Pixel Art Challenge: Pixeljoint Tales

"Long ago, there were tales of a monster, who lurked the meadows of the scared inhabitants of the Pixel Joint Village. Unfortunately, it only came out during the nighttime. And at that time, the mist and fog tend to flood the air, so a sharp eye was never cast upon it. However, though many lives it's claimed, some have survived to live and tell of the ghastly sight.
   A soldier who tried (and failed) to exterminate the beast, said it had 4 legs, and a hairy tuft upon its back, shoulders and head. Almost like a lion's mane!
   A disgruntled farmer whose cows and sheep had fallen victim to the beast, claimed its eyes were dormant and bright blue when hazing, but as soon as he raised his shot gun to fire at it, it's eyes turned a bright red, and its mouth frothed with madness. He also said it had THREE horns protruding from its head, where as smoke emptied from its nostrils.
  Finally, the crazy old woman of the west said the beast is a calm beast if not disturbed, and enjoys the smells of her potted plants, which he visits some nights. She claims it does have giant, hairy arms, but only has 3 fingers for each hand, with one finger carrying a giant, sharp claw on each hand as well. Not to mention, it tends to sometimes knock over her plants with it's tentacle-like tail, making her believe it to be slightly clumsy.
   Nonetheless, this beast has never been fully captured or seen. Maybe a brave soul can one day find and show us just what exactly haunts our meadows this time of year!!"

Alright, so your mission is capture this beast with your trusty camera, and bring it back to us, so we can see just what exactly this thing is! The challenge is to pixel a piece of what this monster looks like, by using the above story and anecdotes as the monster traits, while at the same time making it look as if it's a photo, that was taken. As long as it doesn't conflict too much with the description above, its look is totally up to you!
size: 200x200 max
colors: 32 max
animation: no
transparency: no

Your entry has to be a scene since it's supposed to look like a photo, capturing the monster. Bonus for making your entry look like a photograph :)

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

Posted by jalonso @ 10/27/2008 05:44  |    26


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pipe (Level 5 Detective) @ 11/3/2008 00:04
1 minute late....again... I guess I will never learn my lesson....

khorin (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 11/2/2008 11:14
I've taken a look at the current submissions and I'm sad to see that NO ONE includes light from a flash of the camera. Come on people! If you're taking photographs AT NIGHT you'll need to use flash or at least night vision or whatever it's called.

skeddles (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 10/31/2008 16:51

fawful (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 10/31/2008 08:37
Ah,so thats more advice for getting votes rather than things needed for qualification.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 10/30/2008 19:49
The creature/scene itself is described (with room for creativity).
Presenting it as an 'evidence photo' WILL sway many a voter this week.

skeddles (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 10/30/2008 18:57
I believe they mean It supposed to be like a photograph, and bonus points If you make it awesome enough that we think it is a photo.

By bonus points, they mean, it'll most likely get more votes.

fawful (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 10/30/2008 06:30

Does it HAVE to look like a photograph,or will a scene qualify?

"Your entry has to be a scene since it's supposed to look like a photo, capturing the monster. Bonus for making your entry look like a photograph :)"

And you cant really have a bonus in a vote :/,unless im mistaken that is.

pipe (Level 5 Detective) @ 10/29/2008 07:08
Oh finally some interesting challenge and lots of colors.Who is the genius who made this challenge?And this time I wont be late.Participation ribbon here I come :D

DJD (Level 4 Button Man) @ 10/28/2008 18:52
32 shades of black.

Nah, you could use blue ambient lighting like they do in movies. :)

skeddles (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 10/28/2008 17:27
Grammer is stupid, shut up.

I still haven't even read this yet lol.
I hope i'll have time to do it though

-reads to line 3-

How do we see it if it's at night and foggy?

Adarias (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 10/27/2008 19:09
You may begin a sentence with a conjunction where it assists flow.  Conjunctions imply a continuation of a concept or narration, not of a grammatical element, though they may be accompanied by such.  Just read the bible :P.

Back slightly on topic, i like "one mouth" :P

DJD (Level 4 Button Man) @ 10/27/2008 17:57
You can't end a sentence with an open parentheses without at least closing it.


I found another descriptor to add to the list...
  • "crazy old woman of the west"

Blueberry_pie (Level 7 General Manager) @ 10/27/2008 12:24
I just got owned :(

Haru-D (Level 1 Thug) @ 10/27/2008 12:06
Do we have to use those descriptions exactly?

Vertigo-Zero (Level 9 Necrophiliac) @ 10/27/2008 11:59
Books written by Americans? :P

The B.O.B. (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 10/27/2008 10:48
   Sure you can. It's just frowned upon by grammar faithfuls. I've read plenty of books, where a sentence started with "And." Not that big of a deal, really.

skamocore (Level 11 Dolphin) @ 10/27/2008 09:28
Adarias, you can't start a sentence with 'And' :P

Adarias (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 10/27/2008 09:22
And I prefer being told we have a POOR grasp of the English language. :)

Hapiel (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 10/27/2008 09:12
Hehe, I hoped for some PJ history here, but this is nice too :)

fawful (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 10/27/2008 07:34
I was wondering where that part went:/.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 10/27/2008 06:45

The B.O.B. (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 10/27/2008 06:42
I prefer "ignorant" Americans, thank you very much... : P

And I can tell Jal deleted the part of the story I put in, about his unfortunate demise by dysentery...har har.

Blueberry_pie (Level 7 General Manager) @ 10/27/2008 06:32
Fixed some grammatical errors. Blame The B.O.B.. Damn Americans and their bad grasp of the English language :)

skamocore (Level 11 Dolphin) @ 10/27/2008 06:12
This is a list of its physical characteristics (hope I'm not ruining anything by doing this):
  • 4 legs
  • Hairy tuft on its back, shoulders and head, similar to a lion's mane
  • Blue eyes, which turn red if provoked
  • 1 mouth
  • 3 horns
  • Multiple nostrils
  • Giant, hairy arms
  • Each hand has 3 fingers, one of which has a giant claw
  • Tentacle-like tail
Also, to whoever wrote this - "its" is not the same as "it's".

Opacus (Level 7 Ichikyu) @ 10/27/2008 06:11
Sounds cool, I'll give it a go if I have time.

fawful (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 10/27/2008 05:57
Intresting,i think i'll crank it up a notch this week.

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