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    Posted: 25 July 2011 at 12:01am

CHALLENGE: Ye Olde Space Exploration

To commemorate the conclusion of NASA's Space Shuttle Program, we bring you this challenge:

Depict space exploration occurring much earlier than it actually did. This could be anything from millions of years ago, right up until the 1900s. So, for example; ancient Egyptian astronauts or neanderthals visiting the moon.

Canvas Size - Max 200 x 200.
Colours - 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.

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 Ye Olde Space Exploration 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 Mrmo Tarius Replybullet Posted: 25 July 2011 at 5:00am
I has WIP, in middle-to-late stages of completion :)



Had a lot of fun making this one.
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Quote Miumau0 Replybullet Posted: 25 July 2011 at 5:21am
Haha, nice job Tarius :) I like your color choices again :) Why not adding some planets to the BG? 
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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 25 July 2011 at 5:23am
Is the ship casting a shadow...um...on space?

Erm, anyway, I would make the background a lot darker and cluster the stars a bit more.
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Quote Mrmo Tarius Replybullet Posted: 25 July 2011 at 5:55am
Originally posted by skamocore

Is the ship casting a shadow...um...on space?

YES! :)
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Quote TrojanMonkey Replybullet Posted: 25 July 2011 at 6:34am
32 colors? This will produce much interesting pieces.
I actually had a reference for this one, but Tarius pretty much used it.
Poke an interest? The Lost Vikings.

Not too bad, there may be too much references for space travel and vidjeo games.



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Quote Mrmo Tarius Replybullet Posted: 25 July 2011 at 6:35am
I've actually been playing the Lost Vikings a few days ago :)
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Quote TrojanMonkey Replybullet Posted: 25 July 2011 at 6:53am
Originally posted by Mrmo Tarius

I've actually been playing the Lost Vikings a few days ago :)


I tried that a few years ago, I couldn't bear it. Alot like many nostalgia vidjeo-games, the experience is just not the same, also for some reason it lagged like hell.

P.S: I'd say you need a thruster in your piece, Tarius, even though it's a WIP it sure will explain that logic defying blue glow.


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Quote snowk Replybullet Posted: 25 July 2011 at 7:35am
MAN! You are getting GOOD! Every one of your works is well thought out and your colors are amazing. I think you may be on your way to getting featured......maybe....i hope so.
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Quote jeremy Replybullet Posted: 25 July 2011 at 7:56am
Gonna maybe try for some ~13th century Inquisitiony stuff. Is something like an actual moon landing allowed?
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Quote TrojanMonkey Replybullet Posted: 25 July 2011 at 12:02pm
Originally posted by Jeremy

Gonna maybe try for some ~13th century Inquisitiony stuff. Is something like an actual moon landing allowed?


By the wiki definition of "Space Exploration": yes.
Although our host can be more specific.

P.S: Can our output wield multiple panels? Like a comics, or a time-line?


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Quote midivilplanet Replybullet Posted: 25 July 2011 at 8:43pm
Im planning on posting my second pixel art project here! can someone show me a way to make planets? I have 195 colors already!
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Quote Chibiwing Replybullet Posted: 25 July 2011 at 9:33pm
My super rough wip for Egyptian space exploration:
  
 Still toying with ideas.


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Quote TrojanMonkey Replybullet Posted: 26 July 2011 at 1:15am
Originally posted by Chibiwing

My super rough wip for Egyptian space exploration:
I'm making use of the palette from that weekly challenge with the lava level for most of the sun.


It looks a tad like the big-bang tower.

*Big ben, Goddamnit. I knew it was wrong alas google didn't correct me.
I need to refresh my knowladge of historical structures..


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Quote Lynxiie Replybullet Posted: 26 July 2011 at 2:43pm
Originally posted by TrojanMonkey


Originally posted by Chibiwing

My super rough wip for Egyptian space exploration:


I'm making use of the palette from that weekly challenge with the lava level for most of the sun.
It looks a tad like the big-bang tower.


