Pixel Art Challenge: Iconic Photo

Challenge winner pain challenges you to pixel your own version of a famous picture/photograph.
Easily recognizable photo preferred. For example the Tiananmen Square tank, the WWII kiss, Che Guevara's portrait, etc. You shouldn't look at your ref picture at all while pixelling.
Study the original and only begin pixelling once you have it committed to memory.
Honor system, you cheating, lazy bums.

Canvas Size - up to 320x240
Colors - 32 Max
Animation - No
Transparency - No

The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.

Posted by Blueberry_pie @ 7/7/2008 00:04  |    21


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pain (Level 9 Nidan) @ 7/9/2008 10:48
PixelSpy i hope too ... looking forward to see it...

PixelSpy (Level 5 Captain) @ 7/8/2008 16:38
Going to try and do the photo of the Buddhist Monk lighting himself on fire....hopefully I can find the time to finish on time.

jamcob (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/8/2008 14:15
sweet, i've decided to do mona lisa but its good to know if i change ma mind. Thanks for the quick reply.

pain (Level 9 Nidan) @ 7/8/2008 14:03
sure ...

jamcob (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/8/2008 13:35
Can it be of a painting, eg: scream?

Stickman (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 7/8/2008 13:17
Aaahhhh cool!!!

pain (Level 9 Nidan) @ 7/8/2008 04:27
Stickman submit your work :D ... all i wanted to say is: make your own version of any "famous" picture/photo/paiting ...

Stickman (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 7/8/2008 03:58
Crap!!! Didn't read through the "Shouldn't look at ref pic..." part.

Already started and spent 5 hours messing up the head of the portrait I'm doing and then finally getting something decent after much studying.

Going to have to drop out of the comp as I want to finish this piece nevertheless.

pain (Level 9 Nidan) @ 7/8/2008 02:20
you can pixel only famous pictures, paintings etc ...

Irozumi Urado (Level 1 Depressed) @ 7/7/2008 18:57
interesting. I'm a little dazzled by the notion "iconic". I like more contemporary art photography than old press-front page stuff. I was thinking of proposing a rather well known (and young) european artist's photography... Will that be accepted, even if it's not "iconic" in the sense that is not in every household? If it is, I will gladly pixelate for this week's contest :D

skeddles (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 7/7/2008 14:26
I know a couple have done this before. (nvm i was thinking of art).. Cool challenge though pain, i may try.

Ndsfreak (Level 5 Soldier) @ 7/7/2008 13:32
Shit, I tried to pixel St. Anthony of Padua, but its terrible. I've given up on him.

pain (Level 9 Nidan) @ 7/7/2008 11:03
yep ... you can do whatever you want ... you can pixel whole new pic or change angle or make it futuristic ... use your imagination :D ... you can even caricature a famous person ...

CaKsTeR (Level 3 Stalker) @ 7/7/2008 07:47
Waiting to hear if we can sketch it :)

Stickman (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 7/7/2008 05:34
Is this similar to the "Weekly Challenge: Cut Scene"? So we could take a photo and change the angle, make it cartoony etc?
Do we also link to the pic we have chosen?

Rooster (Level 5 Captain) @ 7/7/2008 04:14
Can I caricature a famous person?

pain (Level 9 Nidan) @ 7/7/2008 03:17
it must be only famous picture/photo or holy icon ....

pain (Level 9 Nidan) @ 7/7/2008 03:15
you shoul pixel your version of picture ... if you pixel monalisa you can pixel your girl/wife :D ... etc ... if you know what i mean :D ...

tomic (Level 11 Admiral) @ 7/7/2008 01:20

first thing i thought was 'iconic photo? - damn i've already done this'.. but reading further i fear this will mount into another redux/paintover-challenge

skamocore (Level 11 Dolphin) @ 7/7/2008 00:37
Can we use other references? Can we look at a picture of a tank if we're doing the Tiananmen Square Tank photo? What do we do if we accidentally come into contact with our photo during the week? Do we need to report it? Are we allowed to sketch the photo after the 'looking at' stage?

Ndsfreak (Level 5 Soldier) @ 7/7/2008 00:19
Oh ho ho ho, I have a billion ideas for this compo. Count me in.

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