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CHALLENGE: Cards Alive

You are challenged to create a sprite based on one of the characters found on the court cards in a standard deck of playing cards.

You may base your sprite on any of these cards:

Jack of Hearts
Jack of Diamonds
Jack of Spades
Jack of Clubs

Queen of Hearts
Queen of Diamonds
Queen of Spades
Queen of Clubs

King of Hearts
King of Diamonds
King of Spades
King of Clubs

Information and images of court cards

Canvas Size - Maximum 70 (width) x 100 (height).
Colours - Maximum 12.
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 Cards Alive 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 tuaarita Replybullet Posted: 11 May 2009 at 6:41am
Joker plz.
I'm running in the desert,
running in to the sun,
running out of blood
and I'm going numb.
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Quote Opacus Replybullet Posted: 11 May 2009 at 10:45am
Originally posted by Leroy

Joker plz.


Please don't.
That's asking for unoriginal entries.
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Quote AdamPlays Replybullet Posted: 11 May 2009 at 10:50am
And please no Alice in Wonderland...  
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Quote Bubu Replybullet Posted: 11 May 2009 at 1:22pm
Uhm I started early cause from halfway through the week I won't have time to work on this at all...

This is how far I got with her yet :)


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Quote Levi Replybullet Posted: 11 May 2009 at 3:03pm
wow, some of you guys are so quick with this stuff.  Interesting challenge.
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Quote Quake Replybullet Posted: 11 May 2009 at 3:08pm
should i carry on with this?



if people think not, i'll make a new one :}
it's uhm, Jack something :P


Edited by Quake - 11 May 2009 at 3:09pm
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Quote XXITheWorld Replybullet Posted: 11 May 2009 at 6:31pm
Are we allowed to use the classic Tarot suites, I personally find them cooler

They're

Page - Knight - Queen - King
of
Cups - Sticks - Pentacles - Swords
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Quote AdamPlays Replybullet Posted: 11 May 2009 at 6:33pm
You should give it a suit identity somehow.  Is he a Spade or a Club?  How?
And now for something completely different...
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Quote Amelyth Replybullet Posted: 11 May 2009 at 8:42pm
This is how far I am on mine so far.. I may change the colors but for now I am taking a break.. I ended up adding the black outline to the lighter parts to help it stand out more.. Not sure how I feel about the shading.. It is quite a challenge to stick to just the 11 colors.. Hopefully it hasn't turned out too bad.. It should be obvious what he is but if not the King of Spades.. I may add some white hairs but maybe he is just a young king.. :P


EDIT - took away the extra color.. Thanks for the heads up Jalonso :)


Edited by Amelyth - 11 May 2009 at 11:23pm
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 11 May 2009 at 10:07pm
@Amelith, its 11 colors not 12,k.

Feelin' cute



Edited by jalonso - 11 May 2009 at 10:43pm
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Quote Hapiel Replybullet Posted: 12 May 2009 at 2:50am
Wonderful stuff jal, the idea of doing the hair like that is great!
However, there is hardly any differences between the 3 in a group. You could make it much and much more obvious who who is, I can now hardly see.
Also, the 'hair tentacles' donot work as well everywhere, probably due their colors. Especially on the spades I find the light blue too bright.
I think that the last one, the queen of diamonds is the best one so far.
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Quote iSTVAN Replybullet Posted: 12 May 2009 at 4:12am
To me, none of the entries so far scream "sprite." Part of my judging will be based on which one I can imagine being a fully developed animated game character. Usually this means you shouldn't use time consuming shading techniques (like dithering) or choose an impractically large canvas size.

I'd prefer to see a solidly designed game character that fully answers the theme of playing cards.

I might give this one a go if I get the time. Best of luck everyone!
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Quote Cesque Replybullet Posted: 12 May 2009 at 10:45am


Jack of Diamonds Zombie.
Aimed for a sprite style above everything else.

Edited by Cesque - 12 May 2009 at 11:25am
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Quote susuwataris Replybullet Posted: 12 May 2009 at 4:42pm
Is this good enough? This is my first challenge, so I would like to know what you guys think. ^.^


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Quote yrizoud Replybullet Posted: 12 May 2009 at 6:18pm
susuwaris, the challenge is for a sprite, so be sure to have it work on a "neutral" (unknown) background.
My own wip:

I went for a King of Diamonds, though I'll try to make it more visible.

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Quote BK! Replybullet Posted: 12 May 2009 at 6:44pm
WIP
I had mixed feelings about how this looked until a bit ago, I kind of like it now.



