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Topic: CHALLENGE 5/18/2009: The Creatures Noah F
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Subject: CHALLENGE 5/18/2009: The Creatures Noah F
Date Posted: 18 May 2009 at 12:21am

CHALLENGE: The Creatures Noah Forgot

This week you're challenged to create both a male and a female from your own fictitious species. You may create a background if you wish, but it is not required. Place your male in the left box and your female in the right box.

Only your own original creatures. This means no Pokemon, no existing animals, etc...

No http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/humanoid - humanoid creatures.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_dimorphism - Information about sexual dimorphism (physical gender differences within a species)

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Colours - Unrestricted.
Transparency - No.
Animation - No.


CHALLENGE RULES

  • 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.

CHALLENGE JUDGING

  • 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.

CHALLENGE PRIZES/GOODIES

  • 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 :)

CHALLENGE VOTING

/pixels/poll.asp?id=1138' name='vote' target='_blank'>Vote now for your favorite pixelart in this week's challenge!

CHALLENGE AWARDS

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

/pixelart/43076.htm' target='_blank'>Blueball Crab by /p/3240.htm' target='_blank'>jalonso
/pixelart/43204.htm' target='_blank'>Creature gold creature by /p/16997.htm' target='_blank'>Pixelarg
/pixelart/43197.htm' target='_blank'>forgotten species by /p/17109.htm' target='_blank'>ramazing


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

/pixelart/43170.htm' target='_blank'>Mr and Mrs. Thunderbug by /p/22172.htm' target='_blank'>Peelz
/pixelart/43207.htm' target='_blank'>Terrabis Sealpictus Digestus by /p/20306.htm' target='_blank'>dpixel
/pixelart/43105.htm' target='_blank'>Plant/Insect by /p/17985.htm' target='_blank'>Luigivgking
/pixelart/43091.htm' target='_blank'>Aros by /p/21833.htm' target='_blank'>monotov
/pixelart/43156.htm' target='_blank'>Mossy Rockowl - Weekly Challenge by /p/21399.htm' target='_blank'>darchangel
/pixelart/43189.htm' target='_blank'>Craby noah forgot by /p/21067.htm' target='_blank'>hordus
/pixelart/43218.htm' target='_blank'>Rock Insect by /p/19218.htm' target='_blank'>Jeremy
/pixelart/43201.htm' target='_blank'>Challenge entry: The Creatures Noah Forgot by /p/9774.htm' target='_blank'>Bubu
/pixelart/43195.htm' target='_blank'>Bireptyl by /p/17275.htm' target='_blank'>Satsume
/pixelart/43203.htm' target='_blank'>Terrabis Aborforus Carnavourus by /p/20306.htm' target='_blank'>dpixel
/pixelart/43140.htm' target='_blank'>Shell Squid by /p/21873.htm' target='_blank'>SuperKirby
/pixelart/43153.htm' target='_blank'>Punky Bliboidius by /p/21743.htm' target='_blank'>FrostedMayhem
/pixelart/43214.htm' target='_blank'>Nagamaki by /p/17720.htm' target='_blank'>tripnfelt
/pixelart/43151.htm' target='_blank'>Seija by /p/12808.htm' target='_blank'>Zccc
/pixelart/43165.htm' target='_blank'>Leafbirds by /p/18217.htm' target='_blank'>susuwataris
/pixelart/43155.htm' target='_blank'>Snird by /p/19957.htm' target='_blank'>GuiZ
/pixelart/43082.htm' target='_blank'>Pottiesects by /p/16795.htm' target='_blank'>Kyata



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Posted By: GreenBucket
Date Posted: 18 May 2009 at 1:52am
Ohh, i might actually do this.

Do i have to use that background to draw on top of it, or can i just make it in my own?


Posted By: jeremy
Date Posted: 18 May 2009 at 2:00am
Originally posted by administrator

...You may create a background if you wish, but it is not required...


Posted By: GreenBucket
Date Posted: 18 May 2009 at 2:04am
Right , got it :)

Back to the drawing board >:)


Posted By: Kigurou Sonkei
Date Posted: 18 May 2009 at 2:40am
Originally posted by GreenBucket

Ohh, i might actually do this.

Do i have to use that background to draw on top of it, or can i just make it in my own?


