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Quote Hapiel Replybullet Topic: New Weekly Challenge ideas
    Posted: 30 July 2020 at 7:49am

Do you have a perfect idea for a weekly challenge? Something that is well defined/restricted, but still open to creativity? We would love to use it!

This forum thread is for submitting an idea, or commenting with suggested improvements on others. There is no guarantee on if/when/how we might use it, to keep the upcoming challenges exciting and fair for everyone. But if "your" challenge takes place, you are of course welcome to take part too!

I'm sure many of you have also noticed that the weekly challenges are not as popular as they were a few years ago. Although they remain to be a cornerstone of the PJ community, many other platforms have popped up with pixel art challenges, and among those we would like to remain interesting and relevant to future participants.

Let us know if you have suggestions on how the weekly challenge can be improved! What kind of challenges are your favorite, what would you like to see more of?

Thank you!

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Quote SeDiceBisonte Replybullet Posted: 30 July 2020 at 8:08am
Do contest winners still get to choose a theme, or are there reasons why that's no longer practical?

I'll have a think about themes later but, as a new member, the current challenge is the first one I'm going to enter. What mostly attracted me to it was the palette requirement. Looking back at older challenges, ones based on a specific palette tend to be the ones I find most interesting.

I can understand that difficult palettes may be a bit of a barrier to entry to inexperienced artists who haven't quite built up the confidence to enter, but I also think they're hugely instructive. Comparing your piece, and the way you used the colours, to works by more experienced artists is very helpful. I also think palette challenges produce a nice, unified body of work by different artists.
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Quote Hapiel Replybullet Posted: 30 July 2020 at 12:54pm
As for contest winners choosing a theme:
I don't think many contest winners are aware of this option, and it has been a long time since we've last been contacted by a challenge winner. Probably this rule would be a lot more effective if we reach out to the winners and remind them of this, we should definitely consider that!

I find palette challenges interesting too, and they indeed often have a high amount of participants. Perhaps we could make a collection of interesting palettes in this thread?
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Quote Eggy Replybullet Posted: 31 July 2020 at 8:56am
Palette challenges are great :) I also like themes that are simple and/or offer a lot of room for imagination (e.g. pixel a tree, make a game mockup etc.), and one of my favorites are those that challenge you to depict a child's drawing in your own way.
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Quote Maxiwell Replybullet Posted: 31 July 2020 at 3:42pm
I think we can try to make a challenge dedicated to the old artist who was born in the same week and his popular creation
As an example, Tove Janson (9 August, in the coming week) and Moomin troll
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Quote MalevolentMask Replybullet Posted: 01 August 2020 at 7:43am
Yeahhh I remember I had got first place for Iso on The Inside but wasn't sure if someone would reach out to me about an idea or vice versa lol.

I like Eggy and Maxiwell's ideas!

Idea wise, mayyyybe a sort of UI/menu mockup based on another game would be fun (ie. in the past I did some fun Bioshock menu/UI stuff and it was a great learning experience)
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Quote SeDiceBisonte Replybullet Posted: 01 August 2020 at 10:19am
I like all of the above ideas!

Here are some specific ideas I've had since my last post:

Has there been a contest that involves some interplay between the preview image and the detail one? Some examples:
  • Preview image of raw ingredients; detail image of the cooked meal.
  • Preview image of flower buds in a vase; detail image of them in bloom.
  • Preview image of a chrysalis or insect larva; detail image of the insect or creature that emerges.
Any of those could be based on the real world or be crazy fantasy creations.

With palettes, it would be interesting to use them in unexpected ways. For example, a palette of muted greens, browns, greys and pale yellows could be used to pixel something beautiful.

On the palettes theme, here are some I've bookmarked for future usage although I'm very much an amateur so I can't say how easy to use or sensible these are:
Darkseed 16 by Ricardo Juchem
Japanese Woodblock by Polyducks
Lost Century by CalmRadish
Retro 8 by Bixbyte
Retro Space by Sergio Vad?s Biolley
Steam Lords by Slynyrd
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Quote SF - The Dark Warrior Replybullet Posted: 02 August 2020 at 10:23pm
I'm generally a fan of palette challenges as well as others that give a clear theme bc I find them very conducive to fostering creativity.

