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    Posted: 26 October 2009 at 12:31am

CHALLENGE: Zombeh Love

Challenge winner (:3) challenges you to use the photograph template below to pixel a scene where zombie(s) are friendly and not menacing. For example, a Polaroid picture of a person and a zombie playing football or video games together.

Canvas size - Use Template:

Colours - Unrestricted.
Animation - No.
Transparency - No.


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 Zombeh Love 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 orenshtiv Replybullet Posted: 26 October 2009 at 1:22am
weee! halloween contest! my 1st halloween on PJ! :D



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Quote Antifarea Replybullet Posted: 26 October 2009 at 1:26am
Originally posted by orenshtiv

weee! halloween contest! my 1st halloween on PJ! :D



Same here lol... this is my 1st of everything to be honest, since I started doing pixel art this year.

I almost got your quote, before you edited it just now lol... you got lucky I went to log in and poof it was gone... so I'll skip my extra part of the comment I had for what you said.
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Quote orenshtiv Replybullet Posted: 26 October 2009 at 1:30am
hmmm.... can i make the photograff smaller or somethin? ://
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Quote Antifarea Replybullet Posted: 26 October 2009 at 1:33am
Originally posted by orenshtiv

hmmm.... can i make the photograff smaller or somethin? ://


I kinda agree with you though, in being able to change the border of the photograph... to be honest, the border of that photograph should be white. So far it looks kinda windows 2000 error message box instead of an actual border of a polaroid.

Hope my criticism helps.
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Quote orenshtiv Replybullet Posted: 26 October 2009 at 1:43am
*Zombie Invasion Error 453*
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Quote orenshtiv Replybullet Posted: 26 October 2009 at 1:47am
This is a sketch of myh idea:
http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd39/zehavy901/PixelJoint/idea.png
you'll see,it will be awsumm! :D
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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 26 October 2009 at 1:52am
Sorry, can't be smaller; your submission should have the exact same canvas size as the template. The actual photograph part of the template should be the same size too.

I'll get back to you about changing the border colours though. Anyway, don't worry about the border for now, the main part is the actual photograph area.
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Quote orenshtiv Replybullet Posted: 26 October 2009 at 2:12am
W.I.P:

so,what do you think so far? :P
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Quote orenshtiv Replybullet Posted: 26 October 2009 at 2:32am
another W.I.P:

well,i'll stop working for now,i g2g :P
but after it i'll continue.... :]]
hope you like it! ^ ^'
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Quote jeremy Replybullet Posted: 26 October 2009 at 3:24am
A kindly zombie giving trick or treaters treats (and hand)


I plan to do it in sepia, should be interesting :D
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Quote orenshtiv Replybullet Posted: 26 October 2009 at 8:59am
Done! :D
http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixelart/47566.htm#
[Preview,click on it]
Hope you like it :]]


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Quote smk Replybullet Posted: 26 October 2009 at 12:00pm
Seriously, why do you always rush your pieces like this for the challenges... It feels totally unfinished... :(

Also I might not put a speech bubble into a polaroid like that, but I guess that's the artist's decision.
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Quote Antifarea Replybullet Posted: 26 October 2009 at 12:24pm
Originally posted by orenshtiv

Done! :D
http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixelart/47566.htm#
[Preview,click on it]
Hope you like it :]]


I like it, but I find it a tad inconsistent with the shading... the focus of light comes from the upper left where the moon is I assume... you have to make everything from that direction... like, the shading in the pig tails should be reverse. Everything else is fine for the most part.
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Quote Hapiel Replybullet Posted: 26 October 2009 at 1:19pm
It might be a bit unreadable, but what do you think of my idea?


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Quote Antifarea Replybullet Posted: 26 October 2009 at 2:05pm
Originally posted by Lollige

It might be a bit unreadable, but what do you think of my idea?




Get outta here!! nooooooooo I was going to do the same thing... a zombie hugging a human being. meh, I'll make something else haha. Good luck.
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Quote Hapiel Replybullet Posted: 26 October 2009 at 3:34pm
But in your version he was not murdering at the same time. ;)
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Quote orenshtiv Replybullet Posted: 26 October 2009 at 10:44pm
about the shading...that it doesn't come from the moon etc. it's because the flash of the camera.
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Quote Antifarea Replybullet Posted: 27 October 2009 at 6:24am
Originally posted by orenshtiv

about the shading...that it doesn't come from the moon etc. it's because the flash of the camera.


