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CHALLENGE 4/21/2014: Wouldn't It Be Nice

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Topic: CHALLENGE 4/21/2014: Wouldn't It Be Nice
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Subject: CHALLENGE 4/21/2014: Wouldn't It Be Nice
Date Posted: 21 April 2014 at 12:07am

CHALLENGE: Wouldn't It Be Nice

It's Easter, which means it's chocolate time.

So, this week, create a scene featuring an object or creature made entirely out of chocolate - something that isn't usually made out of chocolate, that is; don't be a boring person and just pixel a chocolate egg...

Canvas size
- Max 200 x 200.
Colours - Max 25.
Transparency - No.
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=1394' name='vote' target='_blank'>Vote now for your favorite pixelart in this week's challenge!


The Wouldn't It Be Nice pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

/pixelart/85624.htm' target='_blank' class='winner1'>Chocoland Redux by /p/7846.htm' target='_blank'>Mrmo Tarius
/pixelart/85667.htm' target='_blank' class='winner2'>St George slaying a chocolate dragon by /p/33669.htm' target='_blank'>neofotistou
/pixelart/85681.htm' target='_blank' class='winner3'>Assault on Chocoland by /p/39054.htm' target='_blank'>ADrawingMan

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

/pixelart/85635.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Maneater by /p/47106.htm' target='_blank'>Caiwin
/pixelart/85650.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Chocobra by /p/41268.htm' target='_blank'>Eggy
/pixelart/85659.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Chocolate Castle by /p/47239.htm' target='_blank'>CyanideKoolaid
/pixelart/85604.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>I am so tasty (challenge version) by /p/44058.htm' target='_blank'>Petruszka
/pixelart/85657.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Chocolate Drip by /p/36048.htm' target='_blank'>Bynine

Posted By: Eggy
Date Posted: 22 April 2014 at 1:31am
My idea is a chicken made out of brown and white chocolate sitting on chocolate eggs (which will be added in time; I'll work on the chicken first), and I decided to start out with cluster stuff that I'll clean up later on and stuff. The nest is probably going to be a problem, though; after all, a bird nest is made of hay and whatnot and its texture won't be easy to make, so for now I just made a white cluster area and scribbled lines all over it to try to maintain that feel. I think I might try a different approach; maybe shape it and shade it like a donut/3D ring and then make it look like a nest. 
I did try looking at pictures of bird nests, and I don't know if there's any pixel art featuring bird nests that I can look at.

Posted By: Mrmo Tarius
Date Posted: 22 April 2014 at 2:28am
Choco choco chocoland!

Reusing my chocolate palette and choco tile concept, this time it has chocolate eggs cause I decided to be a boring person.

Posted By: Jafhar
Date Posted: 22 April 2014 at 3:43am
Well this is my first time posting despite visiting regularly and having an account for multiple years, now's a good a time as any.

I'm going to name it Choco-bo.

Posted By: buprettyinpink
Date Posted: 22 April 2014 at 11:21am
WIP but chocolate zombie :)

Posted By: kedume
Date Posted: 22 April 2014 at 12:06pm
I don't have very much experience. I'll try to do something easier. I'll try to do a cursor. WIP

Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 22 April 2014 at 12:11pm
@Kedume, We have no problems with meta pixels and this type of art.
However, when the basis for any of this type is based on the pixel placement of another's work then we cannot add to the gallery, k. If based on your own pixels then its totally cool.
The cursor you have here is by Susan Kare so even tho you did make it and its pixelart it would still be considered a RIP.

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Posted By: neofotistou
Date Posted: 22 April 2014 at 4:28pm
I think I'll do an over the top thing this time.

St George slaying the chocolate dragon. Here's a bit of concept art.

Tarius: looking great!

Posted By: DatMuffinMan
Date Posted: 22 April 2014 at 7:08pm
@Mrmo - not sure if it's my monitor, but the low contrast on a bunch of those tiles make them seem very blurry. And not just the fadded purple-y ones, but also (mostly) everything in the first pic besides the largest egg.

