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Lakitu and the Cloud | Desert Skin Contest

Lakitu and the Cloud | Desert Skin Contest Minecraft Skin

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Lakitu and the Cloud.


The cloud was the only thing left in the world that I trusted. It always took me to where I needed to be without questioning my judgement, and provided some much needed company in a rather lonesome desert. Now I trust no one.


Mario barged into the desert a few hours prior. He stole all of the items that I had stored up in the question mark boxes - they were going to be my sustenance for the deathly, freezing nights the desert faced. I heard the news from my Goomba Guards and rushed at once to go and find Mario myself - not quite believeing what I was being told. I grabbed the cloud and an armery of spike balls before setting out into the blistering heat.


As I flew above my community, the trail of destruction before me was devastating. Hundreds of dead Koopa Troopa's filled the streets, their lifeless shells toppling over one another. Various dismembered Pokey's scattered the ground, their spiked bodies crippled and limp against the sand. What an earth validates this violence? The desert kingdom have never done anything against Mario.


I sped up. Tears were filling my eyes when I saw the villages. There was nothing more to call a village, it was now just an area of rubble and cowering bodies. Stunned for few moments, I lost my concentration. Before I knew what had happened, I felt my arm burning: it was Mario and his fireballs. He was throwing them at me from below, chuckling as he did so.


I desperately chucked my spikeballs down to the ground trying not to focus on the searing pain in my arm, and hoping that one would get close enough to halt him in his progress. It didn't. A barrage of fire hit me in the leg, shell and head, the latter being enough to make me lose my balance and fall from the cloud. I could only remember a few things from there:


The deafining thud of my body slumping onto the sandstone.

The darkness enveloping my vision.

And Mario stealing the cloud ... my cloud. He winked as he flew away. He just made an enemy.




My entry and a small backstory - will probably update and improve when I get a chance. It is of course Lakitu from the Mario franchise, although I tried to write his story as if he was the victim and Mario was the bad guy.
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  • Spectre
  • Level 49
  • Master Mage
  • June 19, 2015, 3:53 am
Nice skin but: WTH has this got to do with the desert???
  • Happs
  • Level 45
  • Master Blockhead
  • May 26, 2015, 5:12 am
*throws in a diamond*
  • OreoVal
  • Level 42
  • Master Princess
  • May 4, 2015, 5:27 am
Congrats on 48th! c:
  • Masq
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • May 4, 2015, 6:03 am
Thankyou :)
  • Voidarel
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Taco
  • April 24, 2015, 5:21 pm
Yay! You're in the finalists!
  • iixRose
  • Level 26
  • Expert Geek
  • April 22, 2015, 12:18 pm
Gud luck!
  • Jesuitical
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Button Pusher
  • April 20, 2015, 12:45 pm
lakitu is easymode
  • Masq
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • April 20, 2015, 12:47 pm
1 on 1 him irl m9
  • Pepijn
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Cyborg
  • April 18, 2015, 12:58 pm
This guy..... I hate him so much. Good skin though :P
  • Masq
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • April 20, 2015, 12:47 pm
Hehe I concur - thankyou very much!!
  • Apprentice
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Network
  • April 13, 2015, 6:57 pm
Not bad. And that guy killed me so many times. It use to make me so mad lol.
  • Masq
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • April 13, 2015, 6:59 pm
Hehe I'm the exact same: why, Lakitu, why?!
  • Apprentice
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Network
  • April 13, 2015, 7:01 pm
You should make a Yoshi skin now to defeat this little guy
I always hated Lakitu, but this skin is amazing! The thing I hated more in Super Mario in the desert was that sun that flew to get you. It scares me to this day.
  • Masq
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • April 13, 2015, 6:59 pm
Aha :) Thankyou! I just hated the desert biome as a whole, you couldn't trust anything in that world! 2 spooki 5 me
  • Frozen Venom
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Meme
  • April 13, 2015, 10:00 am
Awesome you could win the contest!
  • Masq
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • April 13, 2015, 10:03 am
hehe, no, but thanks ^.^
  • Frozen Venom
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Meme
  • April 13, 2015, 10:05 am
No really it's Awesome I think you should be at least in the top 3!
  • Masq
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • April 13, 2015, 10:07 am
I severely doubt I will make the finals alone, but thanks :)
  • Frozen Venom
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Meme
  • April 13, 2015, 10:09 am
You will , I really believe in you!
  • Frozen Venom
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Meme
  • April 13, 2015, 10:13 am
It's way better than mine 
  • Voidarel
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Taco
  • April 12, 2015, 10:12 pm
But every few years he escapes from the desert and gets to referee the Mario Kart races.
He even gets to race in them sometimes!
  • Masq
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • April 12, 2015, 10:18 pm
Hehe :P Gotta love Mario Kart
  • Voidarel
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Taco
  • April 12, 2015, 11:53 pm
Yass
  • Mr Gloopy
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • April 12, 2015, 10:02 pm
That story though... All mario games ruined for me XD
  • Masq
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • April 12, 2015, 10:18 pm
Aha :)
  • Punkamoar
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 49
  • Master Gent
  • April 12, 2015, 4:47 pm
Feedback time!

