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CHALLENGE: The Mysterious Glow

Create an image that shows some kind of a mysterious glow. Remember, this challenge is basically about lighting.

Canvas Size - Min 100x100.
Colours - Unrestricted. But must contain BOTH black (#000000) AND white (#ffffff).
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 The Mysterious Glow 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 generatedanomaly Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 2:40am
Sweet! I've got a bit more time this week, so hopefully I'll be able to take part :). So now I've got to come up with a concept...
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Quote minipuck Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 4:32am
same, schools over after tomorrow so i'll have time to participate.
edit: wip



Edited by minipuck - 29 June 2009 at 4:55am

please click it, otherwise it will die, and it seems special.
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Quote ellie-is Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 5:33am
My vacations finally started, so hopefully I ll be able to actually finish something this time... xD
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Quote Eldorn Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 5:55am
A little wip :



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Quote minipuck Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 6:18am
man that took long


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Quote Peeter Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 6:25am
Does a night scene with a glowing moon count as a mysterious glow?
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Quote minipuck Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 6:29am
well it is misterious, HOW DOES THE MOON GLOW!?!?!??!
yes i know why it does, but you could act really stupid and say that.


Edited by minipuck - 29 June 2009 at 6:29am

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Quote orenshtiv Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 7:04am
that look's great minipuck! :D
hwo knows,maybe I'll vote for you.



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Quote orenshtiv Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 7:08am
here's a WIP:

I'm thinking make it an alien,that would be cool..
so...what do you think?...
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Quote ellie-is Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 8:41am
Ignore the really sh*tty dithering on the right side x)

Any ideas? I am not sure on how to finish this.

Edited by lucas_irineu - 29 June 2009 at 8:41am
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Quote Peeter Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 9:13am

My WIP.
Don't ask why there isn't any glow. There is going to be a moon soon.

C+C
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Quote Kagirinai Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 9:38am
This sounds like a fun one -- my brain keeps coming back to ideas that are less 'mysterious' and more 'ridiculous', however. I'm thinking I'll use just a greyscale pallet, and hopefully I'll post some WIP this time. :D
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Quote orenshtiv Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 1:58pm
I did it!, I finished :P

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Quote Someone Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 8:51pm
sounds fun, this could get very interesting....well its my second week here at pixel joint and my second challenge so here is my WIP


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Quote Lahra Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 10:03pm
Up to now, I have this. I make it smaler



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Quote minipuck Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 10:58pm
yayayayayaya update:
someone told me that maybe i should try blues or greens for the lighting, as it's more misterious, so here it is.


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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 11:01pm
@Someone - An interesting interpretation of the challenge, but I think it would be a good idea to remove the text, it doesn't do anything for the piece as the ant's thoughts are clearly implied.
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Quote Celri Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 11:05pm


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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 11:27pm
@Celri, I can't understand why you are saving these WIP images as jpegs, it only serves to make it harder for anyone to give any kind of reasonable critique on your pixeling techniques.

Also, I suggest you consider reducing your canvas size. I know the challenge calls for at least 100x100, but I think it would be beneficial if you limit the canvas size in order to gain greater control over individual pixels.
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Quote Celri Replybullet Posted: 29 June 2009 at 11:50pm
@skamocore
Thanks for the suggestions - last I looked I saved it as bmp...must've uploaded it incorrectly into tinypic - my apologies (will attend to immediately). 
 
As for the size - I like it that way and I am experimenting a little - so please bear with me
 
PS:  Have decided that I'd rather not post WIPS anymore as they are so obviously annoying.
 
PPS:  Life isn't all bad you know...
 Anyway - I went back to tinypic - the file I upload is a bmp but it is somehow converted into a jpg when uploaded into their database...don't really know how to get around that...


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Quote minipuck Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 12:23am
Originally posted by Celri

@skamocore
Thanks for the suggestions - last I looked I saved it as bmp...must've uploaded it incorrectly into tinypic - my apologies (will attend to immediately). 
 
As for the size - I like it that way and I am experimenting a little - so please bear with me
 
PS:  Have decided that I'd rather not post WIPS anymore as they are so obviously annoying.
 
PPS:  Life isn't all bad you know...
 Anyway - I went back to tinypic - the file I upload is a bmp but it is somehow converted into a jpg when uploaded into their database...don't really know how to get around that...

save it as .gif or .png

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Quote Celri Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 12:40am
@minipuck
Thnkx - will do =)


Edited by Celri - 30 June 2009 at 12:41am
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Quote Burnthemdown Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 12:54am
My W.I.P, its pretty rough atm..
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Quote Celri Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 12:58am
Too cool!  I like!
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Quote ShoySlayer Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 3:02am

i'll join, progress:

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Quote pinkfish Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 3:18am
I've done a small outline for a glowing frog. Going to go crazy with the colours/shading tomorrow. Any ideas about the line art? I am new.



I used this as a reference image.
Frog Picture

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Quote Someone Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 9:07am
update:

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Quote God_Is_Evil Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 11:14am
I sorta got started on my pic, But I'm not sure if i will end up getting it finished by the end of the week.



It's a dragon looking at a dragon egg that's about to hatch and will be glowing, I'm going to switch the scene to a cave so i can have more stuff to cast light on.
I need to add some scales to the dragon and give it horns, I was also thinking that i could add part of it's wings and hands.