Posted By: kedume
Date Posted: 22 April 2014 at 10:59pm
Ok jalonso, i'll change the idea (Oh my god, how much i'm learning in this forum, i didn't know the creator behind the cursor...)

Thanks for your time jalonso.

Posted By: Mrmo Tarius
Date Posted: 23 April 2014 at 5:12am
@DatMuffinMan Hmm, dunno about that, just trying out something with lots of similar shades :P

Here's the current WIP.

*updated with new stuff and darker clouds*
*updated with more stuff*

Posted By: neofotistou
Date Posted: 23 April 2014 at 7:06am
Tarius looking lovely. Would you care to make the clouds a little less bright? They compete for attention with the cream

Posted By: Mrmo Tarius
Date Posted: 23 April 2014 at 7:25am
Sure, I have spare colour slots to use :D
Also, can't wait to see what you'll do with that concept piece O_o

Posted By: feiss
Date Posted: 23 April 2014 at 7:28am
Started something I don't know if I'll finish, I think it looks more like p** than chocolate :)
Anyway, done in an iPad mini with Sprite Something app

Posted By: inphy
Date Posted: 23 April 2014 at 8:38am
Originally posted by Mrmo Tarius

@DatMuffinMan Hmm, dunno about that, just trying out something with lots of similar shades :P

Here's the current WIP.

*updated with new stuff and darker clouds*

Diabetes over tcp/ip

Looks really cool though, getting Rayman 1 vibes, it has a candy world with a cream-on-chocolate theme too.

Posted By: CELS
Date Posted: 24 April 2014 at 5:30am
@Mrmo: The sandwich ice cream made me giggle with glee! Now, normally, I'm a big fan of your dull reds, but perhaps the cherries need to be a bit more shiny and saturated?

@neo: Looks very promising, will comment when it's pixel form.

@Jafhar: Not so sure about the composition, but the idea is great and I'm looking forward to seeing you finish :)

@buprettinpink: Very funny idea, I love it! The blonde hair could definitely use some work though. And it would be even funnier if the zombie looked more scary and undead, as opposed to just like an old man. :)

@feiss: Doesn't look like pee at all, I think. (sh*t, I forgot to censor the e's) But I'm not quite sure what I'm looking at. At first I thought it was a chocolate mummy, with bandages made from wrapping paper. But now I'm thinking it might just be a chocolate ooze monster.

Posted By: neofotistou
Date Posted: 24 April 2014 at 2:29pm
@Tarius: ice cream sandwich is absolutely delightful! I like the new clouds.

Pixel form, but under heavy re-tooling, because I messed up the anatomy (typical).

Posted By: Mrmo Tarius
Date Posted: 24 April 2014 at 3:27pm
...candycane spear? maybe? :D

Posted By: neofotistou
Date Posted: 24 April 2014 at 3:32pm
hahaha! afraid it won't register, Tarius, but will give it a try (some St George paintings from the rennaisance *do* have a striped red and white spear)

Posted By: Mrmo Tarius
Date Posted: 24 April 2014 at 5:11pm
I actually went ahead and doodled a crude candycane on top of the spear, it seemed pretty rad, but I kinda messed up with the save and it ended up not saving my edit so I have nothing to show :D

Posted By: ||||
Date Posted: 24 April 2014 at 11:54pm
Originally posted by Mrmo Tarius

Getting a toothache just looking at it!

Posted By: skittle
Date Posted: 25 April 2014 at 4:18am
I never thought I'd actually be participating in this challenge but apparently it's, um, destiny? :P

Nothing crazy or anything like that, just going for a rather simple mockup since it's been ages since I last posted a pixel on here.

Perhaps it needs a bit more chocolate to fit the Easter theme.

You really never fail to impress viewers, that is reallllly awesome!

Haha, that's a great idea! I really hope you finish it!

Even though it's only two colours it's already extremely readable!

