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Quote administrator Replybullet Topic: CHALLENGE 4/12/2010: Mech Cycle
    Posted: 12 April 2010 at 12:01am

CHALLENGE: Mech Cycle

This week, challenge winner Lawrence wants you to create a walk cycle animation of a Mech sprite using a maximum of 16 frames.

Canvas size - Max 64 x 64.
Colors - Max 16.
Transparency - Optional.
Animation - Required.


CHALLENGE RULES

  • Participants have until this upcoming Sunday at midnight (12AM Pacific) to submit their entry (strict). Don't forget to check the 'Submit to weekly challenge' checkbox.
  • Only new pixels allowed.
  • Open to all members.
  • Posting WIPs in this thread or in new threads in the WIP section is highly encouraged, but ONLY SUBMIT YOUR FINAL ART.

CHALLENGE JUDGING

  • Every Sunday at midnight (12AM Pacific) the previous week's entries are judged.
  • Every week a new voting poll will be posted for previous week's entries.
  • Winner announced the following week.

CHALLENGE PRIZES/GOODIES

  • Top three finishers will receive an award displayed in your PJ gallery profile for all to see and envy.
  • Top finisher gets to call the following week's challenge...sweet.
  • 'Participation' ribbons will be given for all who enter.
  • No matter what happens you get challenged :)

CHALLENGE VOTING

Vote now for your favorite pixelart in this week's challenge!

CHALLENGE AWARDS

The Mech Cycle 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!

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Quote Buddy90 Replybullet Posted: 12 April 2010 at 12:58am
What exactly do you mean by a mech? Like, any kind of robot? Some inspiration photos would be very helpful.
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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 12 April 2010 at 1:10am
Did you click the link?

Perhaps a simple way of thinking of it is a vehicle with legs.


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Quote Lizard Replybullet Posted: 12 April 2010 at 1:20am
A mech is essentially just a huge robot that has a way of getting controlled, usually a seat in it's head.

Could be anything from four legs to one wheel.


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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 12 April 2010 at 1:38am
@Lizard: o_O
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Quote greenraven Replybullet Posted: 12 April 2010 at 6:36am
Lizard is indeed correct.



Tachikoma's are four-legged. And that's just example 1. Clarify "mech" or we're going to have yet another challenge where people are confused.
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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 12 April 2010 at 6:48am
"Perhaps a simple way of thinking of it is a vehicle with legs."

Anyway I guess I could clarify further. My understanding of what a mech is, is any vehicle that a person controls in a similar way that one would fly a plane or drive a car. ie. the person controls the vehicle from inside a cockpit (or similar). The difference between a mech and other vehicles is that mechs have legs and not wheels or wings etc... yes any amount of legs will be fine.

Greenraven, you're gonna enter this week, right? :P
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Quote greenraven Replybullet Posted: 12 April 2010 at 7:17am
I know I keep saying this every week, but yes I shall attempt to attempt something. >_<
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Quote Bamft Replybullet Posted: 12 April 2010 at 11:06am
Mech is a piloted robot. :D
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Quote Argyle Replybullet Posted: 12 April 2010 at 11:15am
I've got good ideas for this, but it will surely be a challenge!
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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 12 April 2010 at 1:36pm
BTW, This piece by Dennis could be inspiration to some:


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Quote rod750 Replybullet Posted: 12 April 2010 at 2:46pm
A few days ago I was working in the animation of an assault mech, well... now I only need to improve it... :D



Edited by rod750 - 12 April 2010 at 3:02pm
Sorry for my spelling and grammar mistakes, I'm not a native english speaker :P
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Quote Robinhood Replybullet Posted: 12 April 2010 at 3:59pm
rod750 - You can only submit completely new entries.  I'm quite sure you can't submit stuff you started before the challenge.  Unless I misunderstood your comment.

I know what a mech looks like, but can we go creative and stuff and make something that looks more like an original alien-ish mech?
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Quote rod750 Replybullet Posted: 12 April 2010 at 4:35pm
Originally posted by Robinhood

rod750 - You can only submit completely new entries.  I'm quite sure you can't submit stuff you started before the challenge.  Unless I misunderstood your comment.I know what a mech looks like, but can we go creative and stuff and make something that looks more like an original alien-ish mech?


In that case I don't have advantage , I shouldn't have said that ¬¬

Ok, I'll do a completely new image.
Sorry for my spelling and grammar mistakes, I'm not a native english speaker :P
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Quote alcheim Replybullet Posted: 12 April 2010 at 7:17pm
Are SD (super-deformed) mechs permitted?

This entails that some proportions are off so that more detailing can be done on the mech's head or body, and less details on its appendages.


Edited by alcheim - 12 April 2010 at 11:59pm
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Quote M. Lucanius Replybullet Posted: 12 April 2010 at 7:32pm
Originally posted by rod750


In that case I don't have advantage , I shouldn't have said that ¬¬

Ok, I'll do a completely new image.


