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The AC/DC 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 AC/DC forum thread for more information.
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Posted by gawrone @ 2/14/2022 02:32  |    0
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The Oldschool Self-Portrait 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 Oldschool Self-Portrait forum thread for more information.

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Posted by gawrone @ 6/14/2021 01:19  |    1
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Tamagotchi was introduced a quarter of a century ago. Not every "vintage" toy with LCD screen included pixel art, but this one did. This week we are going to honour that viral toy of the late 90's.

Using the provided template, pick a character, enemy, etc... from an existing, modern video game and make it fitting the 32x32 screen only. On the screen, only use the 3 LCD colors from the provided palette.

Some form of animation is required. Design the enclosure paint, buttons and logo using any other colours you like. You may not alter the shape of the toy.

Example of a finished product:


Canvas size: Exactly 64x64, use the template
Colours: Max 16 (including the 3 LCD colors and transparency)
Transparency: Required
Animation: Required



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by gawrone @ 6/14/2021 01:23  |    3
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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

 
June's top commenter awards go to:
  1.  gawrone
  2. vrine
  3. yuanhai


And June's most favourited award goes to:
Most Faved Artist - October 2020 (#1) came2slide

Posted by gawrone @ 7/2/2021 00:43  |    4
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The Villain Sprite 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 Villain Sprite forum thread for more information.
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Posted by gawrone @ 7/19/2021 02:37  |    2
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Yes, it is an another RPG party challenge but with a twist (pun intended). This time we want you to choose an existing musical group and draw sprites of it's members.

It doesn't matter if it is a rock band, jazz group, hip-hop squad or a string quartet. You can make them into standard RPG classes (ex.: James Hetfield - Barbarian, Kirk Hammet - Wizard, Lars Urlich - Thief) or into different races (ex.: Paul McCartney - Wood Elf, John Lennon - High Elf, George Harrison - Dark Elf, Ringo Star - Dwarf), or completely made-up classes (ex.: Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger, Posh).

If you don't want to draw all of the members, because you want to portray only those important ones and skip the bass player, or you have chosen Slipknot, please consider a minimum number of three sprites. No single performers allowed.

Character, and their RPG roles descriptions, would be highly appreciated.
 
 
Clarification for tricksters: All the sprites have to be separate, and present together on at least one frame of the whole animation.
 
 
Canvas Size - Max 200 x 200.
Colours - Max 33. Including transparency.
Transparency - Required. Must be used to separate each sprite.
Animation - Optional.



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

Posted by gawrone @ 7/19/2021 02:41  |    8
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The Reflections! 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 Reflections! forum thread for more information.
Posted by gawrone @ 8/23/2021 00:28  |    0
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Medical staff are constantly sharing their most incredible (anonymous) X-ray findings to our shock and amusement. This week we will pixel some. You can use an existing viral image as refference (link optional) or imagine your own. Anything counts, from top Darwin Awards and strange objects insterted into random body openings to aliens growing inside human bodies or humans growing inside alien bodies. The only limitations to your fantasy, besides canvas size and the palette, are that it needs to include some form of a skeleton or bones and there has to be something at least slightly unusual about that X-ray photo. And remember to give NSFW warning if necessary.

X-ray palette

Canvas Size - Exactly 100x100.

Colours - Max 6 (use the provided X-ray palette, and use the darkest colour as background).

Transparency - No.

Animation - No.



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by gawrone @ 8/23/2021 00:32  |    3
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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! 

 
October's top commenter awards go to:
  1.  Wayuki
  2.  CELS
  3.  b236
       
And October's most favourited award goes to:

Most Faved Artist - October 2020 (#1) jeremy

Posted by gawrone @ 11/1/2021 10:02  |    5
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The Pillow Shading on purpose 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 Pillow Shading on purpose forum thread for more information.
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Posted by gawrone @ 12/6/2021 01:43  |    0
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Let's make a sock puppet 64x64 icon. It may look like a famous character or just have a simple, generic sock puppet appearance. If you want, you can make it resemble yourself and use it as your Pixel Joint avatar.

Colors: max 32

Canvas: exactly 64x64

Transparency: none

Animation: none



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by gawrone @ 12/6/2021 01:45  |    0
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The Weird Remake 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 Weird Remake forum thread for more information.
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Posted by gawrone @ 1/3/2022 00:52  |    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 2021 and make an entry (check the ALL CHALLENGES column on the right. The first challenge of 2021 was Unexpected Visitor).
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 gawrone @ 1/3/2022 00:55  |    6
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The Book Cover 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 Book Cover forum thread for more information.
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Posted by gawrone @ 2/7/2022 00:23  |    0
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This challenge comes from previous challenge winner specialmin64

This week we want you to pixel your own RTS faction. Draw at least one building and at least one unit in the style of classic real time strategy games (Starcraft, Age of Empires, Command & Conquer, etc.) Choose any of popular themes (history, s-f, fantasy etc.) or invent your own. It doesn't have to be war related. Use top-down or isometric perspective.