Aha... you confused me for a second haha. It'll be best to tell that in the description.
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Quote orenshtiv Replybullet Posted: 27 October 2009 at 7:32am
aw...first my stumik,then my back,and now my head and my neck... i'm really unlucky!.. oh,and i'm quitting this challenge :[
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Quote ~R~ Replybullet Posted: 27 October 2009 at 9:51am
I have to work only in the black part or can i make something in the borders, like someone writing an note on the picture?
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Quote dpixel Replybullet Posted: 27 October 2009 at 10:04am
Originally posted by orenshtiv

aw...first my stumik,then my back,and now my head and my neck... i'm really unlucky!.. oh,and i'm quitting this challenge :[
 
Why quit the challenge?  You do have some talent and desire.  You just need to find your next level.
You're entry wasn't bad, but with a little more time...maybe at some more details it could be great. 
Don't give up.
hehe (ಠ_ಠ ) o_- :p
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Quote ekobor Replybullet Posted: 27 October 2009 at 10:53am
Things have started to calm down from last week, and I really want to give this contest a go.

So here is my preliminary sketch:
The Zombie Myspace Camera Whore


It is too big, but I plan to finish her and then crop it to fit the picture size, much the way a real photo works
>.>

[E][E2]
[E3] Went looking for a good palette. Started looking through pictures of gangrene... If you have a weak stomach, like me, I suggest you don't click these links. I just thought they may be helpful for anyone trying to do rotting flesh... As we're in a zombie contest.
Gangrene One
Gangrene Two
Gangrene Three and Four
And these are the palettes I pulled from the images, as a base point for my colours:


Obviously, feel free to use whatever you like, my research is your research~

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Quote Elk Replybullet Posted: 28 October 2009 at 5:07am
Might enter
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Quote Seiyouh Replybullet Posted: 28 October 2009 at 6:50am

zoozoozombie

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Quote ekobor Replybullet Posted: 28 October 2009 at 11:48am
Got started on colouring/shading today...
I don't think I'm doing all that great by the standards of the people I look up too, but for me, this is a vast improvement, I think:


The light, like in orenshtiv's, is coming from the camera flash.

[E] Moar shading, to the skull, under arm, neck.

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Quote Manupix Replybullet Posted: 29 October 2009 at 2:18am
ekobor: looks good, but don't forget the template!
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Quote ekobor Replybullet Posted: 29 October 2009 at 7:35am
@Manu~
Yush, I remember~
In fact I just cropped it to see how it would fit, and see what kind of background I need to get in there.


It's going to be a beach night scene... as my conception of zombies don't much like sunlight, what with the heat and decomp and all.
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Quote Ryath Replybullet Posted: 29 October 2009 at 2:18pm
Ekobor, the shadow under the armpit and under the breasts seems a little odd. Mainly it just seems like banding. Also the skin on her right arm, our left, seems like it would hang more in that gap. I like the face a lot though.

Anyway, here's my go at it. Rather WIP at the moment, but the gist is that it's Zombie Halloween, in human costumes:



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Quote Manupix Replybullet Posted: 29 October 2009 at 5:01pm
Ryath: it's not me you want to talk to! ;)

Zombs in human costume: that's great! Be sure to check that perspective though.
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Quote ekobor Replybullet Posted: 29 October 2009 at 8:09pm
Originally posted by Ryath

Manu, the shadow under the armpit and under the breasts seems a little odd. Mainly it just seems like banding. Also the skin on her right arm, our left, seems like it would hang more in that gap. I like the face a lot though.


Heh, Thanks.
I'll check the shading, but the skin is like that because under the flaps there are still muscles~


But for now, this is where I'm at. I'm not sure I'll be able to get it too my liking for the contest. But I really like this piece, so I'll be throwing it over to the WIPs if I don't get it done in time. I want this to be the best I can do.

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Quote geminoid Replybullet Posted: 30 October 2009 at 12:48am
if there is still musscle under the skin, then all of that skull is wrong...it would have to be covered by musscle.
I honestly think the exposed skull takes away from the image. there is no reason for the head to be at a 1 year decomposition, while the body is at a 2 week. dosent make sense
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Quote Elk Replybullet Posted: 30 October 2009 at 6:16am
just a sketch


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Quote jeremy Replybullet Posted: 30 October 2009 at 6:01pm
Getting there.
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 30 October 2009 at 7:40pm
Every so often a challenge really brings out the best in everyone. Kudos all!
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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 30 October 2009 at 8:55pm
Jeremy: That's looking great. You've improved heaps. Perhaps the shirt is too wrinkly though.
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Quote jeremy Replybullet Posted: 31 October 2009 at 3:09am
One last update before bed.


Thanks, Ska. I think I addressed the shirt issues. Clothing's a problem for me XP
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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 31 October 2009 at 4:01am
shirt's still a bit off, it looks as if it's twisting around on his body. Put a shirt on an look in the mirror :P

or google:



pay no attention to the tshirt design - this was the first full torso shot of a man wearing a tshirt on google images.
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Quote Ivy00 Replybullet Posted: 31 October 2009 at 4:06pm
This is my first post here and also my first challenge.  Is there a way to upload images to the forum or do they need to be hosted on an outside source?
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Quote Ivy00 Replybullet Posted: 31 October 2009 at 4:11pm
ok got it :P outside source obviously

Here is a rough sketch of my idea


here is a rough color block over the sketch






and here is where it stands currently




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Quote Manupix Replybullet Posted: 31 October 2009 at 4:23pm
Ivy: looks like a color reduced bg, > 256 colors.