I think you have to use those boxes provided to draw your creature in it, but you may add a background WITHIN the boxes if you wish - that's what I understood from the rules.


Posted By: GreenBucket
Date Posted: 18 May 2009 at 3:21am
Yea, that's what i thought 


Posted By: hordus
Date Posted: 18 May 2009 at 3:21am
that's what i've done until now, but i have absolutely no idea what i can do for the female character XD
i will think about it later (maybe ...)




Posted By: braindamage
Date Posted: 18 May 2009 at 8:17am
Originally posted by hordus

that's what i've done until now, but i have absolutely no idea what i can do for the female character XD
i will think about it later (maybe ...)


Give it eyelashes and a ribbon bow?


Posted By: sapphira83
Date Posted: 18 May 2009 at 8:34am
this is a toughie
 
i did some rough sketches of a male and female winged reptiles (trust me they're not dragons) so....
 
i'll have it post up sometime tomorrow or wednesday cause my laptop went dead on me


Posted By: skamocore
Date Posted: 18 May 2009 at 8:36am
@braindamage: I hope no one plans on doing that!

In fact, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_dimorphism - this wikipedia article for some inspiration.

I will update the challenge with that link.


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Posted By: hordus
Date Posted: 18 May 2009 at 8:53am
Originally posted by braindamage

Originally posted by hordus

that's what i've done until now, but i have absolutely no idea what i can do for the female character XD
i will think about it later (maybe ...)


Give it eyelashes and a ribbon bow?


what a good idea !
thx

i don't know if it'll work, but it could be nice


Posted By: Arrow-1
Date Posted: 18 May 2009 at 3:53pm
I kinda wish I'd come up with the spider idea first. It looks frickin' cool. As for the female, you might have the skull turned the other way, and a white color instead? Also, since the females are bigger, I think some longer, more stinger-esque legs would look good, and maybe have the jawbone hanging off the back, like a protector for its spinneret.

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Posted By: Antifarea
Date Posted: 18 May 2009 at 6:10pm
I have a question about this... you said no humanoids, so that mean nothing human inspired at all.... only animal looking type of creatures basically... why? most of the coolest original races are humanoid based imo... well, I'll participate, I just want to make sure I know and understand exactly.


Posted By: skamocore
Date Posted: 18 May 2009 at 8:00pm
@Antifarea:

Which would you would find more interesting - a standard humanoid creature or a 9-winged reptile with sweet potatoes for limbs? Out of all possible forms a creature could take why just limit yourself to something that looks like a human? Think outside the square :P


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Posted By: hordus
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 1:04am
thx for your ideas !
but i think that braindamage's idea could be really refreshing and unexpected =D
so i'll see what i'll do :p

and i've finished my male character

and @Arrow, in my mind it's not some kind of spider, it's more like a crab which would live into monkey skull :D
so don't worry and just do what you feel :)


Posted By: smk
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 2:10am
Originally posted by hordus

thx for your ideas !
but i think that braindamage's idea could be really refreshing and unexpected =D
so i'll see what i'll do :p

and i've finished my male character

and @Arrow, in my mind it's not some kind of spider, it's more like a crab which would live into monkey skull :D
so don't worry and just do what you feel :)


Might be cool if you'd make the female somekind of symbiote-kind creature, and connect it to and other one. (Then it could lay eggs inside the other being and they would burst out of it... I know, this idea has been used too many times before ;P)


Posted By: hordus
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 2:15am
Originally posted by smk

Might be cool if you'd make the female somekind of symbiote-kind creature, and connect it to and other one. (Then it could lay eggs inside the other being and they would burst out of it... I know, this idea has been used too many times before ;P)


this system is sure well-know, but to make it realistic and surprising is my job so thanks for the help, i begin to have some good ideas thanks to you all !
this thread is sure helpfull, it's the first challenge i do, so thx for your help


Posted By: Nether
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 4:21am


Here's a first sketch. I might not even have time to do this contest entry, but I'll throw my idea out there anyway.

I'm thinking of going for a symbiotic relationship with the female being dramatically different from the male. Each of them needs one another to survive. The males are small and attach to the females neck to gain extra protection from its size and also to impregnate it. This way the females gain an extra sense by using the males eyes as well as gaining more heightened thought processes through the males brain. Before melding with a male the females activities are controlled mainly by primordial synaptic impulses to find food and a male to bond with.