Well, in any case I think you can reuse the design, just make one from scratch
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Quote Frost Replybullet Posted: 13 April 2010 at 12:50am
Some inspiration


http://www.lemonamiga.com/games/details.php?id=1118

Great game and I love the animation of the walker mech.
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Quote Setzer Replybullet Posted: 13 April 2010 at 1:59am
speaking of inspiration, you might want to check out http://www.spriters-resource.com/snes/frontmission/index.html Gun Hazard too. Probably one of my favorite mech games.
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Quote rod750 Replybullet Posted: 13 April 2010 at 6:07am
Originally posted by Setzer

speaking of inspiration, you might want to check out http://www.spriters-resource.com/snes/frontmission/index.html Gun Hazard too. Probably one of my favorite mech games.


My mech is inspired on that game
Sorry for my spelling and grammar mistakes, I'm not a native english speaker :P
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Quote Sly Replybullet Posted: 13 April 2010 at 6:51am
You must check out S.L.A.I.!
http://www.gamespot.com/ps2/sim/phantomcrash2050/index.html
http://media.ps2.ign.com/media/683/683098/imgs_1.html

I love this game and it is all mech on mech action.



Edited by Sly - 13 April 2010 at 6:54am
No zombies here
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Quote Pickles Replybullet Posted: 13 April 2010 at 8:40am
My mecha-poring (Ragnarok).
Does it fit on the rules? (I'm using 5 colors)
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Quote Adam Replybullet Posted: 13 April 2010 at 9:18am
First thought was Ministry of Silly Walks, but I don't think I'm up to the challenge so:
Drunken mechas!
 
Quick animation edit:
does not look drunken enough...


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Quote Argyle Replybullet Posted: 13 April 2010 at 3:56pm


Animation line-art thus far.  Thought I would create a mech worthy of the hillbilly sprite I just completed a walk cycle for a day or two before this challenge went up!
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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 13 April 2010 at 4:07pm
You're going to be really disappointed when you reread the challenge restrictions.

Keep working on it anyway and submit separately, since it's still awesome.
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Quote Argyle Replybullet Posted: 13 April 2010 at 4:08pm
hahahahahaha, I JUST saw the canvas size limit.  I'm usually so good about making sure I see that.  Oh well, I still plan on finishing this piece anyway.
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Quote Pickles Replybullet Posted: 13 April 2010 at 4:36pm
The animation:



My baby mecha learning how to walk...


----EDIT----

Improved



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Quote Pickles Replybullet Posted: 13 April 2010 at 8:28pm
Well, I changed my baby-mecha's head a little... =D

It still 5 colors



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Quote Elk Replybullet Posted: 14 April 2010 at 3:38am
Ah, not entering then, would have made a big mech walking...
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Quote Argyle Replybullet Posted: 14 April 2010 at 10:48am
Well even though it is no longer a piece for entering into this challenge, figured I'd post how far I've come in coloring it.

latest ->


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Quote Lawrence Replybullet Posted: 14 April 2010 at 12:25pm
@StickyTape, that looks good. If you still wanted to enter, you could resize it with nearest-neighbour filtering + a bit of clean up.

@Alcheim, if I understand you correctly then yes, that would be ok.

@Robinhood, as long as it looks recognisable as a mech, you can definitely be creative, like StickyTape has done for example.
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Quote grimwold Replybullet Posted: 14 April 2010 at 12:46pm
Hi this is my first ever animation its pritt awfull. I am using paint net but i could use a better annimation tool any sugesstions.
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Quote Clest Replybullet Posted: 15 April 2010 at 10:51am
Hi I am new here, I posted a piece for this challenge on my galery here but no idea if I can or how to directly link it here, either way, if anyone can tell me I am thankful.

For now, there goes my photobucket link:

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Quote Argyle Replybullet Posted: 15 April 2010 at 11:11am
@Lawrence - I considered it when I first saw the restriction, but decided against it.  If anything I'll make a new mech.  =)



Shaded it a lot more.  My main problem with it now is the feet.  They're out of perspective I've come to reallize, but that's ok!  Now that the animation is solid, I was planning on changing what was attached to the bottom of each 2x4 plank to make it more fun.  Like a bunch of appliances with cords flying everywhere on one, a sandbag or a sideways tire on another, who knows, I'll think of something.  Also gonna add more interesting things flopping around on the whole of the vehicle as well.  Maybe have the freezer door fly open for a few loops.
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Quote Pickles Replybullet Posted: 15 April 2010 at 1:44pm
@StickyTape

WOW... The pallete you're using is just amazing... luvd it... keep the good work... The whole work is very nice...

I noticed that the chair up there jump a little at a certain moment, I'd never sit in it, surely... e.e

@Clest

I didn't understand your question, but well, i'm gonna explain what i understood bout challenges:

- You can post here your WIP (Work in Progress) or the final work in order to share ideas and get suggestions. (You can host your work at Photobucket, as I can see you know how to do that)

- After you finished your work you must send it by the pixeljoint site to your gallery and in the sending form you have to check the "Submit to weekly challenge" checkbox, then it's sent.

