Most games on byond are very dull in the art section, why? Plenty of reason why but it's mainly because the artist doesn't spend time organizing his/her color palette. This is a huge issue with current games, i'm seeing a trend going on where people gradient and abuse 600 colors(that's right i said it 600.) If you spend time organizing or using a universal palette for all objects then everything would be consisted, you could actually start from there and due some hue shifting and add color to each environment(just remember to sort your colors still.) You know why NEStalgia's art seemed very well put together??? Cause they're(or he) is basing all of his color choices on one palette ( http://www.thealmightyguru.com/Games/Hacking/Wiki/images/e/ e8/Palette_NTSC.png )
Most "artist" on here use a color ramp that isn't extravagant enough. For example the color i would also use as a shadow is purple, transitioning from any color to purple is perfectly fine, as long as it isn't too saturated or contrast.
Perspective is another issue, pictures are references not something you should copy exactly, you're suppose to use your imagination and draw the top or the side you're wanting for. Some people say "it's a fake" perspective for buildings to be straight down, it's not it's the depth of how we see, the shadows below can be hard to tell that times so it can make that obscure look, some building aren't straight at all, the camera might actually be at the wrong spot. So no it's perfectly fine if you let the building go all the way straight, just remember to add depth and it should be a'ok.
http://www.byond.com/members/PixelArt/forum?id=5264&view=0 < PEOPLE READ THIS! Amonr is one of the people that understands perspective.
http://www.wayofthepixel.net/pixelation/ index.php?topic=9431.msg105128#msg105128 << More about perspective and how to address it, different types like i said.
If you wanna follow examples of people using great colors, i would say Zane, mdnight, Takoyo, upd4t3, bakasensei, pandora, tor crowley, gensho, themonkeydidit, hulio, xyberman... Ect god damnit thats a lot of people.
PEACE THATS MY RAMBLE!
PS. it's late at night and i'm talking gibberish.
Sep 25 2011, 10:50 pm (Edited on Sep 26 2011, 12:32 am)