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CHALLENGE: Band of Heroes

Challenge winner, pavanz, wants you to depict a well-known musical group as a fantasy RPG party. You can just create the individual sprites or incorporate them into a scene.

Canvas Size - Unrestricted.
Colours - Max 26.
Transparency - Optional.
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 Band of Heroes 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 Drazile Replybullet Posted: 02 June 2014 at 1:40am
I call dibs on Queen!
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Quote Limes Replybullet Posted: 02 June 2014 at 9:20am


Ruff!

I am doing daft punk. I have a fairly good grasp of where to go from here.
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 02 June 2014 at 9:38am
@Limes, that is way too big a canvas for you. Reduce by 75%.
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Quote Skoby Replybullet Posted: 02 June 2014 at 12:09pm
I'm doing a tribute to Tenacious D - Tribute, got Jack Black and Kyle basically done, any C&C on them would be great, need to do the demon and some tiles.
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 02 June 2014 at 12:15pm
@All, calling dibs is cool and fun
but no one should change their ideas because someone called it.
This is not in the challenge rules.


Edited by jalonso - 02 June 2014 at 12:15pm
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Quote DatMuffinMan Replybullet Posted: 02 June 2014 at 2:14pm


Any advice on how to improve sharpness and readability would be greatly appreciated.

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Quote Limes Replybullet Posted: 02 June 2014 at 2:53pm
@ jalonso
"Canvas Size - Unrestricted."

I am unsure why my canvas is too large.

Edited by Limes - 02 June 2014 at 2:53pm
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Quote 7heSama Replybullet Posted: 02 June 2014 at 3:01pm
Originally posted by Limes

@ jalonso
"Canvas Size - Unrestricted."

I am unsure why my canvas is too large.

I'm wondering the same.


Edited by 7heSama - 02 June 2014 at 3:01pm
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Quote FrostPumpkin Replybullet Posted: 02 June 2014 at 3:11pm
Originally posted by Limes

@ jalonso
"Canvas Size - Unrestricted."

I am unsure why my canvas is too large.


It's not a restriction but a suggestion.
Pixel art is a long process if you want to make everything properly and the purpose of PA is to place each pixel carefully and don't leave any detail without attention.
Considering your the time restriction and the fact you are a beginner, you should stick to smaller pieces for the moment.

It's up to you if you want to spend one week on a huge piece to achieve a result witch might not be satisfying or even unfinished, this is only a suggestion and I must agree with him.

Edited by FrostPumpkin - 02 June 2014 at 3:11pm
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 02 June 2014 at 4:02pm
Originally posted by FrostPumpkin

Originally posted by Limes

@ jalonso
"Canvas Size - Unrestricted."

I am unsure why my canvas is too large.
...It's not a restriction but a suggestion...


Well, its a real strong suggestion as pointed out by FrostPumpkin.
In pixelart less is always more. Less colors, less canvas, less birds in the sky, less everything so there can be more, more and even more pixel level focus.
If it were entirely up to me all PJers would have max canvas size and max color use restrictions based on their work, skills and experience built into their profile.
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 02 June 2014 at 4:35pm
Originally posted by DatMuffinMan



Any advice on how to improve sharpness and readability would be greatly appreciated.


What band is this guy from?
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Quote DatMuffinMan Replybullet Posted: 02 June 2014 at 6:47pm
Originally posted by jalonso

What band is this guy from?


He's from Kiss, intended to be the second one from the left here (I'm unfamiliar with the band). I'll add more clothing later on to unify all 4 members though.
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 02 June 2014 at 6:49pm
Originally posted by DatMuffinMan

Originally posted by jalonso

What band is this guy from?


He's from Kiss, intended to be the second one from the left here (I'm unfamiliar with the band). I'll add more clothing later on to unify all 4 members though.


Oh! that's genious.
I would maybe keep them 4 in blacks and white to better read KISS???
Will they all be animals or their character (vampire, cat, spaceman, gender bending star thing with a hairy chest)


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Quote DatMuffinMan Replybullet Posted: 02 June 2014 at 7:03pm
Originally posted by jalonso



Originally posted by DatMuffinMan

Originally posted by jalonso

What band is this guy from?