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Quote |||| Replybullet Posted: 03 August 2020 at 2:37am
I like palette challenges too.
I think this would be an interesting one:


Create a character split directly in the middle, full body, portrait or somewhere in-between; having two distinctive personalities. For example one good and one bad,  one sane and one insane, one male one female etc. as long as they are distinctly different.  [must use assigned palette, transparency and animation would be ok]. The rules concerning what two types of distinction would be very loose and I could help assigning a palette to use for the challenge.

There would be an assigned palette for each half. Or like in the 'splitting 10's' challenge, there could be a palette which shares some colours but keeps most separated.

Something I made for the splitting 10's challenge that is similar in essence:
http://pixeljoint.com/pixelart/71078.htm

Splitting 10's challenge:
http://pixeljoint.com/pixels/challenge_item.asp?id=1303

Splitting 11's challenge:
http://pixeljoint.com/pixels/challenge_item.asp?id=1516




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Quote Quiara Replybullet Posted: 03 August 2020 at 6:07pm
Recent contest winner here, and general newb to the site. Something I've not seen suggested here, nor in any of the challenges in the archives: extremely constrained canvas sizes. So, like, "make an image that's eight times as wide as it is tall." In general I think combining basic themes with creative canvas constraints is a cool combo - consider the Mer de Noms challenge from a couple months ago (nautical imagery + circular canvas) and all the great entries we got for that.
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Quote Hapiel Replybullet Posted: 04 August 2020 at 1:08am
Thank you for all the great ideas so far, this is super insightful and we'll use as many as possible! Surely some more restricted, palette and canvas challenges are coming up!

Keep them coming :D
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Quote PC PIXEL Replybullet Posted: 08 August 2020 at 12:29am
I'm sure many of you have also noticed that the weekly challenges are not as popular as they were a few years ago.

Maybe because for most people like me, one week isn't enought due to short free time...
A monthly challenge?
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Quote Nightmare3711 Replybullet Posted: 10 August 2020 at 5:45pm
I completely agree with there being set palettes that we have to use. It can be decently challenging, which is why it's called "Weekly Challenge". But here are some of my other ideas:

1. A game mock-up. Like a sidescroller, RPG, puzzle game, etc. probably with some gameplay if it were to be animated.
2. Storefront (See: Brandon James Greer Storefronts)
3. Items. At least 25 in total. None can be any larger than 32x32
4. Glitching could be an interesting theme to build off of.
5. Hub world. Another game-type concept, but it could be very interesting to see different types of hub world.
6. Cards. You don't see pixel art in tabletop games, at least not nearly as much as you do in video games, so I think it could be interesting to design some cards. The ratio would have to be the same as existing cards such as Bicycle, Pokemon, Magic, etc. I'm not sure of the ratios, but let's just say 4x3. I'm thinking of having there be a minimum of 10 cards which are all thematically similar plus a backside for all of the cards.
7. The Elements, being Air, Water, Earth, Fire, and possibly Ether, each having a set number of colors or even a given palette
8. Mechanical: you'd choose 1 of several palettes: Gold, Rusted Iron, Silver, Rusted Copper, Uranium, and you'd make something mechanical with it.
9. Light: you'd do something related to lighting, from neon to light flowing through a window, the catch is that you can only use three to four colors, no more no less.
10. Contrast: you split your art in half, and both halves use different palettes. It doesn't matter how it's split, just that it's as close to half as possible.

I'm willing to bet multiple of these are duplicates of other challenges done in the past, but I'm pretty new, so I wouldn't know.
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Quote Stickman Replybullet Posted: 14 August 2020 at 3:28pm
Create a picture using 1x2 pixels (these are long thin pixels).

