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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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