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CHALLENGE 7/24/2017: Good Bye Old Friend

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Topic: CHALLENGE 7/24/2017: Good Bye Old Friend
Posted By: administrator
Subject: CHALLENGE 7/24/2017: Good Bye Old Friend
Date Posted: 24 July 2017 at 5:58am

CHALLENGE: Good Bye Old Friend

After 32 years of duty Microsoft is planning to kill off MS Paint with this year's Autumn/Fall Creators Update. I think we can all relate to Paint in a way, whether good or bad.

There is a good chance that your first piece of pixel art was done with the help of MS Paint. For this week's challenge we want you to go back to one of your first pixels and recreate it with all your now acquired knowledge about rendering, colours and AA.

Make sure to put a link to the original artwork in the description.

Canvas Size -  Unrestricted.
Colors - Max. 32.
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=1565' name='vote' target='_blank'>Vote now for your favorite pixelart in this week's challenge!


The Good Bye Old Friend pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

/pixelart/114621.htm' target='_blank' class='winner1'>Wiser man by /p/19218.htm' target='_blank'>jeremy
/pixelart/114600.htm' target='_blank' class='winner2'>Zombie Pirate LeChuck by /p/17621.htm' target='_blank'>Jinn
/pixelart/114615.htm' target='_blank' class='winner3'>Obligatory RPG Remake by /p/3968.htm' target='_blank'>Doppleganger

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

/pixelart/114496.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>16-bit Starship REVISED by /p/25586.htm' target='_blank'>adscomics
/pixelart/114591.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>moondrome avatar by /p/36499.htm' target='_blank'>moondrome
/pixelart/114520.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Island Redo by /p/28889.htm' target='_blank'>eishiya
/pixelart/114536.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Look Ma! I am a Grown Golem Now! by /p/38048.htm' target='_blank'>A2J2TIWARI
/pixelart/114594.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Those guys again by /p/11318.htm' target='_blank'>Reo
/pixelart/114601.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Lilligant redux by /p/78563.htm' target='_blank'>OwlMusic
/pixelart/114605.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Fire Salamander by /p/18047.htm' target='_blank'>Quake
/pixelart/114599.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Undead Dragon - Revisted by /p/49903.htm' target='_blank'>Otakuhn
/pixelart/114623.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Beta Force Tac-Tuk by /p/3171.htm' target='_blank'>Adarias
/pixelart/114606.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>ATARI Power... is the power I'm playing with... by /p/123118.htm' target='_blank'>Tobikomi
/pixelart/114581.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Mantroid Trooper 2013 -> 2017 by /p/109527.htm' target='_blank'>Quady14
/pixelart/114489.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Emerald Barbarian by /p/113519.htm' target='_blank'>IvoryFalcon
/pixelart/114574.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>021 by /p/112941.htm' target='_blank'>whatareyou
/pixelart/114510.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Big mouth mob by /p/131125.htm' target='_blank'>GooeyGuru
/pixelart/114541.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>gold man by /p/128548.htm' target='_blank'>giaart186
/pixelart/114604.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Eyes and Hats by /p/62952.htm' target='_blank'>Howl
/pixelart/114492.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Retro Dude by /p/129616.htm' target='_blank'>hivernoir
/pixelart/114597.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Alien Planet by /p/126953.htm' target='_blank'>DexRunner
/pixelart/114499.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Elf-bard: redraw by /p/96142.htm' target='_blank'>zedOFF
/pixelart/114593.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Potato Gnome 2 by /p/66227.htm' target='_blank'>PotatoGnome
/pixelart/114571.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Technician Class Redo by /p/137298.htm' target='_blank'>Firadraco
/pixelart/114554.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Tower Shadow by /p/61176.htm' target='_blank'>Strazt
/pixelart/114618.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>L'Homme du Desert v6.1 by /p/21941.htm' target='_blank'>d9nis

Posted By: Quake
Date Posted: 24 July 2017 at 7:17am

Posted By: Firadraco
Date Posted: 24 July 2017 at 1:03pm
This is what I will recreate. This challenge is forcing me to finally create a base sprite sheet for a size I like working with just for fun.

Posted By: IvoryFalcon
Date Posted: 24 July 2017 at 1:35pm
Perfect timing with this challenge; I was just thinking of remaking some old sprites last week haha.
Remaking this:
(sorry, native size file doesn't exist anymore)
Rough sketch(mostly just pose):

Posted By: IvoryFalcon
Date Posted: 24 July 2017 at 3:14pm
Nevermind changing almost everything XD

Wat do you guys think about the pose? I kinda like it but still feels a bit odd somehow, not sure exactly what I should change...

Posted By: Quake
Date Posted: 25 July 2017 at 8:08am
To above post:
I think the pose is definitely better. More action-orientated.

I think his left leg is in a bit of a weird position/angle though. Loses some of the power in his stance due to the foot pointing inwards.



Posted By: eishiya
Date Posted: 25 July 2017 at 8:15am
Quake, I think you should try to make the pose more dynamic, like in the original. If you want a more powerful look, you can still achieve it without going for such a plain angle and stance.

Posted By: Quake
Date Posted: 25 July 2017 at 8:17am
Quick response!

True. I'll have a go at changing it and making the pose more dynamic. Thanks.

Are you planning on doing anything?


Think I'll finalise on this pose. Don't want to spend too much time on it.

Posted By: eishiya
Date Posted: 25 July 2017 at 8:45am
Nope. My first pixel art is gone, so I can't link to it.

Edit: I think that looks much swooshier, Quake! Consider making the salamander interact with its environment, perhaps? The original looked like it was climbing on some invisible rocks.

Posted By: Mandrill
Date Posted: 25 July 2017 at 9:12am
It doesn't have to be your first. One of your first is good enough.

Great wips so far!

Posted By: eishiya
Date Posted: 25 July 2017 at 10:45am
I don't know how close it is to being first, but I found some stuff from 2005 o_o I guess I'll try to do something with that.

Posted By: Quake
Date Posted: 25 July 2017 at 12:56pm
Thoughts on the shading?

Good idea, Eishiya. I'll have a look into doing some rocks. Need to do some fire near the tail as well.

Tail is WIP so it hasn't been shaded yet.

Posted By: giaart186
Date Posted: 25 July 2017 at 7:05pm
help me !! .
I do not know where to start !
I do not understand much about the topic this week :(

Posted By: eishiya
Date Posted: 25 July 2017 at 8:24pm
@giaart186: Remake your first (or close to first) pixel art, applying knowledge/skills you've learned since then.

@Quake: It looks very slick and shiny, but there's not a good sense of light source/direction. Maybe block in the fire before you do the shading?

Edit: Tossing my WIP here, done for tonight. I am trying to make this a legit tileset since the original was tile-based, but I want to make it more practical and versatile. The corners are more blocky because of this.

Need to make the flower tiles and the objects tomorrow.

Posted By: Quake
Date Posted: 26 July 2017 at 1:45am
Awesome progress, Eishiya.

Added flame and updated shading. Hopefully better now!


Posted By: OwlMusic
Date Posted: 28 July 2017 at 6:24pm
feedback? i used the pico8 colorpalet

Posted By: TropicalSnowcone
Date Posted: 31 July 2017 at 4:46am
So am I to understand that last weeks challenge has been extended? Or is my computer not displaying correctly?

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