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Quote administrator Replybullet Topic: CHALLENGE 2/9/2009: The Magenta Challenge
    Posted: 09 February 2009 at 12:02am

CHALLENGE: The Magenta Challenge

You are challenged this week to create something using at least 8 colours from this masochistic magenta palette:

TheMagentaPalette3.png picture by tumble_weed

Canvas Size - Max 128 x 128.
Colours - Min 8 of your colours must be selected from the magenta palette above. Any other colours you wish to add are entirely up to you. There is no maximum limit to the amount of colours you can use.
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 Magenta Challenge 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 ProgZmax Replybullet Posted: 09 February 2009 at 3:06am
I was thinking of ET when I made this quick outline.  I'm not sure if I'll have time to finish it, but it's a start.
 

I call him ME-T ^_^
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Quote BlazeAce Replybullet Posted: 09 February 2009 at 7:02am
There was an anime happening near my home last saturday. So I thought I'd make a cosplayer with pink hair and all... But then I couldn't make any that looked good. One of the sketches looked really old so I thought I'd make a sketch of an old lady with pink/magenta hair/wig and pink/magenta lips.

What do you think? Should keep working on this or make traditional cosplayer?




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Quote JoPix Replybullet Posted: 09 February 2009 at 8:34am

WIP

sketched out basic idea, tropical sunset, bit boring i suppose, might try animating it
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Quote greenraven Replybullet Posted: 09 February 2009 at 9:08am
It's funny, because I just starting working on a piece with those colors. It's like someone just went and read my mind. XD
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Quote Metaru Replybullet Posted: 09 February 2009 at 9:24am
life is sending you a message, magentaraven
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Quote greenraven Replybullet Posted: 09 February 2009 at 9:50am
I know right. XD
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Quote lap1994 Replybullet Posted: 09 February 2009 at 3:10pm
Its hard to put all the eight magenta colors together =/
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Quote lap1994 Replybullet Posted: 09 February 2009 at 4:07pm
Something random >_> Will add something else. Perhaps an awful green.

Perhaps a flower or something :<
(Hey! Thats art! I call that abstract of someone with random emotions xD)

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Quote ohnoimnaked Replybullet Posted: 09 February 2009 at 4:25pm
omg met'z comment XD
oh, and yeah, this challenge seems pretty free
probably gonna get in this


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Quote dpixel Replybullet Posted: 09 February 2009 at 6:49pm
I grow these every year.  The fragrance is amazing.  I've got 28 of these colors so far.  This is still a work in progress.  Probably adding 1 set of leaves.
 
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Quote Devon Replybullet Posted: 09 February 2009 at 7:59pm

Well it looks finnished but I am still looking for any cc and stuff :D I got teh inspiration at school XD
... got nothin to put here yet XD
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Quote Wuuhuu Replybullet Posted: 09 February 2009 at 8:14pm
lap1994, it sorta looks like a pong game. I like it :)
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Quote Metaru Replybullet Posted: 09 February 2009 at 8:14pm
don't be afraid of using way more frames and attemp something more elaborated. you know you can do more than just that.
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Quote Dr. Grammer Replybullet Posted: 09 February 2009 at 10:09pm
I'm going to try and enter this. Here is my WIP so far.



My biggest problem with this is going to be that I have never been able to recreate the human face.
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Quote ProgZmax Replybullet Posted: 10 February 2009 at 2:20am
I did have some time to work on this afterall.  I worked on the body first, and I've just now gotten to work on the head.  I'm not sure if I like the face yet, but his vapid, happy expression is growing on me so far.  I think he needs bucked teeth.  Background is still bland until I can think of something interesting.
 
 
 
Edit:  And a bit more work on the face, now featuring bucked teeth!
 
 
And a bit more work to the face and belly.
 
 
 


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Quote Hapiel Replybullet Posted: 10 February 2009 at 4:06am
While playing around, I made this redux.
Of course, not for the challenge, but I want to show it anyway :), still quite much work to get this perfect!



Uses 27 of the 32 colors. No colors where added.
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Quote Bubu Replybullet Posted: 10 February 2009 at 6:40am
Think I'm gonna go with a Venus Fly Trap for this one.

