"Wow. This is so stunning! I'm in love with everything in this picture. Love this light blue, the clouds, the reflection, the birds, the girl... Seriously, great job! This picture definitely is my first choice of all contributions to this contest!" Pinjachi

"I like this one the best because blue is my favorite colour, and the picture itself is very gorgeous. The clouds are made beautifully, and the birds are a very nice touch." Lawli-Art

:iconnumber3-plz:Red Thirst by PVproject Red Thirst by PVproject

"A very crisp, clear image from a skilled artist." ShackledMuse

"I love the different contrasts of reds, combined with awesome shading skills makes for a killer piece!! :D " FTSArts

:iconnumber4-plz:Memories in Bubbles by FaLLenAngel1312 Memories in Bubbles by FaLLenAngel1312

"Just a beautiful work making full use of the color Blue and it creates a calming atmosphere. Using watercolor was definitely a great choice and goes really well with blue. " r3ach0ne

"The movement and feel of this piece is breathtaking. The beautiful blues in her hair and the spheres has such a cooling effect! " FTSArts

:iconnumber5-plz:Red by khancopperfox Red by khancopperfox

"Probably my favorite entry of all.  The red against the grays is very aesthetic and eye-catching.  I love the use of the color- Lust, love, passion, and even warning for the color red, are all felt within this digital painting." Neccers

"It's original, and I love the artist's description and motivation for creating this. He portrays the colour well, and maybe it's just me but I like reference to blood... Mos def a winner, this one. Great balance between colour and lighting as well. " ShackledMuse

:winner: To vote for your favorite, comment below or send us a note with the number of the artwork you like the most!
Please vote only once, and the semi-finalists are not allowed to vote for their own entry. :P

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I been tinkin' bout dese poems and I have decided to publish some of them right here in dis journal space. i have one repaired but if you guys (if anyone's looking) want more poems you can always comment on it. I can only do non rhyming ones though because.. I.. well I dunno I just can't be Dr.Suess I guess.(greatest rapper in history btw) Remember, To Comment!!!!
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PMDU Updates/Changes

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 17, 2014, 8:43 PM
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  • Watching: LP Videos

Skin by: Lezzette~

So about :iconpmdunity:.....
No, I'm not quitting, I may switch around about who will my main teams will be for one of each guild possibly;3 main teams up to maximum. I've already decided for Explorers, currently not sure about Hunters or Researchers. For the other teams I made, I'll still use'em just as a big collab completion mission(s),event(s), etc. Not sure if I'll think of more main teams for now, but I may park it for now.

Currently Main Team:
PMDU: Team Tag Together by learn2chillax

So Captain-Kiryu is doing this cool giveaway and it's a really cool idea. You guys should check it out and enter! :D Here is the link…

Also their art is pretty killer so you should check that out too! :D
GONA be doing cosplay's

luka-in a maid dress: done :la:

black rock shooter: doing it this may


hatzune miku:maybe

sonic or shadow:maybe
if you want to request me any character go ahead  ill do it :)