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Quote Ivy00 Replybullet Posted: 31 October 2009 at 5:12pm
Something was weird with that png file.  Anyway, re-did the background and uploading another step here.  I'll give it a rest and see what I can do to it tomorrow.


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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 31 October 2009 at 5:58pm
Hey Linda, welcome to PJ.

You have great characters with a lot of personality (zombinality?)

Unfortunately though, this image won't be allowed into the gallery/challenge. The latest version of this piece is over 5000 colours (!!), this is far too much for something to be considered pixel art.

Have a look over the rules at the top of the page here (this is also the page where you can submit pieces to the gallery, but don't do that yet). For stuff to be considered pixel art here every pixel must be placed by hand; no tools such as auto AA brushes, blur, gradients etc... so this unfortunately means you might have to go back to your line art in your second version.

You might not be able to finish it before the challenge deadline (about a day and a half), but I think you could keep going and submit it as a normal gallery piece late on. Make sure you have a look around the gallery and look at the type of art that is submitted by other users here. Also, I think you could try starting up your own WIP thread in the WIP forum where other members will be able to give you some more pixel art pointers :)
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Quote Manupix Replybullet Posted: 31 October 2009 at 5:59pm
The last one is actually a jpeg (filename = zombie 7.png.jpg), that accounts for part of the problem, but not all of it.
Besides, you now have a transparency layer and auto-aa font. I foresee trouble in the queue.

The zombies look cute, but their texture is a bit random.

ska: sorry for the cross-posting.

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Manu: sorry for invading your post - just for the record, it's neither a colour reduction nor a jpeg. It does have a jpeg extension; this may be because of the host automatically assigning a jpeg extension, but I'm fairly certain that it's not a jpeg. 

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ska: no problemo!

You have a point, although there are typical jpeg artifacts at the top, and the newest version also has them at the bottom (yellowish). That would be an excellent way to accidentally get 5000 colors.
There are none in the chars, though. So the whole thing is not jpeg, but I'm fairly certain the bg has been at some point.

I'm not sure about color redux, but the bg doesn't look handpixelled though. Maybe I'm being über suspicious because of some bad stuff slipping past me lately.

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Ska edit II:

Hm, I guess I was wrong (it happens! ), on further inspection and complaints from Lollige, it does seem like a jpeg (albeit, a high quality jpeg); it didn't seem so at the time. I guess I was fooled by the low amount of compression.

But anyway, regardless of compression, that image definitely wasn't pixel kosher.

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Quote Ivy00 Replybullet Posted: 01 November 2009 at 4:52am
skamore and manupix, thanks. I think I merged in some layers that should have been discarded.  I am not sure how it ended up with 5000 colors though.  No biggie to start his coloring again, I was not sure I was happy with the way it was coming along anyway.

In regard to the file extension, yes the host is changing it.  If GIF is acceptable I can use that format instead of png.  The host leaves the GIF extension alone.


So here we go again :P  I threw my pallete colors on the image, some of those colors may not be used, so I will discard those and switch out for a different color as I progress.

rough banding stage


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Quote Ivy00 Replybullet Posted: 01 November 2009 at 6:10am
added some background roughness and working a bit on the taller zombie



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Quote Ivy00 Replybullet Posted: 01 November 2009 at 12:41pm
ok here goes, hopefully this is correct now and now ungodly color count will come up.  I don't know how to check a color count. 

Here is a png file, I know the host changes the extension so I will post a GIF image below the png file.







and the GIF file


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Quote Ivy00 Replybullet Posted: 01 November 2009 at 2:59pm
Cleaned my zombeh lovers up .  This is my final hoping the color count is ok now.


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Quote Manupix Replybullet Posted: 01 November 2009 at 5:19pm
Looks good!
47 colors in the last one, including template; 56 in the previous.
Extensions are ok, no .jpg this time. There is no difference between the gif and png either.

There are a few stray pixels here and there on the bg: around the border, and around the tall guy's head.
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Quote Ivy00 Replybullet Posted: 02 November 2009 at 12:54am
Thanks Manupix

It is quite a large canvas for pixel art.  I am sure I probably missed more than those strays you found.  I also had one heck of a weather related headache toward the end so actually surprised I got it to the point I did. 

I ended up with Photoshop saying 31 colors when I saved as GIF on the last one.  With it being more of a scene than a small sprite or tile based image it seemed to me like it needed a lot of color.  Especially with it depicting a photograph.  

Ska was kind enough to recommend a color counter for me, but I have a 64 bit system and I don't think it will work.  I will note the devs though and see if there are issues with it  on a 64 bit system.

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