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Quote administrator Replybullet Topic: CHALLENGE 7/16/2012: Pixel Joint Magazine
    Posted: 16 July 2012 at 12:01am

CHALLENGE: Pixel Joint Magazine

TheoVision wants you to create the cover of a brand new issue of Pixel Joint Magazine.

Optional Bonus Challenge - create a 'special edition' cover, like a PJ Swimsuit issue, an Anniversary edition or a Christmas special.

Canvas size - use this template:



Feel free to change the template colours in any way you like, but don't change the lay-out/design of the cover.
Colours - Max 32.
Transparency - No.
Animation - No.

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 Pixel Joint Magazine 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 Ashkin Replybullet Posted: 16 July 2012 at 12:35am
Agh, that 'X' is killing me *twitch*

Not sure how to go about this one. I mean, reasonably it would be a couple of pixel art pieces peeking into what's going to be in the magazine, but a pixeljoint magazine would entail looking at the pixel art of other people, and I can't steal other people's work...
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Quote ShdwFrg Replybullet Posted: 16 July 2012 at 1:24am
You could make it about the "up and coming pixel art genius Ashkin"!
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Quote Ashkin Replybullet Posted: 16 July 2012 at 1:40am
Har. Would be a good idea to advertise an interview with a more skilled pixel artist on the front, though- maybe steal a quote from one of the features you can find in the gallery.

Are we allowed to tweak the lettering at all? Please?
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Quote MatWarner Replybullet Posted: 16 July 2012 at 2:03am
Can i post this here?
or does it have to go in to the WIP?


Heres what ive done so far and i dont even think i can use the head...
Only reason why i used it was because when i think of Pixel Joint thats first thing that pops up in my head.

W.I.P

(Yes i know that we cant have transparency its just until i make a background)

Edit: Gave Pixel Boy Girlfriend/Friend :)
Edit 2:

Edit 3:

Edit 4:Finished

What do you all think so far?

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Quote TheoVision Replybullet Posted: 16 July 2012 at 11:01am
There are always creative ways to celebrate other artists works without copying their original work.

One example: check out the Weekly Challenge "Mimic Me": http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/challenge_item.asp?id=1280

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Quote TheoVision Replybullet Posted: 16 July 2012 at 11:05am
Depends what you mean with "tweaking the lettering". Certain restrictions is what's making the Weekly challenges fun and ... well ... challenging.

You can always show your WIP here on the forum! 
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Quote maganegorap Replybullet Posted: 16 July 2012 at 4:01pm


i need help in the mouth.
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Quote Stronghold257 Replybullet Posted: 16 July 2012 at 4:25pm
Originally posted by maganegorap



i need help in the mouth.

That's a lot of dithering...
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Quote maganegorap Replybullet Posted: 16 July 2012 at 4:30pm
Sorry, im trying to make the correct texture.
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Quote MatWarner Replybullet Posted: 16 July 2012 at 4:56pm
New Update:
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Quote jeremy Replybullet Posted: 16 July 2012 at 6:01pm
You can't use iSTVAN's nerd head in your work.
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Quote Friend Replybullet Posted: 16 July 2012 at 6:10pm
Originally posted by maganegorap

Sorry, im trying to make the correct texture.


sandpaperfaceman?  But seriously, dithering can be a way to achieve certain textures if done skillfully with the right colors and style, but for skin, a smooth surface, you probably want to avoid dithering or at least keep it to the very minumum or if you are limited in number of colors etc. 
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Quote MatWarner Replybullet Posted: 16 July 2012 at 6:31pm
I dont see why i cant use it?
Im not trying to argue im just trying to find out why i cant use it..
If its PJ Logo and its being made for PJ Magazine then why cant i use it?

Finished, Unless i have to Change the Head..


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Quote a3um Replybullet Posted: 16 July 2012 at 7:41pm
@MatWarner - you can't use it as is, because it's not your own work, but you can do your own rendition of the nerd head.

