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CHALLENGE 1/14/2013: When The Wind Change

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Topic: CHALLENGE 1/14/2013: When The Wind Change
Posted By: administrator
Subject: CHALLENGE 1/14/2013: When The Wind Change
Date Posted: 14 January 2013 at 12:00am

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.


  • Participants have until this upcoming Sunday at midnight (12AM Pacific) to /pixels/submit_icons.asp'>submit their entry (strict). Don't forget to check the 'Submit to weekly challenge' checkbox.
  • Only new pixels allowed.
  • Open to all members.
  • Posting WIPs in this thread or in new threads in the /forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=8'>WIP section is highly encouraged, but ONLY SUBMIT YOUR FINAL ART.


  • Every Sunday at midnight (12AM Pacific) the previous week's entries are judged.
  • Every week a new voting poll will be posted for previous week's entries.
  • Winner announced the following week.


  • Top three finishers will receive an award displayed in your PJ gallery profile for all to see and envy.
  • Top finisher gets to call the following week's challenge...sweet.
  • 'Participation' ribbons will be given for all who enter.
  • No matter what happens you get challenged :)


/pixels/poll.asp?id=1328' name='vote' target='_blank'>Vote now for your favorite pixelart in this week's challenge!


The When The Wind Changed pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

/pixelart/75391.htm' target='_blank' class='winner1'>Roderigo the Pilot by /p/7846.htm' target='_blank'>Mrmo Tarius
/pixelart/75490.htm' target='_blank' class='winner2'>DaFace by /p/21045.htm' target='_blank'>a3um
/pixelart/75511.htm' target='_blank' class='winner3'>George Carlin by /p/13899.htm' target='_blank'>Argyle

Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge!

/pixelart/75470.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Just a face by /p/26682.htm' target='_blank'>crozier
/pixelart/75477.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Grimace by /p/30656.htm' target='_blank'>Wyeth
/pixelart/75485.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Facepulling by /p/41335.htm' target='_blank'>CrimsonPixel
/pixelart/75502.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Angry Blues by /p/38929.htm' target='_blank'>YellowLime
/pixelart/75505.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Bleh by /p/35361.htm' target='_blank'>Voltali obscur
/pixelart/75478.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>pulling face by /p/28858.htm' target='_blank'>shampoop
/pixelart/75495.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Old man by /p/41200.htm' target='_blank'>Addybruh
/pixelart/75422.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Gamer Face by /p/2416.htm' target='_blank'>dumbo
/pixelart/75462.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Face by /p/30306.htm' target='_blank'>solrac
/pixelart/75450.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Creepy Clown by /p/38706.htm' target='_blank'>Witpickles
/pixelart/75377.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Einstein Von Brainstorm by /p/41308.htm' target='_blank'>Joseki
/pixelart/75463.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Face by /p/30306.htm' target='_blank'>solrac
/pixelart/75492.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>When the Wind changed by /p/14966.htm' target='_blank'>Christoballs
/pixelart/75453.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>When the Pulling a Face Changed. by /p/33013.htm' target='_blank'>:Felips
/pixelart/75501.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>The Laughing Man by /p/38929.htm' target='_blank'>YellowLime
/pixelart/75432.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Look at her! by /p/41308.htm' target='_blank'>Joseki
/pixelart/75424.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>oh man by /p/30349.htm' target='_blank'>OCEANSCENTED
/pixelart/75421.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Nevercreature's self-portrait by /p/36467.htm' target='_blank'>Nevercreature
/pixelart/75510.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Freakingpox by /p/23376.htm' target='_blank'>EdJr
/pixelart/75454.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Mueca by /p/28380.htm' target='_blank'>MIERDINSKY

Posted By: coloringsquared
Date Posted: 14 January 2013 at 1:55pm
I do the coloring squared sheets, and the squares are 20 by 20. Can we do a smaller sized challenge soon, because I would love to participate.

Posted By: Mrmo Tarius
Date Posted: 15 January 2013 at 2:24am
Doing one in grayscale, will color/hueshift as needed ;)

Posted By: Argyle
Date Posted: 15 January 2013 at 3:58am
Here's some inspiration (or a visual illustration of the types of portraits you should make for the challenge, since a bunch of people still seemed confused). -

Posted By: Witpickles
Date Posted: 15 January 2013 at 6:22am
Originally posted by Argyle

Here's some inspiration (or a visual illustration of the types of portraits you should make for the challenge, since a bunch of people still seemed confused). -

I was planning on bringing out my collection of C&H for reference. Such a great Animator.

Posted By: Joseki
Date Posted: 15 January 2013 at 7:09am
This is my entry - Einstein Von Brainstorm

I thought it was a good excuse to better learn some basic lighting and anatomy, with a little humor ;)
Any thoughts?

Posted By: AirStyle
Date Posted: 15 January 2013 at 8:45am
You know, Joseki, I was honestly waiting for someone to do Einstein.

Posted By: Joseki
Date Posted: 15 January 2013 at 8:52am
Yeah. Him, Bart Simpson and any of Jim Carrey characters were kinda easy to think of, I admit :P

Posted By: coloringsquared
Date Posted: 15 January 2013 at 9:12am

Posted By: coloringsquared
Date Posted: 15 January 2013 at 9:13am
I'm giving the thumbs up to Einstein.

