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Red Planet Day is observed annually on November 28, so we are going to observe it in pixel art.

Use our canvas, and add 8 colours of your choosing (as the number of planets in our system), and your imagination.

You are free to make a photorealistic, actual mars, but you can also make a very "artistic" interpretation with beautiful, exaggerated canyons, or in a style of a cute video game. It can be scientifically factual and contemporary, but also very fictional like including near or very, very far future colonisation, or fantastic alien live. It even don't have be literally a "red planet", you can go with green (after terraforming) or blue (filled with oceans, as some scientist suggest mars were in the past), or you can imagine mars going through a fire volcanic phase or ice globe phase or entirely urbanised by super technically advanced civilisation billion years in the future. Just make it obvious somehow that this is still a Mars we are looking at.


Of course the sky is also your canvas and you can fill it with moons, stars, nebulae, apocalyptical asteroid explosions, spaceships or gigatnic celestial beings, or science fiction megastructures sticking out from the planet surface. But if this is not somethig you want to do, or have no time this week, you can submitt a transparent version with a planet circle only (delete the black sky part of the canvas).



https://i.imgur.com/aOxdYpT.gif



Canvas Size - Exactly 300x300 (use the provided file).
Colors - Max 11 (black and red from our canvas + 8 of your own, and transparency, but only if you decide to skip the sky).
Transparency - Optional.
Animation - No.



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by gawrone @ 11/28/2022 02:07  |    0
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The PJ Stamps pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:



Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the PJ Stamps forum thread for more information.
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Posted by gawrone @ 11/28/2022 01:18  |    0
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It is that time of the year, so LET'S BEGIN...

18th ANNUAL
 SECRET SANTA!

One of the most entertaining pixel events of the year - PJ and Pixelation's annual Secret Santa , like past years, will be held at Pixel Joint & PJ Discord this year! You don't know what's going on? Here it is:

You sign up for this, get a random partner assigned to you, and you make a pixel art gift for them. In turn, somebody else (you don't know who) will be making a gift for you! Gifts will be revealed on Christmas.
 
Take a look at a previous year's Secret Santa here
2021 - 2020 - 2019 - 2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013
2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005

Taking Part
  • After reading the instructions below, sign up by putting a message as a comment to this news post, saying "I'm In"!

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Posted by Gecimen @ 11/22/2022 03:11  |    41
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This week's challenge is simple. Draw 3 sprites of different autumnal leaves using the Autumn Glow palette made by Sonnenstein. Leaves have to differ by colour and shape.

https://lospec.com/palette-list/autumn-glow

https://lospec.com/palette-list/autumn-glow-8x.png


Canvas Size - Max 200x200.
Colors - Max 21, only colors from the provided palette + transparency.
Transparency - Yes.
Animation - No.



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by gawrone @ 11/21/2022 08:51  |    1
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The Walk. Casually. pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:



Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the Walk. Casually. forum thread for more information.
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Posted by gawrone @ 11/21/2022 01:35  |    0
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The following pixel artists produced Pixel Joint's top rated pixel art for October 2022.
Many thanks go out to this month's top pixel artists, and all the members who took time to rate!

Shmupy-16/pixelart#1 Pixel Art

Shmupy-16/pixelart

Shmupy-16
by DawnBringer

/soulwars/kybelle/pixelart#2 Pixel Art

/soulwars/kybelle/pixelart

/soulwars/kybelle
by Thu

The three body problem/pixelart#3 Pixel Art

The three body problem/pixelart

The three body problem
by Mr_Hk_

Tribute to the Pike Emperor/pixelart#4 Pixel Art

Tribute to the Pike Emperor/pixelart

Tribute to the Pike Emperor
by aamatniekss

Torment=Machina/pixelart#5 Pixel Art

Torment=Machina/pixelart

Torment=Machina
by vierbit

Great Necromancer/pixelart#6 Pixel Art

Great Necromancer/pixelart

Great Necromancer
by andylittle

Final confrontation/pixelart#7 Pixel Art

Final confrontation/pixelart

Final confrontation
by vierbit

First case - Investigation./pixelart#8 Pixel Art

First case - Investigation./pixelart

First case - Investigation.
by vierbit

icon/pixelart#9 Pixel Art

icon/pixelart

icon
by TofuPxl

The King Crab, Captain Claw/pixelart#10 Pixel Art

The King Crab, Captain Claw/pixelart

The King Crab, Captain Claw
by Alphonso6

Posted by Gecimen @ 11/3/2022 03:04  |    0
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Another amazing year of Pixelween! Sooo many amazing entries and most of them were a full series of 4 challenges!

The judges really sweated this time but again, we have a pro team of them, namely:

Last year's winner Jeremy, Prowler from Masters of Pixel Art book series, NeoBerserker the moderator at PixelDalies, PJ members Cyangmou, DawnBringer, Mrmo_Tarius, StevenM and PJ mods Irenaart, Jinn, Gecimen, Hapiel and vrine.

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!

Vierbit - Wins a printed Masters of Pixel art book volume of your choice, and a game/software key.

Mr_Hk_ - Wins a 25$ steam or lospec gift card, a Master of Pixel art ebook, and a game/software key.


Reo  - Wins 25$ steam or lospec gift card, a Master of Pixel art ebook, and a game/software key.
 
 
 4: a3um - Wins a Master of Pixel art ebook, and a game/software key.

5: ink (#1) - Wins a Master of Pixel art ebook, and a game/software key.

6: Lucky90Happy - Wins a game/software key.

ink (#1)- Wins a game/software key.

8: gawrone- Wins a game/software key.

9: spoonsweet - Wins a game/software key.

 

10: Kita_McKellar_Zarate - Wins a game/software key.

 
All participants will receive a trophy, they should be in your profile soon.
 
We will be in contact with the winners shortly to arrange their prizes. Also, should the game or software keys be passed down, more winners will be announced in this news post.
 
Next year (hopefully) we will be back with a different set of challenges, so make sure to post your ideas for next year! Thanks everyone for joining!

Posted by Gecimen @ 11/14/2022 02:21  |    9
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This week we are creating a collection of postal stamps representative for our Pixel Joint community and our love for pixel art.

You can choose any  theme you like, whenever it is related to pixel art, or not. Beautiful landscapes, famous painting reproductions, architectural landmarks, classic video games, cute animals, historical figure portraits (Pixel Nerd included) - all are very welcome. Just remember to make sure it is a Pixel Joint stamp by adding some form of a logo or writing at least the "PJ" letters. If you want to add the price of the stamp, use the imaginary pixel currency (for example 10px).

We will be using mail24 palette created by Hyohnoo.




And for the canvas you can choose one from the examples or create your own by using the provided frame tilesset of 16x16 tiles (so the canvas dimensions have to be a multiple of 16px).
 

 
 


 
 

Canvas Size - Any as long as it is a multiple of 16 and uses the provided frame tileset.
Colors - Max 25, only colors from the provided palette + transparency.
Transparency - Only in the stamp borders.
Animation - No.
 



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.

Posted by gawrone @ 11/14/2022 03:15  |    1
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The Take Five pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:



Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the Take Five forum thread for more information.
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Posted by gawrone @ 11/14/2022 02:16  |    2

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We must be our own before we can be another's.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Unknown Source

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