Pixel Art Challenge: Moving Parts


Show a machine that has visibly moving parts; it could be real or something made up. This means that anything from a sewing machine to a mechanical hippopotamus launcher is fine, as long as it's some kind of moving, animated machine.

Optional Bonus Challenge: Actually making the mechanical hippopotamus launcher (as requested in the comments).

Canvas size- Unrestricted.
Colours- Max 16.
Transparency - Optional.
Animation - Required.

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

Posted by jeremy @ 6/6/2011 00:01  |    22


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Chibiwing (Level 4 Deputy) @ 6/12/2011 02:52

Maybe there are a lot of people making fantastic entries that they'll submit tomorrow.  I can't claim that mine'll be awesome, but I'll be submitting it tomorrow, since it isn't done yet.

FelipeFS (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 6/11/2011 22:45

I don't understand. This is a good challenge, but have few entries.

I like challenges with a lot of entries... I will quit this one.

artistictiger (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 6/11/2011 08:40


K no problem and good luck!

ultimaodin (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 6/10/2011 19:23

Thanks a heap, as it turns out I'm again not going to have any free time to do this however I have download gimp so I can partake in future animation challenges. I did have Jasc Animation Shop a long time ago but it wouldn't allow for transperancy and it always altered the colours and pixels. I use Corel PSP but it doesn't seem to come with anything like these days, maybe that's just the aussie version of the program but gimp should work fine. (Shame because JAS was actually easy to use it just f'd up the images and wouldn't allow for transperancy)

ThomasJH (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 6/8/2011 09:54

Any kind of machine?

jeremy (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 6/8/2011 02:52

Transparency always counts as a colour :)

FelipeFS (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 6/8/2011 02:47

Max 16 = 15 colors + Transparent Color?
Max 16 = 16 colors + Transparent Color?

FelipeFS (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 6/8/2011 01:41

I will make a Metal Warrior!!! Pew pew pew pew KABOOM!!!

jeremy (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 6/7/2011 21:33

I think that would be fine as long as the machine can be seen.

Lynxiie (Level 1 Depressed) @ 6/7/2011 12:04


artistictiger (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 6/7/2011 11:52

@Lynxiie No problem

Lynxiie (Level 1 Depressed) @ 6/7/2011 10:52

 Really? ... I'll try it! Thankiez!

artistictiger (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 6/7/2011 10:25


Sounds fair lol

Lynxiie (Level 1 Depressed) @ 6/7/2011 09:45

 Would it count to do a human (a normal human like you or me) With a machine inside them? Not like a robot but one of the organs?

artistictiger (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 6/6/2011 21:01


Hi!."GraphicsGale" is really good."Cosmigo Pro Motion" is good aswell, you can also use paint shop pro's "animation shop"..And i think you can animate with photoshop(not really sure lol)

I heard Grafx2 was pretty good aswell...Oh yeah you can use the freeware program "Gimp"

Also here's a tutorial i just found on animating pixel art with the "Gimp" link is below


And a bunch of tools and resources(plenty of tutorials) if you need em


Hope that helps, and good luck with that hippo launcher!!

ultimaodin (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 6/6/2011 20:44

What's a good program for animating? I really want to make a Hippo Launcher! ^_^

fawful (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 6/6/2011 14:15

whoever wins will be able to choose that as the next theme

Chibiwing (Level 4 Deputy) @ 6/6/2011 14:07

Somebody should add that to the post as an optional challenge. :D

dpixel (Level 9 Vice President) @ 6/6/2011 13:19

I think the challenge should be: Make a Hippopotamus Launcher.

I'd like to see a whole bunch of those.

Chibiwing (Level 4 Deputy) @ 6/6/2011 11:37

You tempt me so...

ekobor (Level 4 Murderer) @ 6/6/2011 10:59

 If someone makes a mchanical hippopotamus launcher (in any of the senses) they will get my vote.

Argyle (Level 6 Manager) @ 6/6/2011 10:28

 Mmm, love it.

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