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  1. It was all done in an image manipulation program. I altered a screenshot of the interface. As for specifically what I did, I created the image below for the background, and implemented the rest straight on the demonstration above. I could create suitable PNGs for the logo with the gradient and the bars on the top. The rest is color manipulating, which may be problematic for some elements, though I haven't seen the actual code. Heck, you guys have the upper hand on coding knowledge so really I don't even know how hard it is to implement anything. As for the colors, I made most elements bluer (I can help out with what color for each element exactly), and I made all fonts darker except the text on the top transparent bars, which I made white. That's pretty much all. Feel free to ask about something or DM me.
  2. What ever happened to time? Seriously, I have so many memories of me just napping days away and spending 4 hours straight just fantasizing up stories. Most mornings I'd think "Man, I wonder what I'm gonna do today". Now I feel like it's "I wonder how much I'll get done today" with a much more negative tone to it most of the time. And I know a more productive mindset leads to more success and is just a part of growing up. But I'm escalating it all too far. I loathe every day, hour, sometimes even minute that I'm not doing something productive. Just last summer and fall I had a healthy enough schedule and I had enough time. I don't know, maybe it's just school and I'll get time back this summer. I hope that's the case, but I do want to get so much more done this year, so my wanted productivity is also higher. All advice and virtual hugs are welcome. Signed, Matt/Cwilk
  3. Now I'm not one to complain on the current bss.studio website, because it's great. But I'd be lying if I said the design of it all doesn't feel a little bland to me sometimes. Maybe it's the artist/designer inside of me, but I feel like it could look a bit better and more calming. If you're all interested in this, I'll be more than happy to continue with this project and get in touch with Jesse or someone to actually make these changes a reality. That being said, I'm 100% okay with not applying the changes. And in that case, just enjoy a fan-revamp of BSS! I also included the new BSS-logo because that's the part I'm most proud of. Matt/Cwilk
  4. Just an update:
    I changed my name here and made a new account on YouTube.
    I'm now just Cwilk (I used to be EnderBoy 7 on YT)

    Hopefully this'll clear some confusion on who I am where. You're all free to call me whatever you want though.

  5. Well yeah, agnostic speaking here, so I get what you're saying. The solution "believe in God" can seem or be useless for us non-religious. However, not nearly as many Christians act the way you described, and if you feel like this community's Christians do, you might've amplified or misidentified their actual intentions. Personally, I'm all for believing in God if you use it as comfort on the days you feel weak or worthless. And to protect religion, I really support the "what if?" argument. What if there's something or someone above all our world and understanding? Well there's no real way for you to know or disprove that. Almost by definition, that something is above our knowledge, right? That sounds impossible, but it might just be that your blind belief in science and common logic is naive. In conclusion, I'm more than happy to let people dream, but if people harm or start wars because of religion, I think they're going too far.
  6. Your neighborhood two-tone forest. And a poetic path down the middle.
  7. Pretty self-explanatory, what music programs do you use/recommend?
  8. From the small amount of poetry I've done, I'd say it definitely prepared me for lyricwriting. And yeah, starting with something less important can be good, although if you start to dislike the poem you wrote, you could always write a new poem with the same topic in the future, so I wouldn't overthink what topic to go for. Before writing a poem or lyrics, you have to understand what you want from the poem/song. Do you want it to be clever and packed with ideas? Do you want to create interesting images in the listener's head, etc. Listen to music that has great lyrics in your opinion, and ask yourself why they sound so good and meaningful or clever. Also bear in mind that writing stuff for music and poems is quite different. A poem can be easily post-modernistic and get away with less matching syllables. Poetry is art focusing on the use of words while songs add music and melody to the mix. Just bear that in mind.
  9. Cwilk

    Pixel Hareka

    Thank you too! That was very insightful and you seem to have gotten quite a lot out of my humble suggestions. And wow, we have similar passions in game design! Though coding isn't my strongest suit, I would also love to make a fully-fledged game one day! It's very cool you're able to tweak Piskel like that, it definitely has some shortcomings. And yeah, GingerPale's great - Matt/Cwilk
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    Pixel Hareka

