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Confectionery

A pixel, oekaki, and code site by Candy.

kənˈfɛkʃ(ə)n(ə)ri
Noun. Sweets and chocolates
considered collectively.

Updates

20.02.18
+ Baby Kau, working on Xweetok and Uni adoptables as well as a petpage style


A little store in the Neopian marketplace hosts an assortment of... pixels for decoration.

Welcome to Confectionery! Run by an undeniably edible Poogle (Aboa) and staffed by a terminally underpaid Gothic Usul (Candy), pixels and sometimes code are sporadically churned out with a side of advice.

ConfectioneryCandy's Portfolio Candy's Art Portfolio 'Little Uglies' Button from Kimochi

rules

  1. You may edit my pixels and re-upload them for Neopets only, provided you credit me and you allow others to use those edits freely too. This does not extend to editing over makeables others have edited.
  2. You must credit me (i.e do not steal) by either:
    • Linking the work to,
    • Putting one of my buttons on the page and linking that to,
    • Confectionery's Watermark
    this page (/~aboa), my main (candy_fizz), or the page the adoptable was from.
    • You can also state on the page the work was taken from /~aboa, if you do not want to link.
  3. Do not enter them into contests.
  4. Do not put your own watermark over your edits, or remove mine.
  5. You may edit my code as you wish, as long as proper credit is provided.
  6. I reserve the right to refuse requests.
  7. Redistribution is only allowed on /~Todu.

Requests/suggestions are alway open for pixels and closed for layouts. I can do anything from a simple recolour to something animated! Please send a neomail to candy_fizz detailing what you would like to see.

All requests will be made free to use unless I've offered to do something exclusive to you, like the button for Floral. Please don't request something for yourself and expect it to be exclusive to you.

pixels

Hover for more details on the pixel. The naming convention for images is width by height. Pixels with blue backgrounds/borders either have a white outline or need to be dragged to see their true size.

Backgrounds
Non-repeatable Green Sun 300 by 300

Repeatable Clouds 293 by 303

Repeatable Stars Animated 300 by 300

Pixels
92 by 102 Vel'Koz

64 by 89 Beach Window

40 by 60 Ghost (animated)

33 by 51 Candy Cane

35 by 53 Candy Cane with White Outline

27 by 25 Grey Rat (animated)

27 by 25 Brown Rat (animated)

32 by 23 Hedgehog (animated)

28 by 21 Mouse (animated)

20 by 27 Pink Cupcake with White Outline

50 by 50 Tui Yeah Right

50 by 50 Watties Spaghetti

50 by 50 Bonsai

30 by 34 Mushroom (animated)

30 by 34 Poisonous Mushroom (animated)

219 by 68 Poofy cloud, looks best on white background

256 by 206 Faerie Xweetok

39 by 37 Baby Kau

Repeatable Tiles
40 by 40 Forest Ceiling

40 by 40 Rock Floor

40 by 40 Mines Wall

Works best as backgrounds for headers!
Placeholders
88 by 31 Grey Placeholder

100 by 50 Grey Placeholder

8 bit pets
An exception to the rules: you do not have to credit me for making these, as I just copied the official Neopets art. However, you may not claim that you made them, and it would be nice if someone asked you where they came from to tell them it was from Confectionery.
42 by 33 8-Bit Shoyru

Pixel Chibi Makeable
Thanks to Ashe for suddenly reminding me I had this!
REMINDER TO SELF: I can probably use this to illustrate pixel blinking | Characters link back to respective creators, do not steal. They're here for an example of what can be made.
Candy's Chibi Makeable
Adoptables
Adoptables link to the page they're on. Colour requests and custom trades are open. I provide makeables for each set too.

