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Super Londo Bros by Cyangmou Super Londo Bros by Cyangmou
Finally I am back from Assembly and this collaboration with my awesome friend Wolfenoctis was our entry for the graphics compo. At the end we had to rush some smaller parts, because time got really tight, but we uploaded it and participated within the last minute =)
It was the only piece of pixel art on the big screen between all the digital paintings, which was quite cool.
Check out all the compo entries over here, there you can see some really great art: archive.assembly.org/2013/grap…

The piece is 128color high-res isometric pixel art demake screen of "Dark Souls" - or how Dark Souls could look like if it'd be 2D.
It's a pity that the collab is already over because we both had a shitload of fun during the creation.



We decided to recreate this scene, because it's one of the most awesome battles and remarkable parts of the game and the designs for Ornstein and Smough are just kickass.
For everybody who hasn't played the game, I'd recommend it, the first run isn't that hard like everybody says. The game is fair, but unforgiving. And for every artist a look into the designworks book is an adventure.

some of the most revealing moments were those:
"Smoughs hammer looks somewhat like a coke glass"
"Smough is retarded, that's why he laughs at battle"
"Ornstein is Smoughs Babysitter, that's why he is always close to you in battle"

we were also surprised how much love this piece got:

Kotaku Featured
kotaku.com/dark-souls-as-an-is…

Reddit Frontpage (back then)
www.reddit.com/r/darksouls/com…

Wolfenoctis Pixiv account:
touch.pixiv.net/member_illust.…

I really would like to link here the Pixeljoint version as well because of the zooming in function, but the mods over there discriminate our work - although they obviously accept and accepted other collabs.

So here is a link to a 200% version: www.abload.de/img/assembly_sup…
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:iconlopez-la-pesado:
Lopez-La-Pesado Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
DIABLO SOULS
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:iconbeastgods:
Beastgods Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist
What's the thing with the numbers on the lower right corner? I'm not familiar with this game.
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:iconcyangmou:
Cyangmou Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
those are souls.
Souls in Dark SOuls are like money and exp in one.
If you die you will lose all your souls, but you will be revived at the last bonfire (save-station). All enemies you fought, except bosses and special foes will be revived too.
Then you have the change to fight your way back to the place you died, to recollect them.
But if you die again, thos esouls will be lost.
And you die a lot in the Souls games so it's a game of risk and reward.
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wildabeast73 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
How did you get that number?
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Vagrant-Skull Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Every time I see this two things go through my mind: 1. Why are there not more art pieces like this?!
2. Why is this not happening as a game?!
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:iconcyangmou:
Cyangmou Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
1) It simply takes a lot of effort to create pieces like that.
2) because a game means much more effort than doing a static mockup and time means money - making games is an industry.
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Vagrant-Skull Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks for the very literal response. Also add in lawsuit for using copyrited content. Regardless incredible and nostalgic artwork.
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
well I rather meant you meant "games like this", preferably indie games and not a Souls game.
But if it would be a souls game you are right with the lawsuit.
However this is a piece of fanart =)
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Vagrant-Skull Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha! Seems like we're missing each other by a bit every time. I didn't mean a lawsuit over the art I mean if someone did a pixelated dark souls game that wasn't from software. And no I meant a Souls game, I love those like crazy!
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ScruffyNerfherder99 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist
Only 5 Estus +2?

