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CHALLENGE: Multi-Purpose Portrait

From challenge winner Kaiseto comes this week's challenge. Create either a 1/2 body or a 3/4 body portrait of a character that could be used during a dialogue sequence in a game. Some examples of this are shown here (Clockwise from top left: Disgaea, Disgaea 2, Prince of Persia: The Fallen King, The World Ends With You). Remember, the bottom-right image is an example of what not to do.

The character can be anything as long as it is capable of speech. The pixel art should be the character only. Everything outside the character should be fully transparent.

You are to make a portrait that can be used with multiple dialogs; the expression must be suitable for all three of the dialogues listed below:

  • I have lost my crystal, will you find it and bring it to me? 
  • We don't have much time left to save the princess.
  • I am thankful for your help in my quest.

Canvas Size - Max 180 x 240.
Colors - Max 32.
Transparency - Required.
Animation - Optional.

Visual sample portraits.

NOTE WHICH IS NOT ACCEPTABLE


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 Multi-Purpose Portrait 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 AngelOTG Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 12:05am
Haha, this should be fun. :P

*gets to work*

I plan on entering this one!



Okay, question:

Do we really have to make it suit ALL of those lines? That'd be exceedingly difficult to match. D:


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Quote yuji Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 1:22am
Hmm, I have an idea...

May work on this for my first challenge...

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Quote Timbit Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 3:18am
Yes yes yes yes! I'm in this one fo' sho'.
 
BUT, I know it's a challenge, but the rules essentially want us to create a single expression for asking a polite question, stating a desprate fact, and thanking someone. the 1st and 3rd can be turned sinister and the character with a smirk or something, but that is incompatible with the 2nd.
 
"The character can be anything so long as it is capable of speech"...hmmm!
 
I guess it's open to interpretation! The ideas are already conjuring in my head!


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Quote ellie-is Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 6:13am
"The character can be anything so long as it is capable of speech"
Does that means that I can make a rock with a mouth? :P

Seriously though, this sounds fun. Got a few ideas in mind that might work.
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Quote dusanvf Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 7:11am
So, it's gotta be just the character? or with backgrounds like the examples here?
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Quote Elk Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 7:39am
Interesting, I'm in
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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 7:53am
Originally posted by dusanvf

So, it's gotta be just the character? or with backgrounds like the examples here?


"The pixel art should be the character only. Everything outside the character should be fully transparent."
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Quote susuwataris Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 8:35am
Just an early WIP:


What do you guys think about it? Is it OK for a 3/4 body portrait?

It is obviously inspired by Lady GaGa's look, which I personally love.


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Quote orenshtiv Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 8:44am
I really like those games but I don't thinkim gonna challenge this time..
because I've just finished a giant project,wanna see it? over here:
http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixelart/44615.htm
oh well,good luck everyone!.


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Quote asukicco Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 10:53am


Early Wip.
Planning on giving him a huge sword on his back.

There will also be a version good for: "What are these strawberries doing on my nipples, I need them for the for the fruit salad!"
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Quote jalonso Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 10:55am
Originally posted by Angel of the Great

...Do we really have to make it suit ALL of those lines? That'd be exceedingly difficult...


Yes! there lies the challenge.
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Quote Elk Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 12:13pm
Nice work there asukicco =)
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Quote asukicco Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 12:32pm
Thank you Elk!

Some quick upadte:


Does the thing in his throat looks like a big Adam's apple?
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Quote ellie-is Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 12:37pm
Great job on is so far man! And yeah, it does. Maybe you should make it a bit more pointy though?
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Quote imera Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 12:38pm
WOW asukicco,wonderful face and shading, I shouldn't even bother entring this :P

and susuwataris, looks great to, love the hair :D
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Quote Dai Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 2:05pm
Here's my wip



Something seems a little off to me, but I don't know, maybe it's just that it's not done. D:


*_* And asukicco, yours is looking amazing!! I can't wait to see it finished~
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Quote imera Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 2:41pm
Dai :: thehead shape towards the ear needs a little work, and the eye is going to far back, the rest seem to be great actually :D
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Quote AngelOTG Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 2:53pm
Damn it! D:

