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Well it's that time of year again...

Go to another member's PJ gallery, study their pixels, and fool us into thinking that that person made it.

No copies, only 100% original work.
Think style, technique and artistic sensibility.
You must name the pixel artist in your submission.

No real rules this week but find the parameters set by the artist you choose.
This applies to general size, color choices and don't forget to pay attention to preview icons.

Also have a look at the previous two April Fool's Gallery Challenges [1] [2]

(Yes, this is the real Weekly Challenge!)



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by skamocore @ 3/30/2009 12:09  |    24
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This week you are challenged to create something using the controversial pillow shading technique.

Canvas Size- Exactly 400 x 100.
Colours - Unrestricted. Because pillow shading can often require a large number of colours, we recommend saving your work in the .png file format this week, as .gif can only handle 256 colours.
Transparency - No.
Animation - No.

If you are having trouble with this technique have a look at
this handy video tutorial.
 

The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
 

 APRIL FOOLS!


Yes, it is a bit early for an April Fools joke, but this is something that we thought would work better by pulling it off at the start of a challenge week.

 

Happy (almost) April Fools Day everyone! =)

Posted by skamocore @ 3/30/2009 00:02  |    38
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The Character Mash-up pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

~Whausha! by Canty
Something seems a little batty by wish04
Bowsendorf by Calv


Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the Character Mash-up forum thread for more information.
Read the full post...

Posted by skamocore @ 3/30/2009 00:01  |    0
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It's time to head on over to the forum and vote for the latest pixel art challenge: Pixel Crunch.

VOTE NOW!
Posted by skamocore @ 3/30/2009 00:01  |    0
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This week you're challenged to create the front packaging for a new breakfast cereal called "Pixel Crunch".

Make sure you're not using any existing fonts.

Canvas Size - Exactly 100 (width) x 150 (height)
Colours - Max 48.
Transparency - No.
Animation - No.



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by skamocore @ 3/23/2009 01:50  |    21
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The CGA Cyclops pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

Sexy Beast! by Stickman
generic cyclobs by vierbit
leisure time at Lipari Island by tomic


Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the CGA Cyclops forum thread for more information.
Read the full post...

Posted by skamocore @ 3/23/2009 00:48  |    1
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Posted by skamocore @ 3/23/2009 00:48  |    1
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The Two-Faced pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

yellow by jamon
Rorschach Two Faced - Weekly Challenge by JinnDEvil
Louis Wain cats by panya


Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the Two-Faced forum thread for more information.
Read the full post...

Posted by skamocore @ 3/16/2009 00:26  |    0
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It's time to head on over to the forum and vote for the latest pixel art challenge: CGA Cyclops.

VOTE NOW!
Posted by skamocore @ 3/16/2009 00:26  |    5
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Challenge winner Calv challenges you to create a new video game character by melding two or more existing characters together. You can use any character from any game, but be as creative as possible. You can do it as a portrait, a sprite, a scene or however you want.

Some examples; Mario wearing Master Chief's outfit about to race in an F-Zero machine or Sonic mixed with Blanka.

Make sure you tell us who your characters are and what games they are from.

Canvas Size- Unrestricted.
Colours - Max 36.
Transparency - Optional.
Animation - Optional.

EDIT: If anyone is found using existing sprites and editing them for the challenge, they will be banned. Tracing an existing sprite is also frowned upon and will be considered ripping.

The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.

Posted by skamocore @ 3/16/2009 00:26  |    28
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the awesome people at OCremix is proudly relasing their 13th album, Summoning of Spirits: An Arrangement of Music from Tales of Phantasia(Snes) and Tales of Symphonia(Gamecube) made by the collab works of several talented artist.

"From disco to symphonic rock, it features over fifty musical arrangements from over thirty five artists, each interpreting the works of composers Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura, Ryota Furuya, Takashi Arai, and Akio Shimizu in their own unique style."

The album can be downloaded via Bit Torrent, or by HTTP, as either a full zip file or individual tracks.

Posted by Metaru @ 3/12/2009 08:59  |    6
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 The PAX 10 is a showcase of independent games to be exhibited at the Penny Arcade Expo. Taking submissions until May 9th, our group of 50 industry experts will cull the selection of games into what they collectively feel are the ten best in regard to gameplay and overall fun-factor. Click here for more information.