    It's very nice you asked me for tips! I don't think I've had that happen to me before Well, I'll get into some more technical stuff, but the most important things are that you practice, don't be afraid to experiment and try not to give up. That goes for all art in general. As for pixel art, there are some things I've learned as I've developed. I personally use Piskel for my art btw. Here are some of those things anyway: it's important not to draw on too small of a canvas, but if you don't feel like upping the canvas size to sth like 50x50 or 64x64, you don't have to. But typically art looks better with more detail. I like making my borders pretty fat too, about 2 pixels or so. As for coloring, some more in-between colors help for shading. You can see that the face has 4 different shades itself. I also sometimes use dithering, which you can look up if you don't know what that means. I'll add an example below. Another cool trick I lately discovered was adding those little pixels around the borders, and I love how it looks. In terms of sketching and drawing the first draft without colors, I struggle with that a lot myself, but I just kind of do it until it looks alright. For palettes the same rule applies: just pick colors until they look good. But colors are another topic as a whole. Maybe this video will help Really, you'll probably find more help from somewhere else. But whatever you do, remember to enjoy drawing and don't get discouraged from other people seeming better than you. You might feel like you're falling behind of them, but really, their success wasn't easy or quick either. Everyone's got their own pace and yours is probably faster than you think. Try to discover your own little tricks and challenge yourself with something out of your comfort zone from time to time. Good luck! -Matt/Cwilk Dithering example:
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    "Echolocation"s final version I've had to have had worked on this piece for 30+ hours now. Still I'm not a 100% happy with it but might just be the fact I've stared at it for so long. I'm very relieved to have finally finished it though! If you want some backstory or meaning behind this piece, go ahead and check In any case, feedback is very appreciated! Matt/Cwilk
  12. Chapter two Appearance. It's often used in stories to convey the characters' personality or motives. It's a smart kind describing characters, so the observer of the story can feel like their actions and plans didn't come out of nowhere. Because what else would you expect from a blonde guy wearing some sort of hoodie 24/7, than to be reserved and introverted? That's coincidentally the exact guy Miles is. Though like any introvert, he speaks comfortably with his closest friends, and wouldn't you know it, he's cracking jokes with Sam and Amy right now. Furthermore, he's in a familiar and comfortable place, as he has traveled to other worlds with SiM very often. But hey, give an introvert a direct way to escape the real world and what else could you expect? Experienced or not, there was a defining peculiar aspect of Miles that was really remarkable. Not only did he understand these worlds, he could... alter them, just a bit. To pass the time, he would imagine a coin, crafting it in front of his eyes, map out all of the details and intricacies, and give it a magenta tint, just because. Then he could roll the coin on his knuckles, make it evaporate as it hits his thumb, and make it reappear by his pinky. It was magic, to put it bluntly. It's almost no surprise that his eye color was as uncommon as he is for an otherwise predictable introvert: magenta. "What do you think of this one, Miles?" Sam asks. "Of this SiM world? Well, obviously the yellow and purple in the sky don't really work with the bright green of the grass. And... biscuits? It's hard to understand what atmosphere they were going for, but maybe they succeeded?" "Bad design is good if it's intentional" Amy cut in with a quote from Miles. "Heh, exactly, so I can't really judge this one because of the lack of information about the intentions of the creator. And hey, I've seen worse ones." "A very Miles answer to give," Sam finishes.
  13. I think I need to elaborate on what I said in my introduction post. I mentioned that I love fictional worlds, but I should say that I actually don't read many books or watch a lot of anime or movies. That is because now, creating worlds has taken all of my time. I'll come back to that later, but that being said, the few times I enjoy some piece of art, I'm reminded of how much I adore these works of art. Take a climactic moment from an emotional and well-built movie or book, and I go "Yes! This is what I want to do!". After experiencing said story, I'm gonna have the classic artist's/writer's thought: "I could still make a better one". And sure enough, imagining my own worlds is a great joy, because when I actually get immersed, the story itself untangles itself in my head as second nature. It's like watching a great movie in my head, plus the joy of brainstorming just what's gonna happen next. When I was still in elementary school, I'd spend my mornings and free hours just imagining and fantasizing. This is all not to mention the empathy I feel for the worlds in stories. It's like dreams - you spend at least a third of your life just dreaming. Who's to say then, that the time you spend awake is any more real or a part of your life than dreams. It's the same with imaginary stories and characters. They're very real in the imaginary worlds they come from, and choosing to be invested and empathize with these abstract, but somewhat real worlds helps to get great experiences. I'm an introvert after all, so getting to escape our regular world is generally just great. But I'm going off on a tangent too much. In the last three years, I've started doing something much more terrifying: materializing those worlds. You see, when I actually have to convey some imaginary world or fantasy that I have, I obviously like spending a lot of time on it, even moreso if it's special or important to me. I lately tried doing that with an art piece, and you know what happened? I got sick of thinking of that world, because all I could think of was that drawing, and since I had looked at the drawing for over 10 hours, then yeah, it got a bit dull. Recently, I had a realization: after finishing an art piece, I don't think I've ever felt any more positive emotion than pride. This is probably relatable to a lot of artists, but I tend to nitpick or find mistakes in my art instead. Ultimately, when it comes to stories, how could I explore a fictional world if I know every nook and cranny? I've written some stories, but I can't push myself to get immersed in those writings, since I've overthought every sentence and word already. So this leads to my confusion. If I'm so passionate about fictional worlds and creating them, why not pursue some creative work? But then again, if all the joy I get out of my own stories is maybe pride and the compliments of others, is it really the best for me? Sure, I'm 15 currently, I have plenty of time to work this all out, but I've had my eyes dead-set on a certain future for many years now. So much so that I'm scared of straying away from that plan. But maybe I should become, I don't know, an architect? It looks interesting, I have the work ethic to be one, and I could always watch movies and write stories as a hobby. I want to consume and perceive art again. Like I said, drawing and working has taken most of my free time. I don't know, not dedicating my life to the biggest passion in my life seems like letting the imaginary worlds down. But to do that, I need to learn how to create for myself. Matt/Cwilk
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    ASCII Cwi

