Well i done this before i got really sick and was working on my art like stuff and learning to crop images better. I use the pencil tool more than anything and only use the brush to clean out an area and then the pencil tool in gimp or paint to tighten more the edges on images.
I had to do a lot of work on this peice croping the images right, upscaling res on each individual charascters image it was already in, as well with babe on right i had to do the most work on cause the image was resized far larger than was originally and had to as well go inside the actual image itself and use brush tool to smooth out grainy areas ( there may still be a lot in there ) and the pencil to improve a bit more the outline of the character. same goes for the middle babe. she required alot of tighter outlining but i messed up on the staff at the end she holding. it was far too much pixel for me to get right and shape it better. but i will retry on that staff. I favor using a all Black background when doing image croppings. makes for better eye play on messed up areas and loose pixels that may be scattered on the image BG and as well around the outline of the inside content. I was inspired by Rage to learn to be better at image cropping and learned a few things to practice on. My next goal once i get this right is to learn more image effects manipulation ( raising more quality to a higher res and HD type of lower res images) along with other graphical fx to make them more prominent and standout. Leartning and practicing to get better at doing it by tedious hand and the hard way. lol
Originality and creativity and lives inside and outside the box! Trashcan Larry sprite by Lando