Posted By: Witpickles
Date Posted: 15 January 2013 at 8:42pm

My WIP. Lazy eyed clown . Hopefully, I can find the time to finish this week.

Posted By: shampoop
Date Posted: 15 January 2013 at 11:00pm

Just started drawing a face.  Still need to "pull it" though.

Posted By: Argyle
Date Posted: 16 January 2013 at 3:29am
Some rough, way too bold sketches toying around with ideas. Snapped shot of sketchbook with phone and had to mix levels and brightness to all hell to make them somewhat evenly readable, but sketches are just sketches and they serve their purpose well enough to share ;)

Posted By: Voltali obscur
Date Posted: 16 January 2013 at 6:06pm
Just started a little something, still sketchy for the moment. Using DB palette as a base :) Hope I'll be able to finish in more than 5 minutes before the end as I usually do

Posted By: crozier
Date Posted: 16 January 2013 at 8:00pm
Wow, good stuff so far! Certainly going to get a couple "characters" this week.
Here's my wip (still need to fix the outline, nose work, ear work, forehead fixing and add a BG)

Posted By: a3um
Date Posted: 17 January 2013 at 1:42am
something random

Posted By: YellowLime
Date Posted: 17 January 2013 at 5:50am
Didn't post here the past two challenges, because I couldn't be bothered to register to the forum (since you sort of have to do it again for the forums)

I'm not too fond of traditional "face-pulling", stretching your face with your fingers seems too cheesy to me. (Yes, I know it's a kid thing, but anyway)

This is something I was doing yesterday, but I want to try to go with a better idea, so I left it as is:

In any case, I think the hardest part of the challenge is coming up with the concept of what you'll be doing

Dunno what I'll be doing, but it's gotta be asymmetrical, and use as many colors as possible

Posted By: Joseki
Date Posted: 17 January 2013 at 10:04am
I thought that the Einstein entry was a little booring, so I made another one. Turned out with a comic style, I kinda like it thou :) What do u think?

Posted By: CrimsonPixel
Date Posted: 17 January 2013 at 11:09am
Hmm I'm definitely joining this challenge and every one that comes, so I'll post my WIP attempt now to ask you for some feedback guys!

Biggest issue for me is the pallete, I cannot use very well hue shifting and I even have problems choosing a single color to start. As I said, every bit of criticism will help me improve my skills! So speak!

@Joseki: I like your last entry more than the Einstein one, is more original and I love the cartoonish feeling it has!
@YellowLime: Certainly, coming up with the actual face is the hardest part.
@a3um: Your piece is great, I think a little more polish onto it will make it perfect!

Posted By: YellowLime
Date Posted: 17 January 2013 at 2:53pm
OK Crimson, I'm not too good with words so I made a GIF to illustrate:

-Put white in the eyes and removed it from the mouth, as I guess you were going to do
-Changed the contour of the face in some small places (and the upper right corner)
-Changed the color of some lines to a brighter color (especially on the nose, maybe you won't like that)

I'm not too confident in some of these changes, and you are of course free to ignore them and follow your original intentions

Your entry is looking good in general, I like it

Posted By: :Felips
Date Posted: 18 January 2013 at 12:25pm
So, whoever is reading this, if you wanna send me some tips I'll be happy, but after some working I got this:

I don't think it's stealing, but I used Joseki's colors for the skin.

Posted By: crozier
Date Posted: 18 January 2013 at 9:28pm
Its not stealing, felips. Just be sure to credit him in your submitted piece. Here's a few things to take in consideration. The facial structure and proportions are kind of out of wack. The ear is too small, the eyes too big, nose isn't in between eyes, the chin is kinda odd looking, and stuff like that. The shadow on the neck isn't curved and the neck on the left side is way too stiff and strait. And I think the dimple caused by the lip biting would be on the other side (not 100% sure though). Keep at it, and welcome to the forum/site!

So I'm not too sure how to approach the BG, but heres a couple attempts:

Still have to figure out what looks best, and add some AA.
EDIT: I think I prefer the second one, cause I think the contrast is too high on the 1st (and I'm getting some weird kind of Sonic the Hedgehog vibe from it, for some reason )
And I may or may not add an other dark color to shift from the dark brown to black shadow.
Anyway some words of advice are welcome

Posted By: CrimsonPixel
Date Posted: 18 January 2013 at 9:50pm
Hello YellowLime!! Thanks very much for your input and suggestions. It's been helpful.

Of course I was going to color the eyes white and change some lines, I think my main issue is with the palette. Anyway, I've made some changes as the picture progressed, so I'm going to post it now.

TOTALLY WIP, in case you were wondering. I have to work now on the right side of the picture, some color tweaking (eyes, teeth) and many other details as I complete it (maybe hair? that's some risk in my newbie hands!), so any comment and criticism is helpful for me!

@:Felips: I think yours is nice because it's simple, cartoonish and nice overall, maybe some more details will either work or ruin the pic... not really sure. crozier tips may be worth trying.

@crozier: I like the second background better, too. It's less distracting. For the shadow, I think some little dithering will help. Nice head!

Posted By: :Felips
Date Posted: 19 January 2013 at 1:21am
So, crozier and CrimsonPixel, I really liked those tips. And yes, it's suppose to be cartoonish. I changed a lot of things and I pretty shure it was worth it.

New one:

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