Canvas Size: Max -200 x 200
Colours - Must use 3 colours. Black (0,0,0), White (255,255,255) and any FULL grey colour of your choice. The grey RGB values must be the same number (example: 128,128,128 or 64,64,64 or 192,192,192 etc)
Animation: Optional
Transparency: No

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Quote Hapiel Replybullet Posted: 15 August 2020 at 2:31am
Could be fun, Stickman! Any suggested theme?
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Quote Stickman Replybullet Posted: 15 August 2020 at 5:09pm
The theme would be to create one of these four dinosaurs:

Triceratops
Tyrannosaurus
Brontosaurus
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Quote DeProgrammer Replybullet Posted: 22 August 2020 at 8:29pm
I concur on the palette challenges, though I've only participated in three weekly challenges in my 13 years of being a PixelJoint member. :P

How about pixelling someone creating any form of art (e.g. Michelangelo sculpting David or Fool waving his magic wand at his computer screen)?

I also kind of agree with PC PIXEL up there. Weekly challenges have always been for the duration of one week with a new one each week, but they could have a multi-week deadline and still be called "weekly" because a new one starts each week and one ends each week. :P
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Quote Hapiel Replybullet Posted: 24 August 2020 at 1:19am
Weekly challenge text has been updated to explain where to send your challenge idea to if you win the challenge. And we're running Stickman's challenge this week!
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Quote MalevolentMask Replybullet Posted: 24 August 2020 at 7:21am
Might be fun to do a sort of shape challenge kind of like Jinn's latest post! (ie. have a specific pixel shape/silhouette that everyone has to adhere to)
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Quote Stickman Replybullet Posted: 24 August 2020 at 5:25pm
Does anyone remember "Garbage Pail Kids"?

https://www.topps.com/garbagepailkids
https://www.topps.com/cards-collectibles.html?property=11223&p=1

How about a challenge where you have to pixel your own version? You could have an already made template card with "Garbage Pail Kids","Pixel Pail Kids", "PixelJoint Kids" (or whatever) logo already on the card, including the name tag at the bottom. However - it would be great to supply a single font that everyone could use for the name tag in order to keep consistency.

If the font is a problem, then we could just have 10 types of template cards with the names already on, that participants can choose to pixel. This would keep consistency.

You would then use a fixed palette of 16 colours to pixel your own kid.
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Quote Hapiel Replybullet Posted: 25 August 2020 at 1:36am
Originally posted by MalevolentMask

Might be fun to do a sort of shape challenge kind of like Jinn's latest post! (ie. have a specific pixel shape/silhouette that everyone has to adhere to)

Haha, Jinn's post is a submission to exactly that challenge! Shame you missed it, but you can still vote!

@Stickman, I don't know those Garbage Pail Kids cards, but maybe a trading card challenge with template could be cool!


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Quote Stickman Replybullet Posted: 25 August 2020 at 7:55am
Trading card challenge with template would be great. It could be to create an elemental spell card that has also has a colour associated with it.

Red: Fire spell card
Green: Healing spell card
Blue: Defensive spell card              

Maximum colours is 6. 3 of those colour will be fixed. Those fixed colours represent the type of spell.
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Quote MalevolentMask Replybullet Posted: 25 August 2020 at 4:50pm
Ooof, sorry about that mistake. Man its too bad I missed out on it, love the current entries though!

Another idea, it might be cool to do a portrait challenge based off some of the portraits from the humanae series. (Would be a great learning experience!) Possibly with a limited color palette like 6-8?
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Quote Eggy Replybullet Posted: 26 August 2020 at 1:14pm
Ok so after playing some Fall Guys (I got absolutely hooked on this!), I think I had a bit of an inspiration for a challenge idea. :) I don't know or remember if there has been a challenge like this in the past since there's so many haha.

Depict someone or something falling. It can be anything - a scene, a standalone sprite, an animation - so long as it's depicting an object, animal or person falling.

Canvas size: Max 250x100, horizontally or vertically
Colors: Max 20 colors including transparency
Transparency: Optional
Animation: Optional
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Quote cjlm123 Replybullet Posted: 26 September 2020 at 1:31pm
How about something like:


Create a video game mockup for a film released in the year 1985.
IMDB list of films released in 1985

Your submission may be based on particular scenes from the film, or, following in the footsteps of genuine movie tie in games from that era, simply take inspiration without strict adherence to the plot.

