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CHALLENGE 7/9/2012: Helio-Monster

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Topic: CHALLENGE 7/9/2012: Helio-Monster
Posted By: administrator
Subject: CHALLENGE 7/9/2012: Helio-Monster
Date Posted: 09 July 2012 at 12:00am

CHALLENGE: Helio-Monster

Pixel an original monster that lives on the surface of the sun.

Your image needs to use this colour - #FF6600:

Canvas Size - Max 100 x 100.
Colours - Max 16. Must include #FF6600.
Transparency - Optional.
Animation - Optional.


  • Participants have until this upcoming Sunday at midnight (12AM Pacific) to /pixels/submit_icons.asp - 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 /forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=8 - WIP section is highly encouraged, but ONLY SUBMIT YOUR FINAL ART.


  • 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.


  • 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 :)


/pixels/poll.asp?id=1301' name='vote' target='_blank'>Vote now for your favorite pixelart in this week's challenge!


The Helio-Monster pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

/pixelart/71560.htm' target='_blank' class='winner1'>Hellio by /p/19163.htm' target='_blank'>Victor Rojo
/pixelart/71487.htm' target='_blank' class='winner2'>sun octopus by /p/34151.htm' target='_blank'>ripatti
/pixelart/71519.htm' target='_blank' class='winner3'>True Form of the Sun's Dark Spots by /p/21045.htm' target='_blank'>a3um

Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge!

/pixelart/71510.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Sunblorg portrait by /p/36467.htm' target='_blank'>Nevercreature
/pixelart/71521.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>mitosis by /p/36283.htm' target='_blank'>marat
/pixelart/71568.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Flare Dragon by /p/36754.htm' target='_blank'>aeveis
/pixelart/71494.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>From the Sun by /p/26118.htm' target='_blank'>Night
/pixelart/71563.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Helio Monster by /p/34612.htm' target='_blank'>Gavralcraw
/pixelart/71458.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Prominence dragon by /p/35540.htm' target='_blank'>sjhwi1a
/pixelart/71517.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>StarKitty by /p/21974.htm' target='_blank'>AlexHW
/pixelart/71532.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>helio-monster by /p/38980.htm' target='_blank'>albaz2000eg
/pixelart/71476.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Shitty lava bug thing by /p/33120.htm' target='_blank'>Kanonsis
/pixelart/71475.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Bioflama by /p/35001.htm' target='_blank'>Benjiro
/pixelart/71466.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Solar jellyfish. by /p/35331.htm' target='_blank'>Whisper Heart
/pixelart/71543.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Weekly challenge - Fireman by /p/37619.htm' target='_blank'>Shanx
/pixelart/71490.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Fire Fish by /p/38830.htm' target='_blank'>Dredlockz
/pixelart/71538.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Phantom HE17 by /p/38859.htm' target='_blank'>Pirata
/pixelart/71509.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Sun Squizzard by /p/20306.htm' target='_blank'>dpixel
/pixelart/71444.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Summoners Handbook #7: Sun orb by /p/35725.htm' target='_blank'>MrBeast
/pixelart/71564.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Hell/Sun Demon by /p/39013.htm' target='_blank'>MatWarner
/pixelart/71511.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Helio-Monster by /p/38868.htm' target='_blank'>curvedlines
/pixelart/71497.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Behold! Sun people. by /p/34829.htm' target='_blank'>Mandrill
/pixelart/71514.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Heliskull by /p/38416.htm' target='_blank'>Allefws
/pixelart/71456.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Telefonear al Sol by /p/9313.htm' target='_blank'>ui_
/pixelart/71513.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Sun Serpent by /p/34569.htm' target='_blank'>Levaunt
/pixelart/71498.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Kzect - Guardian of the Sun by /p/36599.htm' target='_blank'>Danori
/pixelart/71449.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Sun Monster by /p/38905.htm' target='_blank'>Eurritimia
/pixelart/71512.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>sunmonster by /p/7728.htm' target='_blank'>mrduke
/pixelart/71480.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Heat Ape by /p/34738.htm' target='_blank'>Heavy Metal
/pixelart/71464.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Solar Abomination by /p/37334.htm' target='_blank'>zlocish
/pixelart/71479.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Sun Exploration Bot by /p/38811.htm' target='_blank'>sirvander
/pixelart/71485.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Molten Marauder by /p/34532.htm' target='_blank'>Sublyme
/pixelart/71524.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Solar Gate by /p/30996.htm' target='_blank'>||||
/pixelart/71488.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Weird Heliosaurus by /p/38843.htm' target='_blank'>Fanton
/pixelart/71550.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Helio Monster by /p/28527.htm' target='_blank'>albertov

Posted By: Gamamoto
Date Posted: 09 July 2012 at 2:00am
This sounds very interesting !

Posted By: Whisper Heart
Date Posted: 09 July 2012 at 6:09am
That started ...

