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    Posted: 07 June 2010 at 12:00am

CHALLENGE: Creature Comforts

Challenge winner The Monongahela Monster wants you to show us a real or imaginary (non-human) creature doing whatever it does to relax or get comfortable. So for example, Godzilla putting his feet up on a smashed skyscraper.

Canvas Size - Unrestricted.
Colors - Max 32.
Transparency - Optional.
Animation - Optional.


CHALLENGE RULES

  • Participants have until this upcoming Sunday at midnight (12AM Pacific) to submit their entry (strict). Don't forget to check the 'Submit to weekly challenge' checkbox.
  • Only new pixels allowed.
  • Open to all members.
  • Posting WIPs in this thread or in new threads in the WIP section is highly encouraged, but ONLY SUBMIT YOUR FINAL ART.

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  • Every Sunday at midnight (12AM Pacific) the previous week's entries are judged.
  • Every week a new voting poll will be posted for previous week's entries.
  • Winner announced the following week.

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  • Top finisher gets to call the following week's challenge...sweet.
  • 'Participation' ribbons will be given for all who enter.
  • No matter what happens you get challenged :)

CHALLENGE VOTING

Vote now for your favorite pixelart in this week's challenge!

CHALLENGE AWARDS

The Creature Comforts 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!

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Quote StepDragon Replybullet Posted: 07 June 2010 at 3:02am
"real or imaginary (non-human) creature"

Do vampires / zombies / other human-oid creatures count?
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Quote Manupix Replybullet Posted: 07 June 2010 at 1:46pm

An electrocuted mouse in a fire alarm case where it was planning to rest and get comfy. From life (way of speaking). Scary.



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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 08 June 2010 at 12:58am
Originally posted by StepDragon

"real or imaginary (non-human) creature"

Do vampires / zombies / other human-oid creatures count?


If you're feeling relatively uncreative and wanting to see how far you can stretch the rules without exploring other available (probably more interesting) options in order to achieve a sense of loophole-finding rebellion, then...um...maybe.

The reason for non-humans is to encourage a more interesting perspective on getting comfortable/relaxing. Think about the given example of Godzilla flippantly resting his feet on a nearby skyscraper, unwittingly causing massive amounts of damage...


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Quote Ailaik Replybullet Posted: 08 June 2010 at 6:49am
I'm still pretty new at this, and I was wondering if anyone's got some advice for me, about dithering...
Since it's for the weekly challenge I'm asking it here, I hope that's alright.
Anyway, I'm working on this one:

And I was wondering how you can shade/dither something to make it shinier/slimier...
Many thanks in advance.

PS, the lightsource will be a setting sun, in the middle of the background

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Quote StepDragon Replybullet Posted: 08 June 2010 at 8:00am
Originally posted by skamocore

If you're feeling relatively uncreative and wanting to see how far you can stretch the rules without exploring other available (probably more interesting) options in order to achieve a sense of loophole-finding rebellion, then...um...maybe.


Nothing personal, It was just the first thing that popped in my head. Before I start thinking about the challenge I like to fully comprehend the rules. There's no shame in asking!
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Quote Quake Replybullet Posted: 08 June 2010 at 10:02am
Originally posted by Ailaik

I'm still pretty new at this, and I was wondering if anyone's got some advice for me, about dithering...
Since it's for the weekly challenge I'm asking it here, I hope that's alright.
Anyway, I'm working on this one:
 
And I was wondering how you can shade/dither something to make it shinier/slimier...


I think it'd be better if you didn't dither, because by dithering the texture made is normally (including yours) more of a gritty, bumpy texture.

To answer the second question, look at some references such as:
http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixelart/15080.htm
http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixelart/18967.htm
http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixelart/15867.htm

They all share similar textures, with high contrast (First two have the lighest colour favouring a whiter appearence, resulting in a shinier more watery-like appearence.

Hope i helped :)
Good luck... I may participate, thinking of doing a tortoise on his shell whitewater rafting.

We shall see :P
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Quote Ailaik Replybullet Posted: 08 June 2010 at 11:35am
thanks Quake, that makes a lot of sense :D
I'm off to try it out now!
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Quote Red-Error Replybullet Posted: 08 June 2010 at 3:19pm
A bat demon resting home.


I have problems of readability, with de double-hands, the cup of tea and the claws... And for many other things. ^^

(Want some advice, of course.)
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Quote Quake Replybullet Posted: 08 June 2010 at 3:48pm
Well, the contrast is a bit low, so nothing really stands out so it all becomes a "blob of colours"...
So, increase the contrast, simplify the forms of the cup, and with the double hands maybe make the hand not holding the cup darker, and the one that is holding the cup lighter so that the eye is drawn to that hand resulting in the improvement of readability.

I'd also try and not fit as much detail in as you have (especially around the neck area, use "blocks" of colour instead of lines)

If you don't get what i mean, i'll do a edit tomorrow for you :)
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Quote orenshtiv Replybullet Posted: 09 June 2010 at 1:00pm
It've been a long time sence I made pixels .. but now I'm back to buisness and I'm going to start with this challenge >> so I thought about a cerberus ( 3 headed dog ) lying alongside with his bowl .. that would be a cute idea XD
here's a really fast sketch :

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Quote Sasuke-ish Replybullet Posted: 10 June 2010 at 12:07am
Think I might do this one I got a funny Idea.
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Quote Ailaik Replybullet Posted: 10 June 2010 at 2:20am
orenshtiv:
how about Cerberus chilling while sailing down the Styx himself?
Free of charge :P
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Quote orenshtiv Replybullet Posted: 10 June 2010 at 5:15am
Ailaik : Nice idea :P  , but nah I think I'll stick to the original idea P:  thx anyways ~
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Quote Setzer Replybullet Posted: 11 June 2010 at 3:41am


I always got Aquamentus and Aqualung mixed up.

Not sure if I'll get around to finishing this one. Its raelly awful right now and I'm having trouble even looking at it.


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Quote IQbrew Replybullet Posted: 11 June 2010 at 5:22am
A dragon playing pacman? Nah, too obvious...
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Quote PanicBomber Replybullet Posted: 12 June 2010 at 8:39am
Here is what ive been planning :D.

Jason is not a human, hes an undead creature.


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Quote Red-Error Replybullet Posted: 12 June 2010 at 2:35pm
I've seen the final version, quite impressive, good job.
Some corpses are strangely lying, but the scenen is strange so...



Thanks Quake for the tips, I finally decided to add outlines.
So the new version :
(15 col)

He looks younger and it isn't more a bat.
I think it's more readable than earlier... (But there are always problems.)



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