This is the first sketch


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Quote Dr. Grammer Replybullet Posted: 10 February 2009 at 9:42am
My latest WIP:
 
33 Colors
100 x 100
 
I know it's not great but i'm very pleased with it so far. Comments and Crits are welcome.
 
Oops, forgot the ears.
 


Edited by Dr. Grammer - 10 February 2009 at 9:56am
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Quote Metaru Replybullet Posted: 10 February 2009 at 10:40am
hmm... try using some yellows and browns on these skin colors grammer, right now the skin looks way too flat and plain...
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Quote JoPix Replybullet Posted: 10 February 2009 at 11:22am

WIP

coming along ok, i am going to animate gentle sea and tree movement when i figure out the best way to do it
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Quote Slemboll Replybullet Posted: 10 February 2009 at 1:38pm
this is still WIP im gonna do some effects with the colours this is my wery first competition
 
now my final result are done and here it it
its not a MASTERPIECE but im happy anyways because its my wery first competiotion :)


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Quote Dr. Grammer Replybullet Posted: 10 February 2009 at 3:15pm
Thanks for the comment Metaru!


39 colors
100 x 100


Any better?
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Quote Metaru Replybullet Posted: 10 February 2009 at 6:52pm
39 colors... way too many for such a simple image. try using more contrast between colors and better shadows. save the dithering for rough surfaces and when there is a specific limitation on the color count of your palette.

the some looks ackward too(looks as it was pulled to the side due the shading), same as the cigarette. the way he grabs it its completely ridiculous.

and the proportion of the face features should be slighty increased to match the skull's size.

and don't forget to use a reference for better results.
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Quote dpixel Replybullet Posted: 10 February 2009 at 7:17pm
Dr. Grammer, he looks kind of like Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.  Get rid of the butt, reshape the head a little and make him look a little nervous...lol
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Quote Dr. Grammer Replybullet Posted: 10 February 2009 at 8:35pm
Metaru I have a couple questions. If 39 colors is to much, what should I shoot for? When you say "the some" I have no idea what your talking about? Regarding the cigar in his mouth, I was imagining him holding it somthing like this. Thanks for all the help!

He does look kinda like him doesn't he dpixel, lol.
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Quote Metaru Replybullet Posted: 10 February 2009 at 8:40pm
the nose.

as for the amount of colors, you should use less colors with more contrast between them. a better color ramp will mean a huge improvement in your understanding of shading, depth, and colors in general.



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Quote Souly Replybullet Posted: 10 February 2009 at 9:52pm

WHAT, were allowed different colors? WTF
dammit I made mine all magenta.


Edited by Souly - 11 February 2009 at 12:50am

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Quote BruceJuice Replybullet Posted: 11 February 2009 at 1:23am
 

I'm making a Faerie :D
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Quote taquito143 Replybullet Posted: 11 February 2009 at 1:52pm
A new experience..

Google Chrome cof.. cof..  Magenta



Edit:

Reference: --->
 


Edited by taquito143 - 11 February 2009 at 1:56pm
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Quote Dr. Grammer Replybullet Posted: 11 February 2009 at 2:49pm
Ok, spent an hour on this to remove some of the colors.


20 colors
100 x 100



More Crits please!
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Quote taquito143 Replybullet Posted: 11 February 2009 at 4:11pm
Originally posted by Dr. Grammer

Ok, spent an hour on this to remove some of the colors.


20 colors
100 x 100



More Crits please!


I think.. this is a good entry
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Quote Metaru Replybullet Posted: 11 February 2009 at 4:33pm
Originally posted by Dr. Grammer

Ok, spent an hour on this to remove some of the colors.


20 colors
100 x 100



More Crits please!

you removed some colors, now you have to put some harmony between the ones you have. polish the transition between those skin colors, the purples in the coat can be polished even more, use more contrast to define it
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Quote AlexWeldon Replybullet Posted: 11 February 2009 at 7:24pm
His head is way too narrow for his shoulders.
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Quote Dr. Grammer Replybullet Posted: 11 February 2009 at 8:37pm

20 colors
100 x 100


If I understood you right metaru I think I fixed it. I don't know if I'm willing to change it AlexW, if enough people said it looked wrong then I would reconsider. Thanks for the vote of confidence taquito! More comments are welcome!