Hope it helps

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Quote The Monongahela Monster Replybullet Posted: 15 April 2010 at 2:24pm
Hi, all--I'm a new member contributing for the first time.  Let the merciless hazing commence.

I started this before realizing there was a size restriction, so no biscuit for me.



This is of course the fearsome DethBUN 5000, a bunniform walker whose chief military use is stomping the guts out of defenseless compact cars.  ("DethBUN" should have umlauts on all the vowels and most of the consonants, but I can never remember how to do that so you'll have to use your imagination.)

It's a bit rough--I'll post a cleaned-up-and-maybe-even-colored version, if I can get one done before the week is out.
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 15 April 2010 at 2:46pm
@ The Monongahela Monster That's very cool looking.
The PJ forum sometimes has trouble with extremely long handles. Since you are the all-time long-assed handle winner please let us know if you ever have problems logging in.
If you joined the forum before you joined the gallery. We'll hear from you very soon :)
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Quote Clest Replybullet Posted: 15 April 2010 at 3:24pm
Picles: oh you got me right, thanks for the tips, then I am all set :)
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Quote The Monongahela Monster Replybullet Posted: 15 April 2010 at 3:59pm
Jalonso--

>you are the all-time long-assed handle winner

You mean I won something ALREADY?! 

I am out here by the tarry banks of the Monongahela, so the long handle is merely accurate.  Haven't had any trouble logging in thus far...
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 15 April 2010 at 6:25pm
Originally posted by The Monongahela Monster

You mean I won something ALREADY?!



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Quote The Monongahela Monster Replybullet Posted: 15 April 2010 at 7:28pm
Oh YEAH?!  Well, a NOOB is just a BOON... backwards!

...that made sense inside my head, before I typed it.
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Quote Pickles Replybullet Posted: 15 April 2010 at 9:31pm
@The Monongahela Monster:
Surely it made sense before you typed it. :S


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Quote Pickles Replybullet Posted: 15 April 2010 at 9:36pm
Originally posted by jalonso


Originally posted by The Monongahela Monster

You mean I won something ALREADY?!


Who's that woman? Is she famous? I think i've already seen her somewhere else Oo'
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Quote Robinhood Replybullet Posted: 16 April 2010 at 5:18am

Toaster mech.  Inspired ish by gas13.  Not sure how I will do the legs.
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Quote Pickles Replybullet Posted: 16 April 2010 at 6:16am
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Toaster mech.  Inspired ish by gas13.  Not sure how I will do the legs.


Very nice drawing ^^-

I've got an idea: you can make the right button be pushed down and as the toast gets hidden the legs show up, then the toaster walks. After that the legs are hidden again as its face shows up, so that the toaster can watch the way it's walking.


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Quote 1ucas Replybullet Posted: 16 April 2010 at 8:57am
Originally posted by The Monongahela Monster

Hi, all--I'm a new member contributing for the first time.  Let the merciless hazing commence.I started this before realizing there was a size restriction, so no biscuit for me.


I think I'm in love. That's so adorable and awesome! You should finish anyway.

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Quote HCGamer Replybullet Posted: 16 April 2010 at 10:28am
Here's my mech, I spent a few days on him and I'm pretty happy with a result, myself being only being a beginner. I couldn't get the background to be transparent, as I couldn't find a good PNG animator. A link to one would be much appreciated. Thanks.
 
EDIT: Okay, fixed the background after many hours of hard work. Hold your applause. xD
 
EDIT: Because I now know the definition of a mech, I'm currently editing mine and making it more isometric and will keep working until the contest is over.
 


Edited by HCGamer - 17 April 2010 at 10:41am
This is not a sig, look away now. Go on, get.
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Quote Robinhood Replybullet Posted: 16 April 2010 at 11:51am
Is it that you can't save the .png as transparent or is it the animation making the bg black?  If it's the animation then save all your files as .png and upload then upload the first to iaza.com and then go to the animate thing.  Upload all the .pngs in order, set your settings and upload 'em.  I'm not sure about you, but on iaza, it only gets me 10 or 100 fps for me, so then you can upload the saved gif from iaza to Picasion and then select your desired fram rate, and for size, enter the width of the pixel.
If it's saving the file as a .png that's making the background black, then you should switch programs.


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Quote a3um Replybullet Posted: 18 April 2010 at 1:07am
Originally posted by The Monongahela Monster

Hi, all--I'm a new member contributing for the first time. Let the merciless hazing commence. I started this before realizing there was a size restriction, so no biscuit for me.



I feel sorry for the pilot


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Quote -DE- Replybullet Posted: 18 April 2010 at 4:54am
Here's mine (pending approval). I wanted to add a background, but I ran out of time. It's optimized for darker backgrounds.


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Quote dogmeat Replybullet Posted: 18 April 2010 at 8:48am
Heres my current WIP. So far the legs are done, going to finish the torsos, bring the dog in the cockpit out so he doesn't look like the seat is his hat, add some stuff int he bg, shadows, etc.. and I think we'll call it good.


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