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Topic: CHALLENGE 7/27/2009: What Happens on the
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Subject: CHALLENGE 7/27/2009: What Happens on the
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 12:04am

CHALLENGE: What Happens on the Moon

Last week was the - 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 crew returning back to Earth.

Therefore, we want you to create a scene showing what happened on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission while the cameras were off; what did we not see? What did the astronauts not tell us about?

Be creative - your scene does not need to be entirely realistic (in fact it can be downright ridiculous if you want). For example, you could pixel a scene where Neil Armstrong is sitting on the moon's surface with a laptop and logging onto Pixel Joint.

Don't forget to check out the Apollo 11 - Wikipedia article for further information on the moon landing.

Canvas Size - Max 120 x 180. Either horizontal or vertical.
Colours - Max 46. Use only colours from the palette provided below, you may use transparency. Colours are taken from - this image .

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=1148' name='vote' target='_blank'>Vote now for your favorite pixelart in this week's challenge!


The What Happens on the Moon pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

/pixelart/45304.htm' target='_blank'>Sunlight on the Moon by /p/9929.htm' target='_blank'>Kaiseto
/pixelart/45332.htm' target='_blank'>Idiots, this is'nt a moon it's a spacestation. by /p/11318.htm' target='_blank'>Reo
/pixelart/45393.htm' target='_blank'>Why They Had To Fake It by /p/23265.htm' target='_blank'>Manupix

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

/pixelart/45253.htm' target='_blank'>Lights! Camera! To the Moon! - Weekly Challenge by /p/21399.htm' target='_blank'>darchangel
/pixelart/45367.htm' target='_blank'>Neil's search for aliens by /p/14294.htm' target='_blank'>TunderPhoenix
/pixelart/45379.htm' target='_blank'>The Fourth Astronaut by /p/19218.htm' target='_blank'>Jeremy
/pixelart/45234.htm' target='_blank'>F****g low gravity by /p/22514.htm' target='_blank'>Pittal
/pixelart/45212.htm' target='_blank'>Well, we had some extra room in the space ship, so we decided to make things more comfortable. by /p/21567.htm' target='_blank'>Peeter
/pixelart/45243.htm' target='_blank'>Alien tracks on the moon. by /p/21014.htm' target='_blank'>God_Is_Evil
/pixelart/45278.htm' target='_blank'>What Happens on the Moon ? by /p/20227.htm' target='_blank'>Spirou
/pixelart/45251.htm' target='_blank'>Aliens control us all! (Weekly Challenge) by /p/17676.htm' target='_blank'>tormi1000
/pixelart/45259.htm' target='_blank'>Moonsurfing by /p/15008.htm' target='_blank'>Bimbo
/pixelart/45359.htm' target='_blank'>Wtf Moment by /p/22192.htm' target='_blank'>AtrSix
/pixelart/45257.htm' target='_blank'>Through the Eyes of an Astronaut by /p/22949.htm' target='_blank'>Ressficent
/pixelart/45280.htm' target='_blank'>Moon Pie? by /p/22293.htm' target='_blank'>jamesmorrow07
/pixelart/45213.htm' target='_blank'>Space Attack by /p/23221.htm' target='_blank'>Hell's Sin
/pixelart/45362.htm' target='_blank'>What Happens on the Moon by /p/11222.htm' target='_blank'>royser
/pixelart/45293.htm' target='_blank'>Cheesy Landings! by /p/22630.htm' target='_blank'>Celri
/pixelart/45342.htm' target='_blank'>What Really Happened... {GORE} by /p/18217.htm' target='_blank'>susuwataris
/pixelart/45301.htm' target='_blank'>Hic! They're here! Run!!!!!! by /p/22630.htm' target='_blank'>Celri
/pixelart/45321.htm' target='_blank'>Moon(ing) by /p/23289.htm' target='_blank'>p0nd4
/pixelart/45206.htm' target='_blank'>Where I can drink my coffee? Weekly-Challenge by /p/22125.htm' target='_blank'>Lahra
/pixelart/45208.htm' target='_blank'>...that never happened! by /p/18608.htm' target='_blank'>Calv
/pixelart/45306.htm' target='_blank'>What took you so long?? by /p/19038.htm' target='_blank'>pyrometal
/pixelart/45296.htm' target='_blank'>What Happened on the Moon? by /p/10654.htm' target='_blank'>kvetacek
/pixelart/45307.htm' target='_blank'>wtf is this I don't even by /p/22371.htm' target='_blank'>inkhunter
/pixelart/45241.htm' target='_blank'>Who DIED on the moon!? by /p/18544.htm' target='_blank'>Jim16
/pixelart/45386.htm' target='_blank'>We're on the moon, dude. by /p/20306.htm' target='_blank'>dpixel
/pixelart/45242.htm' target='_blank'>When you need to.. (Weekly Challenge) by /p/18647.htm' target='_blank'>Prenn Saranda
/pixelart/45370.htm' target='_blank'>WC-moon by /p/23457.htm' target='_blank'>Cocazero1c
/pixelart/45229.htm' target='_blank'>Undercover by /p/23352.htm' target='_blank'>berlin2222
/pixelart/45238.htm' target='_blank'>What Happens on the Moon, Stays on the Moon. by /p/23380.htm' target='_blank'>NickAlert

Posted By: Lahra
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 12:54am
Verry early WIP,

Posted By: susuwataris
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 1:20am
Niiiiiiiiiiice idea! I smell lots of challengers!

