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    Posted: 03 March 2008 at 5:01am

CHALLENGE: Wide Pixels

From challenge winner Stickman comes this challenge.
Choose the title of an existing book or novel (from the bible to Harry Potter) and pixel an original cover (no refs) for it emulating this vintage console using the Amstrad CPC palette and using only a 1x2 pixel brush (no single pixels).



The book title must be included in your entry, author may be included

Size template with 1x2 grid (vertically only, grid goes the other way for landscape)

This means 160x200 measured in single pixels but pixelled using double pixels (1x2) as a coloring unit.




Color Palette - 16 colours from fixed palette,(no 1 bits ;)
Canvas Size - 160x200 horizontal or vertical
No transparency
No Animation

NOTE: Rules Changes from stickman.

Reference Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amstrad_CPC
http://members.chello.at/theodor.lauppert/games/pf-cpc.htm
http://www.gfxzone.org/articles/cpc_graphics-article_01.html

There is a link to a tutorial about making 1x2 brushes in MSPaint, see the links page.
*many unnoticed links are there too so no direct links, ya lazy bums :p

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 Wide Pixels 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 tuaarita Replybullet Posted: 03 March 2008 at 9:21am
I need a software with custom brushes. xD
Any suggestions?
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 03 March 2008 at 10:24am
http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/tutorial/mspaint

MSPaint will do :)
see the custom brushes part of that tut.

Needless to say Photoshop can do this too.


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Quote Stickman Replybullet Posted: 03 March 2008 at 10:44am
Hello guys. I really hope no one has started this yet!

Choose 16 colours out of the 27 (I had originally wrote this)
And use the 160x200

Please enjoy and feel free to call me all sorts of names for not explaining properly!!
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 03 March 2008 at 10:46am
Thanks stickman, sorry guys, my bad
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Quote Opacus Replybullet Posted: 03 March 2008 at 1:48pm
Guess the book:

I know there's 17 colours. These colours are smexy by the way. Love to play around with this pallete.
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Quote Acherhar Replybullet Posted: 03 March 2008 at 2:20pm

I honestly have no clue, loving the colors though :D

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Quote basil Replybullet Posted: 03 March 2008 at 2:53pm
Originally posted by Opacus

Guess the book:

I know there's 17 colours. These colours are smexy by the way. Love to play around with this pallete.

War of the Worlds?


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Quote hotnikkelz Replybullet Posted: 03 March 2008 at 4:28pm
definitely war of the worlds.  Awesome...i wish i can do pixelart. You guys are sooooo goood
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Quote purpletree Replybullet Posted: 03 March 2008 at 10:35pm
hmmm.. any good usggestions?
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Quote tuaarita Replybullet Posted: 03 March 2008 at 11:11pm
Originally posted by jalonso

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/tutorial/mspaint

MSPaint will do :)
see the custom brushes part of that tut.

Needless to say Photoshop can do this too.
 
Maybe I'll just 'get' photoshop. ;)
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Quote Opacus Replybullet Posted: 04 March 2008 at 2:35am
Originally posted by Leroy

 
Maybe I'll just 'get' photoshop. ;)


No, get Pro Motion.

And yes, War of the Worlds.


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Quote Stickman Replybullet Posted: 04 March 2008 at 3:58am
Opacus, that's looking good. Don't forget to put the title in there as it is a book cover. The canvas size needs to be 160x200 pixels 1x1. This is too ensure that everybody has time to do a piece


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Quote Opacus Replybullet Posted: 04 March 2008 at 7:33am
Originally posted by Stickman

Opacus, that's looking good. Don't forget to put the title in there as it is a book cover. The canvas size needs to be 160x200 pixels 1x1. This is too ensure that everybody has time to do a piece


Thanks. Yes I thought so. I already tried adding text when I made the lines, but I thought I'd keep it at the image first and add the text later.
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Quote Dra_chan Replybullet Posted: 04 March 2008 at 10:07am
W00t! This is one of the best ideas for the challenges!
Can't wait to see what everybody does.

Ok, here is how to set the brush for all you GIMP users:

Under the brush box go to create new brush then:

- Ratio 2,0
-Spikes 3
-Hardness 1,0
-Proportion 2,0
-Angle 0,0
-Spacing: 1,0

My gimp is in spanish so I'm translating the terms, they may be wrong but just set the numbers in that order.