I'm going for "Horrors of the Deep" special. WIP



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Quote MatWarner Replybullet Posted: 16 July 2012 at 8:43pm
Thanks for Clearing it up A3um :)
Here the Final Finished Version


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Quote Danori Replybullet Posted: 16 July 2012 at 10:16pm
Finished the background, now to make the actual image. I need ideas..

I think I'll sleep on it :)

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Quote TheoVision Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2012 at 2:33am
I'm working on a "the best art of Pixel Joint" edition, re-inventing PJ's iconic No.1 thropy. Furthermore I'm thinking of just using gold and deep blue colors. WIP:




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Quote Dredlockz Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2012 at 2:33am
@Danori: Oh man, just by looking at your background I have learned so much about Pixel Art.

Love the colours too.

@TheoVision: Really nice perspective!

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Quote TheoVision Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2012 at 2:36am
Very funny cover MatWarner! Looks like a Baywatch special!

I would change the hair a bit - now it looks a bit if PJ's nerd got a star fish on his head.
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Quote randomboy2007 Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2012 at 7:09am
Red Carpet edition:
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Quote MatWarner Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2012 at 10:31am
@TheoVision: Hahaha Thanks :), i really like yours to, and yeah ill change it up a bit :)

Edit:Still need to work on the Hair


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Quote randomboy2007 Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2012 at 11:29am
WIP:
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Quote Dredlockz Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2012 at 11:39am
My work in progress:

I used this as reference for lady and palette:


Should I go with a SFW:


Or a NSFW:


Greatly inspired on Paul Robertson style, I must've stared at hundreds of his naked ladies... for research of course!
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Quote MatWarner Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2012 at 12:53pm
Originally posted by Dredlockz

My work in progress:

I used this as reference for lady and palette:


Should I go with a SFW:


Or a NSFW:


Greatly inspired on Paul Robertson style, I must've stared at hundreds of his naked ladies... for research of course!

I think you should go with the SFW i mean dont get me wrong nudity is great :P but i think it looks a lot better with the top on :)

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Quote TheoVision Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2012 at 1:02pm
Truly like the addition of the magazine barcode Dredlockz!

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Quote TheoVision Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2012 at 1:10pm
WIP update: changed the lines of the cup a bit (left handles and the "1"), and added the blue background:

    






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Quote Loga Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2012 at 1:38pm
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WIP update: changed the lines of the cup a bit (left handles and the "1"), and added the blue background:

    



Great work. I suggest a illumination from behind, with a large amount of black in the middle of the cup.
Oh, hi to all! I am Loga, from Rome, Italy :)

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Quote Subsik Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2012 at 2:20pm
Originally posted by TheoVision


WIP update: changed the lines of the cup a bit (left handles and the "1"), and added the blue background:     




You sir... Are a legend.
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Quote Yuran Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2012 at 4:07pm
TheoVision your work looks very promising even at this stage :)
I only criticize, but when you paint the cup, then these errors are more noticeable than the prospect now.

I'm lying as a matter of fact plotting of this perspective is easily and intelligibly, I just was too lazy to do better examble - I want to sleep already :D

Z-z-z-z...

TheoVision, твоя работа выглядит очень многообещающей, даже на такой стадии :)
Я всего лишь критикую, но когда ты раскрасишь кубок, то погрешности перспективы будут заметнее чем сейчас.
Я вру, на самом деле построение этой перспективы выглядит просто и понятно, просто мне лень было делать приемр - хочу спать уже :D
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Quote Dredlockz Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2012 at 10:12pm
Think I'm done, here are the SFW/NSFW final versions:



Gonna give it one last pass tomorrow.
Think im using the SFW as a preview/warning, and submitting the full UNCUT UNCENSORED RAW version.

@TheoVision : Dude, that background! wow. You even inspired two new users to do a first-post about it :D

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Quote a3um Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2012 at 3:08am
sudden update!

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Quote DawnBringer Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2012 at 4:50am
@Dredlockz:
You're gonna need to clean that up. It's obvious you have scaled the girl about 150%, which is a huge no-no unless it's properly polished afterwards.

