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    Posted: 10 January 2011 at 12:15am

CHALLENGE: Unportraitable

Once again, you have a randomly generated palette. Use at least 4 of the colours shown below to create a portrait.

Optional Bonus Challenge: Use all the colours!

Canvas Size - Exactly 137 x 114. Either horizontal or vertical.
Colours - Min 4; Max 9. Use only colours from this palette:



Transparency - No.
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.

CHALLENGE JUDGING

  • 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.

CHALLENGE PRIZES/GOODIES

  • Top three finishers will receive an award displayed in your PJ gallery profile for all to see and envy.
  • 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 Unportraitable 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 Justincrdibl Replybullet Posted: 10 January 2011 at 2:29am
Hmm interesting colors...
Here's what all the 1:1 mixes look like in case anyone is wondering

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Quote Kiwi Replybullet Posted: 10 January 2011 at 10:28am
It must be a human portrait or can I do a imaginary character? And it must be in a style close to reality or also more toony-stylized?
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Quote Mis-BUG Replybullet Posted: 10 January 2011 at 11:36am
I don't know if I'm going to submit this, but I always wanted to make a E.A. Poe portrait with fancy colours... :P


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Quote ellie-is Replybullet Posted: 10 January 2011 at 11:45am
Man, post that, it looks great.

I'll probably join this one. Seems interesting enough. =]
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Quote fawful Replybullet Posted: 10 January 2011 at 12:01pm
Yes it does.mad skills
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 10 January 2011 at 12:39pm
@kiwi, In general art terms a 'portrait' is generally a chest and up (roughly) picture. With an emphasis on the face.

In pixelart the term 'portrait' is commonly a game development term to show a sprite's appearance in more detail for the player's mind to 'add details' to a game.
PORTRAIT   of the SPRITE

I did not have anything to do with this challenge but I think some variations of the portrait idea is cool provided that it remains a face/expression kind of thing.

imo,
not a portrait
portraits
my fave gallery portrait

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Quote fawful Replybullet Posted: 10 January 2011 at 1:27pm


TURBANTURBANTURBAN
TURBANTURBANTURBAN
TURBANTURBANTURBAN
TURBANTURBANTURBAN
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Quote cure Replybullet Posted: 10 January 2011 at 2:02pm
@fawful: take a look at human skulls and note the protrusion of the maxilla. also, your eye sockets seem to flare upwards at the ends.

@mis-BUG: submit! looks great.
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Quote fawful Replybullet Posted: 10 January 2011 at 4:08pm
I see
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Quote Paulo Peres Replybullet Posted: 10 January 2011 at 5:54pm
WIP!
 


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Quote FelipeFS Replybullet Posted: 11 January 2011 at 4:26am
My entry is done! I'm thing about make another.
Took all day to be done (including the idea and the process).

Transcedence

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Quote fawful Replybullet Posted: 11 January 2011 at 12:13pm
skull has been modified a bit


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Quote Hiuru Replybullet Posted: 11 January 2011 at 3:26pm
Originally posted by FelipeFS


My entry is done! I'm thing about make another.
Took all day to be done (including the idea and the process).




WOW. I love this so so so so much!

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Quote cure Replybullet Posted: 11 January 2011 at 10:06pm
Originally posted by fawful





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feel your cheekbones. they probably poke out most below your eye sockets and slightly towards the sides. remember that the eye sockets flow into the cheekbones, they're very interrelated. nose was a bit thin, and the separation between the ball of the nose and the nostril seemed extreme. ear looked a little long and low to me. there's a somewhat significant indention (in most folks) above the top of the nose, between the tops of the eye sockets. the chin protruded quite drastically so i moved it in some. he lacked lips. due to the prominent chin, as well as the placement of the indention in the upper lip, the maxilla still seemed recessed. trapezius muscles were underdeveloped and the shoulders seemed to slope off too suddenly.

Turning out nice though, you're making good use of the palette



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Quote FelipeFS Replybullet Posted: 12 January 2011 at 2:47am
Thank you, Hiuru.
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Quote orenshtiv Replybullet Posted: 12 January 2011 at 6:38am
Thought to give it a try ..
but my computer is stupid so it was really hard to make
I miss paint ;__;
http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixelart/58816.htm
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Quote fawful Replybullet Posted: 12 January 2011 at 9:46am
I've had a look at what you've done and it's really helped a lot.I couldn't see the problems until you pointed them out.



there's bound to be somethings still wrong but it's a noticeable improvement
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Quote Kiwi Replybullet Posted: 12 January 2011 at 10:46am
@Jalonso: Thank you so much! I didn't expect such a big and complete reply :D, thank you.
Anyway my doubts are gone, and here is my WIP:

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Quote Manupix Replybullet Posted: 12 January 2011 at 12:09pm
Someone needs inspiration?
Bernard Pras (slow loading, click Galerie then 1999-2000 for the most iconic pieces)
Victor Molev

@ Kiwi: looks interesting, but you have a bad workflow!
Block out basic shapes > color and shade according to light source > detail and refine (includes textures, dithering, AA).
The shape and shading of the face are still very off, so your effort on the beard and hair might be wasted if you have to redo them.
Also take care of dithering, with this incredibly contrasted palette it will be searing. See how Mis-Bug didn't dither the face at all.