Why Noah left this magnificent creature behind? Because there were only two left, but the stupid git thought it was only a single animal doomed for extinction anyway so he left the poor couple to drown.

Still haven't thought of a name for it though.


Posted By: smk
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 4:27am
@hordus: We're here but to help ;D

@nether: Looks awesome, NOW PIXEL IT!!!!!!! ;D


Posted By: GreenBucket
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 4:29am



Early whip of a Turtle-Scorpion combo :)

I'll have problems with the other claw :S


Posted By: skamocore
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 4:39am
@Nether, that's brilliant ;D

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Posted By: hordus
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 4:58am
@nether, il really like the way it is =D plz do it in time XD
@greenbucket : if you turn it a bit more, maybe it coulb be easier so shw the other claw
but if you let it the way it is, maybe just a black line betwwen the claw and the head could be enough (i'm not sure, but that's how i feel it)


Posted By: GreenBucket
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 5:04am
I may aswell leave it like that,but i'm not so great at pixel art :D
I hope at the end I'll feel happy with it (this is my first challenge)


Posted By: dpixel
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 5:13am
This is kind of a sea creature that's about half way about ready to come on land.  Maybe another 2 million years or so.  At this point it has moved up to almost the top of the evolutionary food chain.  Sharks teeth and grasping claws(which need work).  The female on the right doesn't have the horns the male has.  Still a WIP here.
 
 


Posted By: Nether
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 5:41am
Stupid me pixelated my creture sketch outlines although I should be doing something else instead. Here's the result:



Oops. Just realized they are in the wrong slots. Too lazy to correct it here. Male is supposed to be the one with lots of hair and tentacles.


Posted By: hordus
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 7:26am
@nether : isn't the bottom of the female (which is in male box) a bit too small ? (i don't find the right word ... my english sucks XD) i mean i find it's too thin. but i don't know if this thing will always be here after you do the color.
but i have to say something, it's such a shame that you can't show to the challenge your 2in1 monster (i mean the two of them together)
@dpixel : nice :D
@monotov : i find the color a bit too flashy for example on the back of the male character, and i think, there is a lack of legs ^^



Posted By: monotov
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 7:28am
This is my entry "Aros", a lizard of the desert approximately 80 centimeters.
The male has a distinct pair of horns and red skin.
The female is green.

Suggestions?




Posted By: GreenBucket
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 7:42am
The pose is a bit weird



They dont have much of a personality,i must add the head :D
Btw: The images are the same ^^


Posted By: dpixel
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 8:40am

UPDATE:

They kind of look like something spawned from the depths of hell.
It still needs some finishing touches but I'll wait till I can get off this dark monitor...then I can do the eyes.
 
@monotov :  looks good as for suggestions....hmmm.  Maybe a longer tail on the male?  A size difference?  What about some ears?
 
 


Posted By: Opacus
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 9:24am
This is an awesome challenge. Might have to participate.

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Posted By: skamocore
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 9:27am
DO IT >(

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Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 9:35am



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Posted By: hordus
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 9:52am
wah ! but it could be considered as humanoid XD (just joking) your monster does look like parts of the human body =D
the background is just beautiful !



Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 10:02am
Originally posted by hordus

...but it could be considered as humanoid...


I know :(
Maybe this is yet another week I make an entry and not submit it.


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Posted By: ellie-is
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 10:02am
Jal, that wins hard.

I wish I could join this one... But I have been really out of time lately :/


Posted By: Quake
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 10:24am
I'm not sure whether i'm taking this too seriously. With all evolution and that, i thought that the male and female looked generally the same, despite some alterations. Dpixel is the closest, to what i think is male and female of a creature.
With jalonso's, it's good but i don't really think it sceams male and female. I would think that they're from the same environment, not the same species/sub species


Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 10:51am
Originally posted by Quake

...i thought that the male and female looked generally the same, despite some alterations...

This is precisely why Noah forgot this species. He couldn't tell they were a pair.

Originally posted by Quake


...i don't really think it sceams male and female. I would think that they're from the same environment, not the same species/sub species

Not really some snakes and bugs look nothing alike at all. As I was going for humor with the testicles v. uterus - male/female it seemed feasable :/

dunno... you do have a point...Its only Tuesday.