Canvas size: Max 512x448 per depicted 'screen', but submissions may contain multiple screens.
Colors: Max 32 colors. Colors are restricted to 15bit color space, i.e. each R G and B value in a color must be an integer multiple of 8. See: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_color#15-bit_high_color
Transparency: No
Animation: Optional
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Quote Hapiel Replybullet Posted: 26 September 2020 at 1:43pm
I like the mockup based on a movie idea a lot! It might take some time before we use it, there is a movie based event coming up, but it is definitely on the list now :D
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Quote Pig_catapult Replybullet Posted: 07 October 2020 at 2:29am
What about having to do something with your least favourite color(s) as a prominent element?
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Quote Hapiel Replybullet Posted: 07 October 2020 at 3:12am
How do we check that?
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Quote Eggy Replybullet Posted: 07 October 2020 at 3:19am
Parody: The Game (title is tentative)

Parody an existing video game. This can be anything, such as an easy logic game featuring a ridiculously hard boss or a game for older audiences starring an adorable bunny on a quest to learn the alphabet.

Canvas size: Unrestricted
Colors: Max 20
Transparency: No
Animation: Optional
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Quote Pig_catapult Replybullet Posted: 07 October 2020 at 10:37pm
Honor system/asking them, I guess? Maybe a more concrete one would be colors not usually seen in that person's gallery.
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Quote keeling00 Replybullet Posted: 08 October 2020 at 10:40am
Country Flag Rules

Pick an country and create a picture that use the aspect ratio and pallete of this country flag.

Canvas size: Must follow the aspect ratio of country flag.
Colors:Must only use the colors of the country flag pallete.
Transparency:No if the country flag has more than one color, yes if it has just one color.
Animation:Optional
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Quote Hapiel Replybullet Posted: 12 October 2020 at 2:53am
I like that idea Keeling! What source do you propose which we can use as the 'official' colors and ratios?
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Quote keeling00 Replybullet Posted: 16 October 2020 at 10:18am
Originally posted by Hapiel

I like that idea Keeling! What source do you propose which we can use as the 'official' colors and ratios?



I dont know any official place to find the info, but wikipedia has information about flags, their ratio and specific colors:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_United_States
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Mali
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallery_of_sovereign_state_flags


Another idea:
Anti-Monochromatic pallete.

At each color of the pallete, the values must be, 0 for one value, 255 for another and any value between 0 and 255 for the third.
PS: You can have a color that is R: 0 G:255 B: 111 and another that is R: 222 G:0 B: 255, the value of the color that will be 0 and the one that will be 255 dont need to be the same at all colors, so you dont need as some example to always have R as 0 and G as 255.
When talking about monochromatic the average distance between red and green, red and blue and green and blue is always 0. The previous rule maximize the average distance between the values.

Canvas size: ANY
Colors:At least 2
Transparency:No
Animation:No
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Quote Hapiel Replybullet Posted: 16 October 2020 at 12:39pm
Cool idea, but that only gives you midrange colors, it's gonna be hard to get some proper contrast in there! But I like this type of thinking, I'm sure we can bend it to make it work :)

That wiki page is perfect btw!
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Quote keeling00 Replybullet Posted: 22 October 2020 at 9:10am
Ascii Art

Select one of those sizes 9x14, 8x8, 8x14. Your image must be made of pixels of the selected size.

Canvas size: Any, as long all fake pixels your selected size.
Colors: CGA pallete if 8x8. EGA if 8x14. MDA if 9x14
Transparency:No
Animation:No
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Quote Pig_catapult Replybullet Posted: 02 November 2020 at 11:34pm
https://2draw.me/random_ship_generator/index.en.htm
Take one of these and draw a 64x64 rendition of what it could be. Same palette. We all rely on the viewer's brain filling in details for us at small scale. Let's pull the curtain back on ours. :P


EDIT: inspired by Mossworm on Tumblr
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Quote SeDiceBisonte Replybullet Posted: 04 November 2020 at 1:50pm
Largely inspired by the fact that I think Midnight Marauders is a good album with a bad cover (although I do like the idea of them paying tribute to other artists with all the portraits), I was thinking about redesigning an album cover.

I reckon 100x100 but I'm less sure about the colour count. 14 seems like it's in the right ballpark. Some sort of extra stipulation to raise the likelihood of the albums being ones a decent number of people have heard of would be good (perhaps only allowing albums from a certain decade) but, with members all over the world, that might be a lost cause.
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