Yes, it only take a good artist, and they can bring out the best, no matter the limits. And though Rasta is fantastic with the resolution and colours, compared to say, APACview and Technicolour Dream, even with the 256 colours, the resolution is so low, that Rasta looks so much better. But, you have to create art on another system and then convert it to Atari with Rasta, if you want art made on the Atari, that's different, however, there are some new art programs from the last decade or two that use software modes similar to Rasta Converter that can get, for example, 64 colours on screen at once, and with a good artist, pictures can look as good as Rasta, since 64 colours is about the average most people get when using Rasta anyway.
I'll be moving back into creating my own artwork again soon. I'll be using software that allows for DLI's, like Rambrandt, software like Technicolor Dream, and some newer ones I forget the names of that use some of the latest softare modes for max colours. So you won't be seeing mere 4-colour pictures or pictures with just DLI colour bars from my work, I'll use them smart, so smart that you won't be able to see visible DLI lines/bars in the pictures themselves. It can be done, but it takes time and care, and not trying to change all 4 colours a scan line, the trick to hiding DLI's is to leave 1 or more of the 4 colours per DLI the same to allow blending and no unsightly colour bars, which, unfortunately, most of the early Atari artist did it that way, like your picture above with the 'monster" emerging from the ocean.
Yep, I think you've treated us to a clip of that festive animation before, Fred, but whatever - it's QUALITY art - really like the composition and subject. Did you and your Dutch Pokey mates create it or did a reader send it in?
I am looking forward to creating some artwork in 256 colour modes, with Technicolour Dream and the like, and some newer interlaced versions to avoid the colour and gray-scale alternating progressive lines that give such washed out colours bars. Plus, it's still 192 vertical resolution, totally skipping every other scan line on a 480i NTSC or 576i PAL screen, so you end up with actually a colour line, then black line, then gray-scale line, then black line and back to colour again. So it further exasperates the picture quality and literally only 96 lines of colour, 96 lines of gray-scale, and 192 lines of black making up the actual image you see in real life when looking at it on a 480i NTSC or 576i PAL CRT screen! Now modern TV's like Baz is showing these pictures on also automatically do the line-doubling for the 192/240p images 384/480p, but you are still getting one double scan-line of colour and one double scan-line of gray-scale (yes technically they aren't even scan-lines anymore, but they are still Display List lines. See if you can find some of the interlaced APAC images Baz, and see what they look like on your screen. I'll do the same with mine (see below)
Things will be different with my SuperVideo 2.1 upgrade enhancing the chroma so that's a big step away from a washed-out colour look, then with interlace options blending a colour line and gray-scale line together, it should help greatly with the quality of 256 colour GTIA images. But that's not all! I then get to send that improved image through my S-video, to my video-to-VGA converter, which take those interlaced image and turns it into a 480p progressive screen! This elimates all empty black lines of a 240p image on CRT, or in the case of this video mode,192p (without overscan) into a 384p picture with scan-line doubling! This will also increase colour saturation further, and I look forward to some incredible images. Understand that the resolution is not increase on the image itself, just black lines in between filled in and the colour and gray-scale lines combined. Of course the images will only look this good to myself and anyone with similar video upgrades and adapters. I will see if I can locate some of these interlaced APAC images and then take photos of them like Baz has, but with all the video upgrades I have! I'm glad you started this Baz, or I might not have remembered this for a while!
I'm impressed by your commitment to the cause and the obvious immense satisfaction and enjoyment you get from your Atari art and video upgrades - a great combo and potentially loads more interest for us all on the forum as we all look to take our Ataris to that 'next step' or check out the 'next big thing'.
Brilliant, Matt - looking forward to further instalments, fella!