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Quote dpixel Replybullet Posted: 12 May 2009 at 6:59pm

Here's my WIP.  There's still 1 too many colors...that's an easy fix tho.  Still needs proper shading on the dress.

Queen of Diamonds
 
yrizoud:  That looks awesome
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Quote BK! Replybullet Posted: 12 May 2009 at 7:29pm
heres an update to my earlier WIP (colors,fixed arm)


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Quote Elk Replybullet Posted: 12 May 2009 at 11:28pm
Very good Jal!
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Quote iSTVAN Replybullet Posted: 12 May 2009 at 11:46pm
That's more like it, yrizoud. It at least looks like a game sprite. I would perhaps rethink the heavy use of black. Maybe a darker shade in between would work to ease it into the black. I find your skin tones a little too yellow too. Also, he might benefit from some sort of darker outline to provide a buffer zone between the light coat and the background (as you've said, he's got to work against any neutral background). The little details like the hair and belt are nice, but maybe avoiding using dithering on the clothing. This would be a bitch to animate!
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Quote jeremy Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2009 at 12:03am
David, King of Spades :V
I'll *try* to do a simple walk animation, can anyone see any problems with it as is?
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Quote jiipm Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2009 at 1:43am
@Jeremy:Id like darker shadows to the yellow/golden clothes. Especially the pants, they kinda 'stand out' yet they are kinda behind the cape. But it´s looking good. Has many good details.

Here is my work, King of Hearts:

I might animate it, but I dont know if I´ll upload the animated version to the challenge. btw, Jeremy. IMO My work and your WIP could be from the same game. (lets do a game??? ;D)Sorry if my work sucks.


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Quote jeremy Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2009 at 2:11am
Hah, I'd not have the patience (or experience or work ethic) to make a game :D
 
Ugh. Those yellow pants were meant to go over the cloak thing, It's sort of half and half. I'll make the cloak go over pants now :D
 
For your animation.... maybe something subtle like beating of the heart and lip-licking
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Quote Chace Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2009 at 5:55am
Very much a WIP.
He will be sitting on a throne. With that heart thing in his hand.
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Quote jiipm Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2009 at 7:05am
The beating heart sounds good. And a tongue may do it disgusting enough >: )
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2009 at 7:41am
Originally posted by susuwataris

...so I would like to know what you guys think. ^.^


The challenge is not to make a card but a sprite, k. Transparent BG is required too, get giffy from FAQ page or use www.iaza.com

@Chase, your entry is not a sprite. Sprites are full body game assets, you have more of a portrait going on there.
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Quote Bubu Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2009 at 7:47am
You have a point, iStvan

I simplified the shading much and removed the dithering.

Old: New:

Any better? :D

@ Jalonso
I like your WIP much! I'd differentiate the queen from the other two by making the eyes a little more... uh... foxy? :P just a few more pixels in the upper eyelids would give her some "makeup" and make it look more female - so you'd have king with beard, queen with girly eyes, and the jacks wouldn't need much else? Just a thought :)


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Quote dpixel Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2009 at 10:01am
Bubu:  I like the new one better except for the vail.  I liked it longer, but that's just me.  She seems more readable and standing up straighter plus a bit more cute.  :-)
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Quote Setzer Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2009 at 10:04am


just doodled around and got that, jack of hearts, but I'm not really liking it enough to submit.
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Quote Di0xygen Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2009 at 12:11pm
I have to admit, Setzer that very sub par compared the the other stuff you make. Maybe you should make the pose a bit more dynamic. i found him a bit too static 
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Quote susuwataris Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2009 at 5:09pm
Here it is.


Is it ok now? 8(
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2009 at 7:13pm
Very nice susuwataris.
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Quote darchangel Replybullet Posted: 13 May 2009 at 8:54pm
Took me a while to come up with a decent template



I might have to animate it now




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Quote XXITheWorld Replybullet Posted: 14 May 2009 at 2:47pm


What I have so far (will be jack of heart) (No transparency yet, I work in MS Paint so I'll only add transparency at the very end)

susuwataris The image itself is really cool, but I think its head is a little too big for it to be a practical *sprite*. The style is really nice though, and if you work on the head you should still keep that one somewhere on your computer, don't let it go waste.

darchangel You might want to consider a more dynamic pose than just plain ol' "facing forward with arms on the side"


EDIT: Oh crap, got owned by dimentions, should've read more carefully. Oh well, I guess I'll finish it anyways, even if I can't submit it


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Quote TheInquisitor Replybullet Posted: 14 May 2009 at 3:10pm
A lot of the entries in this topic don't seem to have enough clearly definable shades/colours, so to compensate you're trying to add detail in with dithering. The simplest sprites are the best sprites, guys!
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Quote Bubu Replybullet Posted: 14 May 2009 at 3:33pm
Originally posted by XXITheWorld



What I have so far (will be jack of heart) (No transparency yet, I work in MS Paint so I'll only add transparency at the very end)


Uhm I might be mistaken... but it seems to me that it's a little over the max canvas size?
Canvas Size - Maximum 70 (width) x 100 (height).