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Quote Chibiwing Replybullet Posted: 26 July 2011 at 7:31pm
I was wondering. XD
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Quote wuhu Replybullet Posted: 26 July 2011 at 8:02pm
I too was wondering for a while what a big bang tower was 
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Quote SumYungGai Replybullet Posted: 26 July 2011 at 9:21pm
I think it looks more like the Washington Monument, but eh.

... here's mine so far. I need to finish a few things... I want another guy working on the ship, and then some animation for it also...



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Quote TrojanMonkey Replybullet Posted: 26 July 2011 at 10:06pm


Please people, you'll make me blush.



Originally posted by SumYungGai

I think it looks more like the Washington Monument, but eh.

... here's mine so far. I need to finish a few things... I want another guy working on the ship, and then some animation for it also...





I could beraly see the rocketship and could not understand how is this space-related, perhaps his on a green planet alas the moon is in the horizon. Then it hit me, that the hut waaaaay behind is the source of attention; Only it was hard to give it any waaay back there.

I can hardly see you getting votes when the main concept of the challange being in the background, unless you're willing to animate it.


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Quote SumYungGai Replybullet Posted: 26 July 2011 at 10:55pm
Then perhaps I need to make it look more like a rocket ship To draw attention to it. Or bring it into the foreground a bit more.

And yes I am willing to animate it ("some animation for it also").
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Quote jeremy Replybullet Posted: 26 July 2011 at 11:59pm
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Quote TrojanMonkey Replybullet Posted: 27 July 2011 at 12:33am
Originally posted by Jeremy

wip




I was thinking of a simillar idea, only mine is a crusader launching himself from a catapault to a neighbor planet saying "For JESUS" or some other religious crap.
I think you should've illustrated your missionary with his cross-pole struck in the earth, forming cracks around it. To symbolize their unruly affinity towards senseless emperialsm via convertion crusades.

Btw, how did he get there? with the power of faith?
That would be rather amusing to visualize.

P.S: I adore your cloth shading, good work.

Edit :

I was going here for a planet, and got caught with highlightning it's inner-rings too much and ended up with a snail's shell; later on just went with it.
And I think I overdid the highlight dithering.

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Quote TrojanMonkey Replybullet Posted: 27 July 2011 at 3:05am
Edit: Beh, didn't notice it was my post above. I'll just edit it.




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Quote Chibiwing Replybullet Posted: 27 July 2011 at 9:41am
Well, if I remember right, the Washington Monument is a copy of an egyptian obelisk.  Besides, I'll be adding other things and changing stuff around before I start working on the rest of the picture.
 
Sumyung- really noisy, and I agree with previous comments.  Also, the man appears to be working by the light of the moon; where's his shadow?
 
Jeremy- I don't like the clouds on the earth.  I agree with Trojan's comments.
 
Trojan- It's really pretty, but I'm not sure what it is.  What culture were you doing again?
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Quote TrojanMonkey Replybullet Posted: 27 July 2011 at 3:00pm
I decided I will going for the crusaders, like Jeremy (semi-important note: I ripped the idea of my VoIP chumps).

While doodling, I thought to myself: "Hey, if I'm going to  illustrate the crusader's hypothetical influence over the galaxy, I should do it with their intake of reality and the world" :



~WIP (Having some issue with the water transition, probably will alter the pallete)

A flat planet. Addin' some humor.
I'm not sure if they really believed, or even had any intake on the world's shape at all at the time,  that the world has an "end", usually is illustrated as an endless waterfall; although I am quite positive I am getting mixed up with the Viking culture.

The idea in this image is to draw chibi characters of each planet:
one crusader launched from a catapault,
and one jello-like alien. (I'm sure this sort of form has a name, anyone?)

P.S: Yes, that pallete is completly random and probably ineffecient. Tried to make a dynamic-pallete with multiple colors.

@Chibiwing
That thing was supposed to be a planet and a practice for dithering.
as I said I got carried away with the shading. It started to look like a 'Snail's Shell' so I just went with it and shared it.



