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Title: The Art in Rebirth Sucks!
Pixel Artist: Faceless  (Level 3 Hatchet Man :: 1141 points)
Posted: 1/9/2013 9:04:00 PM
Palette: 26 colors
Statistics: 11 comments :: 2 favorites :: 0 avatars

I'm a big fan of The Binding of Isaac, and when I heard they were making a new version featuring pixel art I was really excited. Then the sprites were unveiled and I raged. It's been a while now, and I've calmed down, and thought I'd make my own versions of the characters to vent.


As you can see here, Rebirth's spritework is less than stellar:

And some art from the  original game for those that are unfamiliar with the characters:


What do you think?

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MrBeast (Level 3 Sergeant) at 1/13/2013 4:11:00 AM

I would actually say that the rebirth sprites are better, they are simply much more readable. The antialising denies a lot readability in yours.

Faceless (Level 3 Hatchet Man) at 1/11/2013 2:36:00 PM


It's all about practice.



Good to hear.

Theoden (Level 3 Private Eye) at 1/11/2013 5:46:00 AM

Yes the eyes are definitely better now! :)

Faceless (Level 3 Hatchet Man) at 1/11/2013 3:38:00 AM

@Dyl: Thanks. They could probably be a lot better, but I want to remake all the characters that have been shown so far, so I don't want to spend too long on them.


@Connor: Um... can't really agree with you on Loki. There's pillow shading and banding everywhere. I don't think it accurately represents the character either. As for the Duke, I'm pretty sure that is the idle frame: (all the other characters are in their idle frames)


@Theoden: I've updated the eyes. Hopefully they're better.


@GTK: Thanks man.


@skamocore: Yeah I was pretty lazy with the palettes. Used almost the exact same palette as the originals with the intention of showing that the pixel work was an issue in the Rebirth sprites (not that mine is perfect).


@Ashbad: Thanks. I probably should have cooked these guys in the oven longer, and sought critique, but I really want to get them all done, and I know if I obsess over them I won't. I've updated Loki slightly, so hopefully he's better.

Nevercreature (Level 8 Partner) at 1/11/2013 3:32:00 AM

The Binding of Isaac is too hard! 

Dyl (Level 2 Flatfoot) at 1/11/2013 1:15:00 AM

I love your sprites, not sure about the rebirths though.

_Connor (Level 5 Assistant Manager) at 1/10/2013 10:31:00 PM

 i think edmond's Lokii is cleaner, if not a bit... obvious? lacks anything unique. I feel like his duke of flies is alot more readable though. Also his duke appears to be in it's attack frame while yours is idle, so it's harder to compare.

Theoden (Level 3 Private Eye) at 1/10/2013 11:51:00 AM

To be honest the eyes of the red character is better in the original but the rest is better in your version.

GTK (Level 5 Killer Klown) at 1/10/2013 11:15:00 AM

I agrre with you Faceless, Rebirth's sprites are very not great :/ And your version is better

skamocore (Level 11 CEO) at 1/10/2013 8:51:00 AM

Yep, yours are much better; maybe some more hue shifting?

Also, I'm generally dissatisfied with the pixel art in games D: (Bitmap Brothers is a huge exception and Pokemon sprites).

Regardless, I'm definitely going to get the new version of Isaac; I really loved the original.

Nikonani (Level 1 Seaman) at 1/10/2013 3:56:00 AM

 Geez, that original sprite was bad.  While your version isn't perfect, I much prefer it.


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