Pixel Art Challenge: Stock Character Portrait

This week you're challenged to create a stylised portrait of a stock character. The more stylised the better! Make the character easily identifiable as the stereotype he/she is.

Pick one of these stock characters:
  • Wise old man*
  • Mad scientist
  • Pirate
  • Caveman*
You may not use an existing character. For example, if you were making a caveman, you can't just pixel Fred Flintstone. It has to be your own interpretation of a caveman character.

*Even though these characters are listed as being male, you may make female versions of them if you like.
ie. Wise old lady/Cavewoman.

Canvas Size - Exactly 80x80
Colours - Exactly 16
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 pixelblink @ 12/15/2008 00:42  |    12


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metaldev (Level 4 Murderer) @ 12/22/2008 20:01

Stupid question: wht means "Stock characters" ?

it means like an archetype.  a cliché.   A recurring character  - Like in old Kung Fu movies you have  the wise old guy,  who teaches the apprentice who avenges the death of his brother/father/mother/girlfriend/whoever ...  the characters you have seen 1000 times before lol

The B.O.B. (Level 11 Master Assassin) @ 12/21/2008 01:13
Wow, there are some awesome entries so far. Gonna' be a tough vote for sure! Great job so far you guys!

fawful (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 12/19/2008 05:50
Im going to actualy try and enter this one.:P

Setzer (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 12/15/2008 14:39
i'm looking forward to some interesting things here :)

Damian (Level 10 Operative) @ 12/15/2008 11:01
No animations :(

skamocore (Level 11 Dolphin) @ 12/15/2008 09:23
The point, of course, is to be challenged! I think having a specific amount of colours makes the challenge more interesting.

And, hey if you don't like the challenge you don't have to participate :P

tomic (Level 11 Admiral) @ 12/15/2008 09:09

i agree with shiru in principle, though in this challenge's case you can simply use the redundant colors on the pirate's parrot =)

Shiru (Level 6 SWAT) @ 12/15/2008 08:15
I can't figure, what is the point to have 'exact number of colors' limitation? So, if somebody actually needs only 12 colors for his picture, he must add 4 'fake' (almost same) colors to meet requirements? What is the point to waste time on that?

BlazeAce (Level 6 Commander) @ 12/15/2008 08:02
This challenge is pretty much the way I always pixel :D I think I'll enter this one.

Delfos (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 12/15/2008 08:00
thanks skamacore

skamocore (Level 11 Dolphin) @ 12/15/2008 07:15
Just think of stock characters as very stereotypical/cliché characters =)

Delfos (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 12/15/2008 05:30
Hehe, portraits!

It's a beautiful second chance
When i checked the last entries there were many pieces out of challenge for not been an scene... I thought i was the only one!  Well, i'll translate the rules in spanish, maybe that will work (it's not the first time i misunderstand the rules)


Esta semana estás desafiado a crear un retrato estilizado de un personaje estereotipado. Mientras más estilizado, mejor! Haz al personaje facilmente identificable como el estereotipo que el/ella es.

Elije uno de estos personajes:

Viejo Sabio*
Científico Loco*

No uses un personaje que ya exista. Por ejemplo, si estabas haciendo un cavernícola, no puedes nada más pixelar a Pedro Picapiedra. Tiene que ser tu propia interpretación de un personaje cavernícola.

*(Aunque estén anotados en masculino, los personajes también pueden ser femeninos)

Tamaño de Lienzo: Exactamente 80x80
Colores: Exactamente 16
Sin transparencia
Sin Animación


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