Pixel Art Challenge: Out in the Cold


Depending on where you live, it's the start of winter this week. So for this challenge you are asked to create an icy or snow-covered scene. You may include characters and/or creatures too if you so wish.

Optional Bonus Challenge: Can you do it without using any white?

Canvas Size - Exactly 160 (width) x 90 (height).
Colours - Max 25.
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 skamocore @ 5/31/2010   |    18


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yrizoud (Level 6 SWAT) @ 6/1/2010 09:41

I'm tempted to try an anti-bonus rule, with an "all-white" image : a landscape smothered in snow where only some (often unconnected) non-white areas help your mind "fill the blanks". It's the kind of technique I've first seen in Calvin&Hobbes comics. The negative version (mostly black) is used throughout Sin City.

Red-Error (Level 1 Intern) @ 6/1/2010 08:06

Totally just for the relative season, it's nearly summer (afther exam's) !


Without any white, it's like radioactive green snow ? Is a very luminous blue  white ? :D


There wil be interresting things !

Setzer (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 6/1/2010 00:16

Oh how I wish it were winter here


The small canvases make it tempting for me to compete, but I dont know if I'll have the time for it anyway. Winter rocks.

Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 5/31/2010 20:32


Manupix (Level 11 Godfather) @ 5/31/2010 09:35

Looks like more Drôme mountains from me. Or else.

True, yet  the same result could be reached by just allowing any canvas.:

Not so true, as many pple esp newbies tend to go for far too large canvasses.


Edit: jal, that's what I mean, more nicely said.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 5/31/2010 09:33

Be careful what you ask for. When not kept small those huge-assed weak cell-shaded entries flood the gallery like a lil'dude plague.

Perkele (Level 4 Murderer) @ 5/31/2010 09:24

Wasn't meant as a complaint, it's just something I noticed the last few weeks ;) And it's a pity, since there used to be some fantastic entries with large canvas,

@ Adarias

"more managable sizes = more participation."

True, yet  the same result could be reached by just allowing any canvas.

Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 5/31/2010 09:18

pixeljoint needs a "like" button!


totally agree @canvas at all challenges...

skamocore (Level 11 CEO) @ 5/31/2010 08:11

@Badassbill: I know you'll probably hate this answer; but, in this context, white means whatever you want it to mean. What I want to do with these "optional bonus challenges" is provide additional prompts for people who might want to take things above and beyond; an extra layer of challenge that works as a subset of the challenge as a whole.

In this case, I could have easily said white = #ffffff. But I don't believe that is necessary, as this is more of an additional creativity prompt and not a strict requirement. Maybe someone might think "Aha! white - #ffffff, alright, I'll use #fefefe instead!"; but perhaps you might think "Hmm, white, what does that mean to me? Anything over 95 LUM...ok that's how I'll approach this".

So, basically: optional bonus challenges - nebulous on purpose. It's just something extra to consider (as long as it fits the restrictions of the main challenge, of course).

@Perkele - I promise that next week's challenge won't have a small canvas size.

Adarias (Level 11 Special Agent) @ 5/31/2010 07:55

my guess, more managable sizes = more participation.  160x90 for a scene though is exceptionally small, you'd need 4 of those to make up a regular handheld screen.

Perkele (Level 4 Murderer) @ 5/31/2010 07:51

What's with all the small canvas lately?

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 5/31/2010 07:40

I think the use of 'white' just means pixel your scene and try not to depend on whites (all of them) too much, ya noes. Like explore blues, lavenders, etc.

rod750 (Level 1 Intern) @ 5/31/2010 07:29

I wish be in the southern hemisphere in this moment, I hate the summer on the other hand I love the winter and the cold places. This time I think I will participate :)

  Yes, define white, If you talk about pure white, I can use #fefefe why this is not exactly white.

Badassbill (Level 11 Psychopath) @ 5/31/2010 07:07

Define white. Are we talking pure 100 LUM or just anything over 95? Elaborate please.

Luisyluis (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 5/31/2010 06:46

2 weeks for summer in my country ( Spain ) Well, in Europe

Gabeh! (Level 1 Seaman) @ 5/31/2010 04:30

Most of the people here would most likely to be living in the northern hemisphere. :c 

jeremy (Level 11 Special Agent) @ 5/31/2010 04:22

 Pffft. Get a decent hemisphere ;)

I also didn't read the "optional" part of "optional bonus challenge"

Manjaman (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 5/31/2010 03:45

hello it's nearly summer time in Europe ! The "depending where you live" should be in bold capitals

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