On the face, I think you could stand to move the entire thing a pixel down. That'll remove the spindly/nerdy feel that it's giving now. And on the shell, move the white outside to the back layer, then have the green on the 3D layer, to give it a raised feel.

Nice though, very very nice
  • Masq
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • April 12, 2015, 9:14 pm
Thanks for the feedback dude :D Really appreciate it and have changed everything that you suggested - I agree about this one looking more like his face and less "nerdy" :)
  • Molly
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Bunny
  • April 12, 2015, 4:08 pm
This is wonderful! Good luck <3
  • Masq
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • April 12, 2015, 9:13 pm
Thankyou very much :D
  • OreoVal
  • Level 42
  • Master Princess
  • April 12, 2015, 11:29 am
Overall it's a nice skin, and a great idea for the contest, in my opinion. c:
Sorry if this sounds a bit harsh but here's some feedback:
it might look better if you toned down the saturation on the yellow a bit? Yellows are soo hard to make without them either looking dirty, green, or blinding, though. >.< yellow, y u so hard
I think another shade and a bit more contrast would enhance the shell, too.
I also feel like the spikeball and the cloud could use more contrast and rounded orners to look more realistic - if you don't know what I mean by rounded colors, I'll explain.
And for once, inevitably gigantic rounded glasses fit thie skin! xD good job with those.
shading and lightsourcing could use a little work (though I have no room to talk xD) but your current shading is good.

I hope I didn't sound too harsh x: this is, of course, only my opinion, and f you want me to clarify anything let me know. But this is a good skin! I wasn't trying to trash talk it, just let you know what I would do to improve it. Good luck in the contest! c:
  • Masq
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • April 12, 2015, 11:34 am
Hehe thanks for the feedback - I really appreciate it :)

I agree: yellows suck - they are super hard to get half right. I will tone down the saturation! Will also add a shade to the shell.
Could ya explain the rounded corners bit? I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to skinning ^.^ And yey gigantic glasses r lyf <3 I really need to work on lightsourcing too, am trying to practice it more :)

Thanks for the feedback, and don't worry it didn't sound harsh - I think that these suggestions will really improve the skin :)
  • OreoVal
  • Level 42
  • Master Princess
  • April 12, 2015, 11:44 am
Glad you don't think I'm a big hater cx and yess, I need lightsource practice too.
Okay so, here's an example of rounded corners; http://i.imgur.com/yQw4pUZ.png?1 
Basically erase the corners and draw them on the original layer. It gives off more of a rounded shape (after all, I wanted to make a bowling ball, not a bowling cube, right? lol) and I use this technique in dresses, too. It can be applied in reverse for hair.
Hopefully that was clear enough c:
  • Masq
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • April 12, 2015, 12:00 pm
Hehe of course not! Thankyou so much, have updated with rounded corners :)
  • OreoVal
  • Level 42
  • Master Princess
  • April 12, 2015, 12:05 pm
That makes a huge differene in my opinion! c:
nice idea gave you a diamond for it even when I'm not that into Mario and these stuff. Maybe the cluod could be bigger.
  • Masq
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • April 12, 2015, 12:01 pm
Thankyou! I felt like the cloud being taller would make it lose it's proportions and so I stuck with a rather small cloud.
Looks nice, great colors. Good luck in the contest.
  • Masq
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dolphin
  • April 12, 2015, 9:57 am
Thankyou very much!

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