Did the Masked Cucumber grow a beard? sorry XD



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Quote Mochimandias Replybullet Posted: 12 January 2011 at 12:28pm
This is my submission for the challenge
What do you think? it´s my first portrait too ^ ^
I need more practice, but I enjoyed a lot doing this!

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Quote cure Replybullet Posted: 12 January 2011 at 1:36pm
looks good, has some strong banding though (especially along the top)
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Quote Kiwi Replybullet Posted: 12 January 2011 at 2:04pm
@Manupix: About the searing dithering, I wanted it, I wanted to make a piece pretty hard to look at XD
I also like the shape of the nose, but I have to change something inside. I also have to change the lips, because now I see they're so verily off XD
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Quote Mochimandias Replybullet Posted: 12 January 2011 at 2:08pm
Thanks! you´re right... have to fix that and the preview... 
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Quote Adcrusher Replybullet Posted: 12 January 2011 at 3:47pm


Romana from Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. Still a WIP
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Quote RedSnake Replybullet Posted: 12 January 2011 at 4:08pm


Here's my WIP! I call him the Flamboyant Lord :D
I don't know if I should add dithering to the skin.. And disregard the hat, I just filled it with random colors!


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Quote Manupix Replybullet Posted: 12 January 2011 at 5:30pm
I'll take the opportunity to practice portrait from life > autoportrait.
Step 1: sketches.

<1     <2

1: today's; to compare with 2 = last years for the Fibonacci Faces challenge. None of these look like me, but surprisingly mixing the three does! 0.0

  < mix

I might pixel from that, but I'll sketch more anyway. Practicepracticepractice!

Adcrusher: looks good, something looks a bit off with the eyes position, the nose shape too, and shading on the left side cheek / cheekbones. I can't point what precisely.

Redsnake: no dithering, this palette can't stand it! But you need to give volume to that face with shading: it's all flat now. Use references, yourself in the mirror, have someone pose, anything.
No prob with the hat colors I think.
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Quote Paulo Peres Replybullet Posted: 12 January 2011 at 6:01pm
Good portrait studies, Manupix.
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Quote almostpeaceful74 Replybullet Posted: 12 January 2011 at 7:45pm
Love the challenge! Anyway I thought I'd take the chance to pay tribute to one of the best (and most underaprreciated) cartoons ever.
here's my WIP

I'm a bit suspicious that I've gone dithering-crazy, but it seems alright...
Let me know if i'm wrong lol


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Quote Adcrusher Replybullet Posted: 12 January 2011 at 8:01pm
I'm not quit sure what's going on. Either that's his back and he's spinning his head around or a really weird chest. Both ways it looks kind of funky, do you have a reference? And I think you did go overboard with the dithering. Personally, I think you should only dither at the very end when you have done all you can with the colors you have. So fix the body and it will look a lot better.
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Quote eliotfellow Replybullet Posted: 12 January 2011 at 10:29pm
Lot of cool stuff going on!! This is an exciting challenge. Here's what I've got so far but I need a little advice to finish it up, I don't know what it needs but I know it needs something! Advice/crit?



It's a self-portrait, here's my reference.
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Quote Manupix Replybullet Posted: 13 January 2011 at 10:42am
eliotfellow: looks good, but I think you made a common mistake in your choice of a ref with very diffuse light. It makes it very hard to draw a good shading and volume when the ref doesn't have them.

Anyway, I don't recognize the contour of your face, and you should show some forehead betwenn those hair strands.
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Quote fawful Replybullet Posted: 13 January 2011 at 12:22pm

finished?
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Quote alcheim Replybullet Posted: 13 January 2011 at 5:20pm
Just finished my entry for this. However my entry isn't showing up in the weekly challenge gallery. Is there something wrong with it?



http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixelart/58841.htm




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Quote Manupix Replybullet Posted: 13 January 2011 at 8:58pm
step 2: more sketches, different angle (not easy to make self-portraits other than facing!). Again, 2 tries that don't look like me, and a mix that does a little more. Uncanny!




step 3: start pixelling, blocking out shapes and basic shading.



Proportions are a bit off; I can't say I like the color use but I don't think I can do better.


Fawful: the shading doesn't really look like the actual effect of a light-source on an actual volume. With light coming from above as dark eye sockets indicate, there wouldn't be that highlight on the chin, the chin and jaw underside (= lower half) would be dark, the lower lip would cast a shadow on the chin (it always does), the forehead would cast a shadow on the nose bridge, etc. Use refs!

alcheim: the dithering in the mouth makes it undecided: lip or tongue? The chin is very pointy, and the right side (ours) cheek / cheekbone line looks a bit off, by a very few pixels probably. The hair would cast more shadow on the forehead.


