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Title: 9-11
Pixel Artist: Prophet  (Level 1 Rookie :: 534 points)
Posted: 6/6/2008 22:02
Palette: 43 colors
Statistics:  20 comments    11 faves    0 avatars

My submission for the weekly challenge
After looking over the guidelines, I determined it was suitable to submit based on "what I saw" in the original drawing - which is what this reflects

I know this brings back some bad memories for some, and I assure everyone this is in no way a political statement or message of any kind - It is simply what I saw in Pearl's drawing.  Although it still represents an awful day in history, I would prefer to look at it as a piece to commemorate the innocent who lost their lives

Ref pics:
(among some random others which can be easily found with a google search)

Description of piece based on pearl's artwork:  (Rotated -90 degrees)
    Round lines at top of drawing = top of tower
    Blue lines = falling debris
    Outward lines (representing motion to me) = explosion
-extra building added to set place and scene

43 colors, I believe (unless I miscounted somewhere =\)

Weekly Challenge: Pearl's StoryWeekly Challenge: Pearl's Story


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TacoLoco (Level 1 Gangster) @ 3/10/2013 18:10

Regardless of any negative connotation, extremely welldone! 

Necky (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/13/2008 09:52
The terrible attack on New York has become symbolic (especially the burning towers) of the point in time when our world changed from one of calm and democracy to one of fear and paranoia. This is a brilliant picture the marks the most important point in our lifetimes..

Blackbeltdude (Level 7 Ichikyu) @ 6/11/2008 05:36
I don't know if that's really a reasonable thing to say, Flyguy. If you find a WW2 vet who was at Pearl Harbor during the attack, I'm sure he'd have some strong feelings about seeing some kind of media depicting that day. Hell, I know my grandpas never wanted to even talk about the training they had to go through for the war, much less the actual combat situations or missions. I've read interviews were WW2 vets don't like to see these WW2 videogames that come out every year. And considering 9-11 happened just 6 years ago, I don't think it's fair to say we over came it, unless you're talking about you and your buddies. ( Also consider you're comparing something that happened 6 years ago to something that happened over 60 years ago when most of our parents weren't even born.)

The fact is, the less these kind of events impact people, the less worked up you get about them later down the line. 9-11 impacted me in almost no way. But for the people like Adarias who actually knew people who were personally effected, it's much different. Besides that, it comes down to the indivisual and how they cope with life interruptions such as 9-11. Maybe you over came it, but I'm positive not everyone has, so it seems pretty insensitive, and possibly ignorant,  to just say "get over it." Besides that, even just saying that won't do any good so it seems really pointless to say in the first place.

I'd also like to point out, that I don't think anyone was trying to find an ugly meaning in this, but were just reacting to it, and voicing their thoughts on it (and if they were, I don't see why they can't interpet it in a negative way). The more controversal something is, the better it usually is. Furthermore, I don't think anyone said it was wrong to make Pixel Art about something like this (And I agree with you that it isn't wrong to do so). All I've seen is some comments about how people have some bad memories of that event because they saw this piece, and I think that's perfectly reasonable, and something to be expected.

Anyhow, I think this is a well made piece of pixel art, with subject-matter that's worth talking about. It's got some really fantastic details in the smoke and buildings. My only complaints would be the simple sky and sometimes blocky details in the smoke. Very nice though.

Jaeden (Level 4 Team Leader) @ 6/9/2008 13:48

caught off guard at first by this but its very well done.

but much on colors, but well done none the less.

JerryPie (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 6/8/2008 15:41
Okay let me help Darth here.. I think a better example would be Pearl Harbor. It really is ridiculous for people to make such a big deal about this 9-11 event. It was horrible, we over came it, get over it. I hate to throw around that I'm in the military all the time, but we don't even talk about this anymore...If it comes up, it just comes up, its no big deal. It's not like talking about gay marriage or racism. "It was an event that happened in the time line of man" So doing art about it should not be wrong. We see so many great artists do great paintings about the world wars, and bloody men dying on the battle fields during the civil war. I don't see any bodies in this picture. I see a building with fire on it. Don't try to find ugly meanings in art, thats very un-poetic.

Also I would like to say that the preview image is somewhat of a building, but it says 9-11 for the image name...This should be quite a fair enough warning for anyone who would for some ungodly reason take offense to this. (It's a historical event, embrace it...this is the world we live in people. Don't run from stuff because you are afraid, because things like this don't go away..I hate to be blunt about it.)

smokehound (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/7/2008 20:20
To be honest, anyone that whines about it is just looking for trouble to begin with. Spectacular work.

