Spark of time

Spark of time

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Spark of time

Title: Spark of time
Pixel Artist: Mr_Hk_  (Level 5 Sniper :: 9307 points)
Posted: 6/25/2015 08:30
Palette: 12 colors
Statistics:  45 comments    256 faves    0 avatars

"Failed ignitions from a gaz lighter looks like wizardery"

Created for the "Pixel Art Challenge: A Different Perspective" before realizing it was a no animation challenge T-T . ( i'll read better next time )

I've decided to add to the hand crafted 96 frames a few compositing FX to brings more life into the animation. I know you PJers may concider so as corrupted pixels so here is the clean feed anim , I let you choose if i was a wise addition or a cheesy FX =)

Inspire by slow motion / macro videos of lighters.

Update : I've corrected the hand and some high lights regarding CELS and  ParkerBabyDiaperCompany's comments.
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Tosych (Level 3 Topaz) @ 10/25/2022 13:51

in love with this piece

b236 (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 8/21/2019 01:57

this is something different, amazing stuff! 8o 
i would love to see the clean version - just out of curiosity, but links don't work anymore (damn you, ephemerality of the internet!) 

SovanJedi (Level 3 Dodo) @ 10/26/2015 17:38

This... Is friggin' amazing. It's so smooth and beautiful. All the shapes too!

HATI (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/18/2015 04:40


Worship (Level 1 Seaman) @ 7/17/2015 17:38


IGoRge (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/1/2015 08:14

great , i think I'll take it as an inspiration for smoke effects

1iv (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/30/2015 16:06

woah, I adore the animation!

Mr_Hk_ (Level 5 Sniper) @ 6/30/2015 00:48

Compositing is just a nice wrapping paper. I'm glad you likes what s in it  !

Mr_Hk_ (Level 5 Sniper) @ 6/30/2015 00:44

:) Thanks  !

Mr_Hk_ (Level 5 Sniper) @ 6/30/2015 00:44

My pleasure  !

Mr_Hk_ (Level 5 Sniper) @ 6/30/2015 00:42

I didn't submit a frame cuz i think each frames of an animation is part of a sub-part.
On the opposite an image is supposes to be a snapshot in time, suggesting the past/futur.
I guess it would feel wrong submiting a lonely frame and promote it as a piece of his own.
But thanks for you kind words.

Mr_Hk_ (Level 5 Sniper) @ 6/30/2015 00:39

Thanks, I'm touched. PJ is such sacred land !

Mr_Hk_ (Level 5 Sniper) @ 6/30/2015 00:37

Thanks a lot Hapiel, means a lot !

Mr_Hk_ (Level 5 Sniper) @ 6/30/2015 00:36

Beeing EGG static is good for health ;)

Mathias (Level 6 Garbage) @ 6/29/2015 18:16

So good . . .

Love all the dynamic effects movement.

rklesmit (Level 5 Captain) @ 6/29/2015 08:31


Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 6/28/2015 21:45

i dont know what to think about the noise and its creation process, but this looks good!

clefairykid (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 6/28/2015 18:53

If I could only favourite this twice!!!

Coconutsales (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/28/2015 17:54

Why not submit a still frame into the challenge? Each and every frame is beautiful on its own - truly a masterpiece!

fawful (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 6/28/2015 14:36

Coolest animation I've seen on here in a while.

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 6/27/2015 13:45

This is beautiful! Amazing work Hk!

AlcopopStar (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 6/27/2015 05:22

Just... yup. No words. 

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 6/26/2015 10:49

No worries, man - highly deserved!

And Cheers for the link, some really trippy stuff. :)

HeartPump (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/25/2015 21:50

It's like... NOTHING IN EGGSTIENCE(no reason for egg joke, just that's what came to mind)

redmilion (Level 8 Mongolian Death Worm) @ 6/25/2015 17:59


specialmin64 (Level 4 Rubbish) @ 6/25/2015 15:56

how u do dat

alkaline (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 6/25/2015 14:42

this is pretty great

Theoden (Level 10 Operative) @ 6/25/2015 14:30

I can't stop watching this.

Erico (Level 4 Deputy) @ 6/25/2015 14:06

Oh this even possible?? 

Fundo (Level 1 Thug) @ 6/25/2015 14:03

Amazingly magical. Well done!

Finlal (Level 11 Special Agent) @ 6/25/2015 12:40

I remembered Ratatouille right away when I saw it.
Really love those effects, whole lotta stuff to learn from it.
Also, thanks for the link to that channel!

sgtcrispy (Level 4 Team Leader) @ 6/25/2015 12:05

Holy crap!

dami1310 (Level 5 Detective) @ 6/25/2015 11:57

It is amazing, wow.

Mr_Hk_ (Level 5 Sniper) @ 6/25/2015 11:47

Mandril> Wow , huge compliment here =) i'm touched  !
Michel Gagné had a strong influence on my FXs,  I love his work on Ratatouille .


Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 6/25/2015 11:42

If Disney made pixel art, it would look like this!

Unbelievable... Shocking

Mr_Hk_ (Level 5 Sniper) @ 6/25/2015 11:42

Paddy> ha yeah, making those out of iso noise effect could also simply feels like bad compressions. I think my low values are too close, on badd calibartion screen it should feel like pure black . Also it could feel VERY noisy on hight gammut screen...
So do you vote for the noise or not ? =)

Mr_Hk_ (Level 5 Sniper) @ 6/25/2015 11:40

CELS> Thanks for those kind words ! I'll follow your advices and add some more rim lights on the climax ( thumb, back hand and lighter).

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 6/25/2015 11:39

I could watch this for hours

Mr_Hk_ (Level 5 Sniper) @ 6/25/2015 11:38

ParkerBabyDiaperCompany> Ho mate, you're right, it's not a finger, it's only the back part of the hand. When your the head on something sometimes you don't see anything anymore.
Thanks for pointing that, I'll correct it  !

ZudZement (Level 5 Captain) @ 6/25/2015 11:22

Wow! This has to be greatest animation I have seen in a long time. Awesome stuff.

CELS (Level 7 Lotus) @ 6/25/2015 10:58

This is the first time in a long while that my jaw literally dropped when I saw a piece here on PJ. I guess my only criticism is that I wish the lighter and thumb were a bit brighter at the climax, and the index finger also looks a bit too much like a flattened sphere, and doesn't read like a finger. Never the less, this is extremely impressive. Faved.

Zeenix (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/25/2015 10:19

Well done! Really smooth animation and the sparks look really good.

ParkerBabyDiaperCompany (Level 2 King Checker) @ 6/25/2015 09:14

I didn't know what I was looking at until I read the description. I assume it is a thumb and forefinger. That both fingers have that stationary 'lightsource' dithering pattern is odd; it should change dramatically when the actual lighter lightsource ignits. But even in movement it just looks like a ball moving up and down with dithered painting on it.

Nice animation, though.

elend (Level 3 Corporate Drone) @ 6/25/2015 08:53

wow that's nice.

Paddy (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 6/25/2015 08:52

I was about to say that the image appears to get noisy in some frames and that you should fix it because it mightve compressed weird but nope, that was all manual. Your animations never cease to amaze me 

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