Pixelween 2020: The setting



All weekly challenges until October 25 are part of Pixelween, a contest with prizes. Read the announcement for more information.

You will be drawing a scene of the start of your very own horror story, using one of the following prompts:

  • Outside, all alone
  • Teens having fun
  • Everything is quiet
  • An unfamiliar place

You are free to interpret these themes in any way you like. Stereotypical horror/halloween tropes and characters are allowed but not required. Please clarify in the description of your entry which prompt you've used.

Next week there will be 4 new prompts for part 2 of your story, so don't worry about planning ahead too much.

Technical requirements for this week:

Canvas Size - exactly 130 (horizontal) x 80 (vertical) pixels.
Colors - Max 16
Transparency - No.
Animation - No.

We're exicited to hear who will be joining, let us know in the comments with an "I'm in"!

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

Posted by Hapiel @ 9/28/2020 00:45  |    36


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Sazdx (Level 3 Swiss Roll) @ 10/4/2020 23:51

I'm in! :D

ink (Level 5 Soldier) @ 10/4/2020 18:39

I'll be doing my best to participate! Lots of personal stuff going on this month, but I'll try what I can to at least submit the upcoming entries in time. Shame I just saw this today.

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 10/3/2020 08:20

Yes, definitely! As long as you enter at least 2 of the 4 challenges on time, you can even submit the pieces you've missed later if you like. The final deadline for all 4 pieces is october 25th.

zedOFF (Level 5 Soldier) @ 10/3/2020 07:39

Question: can I still take part in the event if I'm late to the first week? Because I'm not sure if I'll be able to finish the first part in time.

Drea (Level 7 Teleporter) @ 10/2/2020 07:33

hoping to see some vets come back for this. Excited to see how this all turns out

talhagulbahar (Level 2 Moon) @ 10/2/2020 07:21

ı'm in !

Arkan85 (Level 9 Rear Admiral) @ 10/2/2020 05:17

I'm in

Lik (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 10/2/2020 02:37

I'm in !

Delicious (Level 10 Capo) @ 10/1/2020 22:49

Damn I want time for this one 

TryingPixelArt (Level 4 Egg Tart) @ 10/1/2020 16:40

I'll try (Im in, i think...)! :)

Terff (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 10/1/2020 12:40

Sounds good, been in a creepy art mood recently so this will be fun

PIXELNACHO (Level 5 Trash) @ 10/1/2020 12:05

I'm SO excited about this, the prompt got me hyped! I'm in!

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 10/1/2020 08:45

I can see how Pixel Dailies confuses it a bit, sorry about that!

To submit to challenge 1: The Setting, you have until this Sunday, so 4 days from now. The timer on the front page counts down until the deadline.

On Monday the second challenge will be announced here, and possibly later also on Pixel Dailies again!

ReffPixels (Level 2 CGA) @ 10/1/2020 08:12

I'm in! Though a bit confused because of the Pixel Dailies entry. Do we have the whole week to submit?

greenxspace (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 10/1/2020 04:40

I'm in. 

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 9/30/2020 23:57


2nd - 5th place winners now also receive a Masters of Pixel Art ebook!

See the announcement for all prizes.

Calart (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 9/30/2020 18:02

I'm in... I guess

Nightmare3711 (Level 6 Tenderfoot) @ 9/30/2020 12:24

I'm going to go ahead and step out of my comfort zone with this. I'm in.

zedOFF (Level 5 Soldier) @ 9/30/2020 10:41

I'm in. The time spent is worth it!

Fleja2003 (Level 7 Lotus) @ 9/30/2020 09:11

I think that I'm in C:

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 9/30/2020 06:34

For those who are new on Pixel Joint: To submit to these challenges you enter it in the gallery and tick the "submit to weekly challenge" box before Sunday at midnight (12AM Pacific), challenge timer is on the front page.

More details about the submission and voting process can be found in the challenge thread.

The voting for challenges has no influence on the Pixelween judging, as was also explained in the Pixelween announcement.

SeDiceBisonte (Level 8 Spaceman) @ 9/29/2020 09:07

I'm in. I can't wait to see all the entries for this!

aamatniekss (Level 3 Mi-Go (The Whisperer in Darkness)) @ 9/29/2020 08:45

This sounds pretty interesting! If I have any time I might whip something up, too! 

Eggy (Level 6 SWAT) @ 9/29/2020 05:00

I might be in, but considering my recent performance, I'm not very confident that I'll be able to win anything haha.

Dracula9AntiChapel (Level 3 Mi-Go (The Whisperer in Darkness)) @ 9/28/2020 23:17

oh hell yeah, this sounds super fun. I'm in for sure!

LCSkeleton (Level 4 Peony) @ 9/28/2020 14:10

This sounds like a good way for me to practice! I might try!

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 9/28/2020 13:09

Only if you want your entry to also count towards Pixelween 2007, but I think you're past the deadline for that one

Jinn (Level 11 Cthulhu (The Call of Cthulhu)) @ 9/28/2020 13:09

Sounds nice, I might be in

Quiara (Level 6 Garbage) @ 9/28/2020 12:40

We're not required to do the film reel effect on the vertical edges, right?

Harmonica! (Level 6 Blue Crab) @ 9/28/2020 12:27

I'm in! This has gotten me pretty excited! I remember checking out the links to the past contests when I first joined up on Pixel Joint and thinking how cool and fun they looked. There are already a couple ideas rattling around in my head, so I'm hoping I can at least complete two of the four parts.

thalassophobic (Level 3 Sergeant) @ 9/28/2020 11:20

I can't believe I was planning to pass on Pixelween. School work be damned, I'm in!

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 9/28/2020 06:23

UPDATE: You can now also win one of the 3 Aseprite, 3 Pyxel Edit or one of 3 ProMotion keys. See the main announcement


Magcoin (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 9/28/2020 03:25

I'm in! This sounds interesting 

MrHai (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 9/28/2020 02:19

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 9/28/2020 01:47

That is correct Reo! Only 1 challenge entry of each week can count towards your Pixelween entry, if someone chooses to submit multipe we'll clarify with them which one is part of Pixelween, but they will all count towards the weekly challenge.

Reo (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 9/28/2020 01:29

I'm in!

I'm guessing you are still allowed to submit mulitple entries? As long as you specify what entries are part of the "film series"?

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