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CHALLENGE 8/31/2020: Tiny Sprites II

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Topic: CHALLENGE 8/31/2020: Tiny Sprites II
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Subject: CHALLENGE 8/31/2020: Tiny Sprites II
Date Posted: 31 August 2020 at 12:02am

CHALLENGE: Tiny Sprites II

Last time, the - Tiny Sprites challenge canvas was a bit... tiny! So this time you'll get some more space.

Create a tiny animated character. Here is an example:">

Canvas Size - Max 17 x 17.
Colours - Max 17.
Transparency - Required.
Animation - Required.


  • 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 suggest a future week's challenge. If you're a winner and you wish to submit your idea, send a message to' target='_blank'>Gecimen.
  • 'Participation' ribbons will be given for all who enter.
  • No matter what happens you get challenged :)


/pixels/poll.asp?id=1714' name='vote' target='_blank'>Vote now for your favorite pixelart in this week's challenge!


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

/pixelart/134404.htm' target='_blank' class='winner1'>Tiny Pixel Chimp by /p/61711.htm' target='_blank'>SovanJedi
/pixelart/134451.htm' target='_blank' class='winner2'>Pixel breakdance by /p/36453.htm' target='_blank'>greenxspace
/pixelart/134461.htm' target='_blank' class='winner3'>Drunken beard on legs, also known as a dwarf by /p/47246.htm' target='_blank'>Morbidus

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

/pixelart/134441.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Strolling MicroDuck by /p/220173.htm' target='_blank'>cjlm123
/pixelart/134413.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Hypno Frog by /p/125969.htm' target='_blank'>brullov
/pixelart/134418.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Fisrt of Both Worlds by /p/188623.htm' target='_blank'>TMatherne
/pixelart/134384.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>little juggler by /p/36453.htm' target='_blank'>greenxspace
/pixelart/134400.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Microchip run by /p/36453.htm' target='_blank'>greenxspace
/pixelart/134499.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Dracula by /p/218338.htm' target='_blank'>WoodyLux
/pixelart/134505.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Pixel shuffle by /p/36453.htm' target='_blank'>greenxspace
/pixelart/134422.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Spaceship to Neptune by /p/36453.htm' target='_blank'>greenxspace
/pixelart/134474.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Tiny sprites by /p/111331.htm' target='_blank'>Draxen
/pixelart/134496.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Disco Mouse by /p/220657.htm' target='_blank'>Calart
/pixelart/134382.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Fish out of Water by /p/220173.htm' target='_blank'>cjlm123
/pixelart/134477.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Galloping Pinata by /p/209146.htm' target='_blank'>SeDiceBisonte
/pixelart/134450.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>BOFORD - GOLDEN HELMET by /p/63679.htm' target='_blank'>redmilion
/pixelart/134433.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Dark Elf Archer by /p/202062.htm' target='_blank'>GeloKaiser
/pixelart/134412.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Bouncy Slimes by /p/216277.htm' target='_blank'>Nightmare3711
/pixelart/134467.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Miel by /p/220639.htm' target='_blank'>ligeramentesalado
/pixelart/134473.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Dog Peter by /p/115829.htm' target='_blank'>Lik
/pixelart/134488.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Sleepy Wario by /p/140964.htm' target='_blank'>DimDim
/pixelart/134511.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Run by /p/47364.htm' target='_blank'>Mega_19
/pixelart/134456.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Duck by /p/220635.htm' target='_blank'>CatDemon
/pixelart/134443.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Tiny Knighty by /p/111331.htm' target='_blank'>Draxen
/pixelart/134414.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Tiny Sprites II- Tiny panzer by /p/220497.htm' target='_blank'>araim53
/pixelart/134504.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Acrobat Slime by /p/25791.htm' target='_blank'>waynaul
/pixelart/134435.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>The Almighty Wizard by /p/47246.htm' target='_blank'>Morbidus
/pixelart/134420.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Golden Idol man by /p/215343.htm' target='_blank'>Trigonomancer
/pixelart/134452.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Little Wisp by /p/150553.htm' target='_blank'>Dracula9AntiChapel
/pixelart/134494.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Bouncy Mushroom by /p/102331.htm' target='_blank'>Pig_catapult
/pixelart/134472.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Tiny Somsnosa by /p/66890.htm' target='_blank'>Trigonomicon
/pixelart/134482.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Rat Race by /p/193729.htm' target='_blank'>ThrillhouseSSB
/pixelart/134489.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Vivi the Lamia by /p/216758.htm' target='_blank'>Sinvilla
/pixelart/134399.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Spider_Idle by /p/178152.htm' target='_blank'>Mango
/pixelart/134410.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Jellyfish in action by /p/36453.htm' target='_blank'>greenxspace

Posted By: SeDiceBisonte
Date Posted: 31 August 2020 at 12:40pm
I am most definitely not an animator...

