Pixelween results


Over the past 4 weeks you guys have absolutely blown us away by the amazing number of Pixelween entries and their al-round high quality! 55 entries, 84 people who participated to some extend and 226 images in total. That is insane, in the best possible way! Thank you!

How did you like the event? Would you join in if we did this next year? What would you like different? Let us know in the comments of this post.

Judging 55 entries is nearly impossible. Luckily we have an amazing team who pulled it off:

Pixelblink, the organiser of Pixelween 2005 - 2007
Prowler, the creator of the Masters of Pixel Art books
NeoBerserker, the moderator at PixelDalies
Ali Aydin, a TV director / writer (it was a storyboard compo, after all!)

PJ members: Cure, Cyangmou, DawnBringer, Mrmo_Tarius

And your moderators: Gecimen, Irena, Christoballs

With all that being said, and with real prizes to be given away, I'm sure you're excited who the winners are. So read on!

Reo - Wins a printed Masters of Pixel art book volume of your choice, and a software key.

The judges had the following to say about Reo’s work:

"Reo's entry is the most dynamic as a whole. A stylish and consistent storyboard, and you can feel the wrath of the mummy in each panel transition. Classic horror, who doesn't love a bloodthirsty mummy?
It should be noted that Reo also participated in Pixelween 2006, and Pixelblink mentions he is proud to see how much you have grown.
Extremely detailed pieces, dramatic panels, coherent story, good overall design and composition."

a3um - Wins a 30$ steam gift card, a Master of Pixel art ebook, and a software key.

"a3um's entry has stark transitions, from the ominous calm setting scene, to our hero shown from an imposing angle, to then his shocking defeat. Professional framing and masterful pixeling techniques. A few judges did note that the last panel was confusing to them, but others appreciated the unexpected apocalyptic ending; impressively turning the challenge restrictions into an advantage for the dynamic moment depiction."

cjlm123 - Wins 20$ steam gift card, a Master of Pixel art ebook, and a software key.
"The first scene is probably the best stand-alone piece of this entire competition. The sun rays, the water puddle reflections and much more really set this unique scene. The story it evokes can be interpreted in multiple way which makes it interesting and the idea with the car is something which rather plays with creativity than with generic stereotypes. Great use of the moody palette, skill in using both a large palette with subtle details and similar colors as well as a tiny palette with harsh, contrasting colors; high level of adaptability to challenge restrictions, coherent story. "

Place 4 to 8 were incredibly close. Even with 11 judges independently voting it turned out that it was nearly impossible to distinguish between the quality of these works. Although they have been awarded in the order of how high they scored, you should trust me (Hapiel) when I say that it was close enough you should probably consider them all a shared 4th place!

4: Lik - Wins a Master of Pixel art ebook, and a software key.

"Apart from being excellent pixel art, this piece did leave a feeling of horror behind which immediately caught our attention. All scenes have excellent detail levels without getting cluttered. Combined with a scary storyline, these images by Lik left a wow feeling behind."

5: Arkan85 - Wins a Master of Pixel art ebook, and a software key.

"A complete and legible storyboard that manages to maintain consistency  in style and appearance over different sized palettes. Also a very good use of pixels."

6: Cmmrc - Wins a software key.

"There is a great sense of place emanating from these woods. The renditions of the first two frames are beautiful, then take a sharp turn towards insanity by the last frame."


7: Weerdmeester - Wins a software key.

"We really liked the continuity and consistency in the narrative. Weerdmeester has taken the horror genre into a new direction by focussing on the perspective of a mouse rather than a person. The contrast between the towering hell-beast in the third scene and the satisfied housecat in the final scene brings a lot of humor to the series, and the range of perspectives keeps it interesting. The most elaborate shots from start to finish."

8: Jinn - Wins a software key.

"Jinn manages yet again to do some magic with some special skin tones. The use of color is so harmonious and distinct, the colors match the vibes of each scene perfectly. The storyline flip is a classic too. It has the best scary end of all entries."


Dracula9AntiChapel, entry #1 - Wins a software key.

"This series has the best horror atmosphere of the entries, and the unsettling vibes are enhanced by the sickly greens used in the palettes.  Both the environment and the monster are terrifying."

As some winners passed on their software keys a few more prize winning winners will be announced:
10th place goes to Harmonica!
11th place goes to Hogfrog
All participants will receive a trophy, they should be in your profile by now.
We will be in contact with the winners shortly to arrange their prizes. Also, should the software keys be passed down, more winners will be announced in this news post.
That's all for this years Pixelween. Congratulations to all the winners, leave feedback in the comments, and perhaps see you next year.
Happy Halloween!

Posted by Hapiel @ 10/30/2020 10:18  |    16


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cjlm123 (Level 5 Irish Elk) @ 11/1/2020 12:11

I'm very happy to have placed with so many great entries. Congrats everyone.

SeDiceBisonte (Level 8 Spaceman) @ 11/1/2020 08:05

Congratulations to all the winners. The awards are very well deserved and the pieces are all exceptional.

More broadly, I was really impressed with all the entries. I think everyone brought something interesting to the challenge and it was a lot of fun. I hope it returns next year!

moondrome (Level 7 Merfolk) @ 11/1/2020 06:21

Looking at them together is just... wow! They are all mesmerizing. No exceptions

Theoden (Level 10 Operative) @ 11/1/2020 05:00

Congrats guys, they all look great!

HogFrog (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 10/31/2020 23:38

Congratulations to all the winners. Awesome work!

prowler (Level 2 Corporal) @ 10/31/2020 15:40

You guys rock!

Eggy (Level 6 SWAT) @ 10/31/2020 14:01

Participating in this was a delight. All the winners here deserve it. I may not have been one of the chosen ones this year, but I'm glad to at least have made it past the challenge of making 4 panels with increasingly tighter color restrictions and I hope I will be able to grow even more. Thank you for this event and see you in one year hopefully!

Harmonica! (Level 6 Blue Crab) @ 10/31/2020 11:51

Many congratulations and a happy Hallowtide to all! Pixelween has been a real blast!

Sazdx (Level 3 Swiss Roll) @ 10/31/2020 10:14

Congratulations to everyone that participated! This was a new experience for me and I'm thrilled that I got to be part of it as well X3. I loved everyone's entries and I'm looking forward to seeing more! :D

DawnBringer (Level 10 Pixel artist) @ 10/31/2020 09:58

Kudos to all that had the strength and focus to complete this true challenge!

Reo (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 10/31/2020 03:47

Thank you for all the votes and a frankly touching motivation! So impressed with not just the amount of entries but the overall quality! What a sublime resurrection! Hapiel has done an incredible job with this competition and I hope it remains a strong tradition going forward! 

aamatniekss (Level 3 Mi-Go (The Whisperer in Darkness)) @ 10/31/2020 01:35

Awesome work all! Congrats! Was a lot of fun!

Irenaart (Level 9 Dagon (Dagon, also Philistine mythology)) @ 10/31/2020 01:13

Congratulations to all the winners and participants! You all did a fantastic job. And once again thanks to @Hapiel who organized this year’s Pixelween, and worked diligently on this competition from start to finish.

Squirrelsquid (Level 4 Rubbish) @ 10/30/2020 20:20


pixelblink (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 10/30/2020 18:45

congrats everyone!

Christoballs (Level 7 Neanderthal) @ 10/30/2020 17:55

Really proud of you guys. Well done!

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