Moment of Truth

Moment of Truth

  • release platform: C64
  • format: hires bitmap
  • background : grey
  • colors : 4
  • reference : a movie scene
  • program used : Timanthes
  • released : 2nd at Nordlicht 2012 combined gfx compo.

  • watch, comment and rate at Artcity : link
  • watch comment and rate at CSDB: link
  • download release package : link

This picture is my entry for the Nordlicht 2012 combined gfx competition. It is done pixel by pixel in Timanthes with mouse only.
very recently i saw a movie where a woman was shot in the chest. She had a second to look her murderer in the eye before the bullet hit her. In that moment, all life dropped from her face, leaving behind a mask that shows the moment of death, the realization of the woman that she is on the verge of death. I found that scene so strongly acted that i wanted to transfer that idea to a picture. Hires was my choice because i never had played around with it seriously before and i wanted to do something in that native mode. I started with unrestricted layers and worked my way to the final picture and after that, started merging the layers together and finally removing the color clashes. I most likely will not do it this way ever again, but keep track of the clashes during the process, because its a messy work to do when the picture is done. There is not much space left you can work in without destroying the picture. The reason why this is greyscale only is that i wanted to have to worry about one thing first and that is the restrictions of the mode and not have to watch the colors the same time, too. This is still a hires training picture, althoug i am pretty happy with it and receiving the second place in the competition against photoshopped works feels pertty good. All in all, it took me about 45+ hours to finish this. I must admit, i wasn’t sure whether to enter this in the mixed compo or not, because of the chances against those masterfully crafted photoshop works, but i went with the statement of my groupmate, who told me that if you compete, do it with your best work. Thanks to Elder for the display routine so that i could prove that it actually works on real hardware. To my irritation, the showing of the preview to a few selected people brought up the idea of the picture being wired/converted, so thats why i included all workstages in the release, to show that this is not the case and never will be. Anyway, enjoy the picture. It wont be my last hires work.


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