Oof, been a loong time since I was last active hasn't it? What a year or maybe 2? I can't even remember, but that's what happens why you find what you both enjoy and can make a job out of. And when you've been studying for that both at TAFE and now uni.
It's programming if you where wondering.
Anyway, the picture. Yes that. I'm using it as my new pfp, but besides that...
I actually made this more than a month ago (according to windows at least) and I was just doing as you do, messing around in GIMP while trying out a new style - or well half a style at least - and seeing how I could evolve it to something more original. I took a liking to the Erase every row (a.k.a VCR), half, style, I found it interesting yet far to simple. I felt that I needed to add more to it to see if it could be any good, but I knew I couldn't exactly just change the style - rather add onto it. So I did.
After a few days just messing with an old symbol i made like 2-3 years prior to this one I finally was content with the style.
Pixel-art + VCR + 3 colour (limit) + 'hard' colours + outline (using the shaders colour) + no aliasing
I love the style as it's exactly what I've been looking for, minimalistic yet detailed/complex. It allows for a fair amount of detail to remain present whilst remaining minimalstic looking and I can't get enough of putting far to much detail into my artworks (as is evident with my last one, which I never finished
The limit of 3 colours actually makes it way harder to work with than, I'd imagine, most art styles, it helps enforce the minimalstic side of the style so - although a pain - it is still very important and the work usually pays off (much like monochromatic styles). I also really like neon and other 'shiny' sort of things, the 'hard' colours actually give it a dull neon like glow due to the contrast of hard bright and dark colours - i.e. black and white. Adding no aliasing (because it's pixel art), doesn't exactly make life much easier - but it does make the image feel very 'sharp' and... 'techy' i guess.
This style doesn't work all to well with 'softer' colours as they don't really come through strong enough, likely due to the 'vcr' nature. A shame, but I might prove myself wrong with this statement later on in further experiments.
As for the outline? Well, although you probably didn't notice it at fist, let alone at all - the outline adds some aesthetic to it. Believe it or not, but it actually feels 'incomplete' - as the best way I can describe it - without the outlining.
I can't say that I'll be able to stay any more active than I am given more uni coming up, even with my discovery and building of a style I like so don't be surprised if I'm not on within the next 1-2 years again lol.
The words spell out "vokun", which stands for shadow, if you where wondering.