Shoyru

49 by 50 Shoyru Adoptables 49 by 50 Shoyru Adoptables 49 by 50 Shoyru Adoptables 49 by 50 Shoyru Adoptables

Perfumes

39 by 51 Perfume Adoptables 39 by 51 Perfume Adoptables 39 by 51 Perfume Adoptables 39 by 51 Perfume Adoptables

Usul

47 by 63 Usul Adoptables 47 by 63 Usul Adoptables 47 by 63 Usul Adoptables 47 by 63 Usul Adoptables

Lutari

87 by 56 Lutari Adoptables 87 by 56 Lutari Adoptables
87 by 56 Lutari Adoptables 87 by 56 Lutari Adoptables

Aisha

32 by 65 Aisha Makeable

21 by 39 Baby Aisha

37 by 65 Faerie Aisha (animated)

32 by 65 Speckled Aisha (animated)

Future Species adoptables: Draik, Ixi (Faerie), Korbat, Bori, Poogle, Peophin, Uni, and Xweetok. + Kiko makeable & Kougra adoptable request

code

Coding isn't a thing I'm known for so there's nothing fancy here, just CSS based code. Link/bold colour is steelblue, link/bold hover colour is gainsboro, text colour is dimgray.


Want something with more flair and personality? Check out Floral!
Pet lookups
Candy's clean petlookup code (border-bottom)Candy's clean petlookup code (border-bottom)
  • I just wanted something that looked clean, but also allowed navigation.
  • Should be pretty easy to edit the code.
  • Depending on whether your petpet has a petpetpet/was zapped you may have to move the content down by editing the div margin-top value.

  • Live pet lookup

    Candy's clean petlookup code (border-top)
  • Same as above, but now the border is on the top!

  • Live pet lookup

    Candy's clean petlookup code (border-top)
    Shop/Gallery
    Candy's clean shop/gallery code Candy's clean shop and gallery code.
  • For the minimalists or people who like clean layouts.
  • Works the best with an adblocker or premium; the ads look horrible.
  • Probably best to only change the background, font and font colours. I recommend Peta for great backgrounds!

  • Live shop | Live gallery

    Guild
    Candy's clean guild codeCandy's clean guild code
  • If you wanted something simple and clean, you've come to the right place.

  • Live guild

    FAQ + Pixel Tutorial (WIP)

    What do you use to pixel?
    Gimp 2.8 and a mouse, Gimp is free!

    Do you have any advice for pixelling?
    Of course! I know the medium but unfortunately, I cannot help you with art; anything to do with anatomy, lightning, etc as I don't take art as a subject.

    Why should I trust your pixel advice?
    I used to approve pixel art submissions; trust me, I know what pixel art is.


    Candy's Impromptu Pixel Tutorial!

    The one pixel rule that you should abide:

    1. Make sure your lines are clean! I cannot stress this enough. Want your pixels to look great? No kinks, and make sure pixels lines increase like 1, 2, 3, 4 not 3, 1, 2, 4. This is called cleaning your lines. Fibonacci's spiral doesn't go 0, 1, 2, 1, 13, 5, 8, 3, 21, 34, it goes 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34.
    Cleaning Lines
    I hate the 8-bit pets, therefore I will be using one to illustrate.

    The lines next to the question mark shouldn't be in your pixel art, unless you plan to get rid of it with antialiasing.

    The one pixel rule you should maybe abide:

    1. Don't worry about making the shading soft. Pixel art goes against traditional blending and such, but you should fight past that! Pixel art was made to be seen because traditional video game consoles had limited colour palettes; the original game boy had 4 colours (22=4) on the screen. Also, my eyesight is terrible, so soft shading on 'kawaii' pixels strains my eyes. It's a personal preference, but you won't see most professional pixel artists with soft shading.

    2. Which one looks better?

    Those are the most important things you need to keep in mind when doing pixel art. An eye for good art + anatomy will come in time.

    What's not so important (because if you didn't want to pixel, you wouldn't do it) but deserves a mention; if you want to become good at something, keep at it!

    labor omnia vincit | Hard work conquers all!

    What do I do after I line the pixel?