Posted By: Spirou
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 4:38am">

Posted By: Lahra
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 7:07am
Here is a nother WIP:

Posted By: Peeter
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 7:36am

Reference: - this and - this.


Posted By: Lahra
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 8:13am
I finished my picture:

I hope you like it

Posted By: Peeter
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 8:59am

Surface of the moon sucks. I try to make it better.

Which one is better?


or this?


Posted By: Spirou
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 11:30am">

Posted By: Astoumix
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 11:54am

Posted By: IQbrew
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 12:01pm
I have no idea how to do the craters, any tips?

Posted By: Peeter
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 12:15pm


Posted By: Hell's Sin
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 12:23pm
I'm wondering if they should be in space or on the moon.

Posted By: Peeter
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 1:01pm
done: -


Posted By: dpixel
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 1:09pm
Originally posted by IQbrew

I have no idea how to do the craters, any tips?

Just think about the way the light would hit that shape.  Determine a light direction first.

hehe (ಠ_ಠ ) o_- :p

Posted By: Damian
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 2:01pm
Who died on the moon.

My WIP, would like some response to how it looks, if its worth finishing etc.

Its a play on words, I heard from a friend that there was infact another person who landed on the moon. Was there? who is he? and why have we only found out now?



Posted By: Hell's Sin
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 3:47pm

It's done!

Posted By: NickAlert
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 7:34pm
very very early WIP

Posted By: slym
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 8:22pm
Does Neil have to be in it?

Posted By: susuwataris
Date Posted: 28 July 2009 at 4:23am
This is an early WIP of what I'll be working with,

It's going to be called something like, 'Are you sure this is the moon?'

Posted By: Dirteater
Date Posted: 28 July 2009 at 7:57am
Originally posted by Lahra

I finished my picture:

I hope you like it

Ahh so good, im picturing him walking to a portaloo ha

Posted By: NickAlert
Date Posted: 28 July 2009 at 9:10am
I'm done :D

I was going to have 3 aliens pointed guns at the astronaut when he was in his pajamas at night, but I decided to do a Bazooka (left), Flamethrower (middle) [you can kinda see the small blue flame], and Ray Gun (right).
I know I suck majorly, and I'm trying to improve :)

Posted By: IQbrew
Date Posted: 28 July 2009 at 11:24am
Space trash

Completed (Unless I try to improve it some more)

Posted By: Lahra
Date Posted: 28 July 2009 at 12:15pm
I love your idea

It will be great :)

Posted By: Dhr. Bosch
Date Posted: 28 July 2009 at 1:54pm
think i'm entering. this is what i've got so far...


i wanna put the landing vehicle in his eye but i can't seem to get it reconizable. any sugestions?

Vanitas, vanitatum omnia vanitas

Posted By: Manupix
Date Posted: 28 July 2009 at 3:11pm
Dhr. Bosch, thanks for reminding us of Méliès! - The film is here , must see! And, well, to my everlasting shame, I had never seen it... so thanks again!

So many entries already... are you guys in a hurry? Seriously, all pieces in the gallery so far could really use a few more hours of hard work.

Posted By: Manupix
Date Posted: 28 July 2009 at 3:38pm
While we're there, I've been searching for the original images of the classic Jules Verne 1865 books, - De la Terre à la Lune and Autour de la Lune. I only - found 2 - so far . I may have to scan my book! ;-)

And of course, let's not forget - Tintin .
I had forgotten how beautiful that cover is!

Posted By: Dhr. Bosch
Date Posted: 28 July 2009 at 3:45pm
i believe wikisource has a translation of the first. jules verne was and always shall be the master of sci-fi.

Vanitas, vanitatum omnia vanitas

Posted By: Spirou
Date Posted: 28 July 2009 at 4:37pm
I do not know how to make the texture of astronauts' clothes">">">

Posted By: Manupix
Date Posted: 28 July 2009 at 4:59pm
Dhr. Bosch: yes I've seen it, but it is not illustrated.
I have to disagree with you though about literature: I don't like Jules Verne. I think he was a great promoter of science, and that's important, but he was a rather poor writer, and not really that imaginative. I mean, as a writer, a storyteller. I'm afraid many will disagree though...
By contrast, I love HG Wells: he has such a strong, witty style, and really conveys an atmosphere.
The First Men in the Moon is a real masterpiece, and that brings me back on topic ;-)
I don't know of any original illustrations for that one?

