Pixel Art Challenge: When The Wind Changed


Create a portrait of a human character pulling a face. Inspired by the book of the same name.

Canvas Size - Exactly 80 x 80.
Colours - Max 16.
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 jeremy @ 1/14/2013   |    20


If you would like to comment you will need to be logged in. Register now. It only takes a moment and it's free.

|||| (Level 8 Marshal) @ 1/19/2013 18:17

Haiy! I think this is the perfect ref:


shampoop (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 1/15/2013 23:53

$250 for that book brand new...must be rare!

Manupix (Level 11 Godfather) @ 1/15/2013 20:00

Grown men making faces in the mirror? I'm tempted


Edit: something like this? XD

Nikonani (Level 1 Seaman) @ 1/15/2013 14:12

Tape + hair = ouch ouch ouch :(

Hoping to enter this week's contest; I say that every week, but some busywork always pops up in school soon after I starting working on an entry...

|||| (Level 8 Marshal) @ 1/15/2013 14:09

Maybe these could be used for ref as well:theorange.co/blog/2012/12/27/scotch-tape-portraits-by-wes-naman.html I saw these recently but don't remember from what source, there are a lot more too. It might have even been linked here before; I just can't remember.

MashPotato (Level 7 Underboss) @ 1/15/2013 08:42

I do that all the time ;) I'll be painting, then I realize that I'm looking angry/sad/etc.


This challenge sounds like a fun one!

Joseki (Level 5 Detective) @ 1/15/2013 04:12

 Good reference! +1 because i love Calvin & Hobbes.

Am I the only one around here who makes facial expressions himself while drawing them because it helps visualizing them?

Argyle (Level 6 Manager) @ 1/15/2013 03:51

For inspiration, look to this Calvin & Hobbes comic strip.

I'll always remember Bill Waterson's commentary, from one of the C&H anthologies that I read while I was just a fledgling wanna-be artist, regarding the faces in each panel and how he had to keep holding contorted face poses while looking at himself in a mirror to use as reference for Calvin's expressions for each of these panels. Aside from making me laugh picturing a grown man making these faces for the sake of anatomical reference, it was the first time I ever thought to use a mirror to use your own face as a drawing reference for various poses. Right after that I remember making scratchy drawings of mouth positions for every phonetical sound I could think of, and it honestly did help me years later with doing lip sync animations for Flash projects immensely.

TLDR: Har har, click link for good examples of what the challenge is about - Portraits of human photobombing their own picture.

Nevercreature (Level 9 Vice President) @ 1/15/2013 03:23

I think it's clear and english is not my first language. We have an obvious example...

@Opacus. -  Yes! But they must be human... :P

Mrmo Tarius (Level 10 Master Sniper) @ 1/15/2013 02:21

 Ah, a portrait challenge. Love me one of these :D

Opacus (Level 7 Ichikyu) @ 1/15/2013 02:17

 Can I draw a pixel art of a guy pulling another guy's face of?

Dr D (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 1/14/2013 18:29

Strange or exaggerated facial expression, or if you want to take it literally, someone actually grabbing and pulling the skin of a face. :P

crozier (Level 6 Hitman) @ 1/14/2013 15:26

 Yeah, English is my native language, and I still don't really understand what that sentence means XD


CrimsonPixel (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 1/14/2013 13:52

At first I thought it was literally a human defacing itself or something... but that's mostly due to my sick mind.

Adcrusher (Level 6 Major) @ 1/14/2013 13:20

I feel like the discription might confuse some members, especially people who are not native to english. Possibly rephrase the sentence to be more clear?

Nevercreature (Level 9 Vice President) @ 1/14/2013 04:28

(I have to admit that I have laughed ...)

Then... What happens if I'm not a human?  Could I draw a portrait of myself if I'm not a person?

It doesn't matter... I am a human... (...or that's what I think...)


skamocore (Level 11 CEO) @ 1/14/2013 03:04

Yes, you can do a self-portrait if you want :P

Nevercreature (Level 9 Vice President) @ 1/14/2013 02:47

What about an ugly human?

skamocore (Level 11 CEO) @ 1/14/2013 00:28

Human human only. I think it defeats the purpose of showing human facial expressions if you're creating something non-human.

Nevercreature (Level 9 Vice President) @ 1/14/2013 00:24

I can see a massive participation...

Could it be a "humanoid" instead a human? (for example a demon . Maybe a human character possessed, a mutant human... these are still humans... aren't they?)

This Week's Pixel Art

Spaz Jackrabbit icon/pixelartD is for Demon icon/pixelartPKMNTLL GB icon/pixelartSilent Hill 4 Demake icon/pixelart
Play party games with QuizBash app
Play party games with QuizBash app

Recent News


Want to give some dough back to all those amazing pixel artists? Donations provide prize money for contests, help cover hosting costs and support new initiatives.