Response to below post:
I don't know if i'm supposed to respond and say sure or what, so if I am then yea you can.

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Quote Metaru Replybullet Posted: 11 February 2009 at 8:42pm
let me do an edit and show you something
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Quote taquito143 Replybullet Posted: 12 February 2009 at 9:46am
Last Edit:

I need crits..


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Quote Metaru Replybullet Posted: 12 February 2009 at 9:50am
here's my crit: there are plenty more interesting subjects out there than badly trace a browser's logo and recolor it.
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Quote AlexWeldon Replybullet Posted: 12 February 2009 at 12:47pm
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If I understood you right metaru I think I fixed it. I don't know if I'm willing to change it AlexW, if enough people said it looked wrong then I would reconsider. Thanks for the vote of confidence taquito! More comments are welcome!


In future, if you ever wonder about proportions, use this trick: go look at yourself in the mirror and hold a ruler or stick out at arm's length, mark one part's measurement with your thumb, then (still at arm's length - that's important, since you're actually measuring angular size, not linear, so you have to keep the ruler a constant distance from your eye!) move it to another part and compare.

If you do that with your head and shoulders, you'll find that you're about three heads wide across the shoulders - that is, your left and right shoulder are each about as wide as your head, and then your head is in the middle.

This guy looks like he's more like 5 head-widths across the shoulders, which makes him rather pin-headed indeed.

if you don't want to change it, I'd exaggerate it even more somehow... make him a bit more cone-headed or something. Make it a caricature and pretend you did it on purpose all along. That's a classic artist's trick. ;)
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Quote Dr. Grammer Replybullet Posted: 12 February 2009 at 9:48pm


Are these colors better?
Thanks for the comments Alex. I'll try changing the shoulders a little and see how it looks.
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Quote Hitsuro Replybullet Posted: 12 February 2009 at 10:27pm

cool



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Quote Antiboton Replybullet Posted: 12 February 2009 at 10:36pm
Mine is simple. I wanted to animated but I'm lazy now... zZ zZ
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Quote Metaru Replybullet Posted: 13 February 2009 at 11:48am
remember you can add more colors to your entry, don't just limit yourself to do a poorly gradient based palette.
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Quote Damian Replybullet Posted: 13 February 2009 at 5:00pm
I agree with alex 100% and so the odds are against you. Another thing anybody saying that its good have forgotten to tell why they think its good, but none have told you other than alex why its worse than there initial response.

Firstly the difference in hue(colour), brightness and saturation is very minimal, resulting in a lack in contrast and something that looks like a straight colour ramp.

http://rjanes.co.uk/tutorials/introduction_to_pixel_art.php

Take a good look at this its very good.(I will admit I found this earlier today, but had this knowledge and more from other colour theory discussions that I have read).

I won't go on about your understanding of light. But look into it ;) as its something your not particularly good at.

Remember: Line-art/shape then volume and then detail.
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Quote Antiboton Replybullet Posted: 13 February 2009 at 7:14pm
This is what I submitted for this contests. I wanted to animate it but... zZ zZ zZ


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Quote Dr. Grammer Replybullet Posted: 13 February 2009 at 11:48pm
Metaru and Jim, are those last two comments aimed at me?
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Quote Damian Replybullet Posted: 14 February 2009 at 2:24am
Mine is, but Met could be talking about a number of entries. The pallet in the first place is somewhat gradient based.
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Quote Dr. Grammer Replybullet Posted: 14 February 2009 at 1:05pm
Ok, I tried my best to change it to reflect your comments.



Any better? More comments are welcome, but I am going to have to enter this soon so hurry if you want me to be able to change it.

Edit:

I also wanted to say that I never disagreed with Alex that the the proportions where wrong, just that I needed to change it because it look the way I wanted.

Edit2:
Just noticed a little problem with the chin.



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Quote Hitsuro Replybullet Posted: 14 February 2009 at 4:26pm
for this contests:
 
 
 
comment...


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Quote Antiboton Replybullet Posted: 14 February 2009 at 7:38pm
Looks like tail and right hand were connected. But is good. Ah, and try to avoid pillow effect. Is not good.

I though is something simmilar... the magenta panther. But then I chose slowpoke.

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