Posted by AsimosVagan @ 3/13/2009 12:09  |    1
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The following pixel artists produced Pixel Joint's top rated pixel art for February 2009. Many thanks go out to this month's top pixel artists and all the members who took time to rate.


#1 Pixel ArtClockwork Whistler by iLKke
#2 Pixel ArtRobot wants to play by ptoing
#3 Pixel ArtDigger by big brother
#4 Pixel ArtA Dragon and His Princess by MashPotato
#5 Pixel ArtTei by Panda
#6 Pixel ArtSecret Santa by Fool
#7 Pixel Art4Billion% Horsemen by probertson
#8 Pixel ArtGolden Suprise by jamon
#9 Pixel ArtClouds by Panda
#10 Pixel ArtExecutioner pondering where he put his nose by ptoing
Posted by skamocore @ 3/15/2009 01:11  |    6
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No, its not a speedrun, but its the kind of fanservice we love.

Needless to say, don't watch it if you don't want to get spoilers.

(German version avaliable here).

Posted by Metaru @ 3/9/2009 01:22  |    8
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If you're in the mood for some retro music, pixel art and massive seizures check out Dawn Metropolis.

www.dawnmetropolis.com

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/11/2009 09:47  |    4
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The One Word Comic pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

Mind Your Manners (nudity!) by Hydronium
Mario - Tired Of Playing Level 1 by Solitaire
Plight of the redshirt by vampireslug


Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the One Word Comic forum thread for more information.
Read the full post...

Posted by cure @ 3/9/2009 00:21  |    0
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It's time to head on over to the forum and vote for the latest pixel art challenge: Two-Faced.

VOTE NOW!
Posted by cure @ 3/9/2009 00:21  |    3
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You are challenged this week  to create an image using any of the CGA palettes listed below.

The image must include some kind of cyclops. You do not have to make it a 'typical' cyclops, it can be any creature with just one eye. However, it must be clear that the creature does just have one eye.

    NOTE: If you were intending to make an image of the X-Men character "Cyclops" your piece will NOT be accepted into the challenge as technically that character is not a cyclops.

Canvas Size - Maximum 320 (width) x 200 (height).
Colours - Exactly 4. Select one of the following CGA palettes:



Transparency - No.
Animation - Optional.


The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.

Posted by cure @ 3/9/2009 00:21  |    21
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From PopCap:

Channel your Peggle Fever into something great and help create the next version of Peggle. You could win some great prizes in the process!

Sweet!

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/8/2009 18:02  |    2
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I'll admit I don't really know anything about Fall Out Boy (being an old curmudgeon and all), but the Oregon Trail inspired pixel art game is pretty sweet.

Check it!

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/8/2009 15:07  |    2
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Mecho Wars coming soon.

I'm sure most of you have seen badassbill's piece in the gallery. I just found it kinda cool to see it show up in the news.

Now I'm giddy as a school girl. Dreams do come true.

Posted by greenraven @ 3/2/2009 20:13  |    5
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In an effort to celebrate the entertainment masterminds of our industry, your pals at IGN.com com have assembled the ultimate list of creative game geniuses. The list is not complete yet but check it out: The Top 100 Game Creators of All Time.

Posted by AsimosVagan @ 3/5/2009 05:14  |    7
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It's come to my attention that people have been using a JavaScript hack to automatically rate pixel art.  Obviously, anyone who has used this will have all their ratings taken away, but even if you could get away with this... why would you do this?

Please send a PM to me if you suspect a member of using this or if you've used it yourself let me know.

PLEASE DO NOT POST ACCUSATIONS PUBLICLY!

Posted by sedgemonkey @ 3/6/2009 01:50  |    35
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Challenge winner [thUg] challenges you to create a portrait of a Two-Face type character, like the character from Batman, but not necessarily with a human side.

Examples: robot/animal, boy/girl, alien/human, firecreature/watercreature, etc...

Canvas Size- Max 100 x 100.
Colours - Max 16.
Transparency - No.
Animation - Optional.



The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.

Posted by cure @ 3/2/2009 00:16  |    17
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The Let's Dance! pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

Girl dance by radolfo
Lollige - Bounce by Lollige
Shizayats`s belly dance by panya


Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the Let's Dance! forum thread for more information.
Read the full post...

Posted by cure @ 3/2/2009 00:15  |    3
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It's time to head on over to the forum and vote for the latest pixel art challenge: One Word Comic.

VOTE NOW!
Posted by cure @ 3/2/2009 00:15  |    2

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