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Quote a3um Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2012 at 5:09am
damn internet connection... reserved for future updates

update




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Quote Dredlockz Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2012 at 5:45am
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@Dredlockz:
You're gonna need to clean that up. It's obvious you have scaled the girl about 150%, which is a huge no-no unless it's properly polished afterwards.


Ouch, I didn't scale it at all, I guess that speaks to how terrible I am.

Are you referring to those "blocky" parts of some outlines like the hair and eyes?

I'll smooth it all out some more. Thanks for the feedback :)

Edit: Is that any better? I tried to get rid of all those thick edges I made everywhere.
Since I suck at AA, I usually just fill with more black.



I still haven't got the hang out of AA, need to practice that a lot more. I guess I could add more colors, I haven't used all 32.

Edit2: Shortened the hair a bit, made her smile, and some more AA here and there.

Edit3: some better shading, and some texture for the hair highlights.

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Quote DawnBringer Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2012 at 10:31am
@dread. Yeah, that's a lot better!
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Quote Lehmure Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2012 at 10:32am
Well, just a few WIP, any critiques?
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Quote brunoip Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2012 at 11:07am
I will try to make something in the old nintendo power style


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Quote TheoVision Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2012 at 11:22am
Todays progress:

         

As you can see I started with the cup. Not sure about all the colors yet - I think it needs more contrast. But then again, it's something I better fix when the entire picture is (more or less) finished.

@Yaran: many thanks for your keen eye. I made some adjustments in the top left section!
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Quote TheoVision Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2012 at 11:36am
@ a3um: sudden updates are always welcome (damn I love your color palette and your lighting)

@ Lehmure: Is the figure holding a lightsabre, or shooting a gun? When it is a lightsabre it seems the angle is a bit off... And what exactly are the yellow stripes on the ground?

@ brunoip: like the idea - some cool old school low key sprites would make a great backdrop!
 


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Quote Lehmure Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2012 at 12:18pm
TheoVision, its hot lava. ._.
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Quote sjhwi1a Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2012 at 1:13pm
Originally posted by TheoVision

Todays progress:

         


It makes no sense to participate in the competition, which already have such a picture.
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Quote AngelOTG Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2012 at 8:30pm
Originally posted by sjhwi1a


Originally posted by TheoVision

Todays progress:          
<span id="result_" ="" lang="en"><span ="hps">It makes no sense</span> <span ="hps">to participate</span> <span ="hps">in the competition</span><span>, which already</span> <span ="hps">have such</span> <span ="hps">a picture.</span></span>


There is no such entry concept remotely similar to this work. Unless you're meaning he should use this because the cup is an iconic piece of Pixel Joint's icon set. If that's the case, then your argument is invalid because it is his rendition and is not directly copied in any way.

Besides, the idea of a golden "First Place" cup is very common anyways. It's not like PJ was the first to use that concept.
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Quote a3um Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2012 at 8:51pm
@AngelOTG - I guess he just praised TheoVision's work:)
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Quote Danori Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2012 at 9:08pm


Im doing a Pixelboy magazine! I'm thinking of either:

A) Putting the PJ mascots head on the womans body for teh lolz

or

B) Womanizing/Sexy-fying the PJ mascot for teh sexyness.

What do you guys think I should do? Also, I'm workin on the colors for the background, so yeah.
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Quote shampoop Replybullet Posted: 19 July 2012 at 12:16am
I'll try to turn alfred e newman into the pixel n3rd.



ref: http://haudarson.blog.is/img/tncache/500x500/46/haudarson/img/alfred_neuman.jpg



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Quote albaz2000eg Replybullet Posted: 19 July 2012 at 7:30am
PJ Egypt's magazine :D
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Quote AngelOTG Replybullet Posted: 19 July 2012 at 8:06am
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@AngelOTG - I guess he just praised TheoVision's work:)


LOL, whoops... My bad. In that case, ignore my bitchiness @____@
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Quote Lehmure Replybullet Posted: 19 July 2012 at 10:26am
Well, i have changed something.

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