    Yes the bracket guy's name is Cwi, it's very original I know. This is something very experimental I came up with just 'cause you can change colors here. Took me longer than I'd like to admit :p. ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████ For reference, since I just changed my pfp:
  15. I'm no stranger to listening to music. I currently have 387 songs saved on my phone with a runtime of about 24 hours. So I thought I'd share some of my favorites, organized and all! Tell me yours in the replies as well ^-^. I didn't include most of Static's songs because you're probably familiar with those Top 10 12 Sleepaways/Saving Sound - Four Years Gone* Alpharad - Center of a Universe* Owl City - Paper Tigers* Vau Boy - There ft. Skye Rocket Your Name - Zenzenzense* (I listen to the english version) Crush 40 - Live Life (from Sonic and the Black Knight) Rob Thomas - Hold on Forever Trading Yesterday - Shattered Doki Doki Literature Club! - Your Reality MIKA - Good Guys Roomie - Numb Static-P - It's Not Like I Like You!! *more sentimental and personal reasons, not inherently great songs on the technical standpoint Pop (happy) Ed Sheeran - Castle on the Hill Hyper Potions & Skye Rocket - MANIA Madeon - Pay No Mind Michael Buble - Haven't Met You Yet MIKA - Good Gone Girl MIKA - Grace Kelly Owl City - Alligator Sky Owl City - Hot Air Balloon Owl City - Plant Life Owl City - The Real World Paradise Fears - Color Will Jay - Leading Man Pop (sad) Alec Benjamin - Water Fountain AnimatedJames - Creative Types Ed Sheeran - Happier Five For Fighting - 100 Years Ivan B - Angels George Ezra - Budapest MIKA - I See You Owl City - Captains and Cruise Ships Owl City - Enchanted (cover) Owl City - Tidal Wave Paradise Fears - Battle Scars Paradise Fears - Same Love (cover) Paradise Fears - Sanctuary Paradise Fears - Who We Were With Rob Thomas - Little Wonders The All-American Rejects - It Ends Tonight Sky Sailing - Sailboats Sleepaways/Saving Sound - Summer Sadness We The Kings - Sad Song Rock Panic! at the Disco - New Perspective Waterparks - Hawaii (Stay Awake) Electro Vau Boy - Reminds Me of You Vau Boy - Seven Months and Seven Days Porter Robinson - Sad Machine Porter Robinson - Divinity Musicals Be More Chill - Michael in the Bathroom Dear Evan Hansen - Waving Through a Window Hamilton - Wait For It Hamilton - The Room Where It Happens Rap Rusty Cage - The Lives of Flies Animes Your Name - Sparkle (English) Your Name - Dream Lantern (English) Your Lie in April - Friend A Your Lie in April - Again Instrumentals/Video game OSTs Fez - Adventure (Laura Platt's orchestral remix) Kirby's Epic Yarn - Outer Rings Little Inferno - Reporting From the Weather Balloon Adam Young - The Pilot (from Project Excelsior) Violet Evergarden - Across the Violet Sky Violet Evergarden - Theme of Violet Evergarden
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