World's Worst Security

World's Worst Security

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World's Worst Security

Title: World's Worst Security
Pixel Artist: TheInquisitor  (Level 4 Shichikyu :: 4851 points)
Posted: 6/7/2009 19:14
Palette: 30 colors
Statistics:  47 comments    47 faves    0 avatars

Typical! Sleeping on his watch. You just can't get the staff these days. When a guard snoozes back on earth, perhaps a couple of televisions or a few and computers are snatched, but when the security of heaven takes a nap all....well, all hell breaks loose!

I had to finish this piece off here to get it in for the competition. I was pretty much falling alseep by the end of it so a lot is rushed and unfinished, such as the sky, Saddam's hand at the meat and other areas. I'll come back to fix these up in a while after the competition is over. I would've hoped to add more detail to the sky and smooth out the gates. I also would've liked not creating the pearly fence in a way that the villains could just so easily climb up it. Lastly I'll be smoothing it out, perfecting the palette and generally getting it to look a lot sleaker and less blurred/messy for the final result.

Weekly Challenge: Gates of Heaven/HellWeekly Challenge: Gates of Heaven/Hell


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-DE- (Level 11 General) @ 8/23/2009 00:01

I don't know, the clouds're one of the best bits about this piece. It's very "Inquisitorish", and that's a pro in my book.

Sasajun (Level 1 Thug) @ 7/3/2009 09:15

Heh, very interesting! I really like hte idea of this! it looks quite nice!

TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 6/25/2009 03:30

Napolean. He was French.

Ndsfreak (Level 5 Soldier) @ 6/24/2009 15:36

Who is the British looking guy on the left? I know that the others are Saddam and Hitler, but I don't recognize that guy. 

tomic (Level 11 Admiral) @ 6/22/2009 23:15

kudos for the title =)

Ninja Crow (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 6/16/2009 15:32

I'll certainly trust your skill over mine here, and I can't wait to see it!

TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 6/16/2009 00:47

It's more the case of it not being finished, not just because I'm unhappy with it. A lot of the areas need to be cleaned up so that the whole piece has consistency.

Ninja Crow (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 6/15/2009 21:38

Wow, Inquisitor, that sounds like a lot of changes to a piece that hit me as a total working whole in one shot.  The author of the work always knows where the blemishes are and never likes to risk the public catching on (yes, I'm one of those who thought the Star Wars special editions were mostly pointless) so I'll beseach you on those grounds not to change very much, if anything.  Great work as is!

Game & Watch (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/15/2009 00:20

I really like your style!

Gratz with second place :D

TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 6/12/2009 02:25

On the clouds, it's more than evident that I got it wrong considering the amount of puzzled feedback. I can't argue with the numbers. The clouds do look a lot like the steam from my last piece, but I want to avoid saying that "It's my style" excuse, so my style isn't right. I'll do some studying for next time I have to deal with cloud on a new piece. I'll stick with it for this one though. It's obvious to me where I'm going wrong, but not so obvious on how to solve it. I insist on having everything crisp, clear and as detailed as possible, which doesn't really work for whispy gas colours.

Sharprm: I'm making a point and click adventure game, but not based on this, sorry. I wouldn't want to make a game where the main characters are Saddam, Hitler and Napolean.

Thanks again, guys.

arkan-ark (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/11/2009 06:41

i like the clouds :D

Liman (Level 3 Chief) @ 6/10/2009 08:25

Wow, Inq. Yet another excellent pixelart (despite not being finished). You've really gone from being "great" to "awesome".

Kudos for a clever entry as well!

sharprm (Level 4 Deputy) @ 6/10/2009 04:57

 The clouds do look like toilet paper now that you guys mention it.


Someone should make a point and click adventure game out of this.

Dr D (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 6/9/2009 16:31

I guess those bricks are made out of flames, and their teeth of clouds, eh?

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 6/9/2009 15:59

Seeing snow here is quite lame and unimaginative guys :/

The challenge is 'Heaven or Hell' pretty much anything white = clouds and anything red = flames. No matter what the visual execution is taken by anyone who entered.

Darth Mandarb (Level 10 Operative) @ 6/9/2009 14:08

Doesn't look like snow at all to me (I've never seen snow curly cue like before at least... and I've seen a LOT of snow) but it doesn't look particularly "cloud" like to me either (but my first thought was clouds).

I love the story of this, so much detail crammed into a small canvas.  Looking forward to your updates!

mazagung (Level 1 Thug) @ 6/9/2009 07:08


Dirteater (Level 1 Private) @ 6/9/2009 06:44

Saddam is distracting the guard dog with the meat Peach :P theyre sneaking in lol Awesome scene

Gaby05 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/9/2009 05:30

As you say the sky seems a little empty but for the rest, awesome work!! Luv those curly clouds

evaanno (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/9/2009 03:34

god like :D

Peach (Level 6 Made) @ 6/9/2009 02:12

It took me some time to figure out the meaning of the scene. Maybe using a larger scene and giving more dynamism the whole piece could improve a lot, since the "gate" is not the main element and it's not clear, apart from Saddam, who's doing what and why

Apart from that there's nothing more that hasn't previously said: nice palette and consistent style. well done :)

kisiel (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/8/2009 23:04

very cool concept. hitler looks more like montgomery ;)

Scribblette (Level 1 Intern) @ 6/8/2009 17:47

Thanks, that's probably it - and something about his color choices. Darn all you non-color blind people. :)

Dr D (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 6/8/2009 17:43

Well, the 'clouds' do look a lot like the 'steam' from his P.O.D. piece. And the colors are very similar, if he didn't actually borrow any from that piece either.

