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We as pixel artists have a very small rate of influence on world economics, but we can interpret our surrounding reality and express it in pixel art.

Let's imagine a game protagonist suffering the effects of inflation, and let's help them by making coin powerups, or money bills, or - if you find yourself very inspired and creative - any other physical means of payment, historical or fictional.

It need to be recognisable as a game powerup/collectible item; it needs to be recognisable as a physical currency, and it need to be at least delicately animated, whenever it is just levitating, spinning, shining, or dissaperaing after being picked up.

 

Canvas: Exactly 32x32.

Colours: Max 7 (including transparency).

Transparency: Required.

Animation: Required.



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by gawrone @ 7/25/2022 00:58  |    0
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The Illuminated Initials 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! Check out the Illuminated Initials forum thread for more information.
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Posted by gawrone @ 7/25/2022 00:29  |    0
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Oopsie, we forgot to post the top of May 2022! Here is both May and June at once.


The following pixel artists produced Pixel Joint's top rated pixel art for June 2022.
Many thanks go out to this month's top pixel artists, and all the members who took time to rate!

Motaro #2/pixelart#1 Pixel Art

Motaro #2/pixelart

Motaro #2
by Fool

Endless Masquerade/pixelart#2 Pixel Art

Endless Masquerade/pixelart

Endless Masquerade
by VampireDev

Sandbox compilation [1]./pixelart#3 Pixel Art

Sandbox compilation [1]./pixelart

Sandbox compilation [1].
by dethroodHappy Birthday 5/9

Summoning The Wind/pixelart#4 Pixel Art

Summoning The Wind/pixelart

Summoning The Wind
by Adarias

Sir Oliver/pixelart#5 Pixel Art

Sir Oliver/pixelart

Sir Oliver
by HarveyDentMustDie

Auzom/pixelart#6 Pixel Art

Auzom/pixelart

Auzom
by CELS

Freya/pixelart#7 Pixel Art

Freya/pixelart

Freya
by pavanzHappy Birthday 5/9

The Day Magic Was Cursed/pixelart#8 Pixel Art

The Day Magic Was Cursed/pixelart

The Day Magic Was Cursed
by Weerdmeester

White Panels/pixelart#9 Pixel Art

White Panels/pixelart

White Panels
by zch

Mountains/pixelart#10 Pixel Art

Mountains/pixelart

Mountains
by Janinhus

The following pixel artists produced Pixel Joint's top rated pixel art for May 2022.
Many thanks go out to this month's top pixel artists, and all the members who took time to rate!

Apocalypse Paints/pixelart#1 Pixel Art

Apocalypse Paints/pixelart

Apocalypse Paints
by shm31

pharos gate/pixelart#2 Pixel Art

pharos gate/pixelart

pharos gate
by Thu

Platformer Mockups/pixelart#3 Pixel Art

Platformer Mockups/pixelart

Platformer Mockups
by specialmin64Happy Birthday 4/19

not elden ring/pixelart#4 Pixel Art

not elden ring/pixelart

not elden ring
by echerry

Ambivalent Summoning/pixelart#6 Pixel Art

Ambivalent Summoning/pixelart

Ambivalent Summoning
by Amorph

Docks/pixelart#5 Pixel Art

Docks/pixelart

Docks
by CELS

Father Dagon/pixelart#7 Pixel Art

Father Dagon/pixelart

Father Dagon
by ink

Yog-Sothoth/pixelart#8 Pixel Art

Yog-Sothoth/pixelart

Yog-Sothoth
by ink

A Moment of Respite/pixelart#9 Pixel Art

A Moment of Respite/pixelart

A Moment of Respite
by Korban

A Feast for the Goddess/pixelart#10 Pixel Art

A Feast for the Goddess/pixelart

A Feast for the Goddess
by Victor Rojo

Posted by Hapiel @ 7/19/2022 14:52  |    2
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Don't forget to comment on the pieces you like!

Not only does a comment have the potential to make the artist's day, if you post a lot you'll win one of the fancy new trophies!

 
May's top commenter awards go to:
  1. syedahumna56
  2. DukeDarer
  3. Xenero


And May's most favourited award goes to:
Most Faved Artist - October 2020 (#1) Adarias

Posted by Gecimen @ 7/19/2022 03:48  |    1
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This week, we want you to draw a Pokemon or Yu-gi-oh like playing card for a musician of your choice, within the template below. The portrait needs to fit in the upper rectangle. Make sure it has stats, too! You can play with the card design but please stay within the image borders.

Canvas: Exactly 86x120


Colours: Max 16
Transparency: Optional, only outside card borders (for example corners).
Animation: No



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by Gecimen @ 7/18/2022 03:23  |    0
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The It takes 2 to Necromance! 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! Check out the It takes 2 to Necromance! forum thread for more information.
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Posted by Gecimen @ 7/18/2022 03:22  |    0
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Today we celebrate the second anniversary of PJ discord. A lot of time had passed and many characters were typed. For the current challenge we will go back in time, long before we could type, to medieval iluminated initials.
 


Choose one letter from the alphabet and paint an initial using colours from the Rich14 Palette that Christoballs has made from illuminated manuscripts:


 



We also share this example of a person counting pixels, just to be sure we are on the same page:



The medieval period is our inspiration, but we are not limited to it. If you want to use a letter from an other alphabet than latin, go for it. If you are not interested in medieval aesthetics or themes, you can go with gothic horror, cyberpunk, anime, postapocalyptic, superhero comic books, stone age or whatever your imagination will surprise us with. Just remember that there have to be one large, recognisable letter and it have to be wildly decorated with a character or characters, animals, monsters, flowers, skulls, computers, clockwork mechanisms, elemental magic spells... and the list goes on ad infinitum.
 



Canvas: Exactly 100x100.
Colours: Max 14 (use the provided palette).
Transparency: No.
Animation: No.

 



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by gawrone @ 7/11/2022 02:51  |    4
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The Living Flame 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! Check out the Living Flame forum thread for more information.
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Posted by gawrone @ 7/11/2022 02:09  |    0
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It is time to raise the dead! Depict a scene, sprite or animation of a necromancer summoning an undead subject. The necromancer and the summoned dead can be anything or anyone (as long as it is not offensive). Both necromancer and summoned dead must be depicted (we're talking about a skilled necromancer here after all!).

Minimum and maximum 2 characters.

Canvas: Unlimited.
Colours: Max 24.
Transparency: Optional.
Animation: Optional.



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by vrine @ 7/4/2022 00:07  |    4
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The Road Signs 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! Check out the Road Signs forum thread for more information.
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Posted by vrine @ 7/4/2022 00:06  |    0

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