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Pixel Art Normal Maps by martyisnothere Pixel Art Normal Maps by martyisnothere
Inspired by Minecraft [link] I tried making some pixel art normal maps. The technique used to make every modern video game look wrinkly and warted, but repurposed for 3D pixel art. This would allow for dynamic lighting, such as the sun moving across the sky or the player walking around a mine while holding a torch.

If I spent some more time on making nicer looking blocks, I think this would be a very successful technique.
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MrDrayton Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an experiment I always wanted to do! Results are so interesting.
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31883milesperhour Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
simple and awesome.. pretty amazing that the NRMLs can maintain a bump at pixel res.. awesome :)
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Mercenary-Artist Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Addition of normal maps would kill that game.
So many draw calls...
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martyisnothere Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I can't speak to how the Minecraft engine actually works, but I don't believe that it would be necessary to consider each block as an individual object. With a texture atlas, nearly every triangle in the game could be put into a single buffer. Or whatever memory allows.

But I'm still a novice programmer, so I could be missing something obvious.
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Dilopho-DD Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
YAY MINECRAFT!
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jermainewiire Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
lol mine craft XD
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Prostetiche Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
Really cool take on the Normal Mapping thingie!
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mcunha98 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Greate work !
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supahbuttahtoast Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Flippin love it! :D
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If this could be implemented... Awesomeness would ensue. As if it didn't yet...
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GregorCZ Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Very cool idea, I wonder what it would look like in the game, or at least on some grander scale.
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samimarsu Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Brilliant!
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secv Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
I hope you've passed this on to the developer! Cool stuff!
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z0rR Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
thats cool :D!
you are my hero haha
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michaelfirman Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010   Digital Artist
Damn, I'd love to see that kind of lighting in its engine!
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larolaro Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
That looks great. I've been playing minecraft two days straight since it was free haha.
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fullthrottle Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
pretty sweet and interesting way of doing pixel art
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fullthrottle Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
pretty sweet and interesting way of doing pixel art
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Nef-JessB Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Im liking :D good effect !
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JvTheWanderer Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
What is with people and Minecraft?
Plus thats neat.
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
it's an awesome game? dunno, that about covers it.
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