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Quote tuaarita Replybullet Posted: 05 March 2008 at 5:24am
Changed my mind, I'm downloading GIMP. :P

Btw Dra_Chan are you sure about that? I got 2x1 With a diamond-shaped preset and

radius: 3,2
spikes: 3
hardness: 1,0
ratio: 5,0
angle: 2,7
spacing: 2,0 oslt.

Anyway I didn't get 2x1 with your numbers. I did something wrong I'm sure, lol.

I think I'm ready to start pixelling now :O

E: WIP



Not sure if I'm gonna finish. :|


Here with the palette:



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Quote Kren Replybullet Posted: 05 March 2008 at 4:56pm
Leroy thats I am Legend.. But "pixel an original cover (no refs)"
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Quote tuaarita Replybullet Posted: 05 March 2008 at 10:59pm
OH! GOOD! :D I hated that wip.
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Quote Setzer Replybullet Posted: 06 March 2008 at 11:20pm


as if i'll finish this :( cat in the hat, best book ever.
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Quote Varock Shade Replybullet Posted: 08 March 2008 at 4:02am
I don't know if I have the time to make one (busy school week)  But I think I am going to give it a try ^^ And I didn't see earlier that it has to be about a book... Is it also allowed to make an existing magazine/catalog cover or flyer or something?


Something like this?

Only big problem is... I have to replace the greys for some colour of the palette... Or lets say... almost everything... never done that before really...



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Quote Terley Replybullet Posted: 08 March 2008 at 9:06am
well try your best to hit the deadline varrock shade, don't let the time put you off starting something, even if you don't finish it in time you're still getting something out of the challenge. I like to see these as good excuses to motivate myself, tbh i've started many of these yet rarely handed something in because I just don't have the time.
goodluck, and gl to everyone sounds like a fun challenge.
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Quote 0xDB Replybullet Posted: 08 March 2008 at 9:46am
I had a go at this today but even after a few hours of pushing pixels I am still having problems finding the right colors for Winston. I'm also having problems with dithering/aa him and I think the whole scene is looking quite uninspired and boring due to a lack of perspective and total absense of any texturing/details on the background and the Ministry Of Truth.

[excuses]Yeah well, I haven't pixelled/drawn anything for a while so I'm out of practice. Damn and it looked so great in my head. :P So well, I probably won't finish this.[/excuses]

Here's my wip version anyway:

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Quote Acherhar Replybullet Posted: 08 March 2008 at 11:41am
Well, I was busy with school, so I'm starting this awesome challenge now. This is what I have so far:
 
EDIT: Added the rocket and moon, looks very elementary >.<
Any suggestions?


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Quote 0xDB Replybullet Posted: 08 March 2008 at 5:03pm
I managed to put some more work into mine and I think this is my final version. I will decide tomorrow whether I'll submit it or not.

(actually I never read the book, just saw the movie)
The frowning dude in the lower left is supposed to be Winston. Building in the right is the Ministry Of Truth(inspired by the building on the wikipedia article on it) and the figure in the back is the unknown Big Brother.




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Quote Boonzeet Replybullet Posted: 08 March 2008 at 5:12pm
Eugh, it's terrible. Just a WIP.... the name of the book is on it though.



Anything that needs definate changing?
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Quote Varock Shade Replybullet Posted: 09 March 2008 at 1:49am
I am probably not going to finish it on time, but well... at least then I tried...:



Ref
I also still have to make the lines 1x2... Then the colouring, etc...
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Quote M.E. Replybullet Posted: 09 March 2008 at 3:11am
Hi Varock Shade,

Before you put too much time into this:

"original cover (no refs)"

Good luck in trying to come up with something
else within the timeframe...


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Quote Varock Shade Replybullet Posted: 09 March 2008 at 5:04am
Damn, I keep on reading things wrong... *sigh* If I had known that I would already have a finished product... Well, in that case I'll take things slowly and finish it sometime..., I'm not going to start all over again... 
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Quote LegacyCrono Replybullet Posted: 09 March 2008 at 3:03pm
Oh, dang! I've got this one too late!
 
My idea was great, unfortunatelly there's no time left do make it. :(
Here's the WIP:
http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/2849/wiphhggdg9.png
 
I'm not used to the pallete restriction, not even the 1x2 (shouldn't be 2x1?) brush. :P
Meh, I hate how the world looks... :P Uh anyway.
 
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Quote Acherhar Replybullet Posted: 09 March 2008 at 5:10pm
Your Earth looks a lot better than mine :p I don't think I'll be submitting my entry either, as it's unfinished and looks terrible anyway.
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