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You've just come back home, but have forgotten your front door key. You can hear sounds coming from inside - somebody or something unexpected is in your house. What can you see through the keyhole?

For this week's challenge, both the preview file and the detail file are part of your submission. For the preview file, you will be using the keyhole template. Think carefully about what happens outside of the keyhole in the full piece! What you see through the keyhole should be the same scene as the main file (could even be a crop), but should not fully reveal what really is going on.

Restriction: You must use the keyhole template for your preview file, and your full piece (no template, normal square canvas) will be the detail file. Both use the PICO-8 palette.

The detail file will be a 100x100 square.


Canvas size: 100x100 (for detail image)
Colours: 16, PICO-8 palette
Transparency: Only for the preview, around the keyhole template.
Animation: Optional.



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.

Posted by Christoballs @ 12/28/2020 01:01  |    1
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The Alien Santa pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:



Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the Alien Santa forum thread for more information.
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Posted by Christoballs @ 12/28/2020 00:54  |    0
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A few weeks ago I organised an informal study to discover how people started out with pixel art.
 
Did people get into it because of editing Pokemon sprites? Pixel dolls? Which tutorials and softwares were influential to starting pixel artists?

Find the answers to these questions and more in this video summary.
 
All the data is up for grabs too, the link is in the video description and feel free to do your own analysis. Let me know if you find something interesting!

Posted by Hapiel @ 12/26/2020 08:43  |    0
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Your presents have arrived! Go check them out over here.
Thank you all for taking part
 
 
Please double check if we have uploaded your gift correctly, and should you wish to update your description, title or preview icon, feel free to do so!
 
Once all works have been approved (which will take a few days!) you can find all entries in the gallery by searching the keyword 'pjss' or 'ss2020'.
Posted by Hapiel @ 12/24/2020 06:43  |    0
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Happy new year pixel-heads! Have you missed a challenge from the past year? Did you start but couldn't find the time to finish? This week, we want you to pick any weekly challenge from 2020 and make an entry (check the ALL CHALLENGES coloumn on the right. The first challenge of 2020 was Welcome to the Arena).

Please make sure you write in the description which challenge you chose and make sure you follow it's rules and limitations. Have fun!

Canvas Size - see the corresponding challenge
Colours - see the corresponding challenge
Transparency - see the corresponding challenge
Animation - see the corresponding challenge



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by Gecimen @ 12/21/2020 00:37  |    0
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The Tiny Towers pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:



Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the Tiny Towers forum thread for more information.
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Posted by Gecimen @ 12/21/2020 00:37  |    0
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If you’ve been on PJ for a couple years you’re probably familiar with the works of Nauris Amatnieks, pixel artist extraordinaire; aamatniekss is a staple in the Top Pixel Art roundups.
Just this past August he swept up three trophies, including the #1 for his brilliant Knight of the Blossoms, and he made an impressive showing during Pixelween as well. On top of that, lately he’s been working on the indie title Tiny Thor with a dream team of pixel artists (including the legendary Henk Nieborg) – quite impressive for a 26-year-old from Latvia.
 
 
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Posted by Quiara @ 12/16/2020 18:49  |    8
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The following pixel artists produced Pixel Joint's top rated pixel art for November 2020.
Many thanks go out to this month's top pixel artists, and all the members who took time to rate!

The Royal Pardon (collaboration)/pixelart#1 Pixel Art

The Royal Pardon (collaboration)/pixelart

The Royal Pardon (collaboration)
by SovanJedi

Blood friends/pixelart#2 Pixel Art

Blood friends/pixelart

Blood friends
by andylittleHappy Birthday 10/28

Corrupted/pixelart#3 Pixel Art

Corrupted/pixelart

Corrupted
by andylittleHappy Birthday 10/28

Grief/pixelart#4 Pixel Art

Grief/pixelart

Grief
by cmmrc

Castlevania: Duel of the Night/pixelart#5 Pixel Art

Castlevania: Duel of the Night/pixelart

Castlevania: Duel of the Night
by Emperor_Pixel

Alien/pixelart#6 Pixel Art

Alien/pixelart

Alien
by andylittleHappy Birthday 10/28

The Hell is coming!/pixelart#7 Pixel Art

The Hell is coming!/pixelart

The Hell is coming!
by andylittleHappy Birthday 10/28

Halloween 2020/pixelart#8 Pixel Art

Halloween 2020/pixelart

Halloween 2020
by Wolfenoctis

Boatswain/pixelart#9 Pixel Art

Boatswain/pixelart

Boatswain
by andylittleHappy Birthday 10/28

Lovely place <3/pixelart#10 Pixel Art

Lovely place <3/pixelart

Lovely place <3
by Grandero

Posted by Adarias @ 12/15/2020 11:08  |    3
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Christmas is next week, but did you know it's already Christmas now on other planets?
This week we want you to depict Santa Claus from another planet and its outlandish customs.

You must use at least one pure color (#ff0000 / #00ff00 / #0000ff) 

WdasA8q.png (90×30)

Canvas Size - Minimum 100x100
Colors - Max 25. You must use at least one of the colors provided above.
Transparency - No
Animation - Optional



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by Gecimen @ 12/14/2020 01:37  |    9
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The Colorful Wizards pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:



Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the Colorful Wizards forum thread for more information.
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Posted by Gecimen @ 12/14/2020 01:37  |    0
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It's time for tiny towers! On a very narrow canvas, you are challenged to make some kind of tower structure. Existing, or based on fantasy, however you like.

Canvas Size - Width: exactly 16px. Height: Minimum 64px, taller is allowed too.
Colors - Max 16
Transparency - Optional
Animation - Optional



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by Hapiel @ 12/7/2020 01:04  |    2
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The L stands for Letter pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:



Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the L stands for Letter forum thread for more information.

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Posted by Hapiel @ 12/7/2020 01:03  |    0
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Don't forget to comment on the pieces you like! Not only does a comment have the potential to make the artist's day, if you post a lot you'll win one of the fancy new trophies!
 
Novembers's top commenter awards go to:
  1. Quiara
  2. Hapiel
  3. Jinn


And Novembers's most favourited award goes to:
Most Faved Artist - October 2020 (#1) andylittle

Posted by Hapiel @ 12/1/2020 12:05  |    4

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