Over the past 4 weeks you guys have absolutely blown us away by the amazing number of Pixelween entries and their al-round high quality! 55 entries, 84 people who participated to some extend and 226 images in total. That is insane, in the best possible way! Thank you!
How did you like the event? Would you join in if we did this next year? What would you like different? Let us know in the comments of this post.
Judging 55 entries is nearly impossible. Luckily we have an amazing team who pulled it off:
Pixelblink, the organiser of Pixelween 2005 - 2007
Prowler, the creator of the Masters of Pixel Art books
NeoBerserker, the moderator at PixelDalies
Ali Aydin, a TV director / writer (it was a storyboard compo, after all!)
With all that being said, and with real prizes to be given away, I'm sure you're excited who the winners are. So read on!
The judges had the following to say about Reo’s work:
"Reo's entry is the most dynamic as a whole. A stylish and consistent storyboard, and you can feel the wrath of the mummy in each panel transition. Classic horror, who doesn't love a bloodthirsty mummy?
It should be noted that Reo also participated in Pixelween 2006, and Pixelblink mentions he is proud to see how much you have grown.
Extremely detailed pieces, dramatic panels, coherent story, good overall design and composition."
a3um - Wins a 30$ steam gift card, a Master of Pixel art ebook, and a software key.
"a3um's entry has stark transitions, from the ominous calm setting scene, to our hero shown from an imposing angle, to then his shocking defeat. Professional framing and masterful pixeling techniques. A few judges did note that the last panel was confusing to them, but others appreciated the unexpected apocalyptic ending; impressively turning the challenge restrictions into an advantage for the dynamic moment depiction."
Place 4 to 8 were incredibly close. Even with 11 judges independently voting it turned out that it was nearly impossible to distinguish between the quality of these works. Although they have been awarded in the order of how high they scored, you should trust me (Hapiel) when I say that it was close enough you should probably consider them all a shared 4th place!
4: Lik - Wins a Master of Pixel art ebook, and a software key.
"Apart from being excellent pixel art, this piece did leave a feeling of horror behind which immediately caught our attention. All scenes have excellent detail levels without getting cluttered. Combined with a scary storyline, these images by Lik left a wow feeling behind."
5: Arkan85 - Wins a Master of Pixel art ebook, and a software key.
"A complete and legible storyboard that manages to maintain consistency in style and appearance over different sized palettes. Also a very good use of pixels."
6: Cmmrc - Wins a software key.
"There is a great sense of place emanating from these woods. The renditions of the first two frames are beautiful, then take a sharp turn towards insanity by the last frame."
7: Weerdmeester - Wins a software key.
"We really liked the continuity and consistency in the narrative. Weerdmeester has taken the horror genre into a new direction by focussing on the perspective of a mouse rather than a person. The contrast between the towering hell-beast in the third scene and the satisfied housecat in the final scene brings a lot of humor to the series, and the range of perspectives keeps it interesting. The most elaborate shots from start to finish."
8: Jinn - Wins a software key.
"Jinn manages yet again to do some magic with some special skin tones. The use of color is so harmonious and distinct, the colors match the vibes of each scene perfectly. The storyline flip is a classic too. It has the best scary end of all entries."
Dracula9AntiChapel, entry #1 - Wins a software key.
"This series has the best horror atmosphere of the entries, and the unsettling vibes are enhanced by the sickly greens used in the palettes. Both the environment and the monster are terrifying."