I must! I don't have enough ability to not to!
Dithering is used so often as a crutch that it's like using dodge and burn in Photoshop. It's got a reputation now.
Forgive me, Sharm... http://i.imgur.com/eIcPcua.png
I remember when I was first starting to really learn how to use pixel art. I saw all these other artists using dithering or a high color count to make their work look smooth, but I knew it was a crutch and new it was possible to get a clean smooth look even with really low color counts and no dithering. So I decided to never use dithering and always use as few colors as possible until I was good enough without it. Best decision I ever made. Yeah, it was really hard at first and my beginning stuff looked harsh and not so nice, but because of that I got better at it faster. Plus I was able to overcome the problem while others who'd started at the same time couldn't get past it. I'm now really good at it, better than some other pixel artists who are better than me in other ways. The funny thing is, now that I am good enough I still don't really use dithering or high color counts.
I forgive you, but you should try to use the transition to emphasise the texture instead. Is it made of pine needles or leaves? Are the leaves pointed or rounded? There's a lot of information you can give people with a bit of shading.
Basically I'm saying don't trade looking slightly better now for your ability to do better down the road. It's not a crutch you can learn to do without unless you drop it completely for a while. Might as well do it sooner rather than later.
@SharmAre you vaguely proud? http://i.imgur.com/JQiilsB.png (<Newer|Older >)http://i.imgur.com/CR8XR9Z.png
I am! I knew you could do it! It looks better that way, don't you think? I do.
I think it looks tons better, I am very happy with it Onward to getting better
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