Adarias @ 3/19/2020 11:11 commented on Playing Card Collab: Seven Deadly Sins of Clubs

@Rekkimaru you only need 5 frames - 1 image per expression - to meet the criteria.

If you choose to add further frames of animation, either as additional steps or embellishing your existing 5 - you are free to do so!



 
Adarias @ 3/19/2020 07:44 commented on Big Bird

To clarify - we are ALL missing the wedding.  There are no guests.

But we were able to livestream it, so there's a silver lining.



 
Adarias @ 3/18/2020 12:34 commented on Big Bird

I am missing my twin sister's wedding in Scotland (unable/unsafe to fly), which is pretty devastating.

Our office has instructed us to work from home indefinitely.  My partner has the same instruction.

Other than that just getting caught up on yardwork, housecleaning, about to award the monthly top...!



 
Adarias @ 3/16/2020 10:57 commented on Mario Avatar

@looloopaa - yes it did! Nice entry.

As long as entries are submitted on time, it doesn't matter when they're approved, as long as it's before we clsoe the challenge, which is done by hand.

Once in a very rare while, we miss something in the queue and close the challenge without adding it.  Those artists get the unique "victim of circumstance" trophy.  This is extremely uncommon and has nothing to do with the artist - I actually got one myself in 2017, haha.



 
Adarias @ 3/16/2020 10:45 commented on Playing Card Collab: Seven Deadly Sins of Clubs

( ^u^ )

( owo )

( >x< )

( ToT )

( x_x )

...for the Japanophiles in the audience!



 
Adarias @ 3/16/2020 10:43 commented on Playing Card Collab: Seven Deadly Sins of Clubs

Great challenge!

If anyone is afraid of the "animation", take heart!  There are many ways to approach this...

:D

:-)

:-|

)-:

D:

Done already!



 
Adarias @ 2/17/2020 21:37 commented on Big Bird

Typically that's invalid caching.  Do a hard refresh and see if the issue recurs.



 
Adarias @ 2/16/2020 14:13 commented on Big Bird

@Reo you're not wrong, but technical debt is a real issue.  Sedge is migrating the site off of ASP, most of which is over a decade old and hand-written.  Until the migration is finished, attempting to add or improve features is like building on sand.



 
Adarias @ 2/16/2020 14:10 commented on Big Bird

> Add to this a conservative/purist mindset about pixelart that made a niche community even more niche, and has only recently relaxed a bit. - @cure

We've actually relaxed a ton in the past 2-3 years, or at least refined our stances.  Lots of things that used to be forbidden like indexed painting, simple shadows etc are now tacitly allowed.

Generally I think this is for the better, but I suspect we will always keep the reputation.  Rule 5 pretty much prevents any hybrid work, which is where other communities are seeing the most growth.



 
Adarias @ 2/16/2020 13:56 commented on Big Bird

Thanks @Hapiel for the update - and yeah pretty much confirms the trend for the past few years.

New works and faves are pretty linear, while again quality continues to rise IMO (check out the monthly top -- just posted!).  We may not be growing much, but we're not dying either (in terms of content).

Other engagement is strongly curbed - perhaps because of aging UX, perhaps because of anti-spam measures... in all likelihood, a bit of both.



 
Adarias @ 2/15/2020 11:31 commented on Big Bird

The good news is PJ has just as much new art as ever, and a lot of the peices submitted are very high in quality.

The bad news is the structure of the site is entirely unequipped to handle spam, which has led to restrictions on how much engagement new users, especially non-artists, can drive.  This, along with some UX challenges, leads to the appearance of stagnation even when, as mentioned, the queues are frequently full and the average quality of work is very high.

I'm not sure what the future holds.  We'll never match the anti-spam firepower of DA, Reddit or Twitter.  There are opportunities for improvement in terms of both the UX and integration with the forums (which could also be spruced up), but even if Sedge were able to open up the codebase to additional developers, such efforts cannot begin the long-awaited migration away from ASP - which Sedge wishes to complete solo.



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Adarias @ 2/9/2020 12:30 commented on Draco-Taurus

Love it!  Feels like a boss (or powerful ally) in a lost 90's game.



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Adarias @ 2/8/2020 13:57 commented on Yin & Yang

This was labeled with the weekly challenge.  Was it intended to be entered, and if so, which signs does it represent?



 
Adarias @ 1/28/2020 05:38 commented on GTar

When not in the rules, we usually lean on common sense.

Would a child call this color yellow?

If I asked for a red marker and you handed me this color, would I be confused?

If still in doubt, consider these yellows or these reds 



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Adarias @ 1/26/2020 07:50 commented on Hámster

Please only upload your own works.



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Adarias @ 1/20/2020 12:14 commented on Manuel Garcia

Hi camilo23!  Any chance you could upload this at its original resolution?  PJ allows users to zoom to their desired scale, so we ask that everything be done at native res.

I'm approving this since it's a slow day, but it would be great if it could be rescaled.



 
Adarias @ 12/2/2019 16:40 commented on Kim

Correct.   We need at least 3 entries to close a challenge, so it is extended 1 week and the scope is greatly reduced.



 
Adarias @ 11/5/2019 04:55 commented on Meetlet

@eggy animation is optional -- as long as it's 16 colors, 80 pixels, and clearly shows an evolved form, it meets the rules :)


Because animation is a ton of work, we don't expect, let alone require, most folks to animate their pieces.


 
Adarias @ 10/30/2019 17:40 commented on Drr mkIII 16-Bit

@magickbird any face you personally identify with, even a bird face, is fair game -- as long as it's on pumpkin!



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Adarias @ 10/19/2019 19:21 commented on Birthday Party~

I've approved this because the lighting in the floor is very minor, but we would hugely appreciate if the soft effects were removed.   Generally we only allow hand-placed work in hand-chosen palettes.



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Adarias @ 9/30/2019 18:31 commented on The Picture of Dorian Gray

Wow, fast turnaround!  Sets the tone for this challenge very well :D

Is this based on an existing cover?  If not, someone should do a run with this one ;)



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Adarias @ 9/22/2019 14:02 commented on Every brush but the one I need...

@iLKke valid crits!  I had even intended to get to those, but this was for the Pixel Dailies, and when I realized it was morning and they were about to post the new topic, I said to myself "too late!" and submitted.  After sending it up, I didn't feel like editing -- to me the point of these is to improve, and preserving mistakes made more sense than extending the sitting.



 
Adarias @ 9/16/2019 09:32 commented on Portrait of Foogirl

@pixelcharpi you earned it!  Congrats on the first shiny.  Hope to see your work here again in the future :)



 
Adarias @ 9/16/2019 09:31 commented on Portrait of Foogirl

It’s true, the top 3 are quite spread out, but it would only take 2-3 users to significantly change ranks 4 thru 10.

This isn’t a bad thing, it means we have a large number of great pieces!

So if you love another artist’s work, remember to VOTE!



 
Adarias @ 9/15/2019 19:11 commented on Meredy and Quickie

Thanks Sedge!  Seems like the transition is mostly smooth; this was a good time to make the move as Labor Day / back to school has meant fewer than average pieces were submitted in the first half of this month.