    Colouring in.Drag and Drop for full size.
    1. I added a grey background (#808080). Not only is it easier to change the outline, but it's a neutral colour so your pixel will look better on a wider variety of background colours.
    2. Flat coloured it and took note of the colour palette, reduced the color count from an heart-attack inducing 19 to a more acceptable 9.
    3. The goal here is to reduce the number of colours you use in pixel art, the purple outline (#2f1c3a) of the shorts was too similar to the colour used in the eyes and mouth (#07232e), so I changed it to the purple (#2f1c3a). I chose the purple because a variety in colour is always good, and purple is the darkest natural colour.
    4. Then I shaded it in. Don't be afraid to leave blocks of pure colour, like the orange t-shirt.
    Hello!

    This leads me to the next frequently asked question:

    How can I shade well?
    There are three things I use to shade: dithering, contrast, and colours.

    What is dithering?
    Oxford dictionaries define dithering in the context of pixel art as 'Displaying or printing (a colour image) in such a way that it appears to contain more colours than are really available'. Because pixel artists avoid the use of many colours, dithering is the way to give the appearance of a colour, such as purple from blue and red.

    Red, to purple, to blue.
    There are only two colours in this image.

    How you dither is also important.

    Different materials have different textures. omg i have to draw stuff for this ;-;

    CONTRAST LEADS INTO NEXT TOPIC cause a big part of that is choosing right colours!!!

    How do I choose good colours for pixel art?
    Some pixel artists have palettes they've already made up and pick from there, but those palettes are suited to their own taste, and may lack in say, purples. There are a lot floating around, but I won't link them here for fear of improper crediting. Andrew Kensler, who works at Pixar wrote some code that maximised the difference in hue for 16 colours.

    Colour Palette. (16)

    He also made one for 32 colours. I'd advise choosing your starting colours from one of these, then editing to your taste.

    Colour Palette. (32)

    Some pixel artists advise to pixel in grayscale first so the values are right, and there is enough contrast. Personally I just pick and re-pick until the colours seem right; purple, the darkest natural colour at a value of 50 will seem darker than a yellow, the lightest natural colour. image needed

    270 is purple, 60 is yellow on the 'perfect' colour wheel

    Go for neighbouring colours, something about less dark colours and more bright colours for details???

    How do you pixel?
    Line, clean, clean again, if I haven't already added grey background I do so now, colour, then shade.

    How to animate

    I use Gimp (I have version 2.8.14) if it's a different program you use I'm not sure If I can help, but gimp is free!

    What happens is that different layers are different frames of the animation you want.

    If you want to see what your animation looks like you go: Filter → Animation → Playback

    It might be that the animation plays back in reverse order. If so just: Layer → Stack → Reverse Layer Order

    As far as I'm concerned, Gimp does not allow you to give different values for each frame (e.g set frame/layer 1 to play for 5 seconds) so just duplicate each layer as many times as required.

    When you export as GIF, a pop up comes on, click on: (save) as animation

    The frame disposal values of replace and combine differ.

    Combine stacks the layers (if there's a hand that sticks out, it stays there in later frames), replace treats each layer differently

    Replace literally replaces each frame as it is displayed on the computer.

    images to illustrate pl0x

    Gimp automatically converts an animation to an indexed image after you save it, which may be why if you open it again you can't place a new colour in the animation, to reverse this: Image → Mode → RGB

    Animating blinking

    If you watch a slow motion of an eye blinking, you'll see that the motion of the eyelid going down is very quick, and then as the eyelid moves back up it's slower.