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Quote rafal345 Replybullet Posted: 28 July 2011 at 7:14am
Can it be "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away"?
I mean Star Wars

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Quote PainForge Replybullet Posted: 28 July 2011 at 4:00pm
i was thinking of doing a moon boot footstep like this http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/IMAGES/LARGE/GPN-2001-000014.jpg

only instead of a boot i would do a neanderthal/monkey footstep
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Quote Cilein Replybullet Posted: 28 July 2011 at 5:37pm
Reiterating TrojanMonkeys comment that got no reply cos I've been wondering too, can we use multiple panels (separated by transparency or black) to lay it out as a comic sequence? So each individual panel is within the 200 by 200px limit but the piece overall is larger? If not it can be animated to transition between panels..
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Quote jeremy Replybullet Posted: 28 July 2011 at 7:21pm
The size limit is the size limit. I don't see why you couldn't animate between images though.
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Quote tanuki Replybullet Posted: 28 July 2011 at 8:47pm


Marco Polo goes from china to the moon. I know how didn't sail to China and so there wouldn't have been a european ship there for him to take skyward, but that's just one of many details I'm thinking about how to handle right now.



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Quote ripatti Replybullet Posted: 29 July 2011 at 3:19am

Romans on the Mars, wip.
reference: http://www.abigailryder.com/buml0r/Settlers/Settlers2-Box.jpg
Is idea of the picture OK?
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Quote SumYungGai Replybullet Posted: 29 July 2011 at 4:43am
  

Some things I fixed (hopefully) :
  • The spaceship grabs more attention and looks like a spaceship.
  • Some shadows have been... randomly patched together.
  • Some noise creating objects have been taken out.
  • Look! A random red star! And the guy has legs
Some things that still need done:
  • Animation: I want the guy to draw some "equations" on the "chalkboard"
  • Grass or w/e... and lots of it. Something needs to add detail to the ground -.-
So... ya took me 3 days to do that. 2.9 of them spent creating the glass hole on the spaceship.
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EDIT:
  <---- I really like the shading on those rocks


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Quote ripatti Replybullet Posted: 29 July 2011 at 7:47am
> I really like the shading on those rocks
thanks)


Romans on the Mars, wip, iteration 2...
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Quote maganegorap Replybullet Posted: 29 July 2011 at 1:14pm
A U.S. soldier of World War II holding a bomb.



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Quote cure Replybullet Posted: 29 July 2011 at 2:27pm
looks like a deep sea diver to me.

also why does he have a bomb?


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Quote maganegorap Replybullet Posted: 29 July 2011 at 2:58pm
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looks like a deep sea diver to me.also why does he have a bomb?


In the year 1945 (World War 2) there was no costume for space exploration. As the diving suit that is portrayed isolates the pressure in the vacuum of space, it is adequate enough to walk on the moon He is handling the pump because I want to portray American soldiers by bombing Japan with atomic bombs.
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Quote TrojanMonkey Replybullet Posted: 30 July 2011 at 6:12am
Still haven't finished mine, specially because Ms-paint is going berskerk on me. I think I'll just retreat to Photoshop. Huh, never thought I'd say that.



This is hardly what I sought for. It looks so empty, and my pallet is crap.
I guess I should've done something simple like a single object, as; a ship.

*Sigh*, still needs to add stars, light source (sun), etc.
Anyone perhaps has any brilliant ideas for this lost cause?



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Quote cure Replybullet Posted: 30 July 2011 at 8:28pm
using mspaint is fine if you like willingly sacrficing large amounts of your time due to its lack of shortcuts and proper palette management.

do yourself a favor and switch to grafx2. it's free and much more user-friendly than ms paint.

would crit the piece but I can't tell what's going on. is this a cohesive image or just random objects to be used in a later image? I see a flat earth, mars, and some random templar gear that exist on the same canvas but don't seems to exist in a particular place.
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Quote TrojanMonkey Replybullet Posted: 31 July 2011 at 12:03am
Well I guess I am done, still got 24 hours to give it a last go before it's called complete.
This is definetly not going to win me anything, at least I gave it a go. I suck hard at planning these things.



Any tips / C&C would be helpful.


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Quote snowk Replybullet Posted: 31 July 2011 at 8:50pm
@cure i was not aware that ms paint was such a waste of time! i downloaded garfx2 and was messing around in it to try and learn it and it is a bit hard to learn. I looked for a tutorial and couldn't find one. could you recommended one (or make one) that we all could watch or read?
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