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CHALLENGE 2/28/2011: Electric Still Life

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Topic: CHALLENGE 2/28/2011: Electric Still Life
Posted By: administrator
Subject: CHALLENGE 2/28/2011: Electric Still Life
Date Posted: 28 February 2011 at 12:28am

CHALLENGE: Electric Still Life

Create a - still life which includes devices that run on electricity. This may include (but not limited to):

light bulbs
smoke alarms
electric toothbrushes
Van de Graaff generators - Here is an example of the idea from - Cure .

Canvas size - Exactly 150 x 200. Either horizontal or vertical.
Colours - Max 12.
Transparency - No.
Animation - No.


  • Participants have until this upcoming Sunday at midnight (12AM Pacific) to /pixels/submit_icons.asp'>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 /forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=8'>WIP section is highly encouraged, but ONLY SUBMIT YOUR FINAL ART.


  • 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.


  • 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 :)


/pixels/poll.asp?id=1231' name='vote' target='_blank'>Vote now for your favorite pixelart in this week's challenge!


The Electric Still Life pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

/pixelart/60045.htm' target='_blank' class='winner1'>History will tell by /p/31897.htm' target='_blank'>Muiriled
/pixelart/60082.htm' target='_blank' class='winner2'>Mic Still by /p/7478.htm' target='_blank'>drZool
/pixelart/60065.htm' target='_blank' class='winner3'>OJ still life by /p/27906.htm' target='_blank'>Hiuru

Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge!

/pixelart/59993.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Broken Circuit by /p/27906.htm' target='_blank'>Hiuru
/pixelart/60027.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Roy's Cubist Electric Still Life 2011 by /p/31111.htm' target='_blank'>TheoVision
/pixelart/60094.htm' target='_blank' class='winnerx'>Mazda Lamp by /p/31278.htm' target='_blank'>tanuki

Posted By: miguli
Date Posted: 28 February 2011 at 12:07pm
my WIP:

i think i remove that flower.

Posted By: eNerGi
Date Posted: 28 February 2011 at 12:35pm
Does that 12 colours mean that I can use 12 different colors, but all their hues?
Or does a hue count as color?

Posted By: tanuki
Date Posted: 28 February 2011 at 1:15pm
the color count means 12 specific colors. For example, if you're working in RGB then R123, G45, B67 is one color, and R223, G15, B67 is a second color. The relation between the colors, like if they're all shades of blue, doesn't matter. Any change in a color, like making it a little lighter or adding a little more green, adds a new color to the palette.

Posted By: eNerGi
Date Posted: 28 February 2011 at 1:16pm
Damn it... Well I'm trying to get something out.

Posted By: Muiriled
Date Posted: 28 February 2011 at 2:13pm
my wip and first work on pj (and internet).

it's a chess battle tesla-edison with the obvious winner :P
OOPS!I'm realising I commit a mistake! Tesla is in check for that damn bulb!! XD [blush
Also dont pay attention to meaningless things like perspective.. (cough,cough).

Posted By: Hiuru
Date Posted: 28 February 2011 at 4:05pm
Finishing up my entry to this challenge.

Comments appreciated.

Posted By: tanuki
Date Posted: 28 February 2011 at 5:22pm
Here's the 12 color palette I'm using-

It's a greatly reduced and modified palette from this one drawing I saved to my computer years ago. I don't remember what site it was from, but the original drawing has at least 256 colors. I changed at least 5-6, maybe 7, of those colors above so it also makes a nice, though not super smooth, greyscale ramp. Of course, if it's a bad thing to use any colors that are identical to a color from someone else then I could just adjust the rest of them too. Edit- I found the site, - link , it's the first image on the front page.

@Hiuru Looks neat but that's a lot of banding.

Posted By: stopa
Date Posted: 28 February 2011 at 5:33pm
So do the electric devices need to be real? Or can it be some kind of sci-fi object?

Posted By: Hiuru
Date Posted: 28 February 2011 at 5:49pm
Yeah i know there's a lot of banding but i can't seem to fix it xD

If someone would be happy to help, i'll appreciate it :)

Anywayz, i'm done! I'll probably think of something later on the week so won't submit yet.