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Posted By: dpixel
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 11:16am
Just throwing out ideas here.  My thought on this was a vicious flying squirrel type thing.  It can fling itself around like a monkey.  It's got plenty of teeth and claws to grab on to just about anything.
 
Very heavy WIP.
 
This is precisely why Noah forgot this species. He couldn't tell they were a pair.
  Too funny.


Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 12:10pm


Blueball Crab (Vulvatestis Crustacean)

Description
The male Blueball crab is 4 inches long.
Males travel in schools are are often victims to premature death.
Female Blueball Crabs, also known as the Vulva Crab, is an elusive creature and often vicious to the male.
They are almost eight times in size of the male and when carrying eggs will be as much as 2000% bigger, after birth females usually remain big and fat.
The female comes in many colors and sizes.
The mating dance includes a lot of cuddling and even then timing is crucial.

The male crab will often lose its limbs in the tight spaces of the female, their limbs never grow back and its rare to see males with limbs.
Without limbs mating is even more difficult and males will often turn a blue purple color from the frustration.

The genus Vulvatestis Crustecean are not edible but it is not unknown for this to happen occasionally.
In some cultures it is considered a delicacy and highly sought out.
Some cultures simply prefer to suck on them for the juices but not eat the actual creature.


*Disqualification is now complete, I'm off to make an iso scene


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Posted By: BK!
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 12:16pm
haha, jalonso that's awesome. :D


Posted By: TheInquisitor
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 2:06pm

Jalonso, that entry is the whole package. It's a marvellous piece. And with that, I'll take my leave.

In all seriousness, it's a very nice piece of work. Unfortunately I can't see a winner coming over that unless they go the whole hog and including a background.



Posted By: dpixel
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 5:35pm
UPDATE:
The female does most of the hunting, while the male watches the young.
I still don't know if I'll put a background.  Here's one as a sample.
 
The Inquisitor,  I agree but I look as it as inspiration.  Jalonso does awesome work.  No doubt about that.


Posted By: Dr D
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 5:38pm
Well, dpixel, it looks nice, but I think we all would much rather love to see something new for one of the sides. It doesn't have to be a new creature by any means, but a different pose, and not just a rotated, and slightly edited one.

The background doesn't really seem to help anything at all right now, it just kind of hurts the eyes. Hope you'll improve it though.

Start refining. Keep up the good work.


Posted By: dpixel
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 6:05pm
Dr. D,  Thanks for the input.  I know what you mean about the background.  I was sure what direction to go with this.  Maybe one sitting in a nest or something?  At least now I have some direction.  Thanks


Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 7:44pm
@dpixel, Don't let any entry stop you from your own, k.
I find the BG dominates the creatures a little too much. Maybe a shadow beneath them will add enough difference for them to stand out.
Another thing is that using white like you have on the teeth and nails never quite works well. Try a grey or blue-grey. This goes for blood too, often a purple or wine colored red works much better than RED.


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Posted By: hyperbear
Date Posted: 19 May 2009 at 9:25pm
Great work so far, guys. Looks like there's gonna be some stiff competition. Anyways, here's the male of my species, though I've yet to start the details on his back yet, some feedback would be appreciated though.




Posted By: skamocore
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 12:00am
Here we have the pixellus:



What we are observing here is the natural habitats of both the male and the female pixellus. The male is an extremely shy creature, but if you look very closely you can see him hiding in the corner of the image. He may be hard to spot at first, but that is because of his excellent camoflage; he can hide amongst any colour background, as long as it's blue.

Now on the other hand, we have the the female pixellus. She is the complete opposite to the male and comes in a wide variety of pinks. She will jump at any chance to get right in front of the camera. As you can tell in this image, she has jumped at the chance to get right in front of the camera. There are also 9 fluorescent disco elephants dancing in the background, but alas, you cannot see them as the pixullus is standing right in front of the camera, sigh.


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Posted By: Peelz
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 12:59am
@hyperbear: I'm still very new to pixel art and so my critique isn't worth much, but I'd say that the front two tentacles look a little odd sticking out forwards like that while the rest are flowing backwards. Other than that, it looks great so far.

Here's my male species. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, but it feels over-dithered. Any suggestions on how I could improve on that, or on anything else?