Not gonna have a good time.
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VictoryaKujisawa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
best artwork all time =D praise the sun o/
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ICannotDrawToSaveMe Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
This is my new favourite thing ever, thanks for creating it. *_*
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:icongeorgek117:
Georgek117 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dude this is awesome!! plz plz do more of these!! :D
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:iconmaliciousvirusx:
MaliciousVirusX Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Playing Dark Souls today and found someone wearing Smough's armor and had the Moonlight Greatsword. I want those know.
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:iconasssmodeusss:
Asssmodeusss Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist
holy crap that's insane!
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:iconroleforge:
RoleForge Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
E P I C !!!!!!!
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:iconpantufah:
Pantufah Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
THAT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOO GREAT!!!! 
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:iconthornforg:
Thornforg Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is fantastic!!! At first, from the preview I thought it was just a screen shot. But this, you are a awesome pixel artist!
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:iconmarvelnerd87:
marvelnerd87 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool :D now this brings back some awsome terrifying memories :)
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:iconultradoom333:
Ultradoom333 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Diablo X Dark Souls
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:icongunndrakk:
Gunndrakk Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesome :D
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:iconsysco101:
sysco101 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
ah memories! awesome piece!
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:iconpawhunter:
PawHunter Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
now, i really wished for a 2D version of Dark Souls....
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:iconcospixels:
cospixels Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
You're insaaane
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:iconmoldovah:
MolDovah Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
HOLY FUCK
THAT SHIT LOOKS SO FUCKING DOPE
I CANT EVEN FUCKING DESCRIBE THIS SHIT
ITS SO FUCKING COOL
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Souliknight Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Geilo *-*
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ReedAkuma93 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student Artist
I hate both of them... but they're really badass and fight with awesomeness.
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:iconkritians:
Kritians Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is beautiful. Just ... beautiful ...
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:iconomerdarkss:
omerdarkss Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Perfect
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:iconcgamer125:
cgamer125 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
10/10 would play
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SonOfKrypon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Truly awesome :3   So nice :D
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:iconandr3w137:
Andr3w137 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist
It's like a Diablo version of Dark Souls.... I so want! *throws money at screen*
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InfamousHippo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
i call foul. ornstein is not hiding behind smough like a little bitch
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:iconvideogamegeek5:
VideoGameGeek5 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Best. Ever.
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SunflashTehMace Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
I will be serious here....Dark Souls as a 2D game in this design? I would definitely fund it, if I actually had money...
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:iconstoltzy:
Stoltzy Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
This is awesome beyond words.
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:iconkalameetofchaoz:
KalameetOfChaoz Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my favorite bosses ever next to Kalameet.
Instant fave. ^^
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NickTheNikouT Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love it. Absolutely beautiful pixel art I've ever seen for Dark Souls.
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:icontheory816:
theory816 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
im happy and sad that this wasnt a real game but epic pic
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:icongisalmeida:
GisAlmeida Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is beautiful!!! O_O As beautiful as in the original game!!
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:iconglobock:
Globock Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
As DS player I just love it! And GUI actually looks better than in the game itself... I mean it *___*
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:iconnasty117:
NASTY117 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
That's sick!
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chapaV Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Professional Writer
Awesome!
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lowleveledclutter Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
great work!!!!

every time Ornsteirn was killing me a was like "imma impale yer face next time, Ornsteirn!!"
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Backspace555 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
I'd wish a vita game to look like this :( 
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:iconilsagace:
ilSagace Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Artist
honestly, i wish i could play a game with this artwork ;)
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:iconcyangmou:
Cyangmou Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
It would be quite expensive and tricky to produce a full game with artwork like that.
Not that those costs would be a big problem for am established company, it won't be more expensive than 3D.
But state of the art is 3D and I don't know a lot of 2D games which are trying to push the limits...
Vanillaware did recently a fantastic job with Dragon's Crown but they don't released that on pc Nuu 
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ilSagace Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student Artist
yea, i know that game and vanillaware. i played MURAMASA and i loved that game so much. i really think that 2d art maybe at times better than 3d art. anyhow if u plan on doin a game please tell me coz i d really love to see it! and btw ever thought on doin a tutorial on pixel art?
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Cyangmou Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
I think that the choice if 2D or 3D is more appropriate is always a design-choice. It's much easier to give a better overview with 2D and balance out all visual aspects much more carefully. On the other hand 3D is much better to give you that right-in-the-middle-feeling and it feels in most cases not forced. The possibilities of gameplay, controls etc. are also completely different - good examples for those differencies are the 2D and 3D Zelda and Metroid games.
If the choice of art & style supports the game-design and desired impressions it's done right.
Both, Dark Souls and Muramasa definitely got their design right.

Currently all game ideas I have and would be worth to make it into an actual game are in the early prototyping stages - I barely had any time this year, but I don't know what the future will bring.
If I decide to make a game I will definitely announce it here via Journal.

And I thought about doing a tutorial, but there are already a lot of tutorials which cover the basics of art and pixel art quite well, so creating something like that would be redundant.
Aside from the basics there is only nerdy stuff left which is in most cases to specific for tutorials - the perspective stuff I did is for example something really specific.
Those specific questions are imo better discussed in a conversation at a place like Pixelation. 
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WoodHelm Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol heh this fight was so hard when I played ;-;
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