I'll be using the wide pixels one for the challenge.

Posted By: Muiriled
Date Posted: 28 February 2011 at 6:34pm
WOA! well done! I hope I could learn to dither that way.

Posted By: Muiriled
Date Posted: 01 March 2011 at 4:49am
HI guys, well, just need to end that tower and add some details. any advices so far?

Posted By: eNerGi
Date Posted: 01 March 2011 at 6:27am
I ain't good at this pixel art thing, but I'm doing it like this... palette is on right side :D There's a lamp, tv, laptop and a little generator :D

Posted By: Gecimen
Date Posted: 01 March 2011 at 7:18am
If you're good at sketching with a pencil, first try to make a sketch of the same scene in a different perspective.

Posted By: travisofarabia
Date Posted: 01 March 2011 at 8:25am
This is my first submission. I'm new to pixel art so thought I would give it a try with this contest. Let me know whatcha think. BTW:Im traveling internationally right now so I made this In a few quick hours before I lose the internet. This is as finished as time allowed. 11 colors used pallet in the apple.

Posted By: Cilein
Date Posted: 01 March 2011 at 3:44pm
Very pretty scene set up and good pixelling, however the lightning really lets it down, you should make use of the lighting to dramaticise it, and it needs to blend into the piece more - it's all coming from behind the tower, looks a bit scribbled on over an otherwise excellent piece. Maybe use different colors for it. The shape is odd too, electricity doesn't fan out when jumping between things, not inteded negatively, just some constructive crit I hope can help

-Building an engine-

Posted By: Muiriled
Date Posted: 01 March 2011 at 5:02pm
uh.. guys I just posted the almost ended picture last night, but i'm not seeing it now.. someone knows what happens?

Posted By: tanuki
Date Posted: 01 March 2011 at 5:12pm
Do you mean this? - link

Posted By: Muiriled
Date Posted: 01 March 2011 at 6:05pm
wtf! it apears now.. ?? something is wrong with my internet I think is too slow lately.

Cilein: Thanks for your crit and feel free to keep it coming (if not bothers you) as it helps me to improve. Totally agree with the lighting stuff. I may add some more colors even if some part in me dont want to :) Also real lightings have a lot more branches,but due to the space-pixels I don't know how to fix it.. I'll see what i can do. thanks again.

tanuki: yes, that one, thanks. It appears refreshing the page twice. _0

Posted By: Muiriled
Date Posted: 02 March 2011 at 11:55am
hi guys again. here it is. probably ended, but i'm seeing more and more details.

at the end i added the 12 colors. the major problem i'm having now is the lighting capturing too much eye atention, so i added reflexes and a purple on top below to make the eyes pass by the different pieces. do you think is working? and got any crit?

Posted By: Chrispy
Date Posted: 02 March 2011 at 2:10pm
Muiriled, that looks rather dynamic. Would that count as a still life?

Posted By: Cilein
Date Posted: 02 March 2011 at 3:49pm
Definite improvement, the electricity blends much better, Chrispy is right though, this is unlikely to count as still life - best get that confirmed with a mod

-Building an engine-

Posted By: Muiriled
Date Posted: 02 March 2011 at 7:23pm
Uh.. you're probably right guys, i don't have a clue. I'll check that out, but i dont care too much. at the end i'm just challenging myself.

Posted By: Hiuru
Date Posted: 02 March 2011 at 8:48pm
Originally posted by Muiriled

Uh.. you're probably right guys, i don't have a clue. I'll check that out, but i dont care too much. at the end i'm just challenging myself.

That's the spirit! It looks really good :) specially the lightning/electricity effect, but i must agree with the fact that it doesn't quite look like a still life.

Still, kudos to you!

Posted By: Muiriled
Date Posted: 05 March 2011 at 10:34am
Wellp the link to the wiki says 'mostly inanimate subject matter' and i've seen some still life (even there) that looks like in motion. plus i can't get any response from the administrator (guess they're busy) so i just submit it like that. I guess they'll kick it out if they need to.
Thanks for all your comments and crits!

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