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    Posted: 31 December 2012 at 12:00am

CHALLENGE: Cyborg Wildlife

Create a standalone sprite of a non-human animal with some of its body replaced by man-made parts. You should depict just the animal without any background.

Canvas Size - Max 128 x 128.
Colours - Max 16.
Transparency - Required.
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 Cyborg Wildlife 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 yaomon17 Replybullet Posted: 31 December 2012 at 1:37am
Will try to enter this one for sure!
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Quote MrBeast Replybullet Posted: 31 December 2012 at 2:34am
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 31 December 2012 at 8:28am
"Create a sprite of a non-human animal with some of its body replaced by man-made parts."

I read sprite as a game asset and MrBeast and another pixel already submitted don't seem to be 'sprites' to me... I am going to get the challenge Mod to clarify this.
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Quote Delicious Replybullet Posted: 31 December 2012 at 10:09am
Transparency is required, thus no background should be allowed. It does say sprite, therefor the pixel that has been submitted and MrBeasts' current work do not follow the rules. That's just my opinion.
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Quote Bokeblender Replybullet Posted: 31 December 2012 at 10:25am
Sprites can be very large. Plus the max canvas is 128x128, so...

Tee hee I know what I'm making.
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Quote MrBeast Replybullet Posted: 31 December 2012 at 3:48pm
it is a sprite, the background is just so I don't have the distracting grey/dark grey checkerboard pattern.

The mist was just to see, won't be included in the final picture.

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Quote maganegorap Replybullet Posted: 01 January 2013 at 6:13am


I'll do an animation. It's a bison/buffalo.
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Quote Cdore Replybullet Posted: 01 January 2013 at 12:34pm
This is my first day on this forum and seems like the perfect chance to introduce myself with this contest.
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Quote Delicious Replybullet Posted: 01 January 2013 at 12:51pm
Originally posted by Cdore

This is my first day on this forum and seems like the perfect chance to introduce myself with this contest.

Welcome. I look forward to seeing whatcha got. ;)
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Quote NixMillenium Replybullet Posted: 01 January 2013 at 3:08pm
Hey, I'm new to pixel art too and wanted to have a go at this. Could you help me out? I'm not entirely too sure what is meant by transparency in pixel art and was wondering if someone could explain it to me. I'm sure it's something easy, I just can't find a proper explanation anywhere!
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Quote Noburo Replybullet Posted: 01 January 2013 at 3:13pm
Taking a break from other projects to do a weekly challenge. Hopefully I'll have time to finish this one up, along with a walk animation.
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 01 January 2013 at 4:55pm
  
That means a transparent background like this piece shows.


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Quote kaze19th Replybullet Posted: 01 January 2013 at 6:13pm
I have a question : when it's wrote "with some of its body replaced by man-made parts", it means that it must be a part already existing of his body (for exemple an arm or a leg), so we can't add something like wings, am I right ? I ask it because I started a winged-gorilla, so I don't want to be too frustrated to have worked on it if I can't submit it when I'll finish ^^


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Quote fersteger Replybullet Posted: 01 January 2013 at 6:51pm
I'd say a winged gorilla is just right for this one.
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Quote Peyton Replybullet Posted: 01 January 2013 at 8:50pm
VERY rough sketch of my entry. I am redoing it since the old one sucked.
They never said the parts had to be mechanical!
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Quote Nikonani Replybullet Posted: 02 January 2013 at 4:07am
Originally posted by peytonisgreat



VERY rough sketch of my entry. I am redoing it since the old one sucked.
They never said the parts had to be mechanical!


If this is turned down (once it's finished, obviously), I'll be upset -- I personally got a kick out of this idea

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Quote JerryPie Replybullet Posted: 02 January 2013 at 10:38am
I'm not sure I can finish this...It's a mechanical bull. I really don't like how the metal looks though. Figured I would just post to show how far I got before I gave up lol..

I'm pretty sure it exceeds 128x128 as well.


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Quote kaze19th Replybullet Posted: 02 January 2013 at 4:35pm
Originally posted by fersteger

I'd say a winged gorilla is just right for this one.


Okay, finally I don't really know what I'll do as man-made part, I'll see later

So here's my sketch, my first gorilla ever, so start I'll put the majority of the work on the lineart.



Also I like the different ideas of entries, I'm in a hurry to see how it will progress.

@FlyGuy : I like your idea, but indeed your picture's too big... Otherwise I like the texture and the colors of the metal but I think that it seems a bit too straight, wereas the legs are very fluids.


