Pixel Art Challenge: Haiku Pixels

Haiku poems require the precise and thoughtful picking of each word, making sure that each is carefully placed to give the desired effect. In this way haiku are similar to pixel art. Therefore skamocore challenges you to pixel a scene based off one of the haiku from the list provided below.

Colours: 17 max
Canvas Size: exactly 50(height) x 70(length)
Transparency: No
Animation: No

Haiku to choose from:
• 1. An old pond!
A frog jumps in-
The sound of water.

• 2. No one travels
Along this way but I,
This autumn evening.

• 3. Clouds appear
and bring to men a chance to rest
from looking at the moon.
(by Matsuo Basho)

• 4. A mountain village
under the pilled-up snow
the sound of water.

• 5. A lightning flash:
between the forest trees
I have seen water.
(by Masaoka Shiki)

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

Posted by jalonso @ 9/22/2008 07:54  |    10


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Raytheon (Level 5 Lieutenant) @ 9/27/2008
Perfect opportunity for me to enter 5 times

Done #1

skeddles (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 9/25/2008 12:32
K, thanks.                   

skamocore (Level 11 Dolphin) @ 9/24/2008 21:04
No idea. I picked the best 5 haiku I could find out of a page full of haiku (well, the ones that would be best suited for pixel-interpretations anyway)...and those two just happened to mention water.

And both of those poems were by the same guy; he seems to have some obsession with water. In fact 3/5ths of the poems I found on that page that were by him talked about water on the third line.

Haiku are supposed to be a bit ambiguous and open to interpretation, so feel free to interpret those lines in whatever way you want.

skeddles (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 9/24/2008 14:32
Can someone please explain the last two. Why is the person talking about water?

AdamF (Level 11 CEO) @ 9/22/2008 20:45
Totally entering this, I have a wonderful idea.

DJD (Level 4 Button Man) @ 9/22/2008 19:18
best challenge yet(!)

entry required

tomic (Level 11 Admiral) @ 9/22/2008 09:51

well, it just feels a bit too circumstantial for my taste. simon comix challenge by a factor of 5

also pretty widespread

skamocore (Level 11 Dolphin) @ 9/22/2008 09:25
Which part do you need enlightenment on? All you have to do is pixel something based of one of the haiku.

I decided on 17 colours because haiku usually have 17 syllables, in Japanese :P

tomic (Level 11 Admiral) @ 9/22/2008 09:20

i don't get it (yet). i could google it, but nah, i'll wait for enlightment.

also: 17 colors, prime number fetish?

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