Posted By: ShdwFrg
Date Posted: 09 July 2012 at 6:27am

By - shdwfrg at 2012-07-09

Not sure how I'm supposed to shade this thing...

Posted By: Fanton
Date Posted: 09 July 2012 at 12:55pm
It is a sort of dinosaur, I want to add some ridges and/or some wings. Anyway the violet line rappresents an hypothetic horizon. I'm not sure I'll make a BG.

Posted By: Sublyme
Date Posted: 09 July 2012 at 4:47pm

A very early WIP :P

Posted By: Danori
Date Posted: 09 July 2012 at 10:03pm
Here is mine, just working on lighting right now and then going to make his arms, then adding texture.

Posted By: Adam
Date Posted: 10 July 2012 at 5:18am

Posted By: Dredlockz
Date Posted: 10 July 2012 at 8:05am
Since it is the sun, and there is no real surface to walk on, I went with a fishy creature made of fire.

The fin animation is done, I plan on animating the side arms and doing a trail of flame (tricky part )

Posted By: AirStyle
Date Posted: 10 July 2012 at 8:57am
you plan on making that bigger? you have 10,000 (100 x 100) pixels to work with.

Posted By: Dredlockz
Date Posted: 10 July 2012 at 10:17am
Originally posted by AirStyle

you plan on making that bigger? you have 10,000 (100 x 100) pixels to work with.

100x100 is the max, but it can be smaller right?
If I finish the fish just the way I like it I can work on some background and ambiance stuff.

Posted By: Graindolium
Date Posted: 10 July 2012 at 11:15am

Posted By: Danori
Date Posted: 10 July 2012 at 12:15pm
Originally posted by Graindolium

That is absolutely amazing, but I dont see a monster :o

Posted By: curvedlines
Date Posted: 10 July 2012 at 12:57pm

So far making the cosmos in the back ground has been the most chalenging part. But I think I'll be able to make it look awesome.

Posted By: Benjiro
Date Posted: 10 July 2012 at 1:39pm
light or shadow below the floating flame?

Posted By: imnumberfour
Date Posted: 10 July 2012 at 1:40pm
It must be difficult being the only living thing on the Sun. Everyone thinks you are a monster! D:

Posted By: curvedlines
Date Posted: 10 July 2012 at 2:14pm
@benjiro I say light. Looks more dynamic.

Posted By: Danori
Date Posted: 10 July 2012 at 4:27pm
More progress:

Posted By: curvedlines
Date Posted: 10 July 2012 at 4:37pm

My first draft. I'll come back to this later with fresh eyes. It's looking a little too busy for me. I might come back in and smooth it out a bit.

Posted By: Fanton
Date Posted: 10 July 2012 at 6:18pm
Can I rappresent more than one monster? Of the same specie of course, not another original one.

Posted By: Dredlockz
Date Posted: 10 July 2012 at 9:52pm
Some progress with the fire.
I have moved those pixels around for so long now to make up for the fact that the fish is moving. Also the top of the fish is a bit too static, need to fix that.

@curvedlines : wow dude, that looks fantastic!

update: Used the whole 100x100 pixels in the end, but I think it just ended up adding too much noise and taking away from the original, but oh well, all in good practice.

Posted By: Night
Date Posted: 11 July 2012 at 6:04am

Started something, not really sure about this.

Posted By: Friend
Date Posted: 11 July 2012 at 6:33am
Originally posted by Night

Started something, not really sure about this.

Reminds me of the monster "pitch black" from the old handheld series skannerz. In other words, it looks ******* awesome

Posted By: Gavralcraw
Date Posted: 11 July 2012 at 3:32pm
This is pretty average so far. I think I'm going to need to break the animation down more logically... Was thinking a flaming eye.

Posted By: AirStyle
Date Posted: 12 July 2012 at 9:12pm
I didn't want to do this just yet, but I feel like I'm going the wrong way.

How's this look so far?

Posted By: a3um
Date Posted: 12 July 2012 at 10:02pm
dark spot interpretation. wip

Posted By: albaz2000eg
Date Posted: 14 July 2012 at 1:44am

here's my noob trial
I am still learning pixel art so any advice is welcome

Posted By: Grimm_Dingo
Date Posted: 14 July 2012 at 1:53pm

5 quick ideas O: any good? started a bit late, just noticed the challenge, intended to enter last weeks too but didn't find time._.

Edit: DAMMIT just lost alot of challenge related pixels program crashed, only like the 2nd or 3rd time this year < is what I was working on, some whale like creatures and phoenix like flame birds coming out of the surface of the sun, didn't save them once before that crash I was cropping the canvas down to 100x80 when it crashed :/

*what's up with the hyper linking?

Posted By: MatWarner
Date Posted: 15 July 2012 at 7:11pm
BTW im new here :)
Heres my WIP i guess i have to finish :P

Poorly Pillow Shaded..

Dont have any idea on how to do the head...

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