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Quote driftingwood Replybullet Posted: 02 January 2013 at 7:27pm
Go turtle go!.
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Quote JerryPie Replybullet Posted: 03 January 2013 at 2:02am
Originally posted by kaze19th


@FlyGuy : I like your idea, but indeed your picture's too big... Otherwise I like the texture and the colors of the metal but I think that it seems a bit too straight, wereas the legs are very fluids.


yea it is very stiff..I was planning on making all of those parts move in the end, but it just became very tedious and time consuming so I gave up.. Thank you though. good luck on the challenge
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Quote crozier Replybullet Posted: 03 January 2013 at 11:47am
Well I'm just hoping werewolfs are not classified as humans.
critique would be lovely :D
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Quote Hermit Replybullet Posted: 03 January 2013 at 10:20pm
I present, the swordfish. My first time entering one of these. Anyone have any suggestions and/or improvements?



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Quote Nikonani Replybullet Posted: 04 January 2013 at 4:16am
Originally posted by Hermit

I present, the swordfish. My first time entering one of these. Anyone have any suggestions and/or improvements?



It's a nice step so far -- some suggestions:

- First of all, don't AA into the background; there's not supposed to be a background in the first place for this contest, so all you're doing is disqualifying yourself there.

- A lot of dithering, but it doesn't really give any fish-like texture right now. I would drop it, shade in flat colors with no transition, and then would try spending some time looking for a good way to represent scales.

- Harsher contrast would definitely help it pop out to look much less flat.
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Quote kaze19th Replybullet Posted: 04 January 2013 at 8:16am
I think I've finished, someone have any suggestions ?



5 colors


Originally posted by crozier

Well I'm just hoping werewolfs are not classified as humans.
critique would be lovely :D


I like it but I think the black part looks like more shade than fur, but it's maybe what you wanted to do.
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Quote crozier Replybullet Posted: 04 January 2013 at 10:47am
Thanks for the advice; not too sure how I would approach fixing that though.
And I wrote a comment on your image submission,kaze.
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Quote Geoglatico Replybullet Posted: 04 January 2013 at 11:50am
my entry into the challenge...


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Quote Hermit Replybullet Posted: 04 January 2013 at 7:00pm
Originally posted by Ashbad

It's a nice step so far -- some suggestions:

- First of all, don't AA into the background; there's not supposed to be a background in the first place for this contest, so all you're doing is disqualifying yourself there.

- A lot of dithering, but it doesn't really give any fish-like texture right now. I would drop it, shade in flat colors with no transition, and then would try spending some time looking for a good way to represent scales.

- Harsher contrast would definitely help it pop out to look much less flat.


I'm pretty sure swordfish don't have scales actually. Thanks for the feedback though.

EDIT 2: Further changes.



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Quote co_Opernicus Replybullet Posted: 05 January 2013 at 11:42am
I'm pretty sure swordfish don't have scales actually. Thanks for the feedback though.

EDIT: Made some changes.




I prefer this one, the color change did much in favor of contrast and the sword now looks much better, one thing I would change is the dark part of the top fin (on the head), looks too dark considering the light. And I would detail a little bit more the eye... anyway, great job!

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Quote BaconusMaximus Replybullet Posted: 06 January 2013 at 12:21pm
Hello everyone, first post here.
I'm very new to pixel art.  I love this site; a friend gave me the link two days ago after I've been beating my head against the wall in trying to make graphics for a game, and after looking over others' art I'm kinda suddenly starting to get it!  It is a nice feeling!  :D

Anyway I thought to try making a kangaroo mouse for this challenge.  Any suggestions are welcome.  I know the fur really could use a different texture from the metal, but dithering still makes me cry like a little girl.

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Quote victorgrunn Replybullet Posted: 06 January 2013 at 4:22pm
And I was the one who recommended this site to Baconus Maximus! As for me, I decided to quickly throw something together to enter... but I need to learn patience, not to mention general art skill. So, here's the result:

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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 06 January 2013 at 7:25pm
Originally posted by BaconusMaximus




Many work hard for a while before getting this far...you're doing good. Keep at it :)
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Quote BaconusMaximus Replybullet Posted: 06 January 2013 at 9:14pm
Originally posted by jalonso

Many work hard for a while before getting this far...you're doing good. Keep at it :)

Thanks. :D
I've been drawing for a long time before starting on pixel art.  A LOT of the skills transfer, it feels like cheating in a way. 

Being limited in colors and resolution is surprisingly very fun.
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