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CHALLENGE: A r c h i p e l a g o

Create an image showing an archipelago.

To make this challenge a little more interesting, you can also create a metaphorical archipelago - a space filled with a cluster of items. For example, a buffet table could count.

Canvas Size - Max 256 x 256.
Colours - Max 16.
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 A r c h i p e l a g o 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 clefairykid Replybullet Posted: 12 May 2015 at 8:09pm
Not sure if a "cluster of plants" counts but I'm pretty sure this won't work out or get entered anyway XD so it won't matter I suppose :P

*DISCLAIMER - I'm very, very bad at pixelling, therefore you don't need to tell me I'm an idiot, I'm well aware XD

Trying out this new method I read about http://danfessler.com/blog/hd-index-painting-in-photoshop.

Stuffed up and did all the working area on one layer and forgot that each colour ramp area has to be separate, and then realised I'm not smart enough to use connecting colour ramps and therefore am highly unlikely to ever be successful with only 16 colours but three areas. Unless there's something very obvious I'm missing here about the process, which is also likely XD

Here is the 13 colour greyscale


And an attempt at using the flexible colouring trick from the link



Yes, it's awful, I know. Not sure if some dither would help... although I always get told here not to do it XD

edit:
tried some dithering and cleaned up the water area


edit2: omg dur hur... there's no splash at the bottom of the waterfall no wonder it looked silly XD



edit3:

removed rock highlight colour and added silly animation for lolz (don't worry I still have the non animated version, I know it's not well done but I'm hardly an animator haha)



Edited by clefairykid - 12 May 2015 at 9:11pm
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Quote TheUninitiatedCritic Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2015 at 3:34am
@clefairykid Im almost certain that wouldn't count but regardless that is sooo nice. That disclaimer was really not necessary. The colors are amazing. Mind sharing the link you mentioned?


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Quote clefairykid Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2015 at 4:03am
I don't know why PJ links don't work for me but if you just copy and paste the actual URL written there into the bar, it still takes you there XD

Well, if this doesn't count, the definition maybe needed to be stricter or clearer, as in "actual archipelago's of islands only", the food buffet example felt to me fairly similar to this, a plant/food/island grouping seemed to me to fit in with that train of thought, although it's not the greatest idea itself, it seemed ok enough.

edit: Beginning of a so far fairly poor attempt at actual archipelago, need to redo so that the blues are reused properly because the system is good for pixelling but hopeless for applying colour, also not happy with the centre island colours, might try the beach part in the lightest blue, and also highlight the crests of the nearest waves in lightest blue and see if that crisps it up a bit. Also needs more blue variation in the sea shading since you can still see the three bands of colour from a distance... at least the composition feels relatively ok though.


Edited by clefairykid - 13 May 2015 at 4:50am
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Quote moondrome Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2015 at 11:01am
wip!



reference Bled island slovenia.
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Quote fawful Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2015 at 3:07pm


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Quote jeremy Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2015 at 5:07pm
for a metaphorical archipelago, just think that you need to have a bunch of objects scattered in a space.

e.g. a plant example

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Quote Bcadren Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2015 at 6:48pm
Literal translation from the Greek is 'Chief Sea' and it originally referred to the area now known as the Aegean sea. THAT SAID; I have zero ideas.
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Quote moondrome Replybullet Posted: 14 May 2015 at 8:13am
update!

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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 14 May 2015 at 8:26am
@moondrome, That's real nice.
*I know you will, but be real clean you have some dirty bits.
*The road seems a bit too thick/wide or somehow reading as slightly out of scale to the buildings.
Maybe the white edges seem/read high and judging by building doors the people would have to jump over a high ledge :/
*Your shadows are a bit inconsistent.
* The boat would not fit under that bridge.
...so yeah, I guess, scale seems to be the biggest issue :)

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Quote Jackster Replybullet Posted: 14 May 2015 at 6:53pm
I'll have to agree with Jal on the shadows. I'm looking at the house on the far left; the shadow that it's casting shouldn't be that big for a house that small.

A lot of the other shadows look inaccurate too. Such as the top building, in which its shadow is casting at a strange angle instead of a straight one.

Other than that, your piece is looking great so far!

Edited by Jackster - 14 May 2015 at 7:04pm
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Quote clefairykid Replybullet Posted: 14 May 2015 at 7:30pm
Haven't done anything with the second idea yet, but added lilly pads as suggested, tried to use a slight ripple/reflection on the water around them so they don't look too poorly placed...



edit: took forever to settle the colour issues in the archipelago only just starting to make changes with it now x - x

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Quote moondrome Replybullet Posted: 16 May 2015 at 1:17am


I did some corrections :) thanks for helping jalonso and jackster
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Quote Jackster Replybullet Posted: 16 May 2015 at 5:08am
Looking better already!

Now there's one more thing that's buggy me a bit, and that's the ramp at the end of the road. The ledge on the right side facing down is too thick when compared to that other part of the road facing the same way. I would suggest making that one line instead of two.

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Quote Zamaj Replybullet Posted: 16 May 2015 at 10:07am
I'm working on putting in a ton of little details now...

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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 16 May 2015 at 10:20am
@Zamaj, that is beautiful!
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Quote clefairykid Replybullet Posted: 16 May 2015 at 6:05pm
Zamaj, the quirky little vines and things remind me of the game "seabeard!" :D
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Quote StepDragon Replybullet Posted: 17 May 2015 at 11:19am
@zamaj, You said in your gallery comments that you haven't been having much success in defining the water. Does this help you out at all?

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Quote Shadowfox Replybullet Posted: 17 May 2015 at 6:55pm
Awesomeee
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