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CHALLENGE: Explosions in the Sky

Well, it's New Year (or thereabouts) - the perfect time for colourful pyrotechnics. So, this week, create a scene that depicts fireworks exploding.

Optional Bonus Challenge: Make the scene look like new year's eve.

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- Max 250 x 250.
Colours - Max 20.
Transparency - No.
Animation - Optional.


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 Explosions in the Sky 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!



Edited by skamocore - 30 December 2013 at 12:34am
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Quote Erstus Replybullet Posted: 30 December 2013 at 9:44am
Brilliant theme. I'm looking foward to see them animated. :)

Also, it's a fantastic band, one of my favorites.
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Quote Eggy Replybullet Posted: 30 December 2013 at 10:19am
This is what I have so far, which is, of course, far from done.

I dunno if I'll be able to pull it off with just 6 colors (the blue isn't in the palette because it's the background color), and with the current look.
Inspired by/based on this: http://i.imgur.com/j26MbYbl.jpg
((EDIT: The [url] tag seems to disappear for an unknown reason when I try to use it... sorry, you'll have to copy the reference link manually.))

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Quote dphuong98 Replybullet Posted: 31 December 2013 at 11:45pm
            Does the number of colors that I used matter?! I means I can't limit my art in the range of 20! But if you want I can try...
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Quote Muxaun Replybullet Posted: 01 January 2014 at 4:08am
Originally posted by dphuong98

             Does the number of colors that I used matter?! I means I can't limit my art in the range of 20! But if you want I can try...

Yes, it does matter. You cannot enter the challenge with more than 20 colors.

But 20 is a decent amount of colors. Post your WIP here and maybe you will get some advices on how to optimize your palette.
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 01 January 2014 at 10:26am
Originally posted by dphuong98

             Does the number of colors that I used matter?! I means I can't limit my art in the range of 20! But if you want I can try...


Limitations and restrictions are a hallmark of pixelart. If you like to pixel you have to be able to do so with limited colors.
Its been proven countless times that color limitations do not affect art, concept, visuals and imagination.
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Quote Storm Replybullet Posted: 01 January 2014 at 6:19pm
I haven't done any challenges lately on here so I wanted to give this a try. In Tennessee they drop a music note for new years, I'm trying to make something like that. Here's my progress so far, still gotta add fire works and stuff lol



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Quote Different55 Replybullet Posted: 01 January 2014 at 7:11pm
I've been trying different pixel art styles, and this is one of my experiments. I'm not sure how it turned out but it's a group of 3 pixels lighting tiny pixel fireworks. I kinda missed the "in the sky" part of the title.
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Quote CELS Replybullet Posted: 01 January 2014 at 7:24pm
I really like that, Different. Very creative!

@Storm: Are you doing an animation too?
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Quote Storm Replybullet Posted: 01 January 2014 at 7:28pm
That's quite nice different :)

I don't usually add animation to my things but i'm gonna give it a try to challenge myself :0 @ cels
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Quote Different55 Replybullet Posted: 01 January 2014 at 7:54pm
I didn't see your post, Storm. I really like... well, everything, honestly. I wish I had some advice to give you but everything looks very polished so far.
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Quote Different55 Replybullet Posted: 02 January 2014 at 9:35am
I've got another revision here:

I changed the flight of the blue one so it looked a bit more consistent through its flight, changed the way he jumped away from the blue one, fixed a few jumps, and a few other small things.
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Quote CELS Replybullet Posted: 02 January 2014 at 11:09am
I like the simplicity of the foreground, Different. But I do kind of feel like the background could have one or two extra colours without spoiling the simplicity of that piece. A cityscape, a small house, a tree, just... something.
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Quote Zamaj Replybullet Posted: 02 January 2014 at 12:05pm
Here's my WIP:



I'm not sure how well the whole thing is reading; I'm wondering what you all think of my palette, and, more importantly, the layout. I'm a little frustrated because the child isn't really standing out like I'd imagined and the something just isn't working about the design.

I feel like it's just a bit dark and muddled. I'm considering changing it to a very wide and thin or very tall and thin canvas, and I feel like I need a bit more of a dynamic perspective.

Thoughts?
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Quote CELS Replybullet Posted: 02 January 2014 at 12:19pm
@Zamaj: Very nice idea, I like it a lot. It's definitely dark and muddled. The child isn't standing out because it's just a black shape with 5 pixels highlighted. If you apply the reflected light more liberally, then this piece will certainly come into its own.
The size and position of the buildings seem a bit random to me. I can't tell if they're in the middle of a street or in some open plaza.
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Quote Zamaj Replybullet Posted: 02 January 2014 at 12:53pm
All right, I've reworked the background and added more rim lighting to the child.