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Quote alcheim Replybullet Posted: 13 January 2011 at 9:50pm
thanks for the tips. i'll fix them up shortly.
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Quote jeremy Replybullet Posted: 13 January 2011 at 10:31pm
@fawful:


@eliotfellow: Your piece looks wayyy more androgynous than the ref. some tonal change using perhaps the light green might help.

@Manu (and generally): The peachy colour really is the perfect intermediate. the pale green + light purple are fairly similar value wise so they mix quite well, even using dither. I edited yours too, lightened it a bit. The cyan does seem the most unpaletteable x_x


I had a little go at it earlier, dimensions are different and the colours may be different slightly:



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Quote ellie-is Replybullet Posted: 13 January 2011 at 10:50pm
Damn, Manu, you're old.

And also amazing at pencil drawing. I found this one to be simply awesome. Great work there man.
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Quote Manupix Replybullet Posted: 14 January 2011 at 5:41am
Jeremy: thanks! I really want to avoid using the light brown as main skin color, it's off by just the wrong dose (too much to be natural, not enough to be deliberate crazy). And I found the perfect excuse to be green! ;)

Lucas: stfu. And thanks! XD
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Quote Cilein Replybullet Posted: 14 January 2011 at 10:48am
@Manupix
I like the abstract coloring better too, great sketches there too! A self portrait never even crossed my mind when thinking about this one, I tried some sketches earlier - it's a brilliant way to practice drawing, you know where you're going wrong way more acutely.

@Fawful
The headdress is fantastic, but the face is still letting it down, the chin looks like its dislocated off to the left, flattening the piece (the cheek and chin lighting might need touched to help with this too, I don't think you need more than one highlighting color really here). That and the eyes sockets, even if there are to be no eyes in them they look unfinished being just a solid band of black, check Cure's great edit again for ideas. The headdress and color usage is lovely, go the extra bit now and do yourself justice!


Edited by Cilein - 14 January 2011 at 10:55am
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Quote Photocopier Replybullet Posted: 14 January 2011 at 3:06pm

C+C guys? I'm not really sure what I want to do for the background yet either...
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Quote fawful Replybullet Posted: 14 January 2011 at 6:21pm


changed some stuff.The eyes still need revisiting
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Quote ellie-is Replybullet Posted: 14 January 2011 at 9:18pm
Originally posted by Guest666

My WIP of Hunter Van Pelt ref http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs43/f/2009/095/a/d/Jumanji_Van_Pelt_by_Garvals.jpg

That looks awesome. Please finish it. :P
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Quote Manupix Replybullet Posted: 14 January 2011 at 9:31pm


That's it for tonight (step 4). That's pretty difficult for me. I see many things are off but I can't tell how. And I look like a madman!
Pixelled a bg to take a rest from the stressful stuff. ;)


Photocopier: awesome cloth, the face looks flat by comparison, as if they didn't share the same light source. Also why does the eye patch string cross his face?

Guest666: great!


Update:





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Quote IEvangeline Replybullet Posted: 15 January 2011 at 7:46am
*kicks at the ground shyly* Hiya, this is my first post to PJ and my first submission. :3 I hope it looks alright, I don't handle criticism well but I'll try. :3

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Quote Manupix Replybullet Posted: 15 January 2011 at 10:08am


Fixin' stuff.


IEvangeline: welcome! =)
Looks good, did you use a reference?
The hair could use more shading / highlights, it's hard to feel its volume. Are the green patches supposed to be waves?

You'll find C&C is the driving force of PJ, it's a wonderful motivation and progress tool that benefits all. You're expected to give it too! Beware, it's addictive ;)
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Quote Kiwi Replybullet Posted: 15 January 2011 at 11:59am
@Manupix: The only small problem I see is that you look sad XD, try not to stress too much the small shadow near to the upper lip(I'm not sure the focus of the problem is there, but that's what I would do)
@Guest666:AWESOME I LOVE IT :D

anyway, I've re-done my work.

Better? I think so, but the light blue part needs revision.

Edit: Version 2


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Quote eliotfellow Replybullet Posted: 15 January 2011 at 12:23pm
@Manu, coming along nicely, and thanks for your critique (again!). I definitely like the red background better because it has a cool effect with the green, the push-and-pull thing. But I'm not sure I like the cyan clouds. . . they feel a little jarring and distracting to me. Everything else comes together nicely except that, I think.

You were definitely right about picking a poor reference pic, but it's too late now. I guess I picked it because I know my hair won't look that good again for quite some time, ha ha.

@IEvangeline: Get used to crit, honey! That's what it's all about! I like the face, but I would suggest adding some texture to the hair. It's kind of uncertain right now. And welcome to PJ!

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