DJD (Level 4 Button Man) @ 6/7/2008 19:00
Stunning picture. The depth and realism are top-notch.

iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 6/7/2008 18:33
Very good work, by the way! Seems like quite a few colors tho.

Adarias (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 6/7/2008 15:04
darth - most people would react strongly against a picture of JFK being shot, particularly those who were alive during the time.  my father is unable to watch the footage.

I also think that it gets more upsetting based on where you are.  I notice you are from florida - forgive me if I'm wrong but i doubt you knew anyone.  It's different in the northeast, my family is from jersey, i live in rhode island, I lost a friend's father, an uncle's cousin, and two family friends.  I would like to know when I am about to be presented images related to that event, rather than to stumble on them randomly, and i don't feel that this is "pussy-footing".

Sorry for the off-topic.

grim666 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/7/2008 13:52
I believe that we should never forget that day and look at what it has done to the world.  Tragic events have followed use though out time, so why do we tend to forget that and focus so much on the now.  We are human and humans were animals and in some cases we show are true colors all to well.  People also tend to forget that in the same week in India over 30, 000 people die from a earthquake, raise your hand if you know that.  Well any ways I like the art, maybe more brighter on the explosions and I think  you could have used your color pallet better, but not bad.  Art is can be a risk and I think the emotion that this picture creates is only truth:) good job4/5

RoboBOT (Level 7 Captain) @ 6/7/2008 13:29
"Nobody complains if somebody pixels a scene of JKF's brains exploding"

I disagree...that would be awful.

However, this pixel isn't so graphic, and it portrays the sad event quite well. This is well drawn, but I don't really understand your interpretation of pearl's drawing.

Darth Mandarb (Level 10 Operative) @ 6/7/2008 12:51
Never really understood the "timing" issue ... this is an event that happened.  The artists isn't making money off of this, isn't insulting, isn't being disrespectful ... this is an event that happened.  Period. Yes it was tragic but pussy-footing around the subject just gives the scumbag animals that did it what they wanted.

Nobody complains if somebody pixels a scene of JKF's brains exploding, etc.

Souly (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 6/7/2008 12:13
Am I going to hell for favoriting this?

iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 6/7/2008 10:48
Oh my. I expected this to be some other building in flames before I clicked.
Now I won't be able to sleep, ever. Off with your disrespecting head!

Zenobia (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 6/7/2008 09:29
I agree with vertigo-zero. I like the piece, but... a little girl is going to look at these entries too, so this might be a bit much for her to handle.

Adarias (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 6/7/2008 09:24
Is there a way you could put a warning on the preview?  or just a sticker that says 9-11?  I clicked it without knowing what it would be and wasn't quite prepared (knew a few people).
after i got over the initial reaction, it's a good piece with an honest message.

skeddles (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 6/7/2008 09:18
Well it says same size not same dimensions so I assume its alright to rotate. Not to mention it doesn't specifically say you can't, so I'd say it's ok.

Really cool piece. I really like the explosion and white smoke/debris, but I think the black smoke is a bit think, and should have less of an outline(blend with the sky). I don't really see where you got this out of the picture though...

Vertigo-Zero (Level 9 Necrophiliac) @ 6/7/2008 08:28
This is a good pixel piece but a bad entry.


thesalus (Level 5 Detective) @ 6/7/2008 06:30
Well... skeddles' was rotated 90 degrees, but if I had to venture a guess, I'd say that it violates the rules. But it's a good entry, I can definitely see follow the inspiration. Though the smoke looks a bit jaggedy against the sky (it'd be more of a gradient if anything).

skamocore (Level 11 Dolphin) @ 6/6/2008 22:23
My only real concern with this not fitting the challenge was it's orientation (ie portrait)...the rules rule clearly states that it should be the same size as Pearl's image...but her's was landscape, which I don't really see as the same size. It just seems like saying someone who is short and fat is the same 'size' as someone who is tall and thin.

Also note how all of the entries for the similar "Natalie's Drawing" challenge used the same orientation as the original drawing.

Anyway, that's only my interpretation...I am not sure what the person who wrote that rule's intention was. So if they did mean you could rotate the canvas from landscape to portrait, then I guess this should be acceptable.

Aside from that I think the explosions are really well done. Good job

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