I'm liking this much better, I think I'll continue with this design.
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Quote xinoivsionix Replybullet Posted: 02 January 2014 at 2:02pm
*WIP*
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Quote Storm Replybullet Posted: 02 January 2014 at 10:14pm
Update:

hmm I redone the fireworks a tad so they blend in with the sky more and I'm working on finishing the sky at the moment.
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Quote Muxaun Replybullet Posted: 03 January 2014 at 4:22am
Originally posted by Zamaj

All right, I've reworked the background and added more rim lighting to the child.



I'm liking this much better, I think I'll continue with this design.

Nice work, but I cannot get rid of my association about it:
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Quote Shadow64 Replybullet Posted: 03 January 2014 at 5:04am
Here's my WIP (I may just turn this in):

Preview:


Image:


I am a child.

The only thing I'm worried about is that the firework is hard to read on the background and since that's the whole point of this challenge, I feel like I should work on it more. Thoughts?
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 03 January 2014 at 6:07am
Shadow64. Its your palette.
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Quote Gecimen Replybullet Posted: 03 January 2014 at 6:59am
@shadow; you could as well make the fire work red or something.
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Quote Shadow64 Replybullet Posted: 03 January 2014 at 1:38pm
@Gecimen: Good point, I'll give it a shot. Shouldn't increase the color count since the green is only used in the firework right now.

@Jalonso: Yeah, I'm still working on my understanding of color theory... :\ I'll try messing around with it, but do you have any suggestions or places I should start?
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Quote kuznetsowski Replybullet Posted: 03 January 2014 at 2:47pm
I actually don't really get what's happening on the picture. A wizard is sitting on the toilet watching the fireworks...against a concrete wall?

I like the robe and the legs, though.

Maybe you could try just having the wizard sitting on the toilet, and then all of a sudden the whole room goes bang, with red/orange lights so that it reads as if there was a window in front of the wizard and a firework had just exploded through it. That way you could even get rid of the firework itself and I don't think it'd go against the challenge rules, or would it?
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Quote Shadow64 Replybullet Posted: 03 January 2014 at 3:09pm
@Kuznetsowski, Actually the fireworks are coming FROM the wizard... I'll try to make that clearer, too.
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Quote CELS Replybullet Posted: 03 January 2014 at 3:32pm
He's pooping. And because he's a wizard, there is fireworks coming from the toilet bowl. I think it's a nice idea, I'm rarely opposed to some good old fashioned toilet humor. It's just the execution that is lacking. Get rid of the dithering alltogether, increase contrast, brighten up the face (or lower the hat if you want the face hidden in shadow) and get rid of the gradient on the blue booths... that's my humble advice anyway.

@Zamaj: Much better! Looking forward to seeing the final version. The dad needs broader shoulders, IMO.

@xinoivsionix: I rather like this. Very abstract. But the skull needs a lot of work, I think.

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Quote Shadow64 Replybullet Posted: 03 January 2014 at 3:43pm
Thanks CELS! I'll try those tweaks and see what happens. Really appreciate all the feedback I'm getting - hope I can fix it. :)
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Quote Different55 Replybullet Posted: 03 January 2014 at 7:57pm
I took CELS's advice and added a cityscape and some clouds in the background, and added a sparkle/explosion/thing to the 3rd firework. I'm probably going to end up removing the clouds or making them a shade lighter. Any feedback?



Originally posted by Muxaun


Nice work, but I cannot get rid of my association about it:

Yeah, that's creepy.

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Quote Shadow64 Replybullet Posted: 03 January 2014 at 9:58pm
Thanks for the help CELS, I assumed you were talking about the dithering on the bricks so I did my best to still give is some nice shadow, but took it out. I also took out the top portion so that this bathroom is outside so you can see it against the sky:

Original:

Updated:

I lightened his face and some of his robe for better contrast as well. Any further thoughts? I still have 3 colors left so I might try doing another firework or having him shake a bit before the firework launches to be a better indication that it's a fart.
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Quote kuznetsowski Replybullet Posted: 04 January 2014 at 6:25am
@Shadow64, maybe he could raise a bit his left leg so that it's clear that it's a fart, rather than having him shake (which would be probably more time-consuming).

I also would suggest going crazy on the firework itself because right now it looks like a very discrete/subtle fart and I'm assuming that if someone has fireworks coming out of their ass when pooping, they gotta be some heavy fireworks lol.

The updated version looks much better :D
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Quote Shadow64 Replybullet Posted: 04 January 2014 at 1:14pm
Good call on the lifted leg and crazy fireworks. I'll be doing some work on it today, but I think it'll be the last I work on it - deadline is just getting too close for comfort unfortunately.

And thanks! Yeah, CELS's notes were crazy helpful. My piece was just too busy before, his thoughts cleared it up a lot!
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Quote dphuong98 Replybullet Posted: 11 January 2014 at 11:36pm
Everybody's works looking awesome! I hope they're all finished soon!            
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