Posted By: smk
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 1:29am
@skamocore, you'd get my vote ;DD


Posted By: Bubu
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 3:25am
I'd started a sketch but I don't think it's very original so I don't know if it's worth working on.

(at work now, I'll post sketch later)


Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 7:48am
@hyperbear, that looks great!
@Bubu, keep at it, don't give up.
@Peelz, it is over dithered, just smooth it out a bit.
@ska, wtf o.O


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Posted By: God_Is_Evil
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 9:12am
Ok,
I started a pic for this.




Posted By: Ekoi
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 9:32am
Originally posted by hyperbear

Great work so far, guys. Looks like there's gonna be some stiff competition. Anyways, here's the male of my species, though I've yet to start the details on his back yet, some feedback would be appreciated though.




This looks an awful lot like a bullnetch from Marrowin.


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Posted By: dpixel
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 10:13am

Update:  I've tried to put the female in it's natural enviorment:  In the trees.

 



Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 10:17am
OH! waaaaaay better.
Maybe the female can be a tree dweller while the male can be a flyer?

Your pixelling is a little bit scrappy. Try to just cell clock it instead. You can always add a little bit of scales for texture after if needed.


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Posted By: dpixel
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 10:35am
What do you mean by cell lock?  I'm on a very dark crt monitor now...might that be the problem?


Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 10:38am
Something like this.
Block the areas with solid color areas and then texture over it as a dithering technique but using 'scales' instead of straight out dithering.

Notice the toned down whites and reds too.


Also maybe your perspective can be better too.
This also shows what I said earlier bout wings on the male.


E: I meant cell block, XD


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Posted By: dpixel
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 10:51am
Wow.  That's pretty good.  Ok. I see what you mean.  It won't come out that good, but I'll work at it. 
I haven't put that much work into the male yet.  That's why the claws are still white.  This is fasinating.  Thanks for your help.


Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 10:53am
Don't be silly. Just place pixels carefully and with care.
Place a pixel and 'stand back' to see if its in the right place.
Remember that sometimes its in the right place but the wrong color...

...be patient you still have days to go.


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Posted By: dpixel
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 11:04am
My weaknesses are the drawing itself and the color choices.  Maybe I don't place the pixels as carefully as I should.  I tend to try and draw the image with the pixels themselves and then tweak from there.  Kind of opposite I know, but I was never an artist.


Posted By: FrostedMayhem
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 12:59pm

WIP:

Just ignore the picture on the right


Posted By: hyperbear
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 5:33pm
Originally posted by Ekoi

Originally posted by hyperbear

Great work so far, guys. Looks like there's gonna be some stiff competition. Anyways, here's the male of my species, though I've yet to start the details on his back yet, some feedback would be appreciated though.




This looks an awful lot like a bullnetch from Marrowin.


Oh gosh, I looked it up and yeah, it does. I'll try to do something to make it more distinct. Thanks for pointing that out!


Posted By: hyperbear
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 5:47pm

I think the different color of the belly goes a long way to making it look different. Also, i think i ought to add more detail to the back, maybe.


Posted By: darchangel
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 7:54pm
@ Hyperbear - That new color on the belly does look better...maybe make it's skin bumpy like a toad?

@ Jalonso - I busted out laughing when I saw your blueball crab. People at work looked at me like what the heck's wrong with you...I had to show them, they all enjoyed it.

Here's my WIP, don't have a name for it yet...



Posted By: AngelOTG
Date Posted: 20 May 2009 at 10:21pm
This is what I've done so far:



I don't think I'll stick with this idea; not too sure what I can make with it. I was originally going to make some kind of spore thing, but... yeah. I got colliding bubbles instead. XD


Posted By: Peelz
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 12:05am
@darchangel: Looks cool so far

@Angel of the Great: Interesting. I'd like to see what you can make out of that if you decide to stick with it.


Ok, I tried to cut down the dithering and smooth it over. Something still seems wrong with the midsection though, but I still think it's a step in the right direction. Thoughts?



Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 6:55am
Looking nice Peelz. I would shift those yellows to something less green. More like the yellows in your avatar.

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Posted By: minipuck
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 7:18am
why sea creatures, noah wouldn't have to save them since they can swim right?

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Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 7:23am
Originally posted by minipuck

why sea creatures, noah wouldn't have to save them since they can swim right?