Spirou: I'd prefer the left one, but since you go for realism, you should check on photographs, they are everywhere.

Posted By: Manupix
Date Posted: 28 July 2009 at 5:05pm
Waouhhhh! - Look at this !

Adolf Hoffmeister, 1964, illus. for Czech trans. of Well's First Men in the Moon

There are about 10 amazing images.

Edit: found a better link, no need to go to Flickr.

Posted By: Manupix
Date Posted: 28 July 2009 at 5:25pm - Found this . I'm not a big fan of them though, except the jump ones.

Posted By: Manupix
Date Posted: 28 July 2009 at 5:53pm
Spirou: tu sais qu'il y a un moteur de recherche sur PJ? - Voilà ce que ça donne pour 'astronaut'. (j'adore celui d'Exocet!)
Et - pour le réalisme .

Posted By: Spirou
Date Posted: 28 July 2009 at 6:11pm
@Manupix j'ai cherché et j'ai essayé de le faire sous différente façon mais je n'y arrive pas j'attends pour voir si quelqu'un peut me montré comment faire
sinon je continuerais comme j'avais commencé

Posted By: Manupix
Date Posted: 28 July 2009 at 6:30pm
Comme je disais plus haut, celui de gauche me parait bien.

Posted By: orenshtiv
Date Posted: 29 July 2009 at 12:15am
I think the right style is the right one
and here's my submission:

Posted By: Manjaman
Date Posted: 29 July 2009 at 2:20am
There is still some work on it, but the whole thing is quite funny ^.^
You should add depth to your craters, and the moon shading is quite weird (even if the idea of the hidden part of the moon is very clever). Maybe your lunar inhabitants could be detailed...

Posted By: Spirou
Date Posted: 29 July 2009 at 4:49am">

Posted By: jeremy
Date Posted: 30 July 2009 at 3:00am

@Spirou: Kinda reminds me of Dex's stuff, the way you rendered :D

Since I've got a background this counts as a scene. Right? D:
I plan to animate him to say "Aliens"- Is that alright too? :S

Posted By: skamocore
Date Posted: 30 July 2009 at 3:10am
I guess it's ok...but you're not really doing yourself any favours with that composition anyway. Maybe less straight on, maybe only show part of his face, maybe have some reflection in his visor etc...

Just remember it's always best to avoid text where possible. ie. "show don't tell". If you can in some way show the viewer visually that there are aliens then I think that would be more compelling than some text somewhere.

Also, I think maybe his mouth could be moved up a bit more too...


Posted By: AngelOTG
Date Posted: 30 July 2009 at 5:15am
Well, an astronaut's helmet visor thing is typically black and very reflective. Perhaps you could add shards of black around the helmet reflecting little aliens?

That would show the aliens and make it seem like they just attacked him and broke his helmet. :D

Posted By: jeremy
Date Posted: 30 July 2009 at 9:27pm
Fair enough :)
I was originally going to do a reflection, just been practising lip syncing animation. I'll go with the reflection, methinks.

Posted By: Yogurt
Date Posted: 30 July 2009 at 11:32pm
haha, nice, but you could do it sorta like the real image, but just put like a spaceship instead of the lunar lander.

Posted By: jeremy
Date Posted: 30 July 2009 at 11:53pm
Does that lightest blue transition OK on you guise's monitor's?

Posted By: AdamF
Date Posted: 31 July 2009 at 7:30am
> reminds me of Dex's stuff

i don't really see that, but i don't know

also your blue transition on the newest one looks good


Posted By: Cocazero1c
Date Posted: 01 August 2009 at 6:32am
I made this :


Posted By: royser
Date Posted: 02 August 2009 at 2:43am

Posted By: royser
Date Posted: 02 August 2009 at 3:01am

Posted By: jeremy
Date Posted: 02 August 2009 at 3:20am
Wow :O :D
Last WIP before bed, just need to render that side of the suit and the sky.

Posted By: minipuck
Date Posted: 02 August 2009 at 7:28am
i awas actually expecting someone to make a film studio, as there used to be/is a rumor about it all being fake.

please click it, otherwise it will die, and it seems special.

Posted By: darchangel
Date Posted: 02 August 2009 at 8:53am
It's done, I just didn't post a wip...

Posted By: Manupix
Date Posted: 02 August 2009 at 1:16pm
Hey, I can't find the Challenge clock. There used to be one, no?
Meaning, I'm feeling a bit late... :(

Posted By: jeremy
Date Posted: 02 August 2009 at 3:48pm
Yup. Just between Chatterbox and ads.
You've still got 8 hours :D

Posted By: Manupix
Date Posted: 02 August 2009 at 4:01pm
Oh yep, thanks!
I forget about the homepage!
OK, 1 am here, I'll be a zombie tomorrow... :P

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