Does anyone have any tips for smoothing out my little pinata's running animation?

I'm considering changing the colours around too. It looks fine against a dark background but the head loses definition against a light one. Maybe a blue muzzle?

Edit: Also, is there a hack to get the tilde over the 'n' to appear without it turning into a question mark? I suspect the gallery might do the same thing.

Posted By: greenxspace
Date Posted: 01 September 2020 at 4:22am
make the movements more sweeping. let the hind legs reach the front. Add tail and head animation.

Posted By: SeDiceBisonte
Date Posted: 01 September 2020 at 12:19pm
Thanks! I think it's already looking a lot better. After your suggestion, I made a version where the hind legs ended up touching the front ones but it looked weird, so I kept a pixel of separation.

I originally wanted some tail movement but couldn't figure out anything that worked in 17x17. I don't really want to make the pinata any smaller to accommodate a swooshier tail.

Posted By: Hapiel
Date Posted: 01 September 2020 at 12:54pm
If you want to get smoother, an easy option is to go for more frames.
Also, especially in such a small space you might wanna go much more extreme. The canvas is limiting yes, but if you can find a way to make him go up and down one pixel more, and his legs forward and back an extra pixel, you get a much more interesting animation.
also, the whole thing can be sped up!
I tried to fix some issues, not sure how well I did but feel free to take a look and study:

Posted By: Trigonomancer
Date Posted: 01 September 2020 at 7:22pm
This is the first PJ challenge I'm doing and I actually rarely do animation and never actually done any in this tiny size, which feels like I should if I ever want to go professional but oh well, ya gotta start somewhere.

Posted By: SeDiceBisonte
Date Posted: 04 September 2020 at 1:21pm
Thanks, Hapiel! That was very instructive. I don't think I managed to get it to look as dynamic or weighty, but it's far better than it was.

Apologies for the tail being almost identical to your edit. With the small space allocated to the tail, I don't know how many other styles of motion are possible. Certainly nothing else I tried looked any good.

Here's hoping for a non-animated challenge next because I need a breather just after this little thing!

Posted By: Hapiel
Date Posted: 04 September 2020 at 1:59pm
Well done!

Posted By: Lik
Date Posted: 05 September 2020 at 11:14am
I probably didn't put "+" in front of " Submit to weekly challenge.
Is it possible to check it?

Posted By: Hapiel
Date Posted: 05 September 2020 at 11:20am
Originally posted by Lik

I probably didn't put "+" in front of " Submit to weekly challenge.
Is it possible to check it?

Thanks for notifying on time, it is in the challenge now! :)

Posted By: Lik
Date Posted: 05 September 2020 at 11:34am
Many thanks!

Posted By: Pig_catapult
Date Posted: 06 September 2020 at 4:34am
Oh. Oh heck. I forgot the edit freeze rule. I swear I didn't change the submission in any way; I just removed the preview because it was bugging me. Heck.

What do?

The preview was just this blown-up still frame with "preview" written on it:

Posted By: Carbon Dim
Date Posted: 06 September 2020 at 6:50am
Hello guys!
Where can I see all the entries that are submitted so far?
It might be a dumb question but Im new to the forum (to any forum for that matter) so yeah :P

Posted By: SeDiceBisonte
Date Posted: 06 September 2020 at 7:43am
They're under 'gallery' on the main page. The fourth option in the dropdown says 'weekly challenge'. Alternatively, - click here .

Posted By: Hapiel
Date Posted: 06 September 2020 at 12:41pm
Edit freeze starts once the challenge closes and voting starts, so you're still welcome to edit anything! Also, I think in general it is fine to modify the preview at any time, just not the main submission itself.

Posted By: Pig_catapult
Date Posted: 06 September 2020 at 10:55pm
wait, the deadline is the midnight between Sunday and Monday, not the one between Saturday and Sunday? Because if so then I still have an hour to adjust something, but I don't want to mess up my chances.

EDIT: I've uploaded the adjusted one separately so my original submission remains pristine, but obviously I want the adjusted one to supercede the old one if it qualifies.

EDIT2: Changed my mind and decided to just risk it. I updated the first one. I still have the first file if I have to change it back.

Posted By: Carbon Dim
Date Posted: 07 September 2020 at 1:09am

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