Smartass !

*That's why he FORGOT them


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Posted By: tripnfelt
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 8:02am


Here is my beginnings - Almost finished the lines for the male. I'm really not sure if I will find the time to finish like I didn't last week, I hope so as I really like him so far.

I have not really thought about the female except she will have no wings, different pattern and different horns + tail maybe. Or I could give her a hole where the male has his horn....

I have not thought about colors or backgrounds yet either.


Posted By: Antifarea
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 12:29pm
@ Frosted Mayhem: Haha ish this a punk fish? oi

looks neat, but coloring must be less saturated. Keep on improving it! 


Posted By: dpixel
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 12:35pm
jalanso,  I took your advice and added the wings on the male(what a great excuse to add more claws),  moved the branch, worked a little bit in perspective(mainly on the female.  I'll play with it some more but I'm running out of time(lots of beer this weekend planned)  lol


Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 1:10pm
Nice update dpixel. Any chance you'd consider making those wings a bit transparent so that the back of the animal isn't such a 'visual stripe'. Like maybe hint the body underneath just enough to indicate transparency but not too detailed, ya noes?

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Posted By: MFlanaga
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 2:14pm
Tripnfelt!! You win the give me a laugh award for the day! No time for this challenge... sadly...


Posted By: Bubu
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 3:12pm


This is as far as I had the chance to get so far - have too many things to do these days so I won't get to work on it more before the deadline, and anyway it seems kinda boring for an entry...


Posted By: susuwataris
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 3:19pm
Originally posted by Bubu

This is as far as I had the chance to get so far - have too many things to do these days so I won't get to work on it more before the deadline, and anyway it seems kinda boring for an entry...

I hope you can finish it, it's looking very nice. :(


Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 5:39pm
Bubu, that is coming out fantastic.
Only crit is that it almost looks like it exists. You may think of adding something as you color to make it more fantasy.


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Posted By: dpixel
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 7:33pm
Here's the wings transparent thing.  You're right, that's much better.  You're a genius.  I think you've really taken my pixeling to the next level.
 
Noah didn't forget this.  He just didn't want to take it.


Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 8:05pm
sweet :)
So now you see those very dark pixels where the wings meet the body? They aren't really adding anything and now with transparent wings they actually take away so ditch them.
Every so often step back and look at it, it will speak back. Pixel on.


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Posted By: jeremy
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 10:57pm

Rock Insect (Silex Coleoptera)
 
Males can live anywhere, though usually found in the sea. The males are often adorned with moss, algae and even small sea creatures. They are a dull colour and look like normal pebbles. They have wings but are unable to do more than flutter pathetically.
 
Females resemble attractive, roughly hewn precious and semiprecious stones, the bright colours of which are used to attract a mate as the females' legs soon become useless under the immense girth of their abdomen. The females have become increasingly rare since humans began to like shiny, pretty things to give to their mates. They are flightless.
 
 
 
I got the idea from a stick insect. Obviously neither is finished, I may add some sort of sea creature to the male's back.


Posted By: Bubu
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 12:29am
Originally posted by jalonso

Bubu, that is coming out fantastic.
Only crit is that it almost looks like it exists. You may think of adding something as you color to make it more fantasy.


Yeah that's why I said it seemed a pretty dull entry to me. I'd doodled him first and I liked the upside down idea but then by the time I'd done the couple I was thinking "mooooost booooring fantasy animals eeeeverrrrr"...

Originally (in the sketch on paper) they had super small upper limbs, and wings tho.

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Uhm come to think of it...
Things I'm contemplating:
- adding the wings back in
- adding a horn in the forehead
- polka-dotted fur


Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 7:10am
Bubu, maybe you could simply alter the front legs to be just one coming out from the center, a tripod creature???? And leave everything else as is???
I do like the polka-dot idea.


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Posted By: Bubu
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 7:23am
Originally posted by jalonso

Bubu, maybe you could simply alter the front legs to be just one coming out from the center, a tripod creature???? And leave everything else as is???
I do like the polka-dot idea.


Hahaha the monofrontpaw! That's a good idea :D


Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 7:30am
3 legs + canine = trinine 

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Posted By: jeremy
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 7:37am
update.bed.zzz
 
 
btw, jal, that new site (however new it is, I've just noticed) is awesome :O


Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 7:50am
Thanks Jeremy. Your entry like Bubu's looks like a real animal, try to bring more 'fantastical' to it somehow.