    What is antialiasing? I need to link to different sections here

    Notes on pixel art in general:

    1. Sometimes, pixel artists will outline in black or white. White makes pixels look more 'kawaii'. Black makes a pixel look more cohesive. Sometimes I will do both, but change the colour of the inside lines from back to a lighter shade.
      White outlineBlack outline
    2. Please save pixels as a png or gif file. Jpg will reduce quality, make your pixel look spotty, and it will increase the number of colours on the pixel.
    3. Some pixel artists will say to avoid 1:1 pixel lines + 2:2 things. I can't find the proof anymore, but I tend to avoid those out of habit.
    4. hmmm
    5. There's a thing called dithering if you want to shade! Don't go overboard, and don't be afraid to go out. (should move down a topic, and should move shading up)image needed
    6. Sometimes 'plagiarism' is inevitable, how many types of circles can you make out of a 3px by 3px pixel circle? That's about three-ish plus some odd ones.
      3 by 3 Circles
      • For example: The font I generally use is either 3px by 5px or 3px by 3px, how are you supposed to say "I made this font!" when there were only like two possible combinations at the most? Extrapolate this to small buttons, arrows etc. Of course the larger the pixel, the more likely someone plagiarised you, be sure to report them!

    Try a challenge?

    1. Why not try for a very limited colour palette? The button I made for floral used three colours (#fef3bf, #f2a5a5 and #d182d9). This will help improve your colour palette picking ability.
      Three colours
    2. Don't use brush/gradient tools if you want a real challenge! Using those tools are fine on Neopets, just don't expect to get a good reaction from 'purist' pixel artists! As a side note, I would have declined those submissions, so please don't get yourself roasted by purists. QAQ

    add a glossary maybe

    This section is a WIP :0 needs images to illustrate + feel free to neomail me if you need pixel help :)

    Did I say I needed a glossary? I need a glossary.

    Disclaimer: You don't have to follow this, and you don't have to listen to me. If you disagree, that's completely fine!

    sitely

    Affiliates and listers are always open! Please neomail me if interested! I'll affiliate with art and code websites.

    Affiliates Listers
    Ru's Pixel Realm XOX adoptables Button from /~chinensisdesigns Button by Jewlz?
    Shade draws pixels that are just, very, very cool. Go check them out! :D Charm has a veritable tonne of pixel adoptables, in all species and colours! A must see :0 Jewlz runs both The Popsicle Stand and Refresh! The Popsicle Stand also informs you of broken picture on sites, and if I've pixelled for you, consider rating me at Refresh.
    Button by Kimochi Button from /~camhe 'Directly' button from /~camhe 'Indirect' Button from Kimochi
    Marge runs Kimochi, and makes wonderful pixels, buttons and art! HMGR makes soft, beautiful backgrounds for you to use! Shaedi runs two directories, Directly and Indirect. Like Malisha, they also don't recommend sites, they only state if they take requests or not. If I've done a pixel for you, you should review me at Indirect!
    'Project Star' Button from Kimochi Button from /~Nepotia Button from /~chinensisdesigns Button from Aeropaque Art Directory
    Ashe runs Project Star, though her adorable chibi requests may only be periodically open, she has adoptables! Megan runs this cupcake request site, but she also offers delicious premades and lolipops as well! Malisha runs this awesome directory, where sites are not ranked by the hoster's recommendations, but the state of their requests! Klick runs a lovely art directory, they mainly list art pages but they'll also take graphics and writing!
    'Scribble' button by Scribble 'Pixel Perfect' button by Pixel Perfect 'Scrapbook' button by Scrapbook Coming soon!
    Kristie has a whole ton of pixels on her page! They're all very small, and she even has some adoptables too. Chelsey offers wonderfully cute adoptables, and requests as well! You should check to see if they're open; she offers blinkies when they are. Silver runs a wonderful directory for all things creative! She's sure to have something to aid in your creative pursuits. Coming soon!
    Sister site! Link Back?
    Button made by me Button by Kimochi Transparent button Button with a background
    Floral is a high-quality code site run by my Sunlit, my twin sister! She provides userlookups, petlookups and petpages which you can edit to your own liking!

    Layout was coded by me with some code stolen supplied from my sister, Sunlit. All pixel content avaliable for you to use was done by me, do not steal the code or layout. Hover over buttons to see who made them. Background from Mariposa.

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