Posted By: neofotistou
Date Posted: 25 April 2014 at 4:26am
More clean-up

keeping the spear antialiased is a challenge. Unfortunately I only have until tonight to work on it, because this weekend it's Ludum Dare and I'm taking part.

So any crit, ideas or help you care to give in the next 10 hours or so, is really appreciated.

Posted By: CELS
Date Posted: 25 April 2014 at 5:12am
@ADrawingMan: Looks nice. Maybe you could do something interesting with the surface of the tablet, to make it really shiny and glossy. The gems don't looks quite right to me. They look a bit... hollow, from the way they're shaded.

@neofotistou: I'm a bit curious about the composition, because it looks a bit cramped. Is that some kind of 18th or 19th century style? The cape (which looks a bit short) nearly touches the left border, the chocolate dragon barely touches the right border, etc.

From the way the knight's holding the spear, it looks like he's striking straight down, not so much towards the viewer. But the dragon looks to be closer to us, not really below him. Maybe reducing contrast and increasing brightness on the head and upper neck on the dragon will help give the illusion that the head is much further away (i.e. under the knight) than the dragon's body seen in the lower left.

The jaw on the horse also looks a bit short, like the lower teeth wouldn't hit the upper teeth if it closed its mouth.

Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 25 April 2014 at 5:32am
@ADrawingMan. I like it overall but I don't read chocolate on anything.

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Posted By: neofotistou
Date Posted: 25 April 2014 at 9:39am
@CELS thank you.

I have it down to 22 colors so I can finally add 3 more accents. But I think my palette is a little dead. Any suggestions?

Posted By: neofotistou
Date Posted: 25 April 2014 at 6:12pm
OK, Ludum Dare is starting so I need to call it finished for now. If anyone sees glaring mistakes, I'll try to fix them until Sunday.
I think it turned out ok so far.

Thank you!

Posted By: skittle
Date Posted: 26 April 2014 at 7:09pm
Thanks for the helpful crits guys! I was kind of busy a lot of yesterday and today but I did manage to work a bit on it.

I'm putting the chocolate tablet on hold for now and focusing on the tiles. I did try touching up the gems though, I think I might've gotten rid of that hollow feel.

I keep on trying to make the tiles more chocolatey but for the life of me I can't figure out how (obviously that's no excuse to stop trying, just having some problems on figuring out how to make em look right)!
Though this recent piece - gave me the idea to maybe make them look like they're melting to give them a more "chocolatey" feel (which is what I'm trying to do atm)

Right now it's looking more like candy land instead of chocolate land :(

Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 26 April 2014 at 8:09pm
@ADrawingMan, Its looking real nice but its not just you. Noone yet has hit the 'chocolate' range yet. Chocolate it best illustrated if your brown palette leans heavy to red.">

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Posted By: skittle
Date Posted: 27 April 2014 at 6:56am
That cake really helped a lot! The tiles don't look 100% chocolate (they kind of look like honey and also a bit flat) so I'm still going to work on them a bit more. I do think that the colours are getting better though (similar to the cake).

I will try to add bigger globs of chocolate running down the side in my second version coming up. The good thing is that my palette isn't as big as I thought it would be.

Need to take a break and eat something now

EDIT: Oh yeah, and I was thinking that maybe my original tiles look better than the newer versions if they use the new palette.

Posted By: skittle
Date Posted: 27 April 2014 at 3:22pm
I think I may have finally solved the elusive chocolate tile (maybe)

I also took out the big gems, they looked out of place.

Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 27 April 2014 at 3:44pm
@ADrawingMan, Its chocolaty now :)

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Posted By: skittle
Date Posted: 27 April 2014 at 7:47pm
That's great to hear! That cake really helped a ton.
I think I'm calling it down though, I won't be able to work on it any more tonight due to sleep.
I did some final touching up and made a simple preview (with horrible bubble letters)

Thanks a million for the help :D (I may even edit it some more if I wake up super early and the challenge hasn't ended yet, unlikely but there is a small chance).

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