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Posted By: FrostedMayhem
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 8:08am
@Antifarea Uh-huh, it sure is! Thats why noah didnt take it - he was more of a classical sort of person...
 
Thanks, looking at it again, I think that I agree with you about the colours...


Posted By: hyperbear
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 8:20am

This is more or less my final product, i still need to work on a background though. Suggestions?


Posted By: Bubu
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 8:40am
@ Jal

behold the quick, sneaky edit (from work, whilst on a break, hoping not to be seen, lol)

The name I'd given them was Monblions - MONkey Bunny LIONS - still works, MONopaw Bunny LIONS.

PS: any problem if I add a puppy to the female's side? I'd made one hang from her tail lol...




Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 8:59am
hehe, I pixel at work all the time, like right now XD

Just throwing this out there for your consideration.
I truly don't mean to take over your or anyones art...it may just seem that way :|



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Posted By: Bubu
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 11:31am
Originally posted by jalonso

hehe, I pixel at work all the time, like right now XD

Just throwing this out there for your consideration.
I truly don't mean to take over your or anyones art...it may just seem that way :|



I don't mind suggestions or c/c, else I wouldn't post WIPs here :P
I appreciate the effort you put into giving suggestions - although I'm not going to take this one up: the idea is that the male is trying to pull the branch down with his weight for the woman (and puppies) to feed on its (yet to be added) leaves, so if I bend the monopaw it takes away some of that?

(dunno if you do pixels as a job or have another job too, I work in a translation agency and sneaking some pixelling in is hard :P)


Posted By: tripnfelt
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 12:02pm
I'm glad one person was amused by ms pacman^^

I've made some progress with shading the male (still far from done, I'm unsure about the colors),

almost about to start the female lines, just sketched out a cute feme pose. No beard, sabre teeth or wings, 3 tails, 2 horns, i'll give her spots - no stripes. I think they will look enough like the same species and the differences must then be due to gender.

If I don't go out this weekend I may finish in time - I am slow and have friends so maybe no.



They are called Nagamaki and were once plentiful, by a  highly unlikely* and equally unfortunate coincidence, the intended breeding pair which Noah brought aboard the Arc were gay and lesbian so the species was doomed to extinction.

*In a little know Kinsey survey only 8% of the Nagamaki population identified as exclusively homosexual, 33% identified as bi-sexual to some degree, the remaining 58% identified as exclusively heterosexual. Noah did not have access to these survey results.


Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 12:34pm
@Bubu, its cool. I missed it being a scene that goes across even though I think all entries should do that.

@tripnfelt, those poses are funny and work really well. Everything looks great but maybe you could up the contrast a bit the male looks a little washed out even with this level of saturation.


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Posted By: Bimbo
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 12:49pm
What do you think about my invisible entry?





Posted By: jalonso
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 2:16pm
The idea is clever but not readable. Consider making the 'hull' almost like a jellyfish or something similar, transparent AND glossy. Right now it seems more like one of those 3D stereo images you have to cross your eyes to see...

...do that in pixels and you get my vote


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Posted By: tripnfelt
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 5:40pm
It's progressing, I really like high saturation but  I'll try and up the contrast on the male, bring in more reds. Anything else.




Posted By: Bubu
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 6:56pm


Za-zoom, change of palette! Hating fur, lol. No, seriously.

And my cat makes for a really bad fluff model. Keeps moving :(


Posted By: hyperbear
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 8:28pm
That looks much better! I just suggest shading the tail (which i'm sure you've already done by now) and adding some detail to the background, but that's up to you.


Posted By: Bubu
Date Posted: 23 May 2009 at 2:10am
Originally posted by hyperbear

That looks much better! I just suggest shading the tail (which i'm sure you've already done by now) and adding some detail to the background, but that's up to you.


Lol I went to bed after posting that to be fair lol. It's a WIP so I didn't get to the tail or background at all :P


Posted By: FrostedMayhem
Date Posted: 23 May 2009 at 4:26am
Done the female now, but I'm not very happy with the way she turned out....
Yeah...so pretty much done for now, unless I manage to get myself motivated enough to start the background...



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