Yours seems to be 192x128? Wouldn't want it to be rejected due to the size :(

Edit: ok you noticed it yourself, d'oh. :P

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Queen of Spades



I don't really do sprites so I could do with opinions from the sprite experts ;D I tried to keep the shading simple and un-dithered this time :)


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Quote XXITheWorld Replybullet Posted: 14 May 2009 at 4:14pm


Yeah, I've seen that it's oversized. I'll finish it but dunno if I'll shrink it, might just keep it like that and not submit it

Any tip on making my rendering look better?, somehow, I'm not entirely satisfied...


Bubu: Really good sprite, but I think her eyes looked better in earlier versions


Edited by XXITheWorld - 14 May 2009 at 4:25pm
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Quote Souly Replybullet Posted: 14 May 2009 at 4:27pm
Well f**k, once again I join a challenge without really reading the description...

I thought we were allowed to make any card.
Or at least I thought "Ace" was allowed...



Edit*
Oh and what do you know it has to be a sprite.


Dumb challenge.


Edited by Souly - 14 May 2009 at 4:38pm

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Quote iSTVAN Replybullet Posted: 14 May 2009 at 4:45pm
That's looking really nice, Bubu. I always love it when blue is used to shade the shadows of a white tone. If you can afford the extra colours it might be nice to see some more vibrancy to the hair tones to make them pop out from her skin.
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Quote Manttana Replybullet Posted: 15 May 2009 at 5:02am
Jack of hearts WIP
 
 
 
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Quote Claredeth Replybullet Posted: 15 May 2009 at 5:08am
Originally posted by Souly







Well f**k, once again I join a challenge without really reading the description...I thought we were allowed to make any card.Or at least I thought "Ace" was allowed...Edit*Oh and what do you know it has to be a sprite.Dumb challenge.


Well, it's still sheer briliance, its ace!

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Quote TheInquisitor Replybullet Posted: 15 May 2009 at 7:44am
I did the same, Souly. I've just submitted mine as a normal piece now. I guess I was too keen to get stuck right into the pic.
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Quote Cesque Replybullet Posted: 15 May 2009 at 3:03pm
I submitted mine and it got refused... I still don't know why. Damn and blast.
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 15 May 2009 at 3:07pm
Originally posted by Cesque

I submitted mine and it got refused... I still don't know why. Damn and blast.

Two reasons I think:
You did not follow the rules since sprites do not have copy and you have writing on yours. AND...
Your character is tiny, tiny and almost impossible to see. You have till Sunday night, do not get discouraged...get challenged.

*Your personal challenge is to get something 'IN'.




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Quote iSTVAN Replybullet Posted: 15 May 2009 at 8:22pm
Wow, Jalonso, where'd you pull that from? It looks great! I'm a sucker for man buldges, and the character looks fun. Maybe the arm holding the sword is a little too long/awkwardly bent?


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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 15 May 2009 at 8:33pm
It came directly from this you said which made too much sense and is really the challenge this week:
"To me, none of the entries so far scream "sprite." Part of my judging will be based on which one I can imagine being a fully developed animated game character. Usually this means you shouldn't use time consuming shading techniques (like dithering) or choose an impractically large canvas size."

I hate anatomy and sprites but can make them if I try, which I hardly ever do cuz I hate making them.


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Quote jeremy Replybullet Posted: 15 May 2009 at 11:29pm
I gave up on a walk pretty quick, decided on a random idle thing. Learnt how to avoid the onion-skin-trail things when doing a transparent animation but accidently exported clicking "merge layers" instead of "save as animation"
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Quote Cesque Replybullet Posted: 16 May 2009 at 2:17am
Eh whatever... I spent ages on that >:(

Also: "sprites do not have copy" <-- what?

Edited by Cesque - 16 May 2009 at 2:22am
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 16 May 2009 at 8:10am
@ Cesque, Sprites are the (usually) moving elements in a a video game.
For example, in SMW, Mario, Luigi, Coins, Mushrooms are the sprites. This normally does not have text, especially the name of the sprite itself.
I don't think you should be mad at all. Place your sprite as a WIP thread or even here for other's feedback. There is always a way to make things better.

ps: I did not say those two things is what's wrong with it and why a Mod sent it back. I was just guessing at why it could be.


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