Canvas: Max 256 x 128 (horizontal)
Colors: Max 32
Transparency: Optional
Animation: Optional

Bonus challenge: Make your assets look like those old school prerendered 3d assets, for example like in starcraft.



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

Posted by gawrone @ 2/7/2022 02:08  |    2
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This week we want you to draw a character and make 3 different animations of it, and then present them in a row, next to eachother. The required animations need to portray 3 different wind forces, using only moves of the character garments, hair, facial expressions, eventually objects held by the charatcer. No backround or background items are allowed (like rain, snow, falling leaves, flags, bending trees, etc.). The 3 stages are as follows:

 
1) light air, 2) breeze, 3) gale.
 
You have to use the the Thunderstorm Beneath the Summit palette, created by airy disc.
 
 
The canvas needs to be used as three 64x64 squares, set in a row horizontally, each one for each animation. You can separate them with some framing or not, add descriptions or not. This is entirely up to you.
 
 
 
 
Canvas: Exactly 64 x 192 (horizontal), (or 64x256 if you decide to do bonus challenge)
Colors: Max 12 (use the provided palette
Transparency: Required
Animation: Required
 
 
Bonus challenge 1: Instead of animating all 3 stages with the same number of frames, make an interesting sequence (example: 1st animations 6 frames, 2nd 4 frames, 3rd 3 frames, everything in a 12 frame sequence)
 
 
Bonus challenge 2: Add another 64x64 square to the row and add another animation with even stronger wind force "storm".



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

Posted by gawrone @ 2/14/2022 03:43  |    3
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The Dolls 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 Dolls forum thread for more information.
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Posted by gawrone @ 3/28/2022 02:47  |    0
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Another year has passed since the last April Fool's Challenge: it was not the best year ever, and the present one is already competing to become even less best. So we could use some fun, right?

 
If this is your first time, the rules are as follow:
 
1) pick a PJ artist who inspires you, who you like, who you want to prank, or choose randomly. 
2) study their work, technique, style, themes, palettes, whatever identifies them or makes them unique.
3) copy those features and make your own work (without plagiarism), and pretend they made it.
4) name the artist or link to their page.
5) fool us all.
 
 
Canvas Size - min. the smallest canvas of the choosen artist divided by 2, max. whatever you are able to finish in one week;
Colours - min. two, max. whatever will not make our pixel purist alarms go off;
Transparency - min. no transparency, max. a transparency;
Animation - min. no animation, max. a lot of animation;
Foolness - optional.
 
As usual, we are sharing links to previous galleries:

last year's challenge,
another past challenge,
and another one,
totally legit link,
definately not Rick,
choose wisely
vintage one,
ancient one.
 
 
 



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by gawrone @ 3/28/2022 02:53  |    6
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The Ripples in a Pond 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 Ripples in a Pond forum thread for more information.
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Posted by gawrone @ 4/4/2022 00:07  |    0
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This week we will design our pixel tarot cards. First they were used for gaming, and later got esoteric and other aplicatons, but we will be focusing on the art here.

Choose a "Major Arcana" card from the list:

0    The Fool
I    The Magician
II    The High Priestess
III    The Empress
IV     The Emperor
V    The Hierophant
VI    The Lovers
VII    The Chariot
VIII    Justice
IX    The Hermit
X     Wheel of Fortune
XI     Strength
XII    The Hanged Man
XIII    Death
XIV    Temperance
XV    The Devil
XVI    The Tower
XVII    The Star
XVIII    The Moon
XIX    The Sun
XX    Judgement
XXI    The World


Use the provided palette:



And the template with three sections:
 


Add the number in the top section (The Fool usually has this space empty), the artwork in the middle, and the name of the card in the bottom. You are free to design your font and numeration however you like..

Canvas size: Exactly 100x186 (use the template).
Colours: Max 8 (7 from the palette +1 of transparency only on the corners).
Transparency: Required. (There are round corners cutted from the template, which need to stay, but you are not allowed to add transparency on the card surface).
Animation: No.



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

Posted by gawrone @ 4/4/2022 00:10  |    32

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