But he does have that nice, clean, style.

Scribblette (Level 1 Intern) @ 6/8/2009 17:41

Doesn't look like snow to me - if I was going to pick something which wasn't a cloud, I'd say it made me consider the possibility that Heaven is built entirely on the immense beard of God, or some such. Perhaps it could be fluffier and less like strands. That's it, though, I think it's a marvellous idea.

Definitely looks like a Work of Inq, but I don't know what gave it away yet.

alkaline (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 6/8/2009 15:08

indeed, i thought it was a bit snowy too. i think it's because the clouds are really flat. put some fluff in them, some bumps?

TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 6/8/2009 12:05

Ouch. My pride is taking a real hit here. It's not supposed to be snow! :P It's very clear that I've got that bit totally wrong then. I was hoping the swirls would help separate it from snow.

RollerKingdom (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 6/8/2009 12:03

THIS IS AWESOME, loving the snow, and the colors, i like the cartoon style OMG!!

Cherry Blossom (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 6/8/2009 09:53

Haha, really nice and awesome concept.

susuwataris (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 6/8/2009 08:45

 i love this

asukicco (Level 9 Necrophiliac) @ 6/8/2009 08:38

The clouds reminds me of tomic's. Anyway, I must agree with all the positive comment already written here. Brilliant. Will you improve this, now that there is no time-running challenge?

ramazing (Level 3 Sergeant) @ 6/8/2009 08:21

cool. nice colors, nice style... i like the texture of the snow  :)


oh sorry... is it a cloud? nice, anyway!

TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 6/8/2009 08:12

I'm English.

diablozzpunk (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/8/2009 07:57

just another motherfuk american, sorry but where is the american representant should have more than one, to represent all your sick influece country ... 

TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 6/8/2009 06:11

Wow.  I didn't expect it to be considered like Fool's.

Thanks for the positive feedback guys. I'm not too happy with the piece as I really had to rush it before the end. The 32 colour palette limitations really made me struggle but I reckon I could've got it looking much tidier if I had more time. I would've completely changed the palette to make it look far crisper and clearer. As it stands, I think the whole piece is a bit blurred and messy, especially in the areas that I just jumped through as quickly as possible. There's other bits that are clearly rushed, like the "Pearly Fence" next to Napolean. That thing could pretty much be climbed up and over which doesn't make much sense. Also, I didn't give it any anti-aliasing to the sky background. I would've preferred to make the sky more detailed as well.

Thanks about the colours, JAlonso. To be honest, I'm mostly getting lucky with them, especially on this one. I could've done them so much better with more time because right now I think a lot of them are a right mess. This is quite a cleaned up version, one of the earlier ones had the most ghastly mix of colours that could be imagined. It was a tough balancing act to find shades that fit over all of the different colours. For a competition with limited colours, making so many characters with different coloured uniforms, the sky, the clouds, the bricks, the was probably a foolish project, but I couldn't really change the colours of their uniforms without losing their identities. (It's Napolean, Saddam and Hitler, by the way).

Elk: Hm, I thought I used the dithering sparingly. When I come around to fixing it up with a new version, I may look into dropping the 32 colour limit and clearing it up to remove most of the dithering and making the whole thing cleaner.

Dex: Yeah, the clouds are a bit creamy. I did the same on the steam on my last piece as well. I do like it but it's not really what I would've gone for. I'm going to have to do a bit of studying on that. I do like the parts where it connects with the structures and feet though.

Unfortunately, Stickman, I didn't get it finished in time. The big proper gate got cut (it would've been behind Napolean. Napolean was going to be with Blackbeard with a ladder to, but since that got cut I had to do some rearranging. Had I got time, I probably would've done Hitler motioning Napolean fowards since I had to rethink the scene.

Thanks for the feedback guys.

AdamF (Level 11 CEO) @ 6/8/2009 04:53

Clouds are kinda weird :V

Looks great though. Makes me wanna pixel people now ;D

BusT3D (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/8/2009 04:04

This one is def. a top 3 entry!

Stickman (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 6/8/2009 03:42

Glad to see you got it done on time:) Lovely idea and great colours.

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 6/8/2009 01:09

Haha, this is a very funny picture to look at!

Satsume (Level 10 Capo) @ 6/8/2009 00:58

 wow,great work! 6/6

sharprm (Level 4 Deputy) @ 6/7/2009 22:09

I like it. Saddam is great. Is that supposed to be Hitler?


Maybe the attendant's head could be lower to see the halo better and hitler could gesture napolean to come forward. dog's halo should light the surroundings more. but great piece!

Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 6/7/2009 20:44

Too much dithering

but nice piece :D

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 6/7/2009 20:18

how would it not be for the weekly challenge?

great work as always. i'm with jal here: beautiful colors, has that "fool" feel to it (always a compliment)

slym (Level 8 Rear Admiral) @ 6/7/2009 20:09

This is beatiful. But how is it for the weekly challenge?

RPG_Boy (Level 5 Captain) @ 6/7/2009 20:03

its funny and very well done

Dr D (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 6/7/2009 20:01

This is amazing, Inq. Can't wait for you to 'finish' it.

Very great quality of work, superb pixelling. I see no flaws.

And nice 'twist' on the idea. =]

 Also very reminiscent of some of Fool's pieces, but enough difference to be distinguished. That's definitely not a bad thing.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 6/7/2009 20:00

Very fool-ish.

A great job and sooo very clever.


E: I am beginning to seriously respect your color choices in all your work.

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