Burnthemdown ::
I would not use dithering on the teeth just because dithering on a shiny surface makes it look gritty, So unless you want the teeth to look gritty or like they have a rocky texture I would avoid using dithering on them.
You can use dithering and still make some thing look smooth but it's hard.



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Quote Burnthemdown Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 12:38pm
Originally posted by God_Is_Evil

Burnthemdown ::
I would not use dithering on the teeth just because dithering on a shiny surface makes it look gritty, So unless you want the teeth to look gritty or like they have a rocky texture I would avoid using dithering on them.
You can use dithering and still make some thing look smooth but it's hard.

Thanks for the tip, I always seem to want to completely dither everything when I pixel, lol.. I was kinda going for gritty and dirty, with the yellow and brown tints so i guess the dither kinda did help the colors I used. I'll try and not use as much dithering in later pieces
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Quote Lahra Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 12:47pm
Up to now,

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Quote God_Is_Evil Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 1:22pm
Burnthemdown ::
You can use tons of dithering on a picture but when your dithering
cirtain surfaces you could reduce the dithering to help make it look shiny
or smooth.

Check out this picture
http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixelart/2812.htm

notice how the plane has WAYYYY less dithering then the clouds, smoke, glass, ect ect
but still a little.

Lahra ::
When your doing the lighting on the hands remember that light shines threw your skin.

Check out this photo.

http://wysewomen.org/iStock_000000153526Small%5B1%5D.jpg%20holding%20light.jpg
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Quote Lahra Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 1:26pm
Thank you,
I will process it
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Quote susuwataris Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 1:33pm
Minipuck, i love it.
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Quote 0xDB Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 1:34pm
"The Mysterious Glowjob"
rough start, based on yesterdays brainfart(edit: linking seems broken: http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/6837/2009062902.png):
(obviously very unrefined and far far away from being pixelart yet, also I don't know if I'll have time to finish this before the deadline)



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Quote Lahra Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 1:50pm
Like this?

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Quote Celri Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 1:52pm
Totally love it!  Freaky eyes and all!
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Quote ellie-is Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 2:00pm
Anyone has any ideas on what I could improve on mine?

And Lahra, I think your picture has too little contrast in it. You could try adding some, otherwise it gets a bit boring.

Dennis, I really like yours so far.
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Quote Celri Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 2:31pm
@ Lucas
I think, maybe, you could add a hint of a shoulder - the head would seem less detached... I like the limited palette - very difficult as it can look very stark.  Maybe animate the twinkle in the eye?


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Quote ellie-is Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 3:19pm
Kinda like this?
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Quote Celri Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 3:28pm
Yeah...I think it's working...now all you need to decide is whether the sparkle in his eye is the "mystery" or if you're going to add an external light source 
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Quote God_Is_Evil Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 3:45pm
You could move him to the right more and add a secondary light source that
reviles his dark side.
you could even make the secondary light source have color.

like this..





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Quote ellie-is Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 4:18pm

Kinda like this? I will try to add some more stuff later.
EDIT: Or this.


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Quote God_Is_Evil Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 4:33pm
Yah,
that's the general idea of what i was saying.
Just whatever you think of, i was just suggesting
a direction you could take the picture if you want to.

there is a unlimited number of directions you could take the picture.

You could have the dark side turn into a crazy star field and have his
eye by the north star.
You could make the dark side be a robot and the shinny eye be
light reflecting off of his robot eye lens.
whatever works.
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Quote slym Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 5:30pm


Its still wip. I hate the colors right now. I'll update it soon.
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Quote ellie-is Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 5:53pm
Lots of directions I could take, yes.
Slym: Not bad. I am guessing that you still havent added the glow? And what's your avatar doing? x)
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Quote God_Is_Evil Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 8:55pm
I added some scales but i still have to remake the
background and add the glow.




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Quote Dr D Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 9:09pm
@lucas

Looks pretty nice, but it doesn't really make sense. (If it doesn't bother you, then by all means, keep going.)

If light was hitting his face, as we on the left of his face, naturally, the skin color would be shown.. in color. (Unless he was really pure white for some reason.) Thus making me believe that the black-and-whiteness is more of a stylistic choice. Having color on only one part of the picture kind of confuses that.

Anyways, the contrast between b-n-w and color is nice.

@God_Is_Evil

Looking GREAT, keep it up.

@slym

I think maybe you're trying to apply a little too much detail in such a small space. Increase the size, maybe magnify the picture a little. I assume you're going to add the glow inside of the hole in the trunk of that tree, that would be a nice place for it, but if you do, I feel that it would be too small. In fact, I think the picture is too small altogether. I'd love to see your work in a larger area.

Keep it up.

@Dennis

Also looking great, I seem to be enjoying the drawing more at this point, but I'll say that's just due to the WIPiness. You seem to know what you're doing, I look forward to a finished version.

@lahra

Much too dark, and too little contrast, like was mentioned. You could probably do without the dithering, too, just use some extra colors, and shade some folds into the fabrics, and extra details, to make things less flat. Shade according to the glow.


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Quote God_Is_Evil Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 9:19pm
I was bored so i made a example of the star idea i
was talking about.


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Quote susuwataris Replybullet Posted: 30 June 2009 at 11:00pm

I'm not sure if this works for the challenge or not, what do you guys think?

It's just an early wip.
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