He's from Kiss, intended to be the second one from the left here (I'm unfamiliar with the band). I'll add more clothing later on to unify all 4 members though.
Oh! that's genious.I would maybe keep them 4 in blacks and white to better read KISS???Will they all be animals or their character (vampire, cat, spaceman, gender bending star thing with a hairy chest)


Hmm, it's probably a good idea to at least keep the faces consistently black and white. And I'm not sure what I'll make the others into, just that the first one will be the "berserker" of the group.
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Quote Limes Replybullet Posted: 03 June 2014 at 9:31am


The concept is The two daft punk guys fighting a goblin.
All text will be in french The main thing I wanted to show here was my progress on the character portrait showing who is talking. I will work on the bars and attack options menu and the mini map and what not next.

And the day after that I shall work on the actual miniature characters. It is a long WIP, Colors I am still working out but I wont actually need that many maybe 20 at max.

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Quote Skoby Replybullet Posted: 03 June 2014 at 1:12pm


Quick mock up with 4 tiles, need to work on the GUI, some more tiles and refine everything... holding off until got a better idea of colour count before I do finishing touches on characters. With work, overtime and my girlfriends birthday not sure how much I will have so keeping it simple so I can finish it
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Quote tyrant Replybullet Posted: 03 June 2014 at 1:22pm
Eh, probably not going to have enough time to do a full mock-up for this week's challenge, but here's my Gorillaz sprites so far:
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Quote Norr 18 Replybullet Posted: 03 June 2014 at 2:51pm
Originally posted by tyrant

Eh, probably not going to have enough time to do a full mock-up for this week's challenge, but here's my Gorillaz sprites so far:

logged in to post for my first time just to say those Gorillaz sprites are awesome

and it would be amazing to make a game to follow the stories of their albums.


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Quote a3um Replybullet Posted: 04 June 2014 at 3:29am
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Quote Whisper Heart Replybullet Posted: 04 June 2014 at 6:38am
a3um: Круто!(: Что за группа?
wiP


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Quote Limes Replybullet Posted: 04 June 2014 at 9:13am


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Quote Whisper Heart Replybullet Posted: 04 June 2014 at 9:46am
a wee bit wiP
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Quote a3um Replybullet Posted: 05 June 2014 at 3:12am
@Whisper Heart - Tool

wip2



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Quote CassioRenan Replybullet Posted: 05 June 2014 at 9:03am

WIP - Still working on GUI, background, and will definitely improve the enemies.
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Quote Iscalio Replybullet Posted: 06 June 2014 at 1:33am
this contest must be Macklemored...
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Quote a3um Replybullet Posted: 06 June 2014 at 7:26am
update 3



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Quote 7heSama Replybullet Posted: 06 June 2014 at 4:19pm
Doesn't feel like it's gonna get finished... Sleigh Bells:




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Quote Skoby Replybullet Posted: 07 June 2014 at 8:43am
I've got it mostly done now, but hit a bit of a wall on how to improve on it and get it finished, any constructive criticism would really be appreciated.

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Quote FrostPumpkin Replybullet Posted: 07 June 2014 at 9:44am
Hey skoby, nice work so far :)
here are a few fixes you can make :
The brick tiles can use a bit of variation, and also less contrast (to help readability, right now it's quite busy and kyle needs to pop more)
Try removing the outline on the bottom of the cactus at the point where it touches the ground so it kind of merges.
The shadows are a nice touch for ambiance ! but don't forget the characters
Finally, the GUI can use some work, for example I think it would be better placed if it was on the bottom of the image, that way you have more space to put informations and the overall screen will look less busy.

Hope it helps ! Good luck everyone :)
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Quote Skoby Replybullet Posted: 07 June 2014 at 2:15pm
Thanks for the help, I've not had time to re-do the GUI today, not quite sure how to arrange it at the bottom but will figure something out. I tried dialling down the contrast and adding more variation in the bricks, but still wasn't happy with it so I've re-done it as flagstones.





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Quote DawnBringer Replybullet Posted: 08 June 2014 at 7:02am
Much better!
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Quote Skoby Replybullet Posted: 08 June 2014 at 8:23am
Thanks, I've got the final version done now. Added one of the lyrics from Tribute as well, hopefully most people who see it will know the song lol

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