PJ Review 2017


Another year has passed, so let's have a look at what happened in 2017! We'll start with:

The monthly #1 pixel art from January to December

Sorry for the awful formatting, Pyrometal is on holidays

Thank you to the artists who made the pieces above, and to all of you for submitting your beautiful work. The gallery remains the most important part of PJ, and in 2017, about 5200 new pieces were uploaded to it! That's around 100 a week!

A lot happened at PJ - for example, we've brought on three new moderators; Pyrometal, Jerrypie, and myself, Hapiel! Did you know that you can always find an up to date list of your moderators on the About page?

News about PJv4 was finally posted in November by Sedgemonkey (the creator and administrator of PJ). Progress is still slow, but our plans and dreams are big. The whole site has to be rewritten, as the technology it relies on is old and weary. A big change to look forward to is better integration of the forums with the main site, something we've received complaints about ever since the forum started breaking down. Also, we're looking for ways to make sure we can build and expand PixelJoint collaboratively and with more ease for the future!
Speaking of those expansions, we're still discussing the survey held about what PJv4 should be like (with commentary from 133 of you!).

We've held new activities this year, such as the Pirates of the ISObbean collaboration (which is approaching it's end date after starting back in March), and the current News Icon Competition. However, both of these pale in comparison to the monumental 51 weekly challenges we've consistently held over the year!

These challenges were, in previous years, ran by Skamocore (who Mandrill has taken over for this year). I want to use this opportunity to say a BIG THANK YOU to Skamo for all of the challenges you've done - they were amazing!

Of the challenges, the three largest were the Greenery challenge (30 entries), Mushroom challenge (31 entries), and the absolutely gargantuan Mega Man 2 Boss (a staggering 60 entries!).

For all the good news, there is also some sad; PJ moderator extraordinare Jalonso has disappeared from the site without a trace. He posted a message last in November 2016, after some months of reduced activity. Cure, myself, and some others have tried to track him down, but we haven't been able to find any information about his wellbeing. Thankfully, we haven't seen any obituary notices either.
Thank you Jal for all you've done for this site, I hope you're out there somewhere, and perhaps we'll meet some time again!

Pixels were a hot topic in 2017 when r/place took, well, place. A Reddit event (held on April 1st) wherein tens of thousands of people collaborated to create a large image, at the rate of one pixel per 5 minutes each. You can view the full image here. Remarkable, isn't it?

But what was your favorite pixel art event or piece of 2017? Let us know below! 

Happy 2018!

Posted by Hapiel @ 1/2/2018 14:14  |    9


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P0int (Level 2 Kukyu) @ 3/15/2018 17:47

I am so glad this community is here. I haven't been active for a while but have been lurking for inspiration on the regular. Thank you, friends. 

Theoden (Level 6 SWAT) @ 1/11/2018 13:38

Glad that PJ community is strong as ever.
Looking forward to a new year of awesome pixelling!

JerryPie (Level 11 Godfather) @ 1/4/2018 18:12

Rats...Previous comment lost/disconnected. In short thank you so much for this article Hap. The effort doesn't go unnoticed. I'm glad Jal was mentioned, there's still hope! Cheers to a new year!

ArmyFrog (Level 5 Captain) @ 1/3/2018 16:14

I've been into pixel art for years, but I only heard of/joined this site late October of this year. It's been a short time, but it's been a blast. I've already climbed four ranks! I am quite skilled at the art of pixels, but I have loads of things to learn. I'm looking forward to all the amazing artwork that 2018 has to offer!

wonman321 (Level 5 Detective) @ 1/3/2018 06:19

Thank you guys for your hard work to make a better community site for pixel artists and pixel lovers.


PixelDust (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 1/2/2018 21:19

First of I just want to point out that clicking on the February top pixel art sends you to the January top pixel art

Looking back on things there is not really A "piece or Pixel art event" that I could call my Fav
but the Piece that had the biggest influence on me is something I personally made But don't seem to Have anymore although it was nothing quite special It re-sparked my Love for the Pixels

Although I joined Pixel Joint Back In Aprill 2017 (only have 2 Pieces from back then) I sorta just stopped and when into 3d modeling for a bit
until little more than 3 months ago when a friend asked for some 2d sprite for unity
been doing Pixel art almost on daily bases since then

even though I'm still an infant when it comes to art, Pixel Joint Is my home
it is where I am growing up

while most people Have FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram etc..
I all ways Have Pixel Joint open in the background (Sometimes waking up just to check on what going on)

I just want to Thank the Pixel Joint community For there hospitality And to DexRunner for Officially welcoming me to This site (Although He does not seem to be that Active lately)

skittle (Level 9 Nidan) @ 1/2/2018 20:31

Thanks to all the mods and people keeping the site alive 

Mandrill (Level 8 Partner) @ 1/2/2018 17:24

What a nice read. Thank you for the hard work, hap!

Hapiel (Level 11 Admiral) @ 1/2/2018 15:54

Thank you Knightsunder for rewriting this article in nice English ;)

My favorite pixel moment in 2017 was in February when I hosted Noburo and Damian in Rotterdam, and we were visited by some more foreign pixel artists! (Picture)

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