I'll... just go ahead and make my idea and hope I can come up with sense in the other line. :P
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Quote Manjaman Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 3:34pm
Asukicco : great shading and line art ! Make me think to a colonial adventurer, I don't know why... Maybe you should remove the shoulder straps, or just redefine them, because they don't correspond to your character's personnality. Anyway, go ahead, this is amazing.
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Quote monotov Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 5:04pm
I am eager to see your work guys.
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Quote jeremy Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 7:23pm
Everyone seems to be doing the "hands raised" thing :D


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Quote RollerKingdom Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 8:04pm
jeremy i am loving the shark ^_^
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Quote jeremy Replybullet Posted: 06 July 2009 at 10:18pm
Thanks :D
 
An update, large planes are rather difficult to shade this way :(
 
*EDIT*
Finished o_O


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Quote linx Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 5:19am
You people remind me of why i never did try entering a challenge XD.
Well i decided i must at least get one green ribbon :D, so im trying out this one



Still WIP of course
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Quote ellie-is Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 6:25am
Jeremy, thats a nice idea. Since sharks always look angry, he could be saying any of those stuff. :P

linx: I think the thingies on her shirt look a bit weird. Her breasts are also a little weird.
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Quote linx Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 6:59am
Yup i officially fail at folds :P, its still a WIP though, or else she would have arms XD
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Quote eckered Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 7:36am
"I have lost my crystals, will you find them and bring them to me?"

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Quote Dai Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 8:26am
Jeremy, your shark looks AWESOME. :O

linx, I think you could fix the problem with the breasts by not putting such a harsh outline underneath them towards the midde.

eckered- looks kind of creepy but awesome work so far XD

Here's an update on mine. I'm happy with her hair for sure. Not sure about the dress yet... Also, fixed the problem with her head shape... I think. xD I got rid of the floating hairs because they were just distracting and didn't look too good. I might re-add them later. Dunno.


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Quote ellie-is Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 8:32am
Eckred: Great, but his hand looks a little weird.
Dai: I cant see she saying the last thing. Maybe you should change her face a bit?
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Quote r1k Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 8:42am
linx I did an edit of yours, which I kind of got carried away with but I included all the steps I took so hopefully thats of help

dont pay attention to the arms I just threw those on at the last second for the sake of having arms.  I couldnt tell whether you were trying to draw the body at a frontal view or 3/4 view because the face looked like it was at 3/4 but the body looked frontal.  But I figured that ussualy when people talk to each other they dont have their head and body turned different directions so I did it all in 3/4 view.  It might be good to draw a central line down her body to keep every thing in perspective, remember in 3/4 view the central line is closer to one side of the body.  You might disagree with the colors, but I tried shifting the skin a little towards purple and the shirt more towards blue so it would all go together with the purple hair.  Also I think you have too many colors on yours right now, some of the colors are too similar.  Hope that helps some.

eckered, that quote is halarious with that guy, cool idea.

dai, I think yours looks a little too gray all over.  Maybe try adding a bit of saturation to just either the shadows or highlights.  I mean I think its okay to have it desaturated but maybe not all over.
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Quote linx Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 8:50am
Ah thanks for the help, i wish i wouldve refreshed before i did my newest version :P




Ah well either ill start from scratch or finish the arms and post this one. I still have a lot of time though, so ill probably start over.
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Quote asukicco Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 9:04am


Added legs and played a lot with contrasts.
Mmmmh, shorts, I think he's quite handsome, ladies.
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Quote Dirteater Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 10:05am
Originally posted by asukicco



Added legs and played a lot with contrasts.
Mmmmh, shorts, I think he's quite handsome, ladies.


Ahh this is great, cant wait to see it totally perfected, you make it look easy!
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Quote susuwataris Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 10:20am
Here's my work finished



I know it won't work at all, but I don't have time to make another one.


@asukicco: that's totally beautiful!

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Quote slym Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 11:12am
Originally posted by Jeremy

Thanks :D

An update, large planes are rather difficult to shade this way :(



*EDIT*


Finished o_O


the teeth need a little more work. The top look like they are behind are level with the bottom teeth. If you look at the mouth for a while, the teeth look like the are actually going inward into the sharks mouth. I suggest adding darker depth to the bottom set of teeth and moving the top set of teeth to the right a few pixels.
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Quote Shadow-gamer Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 3:26pm


Here is my guy so far. It is in a comic book like style; this is my first time posting my WIP in for a challenge.
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Quote linx Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 3:31pm
Same here, but that doesnt look like a 3/4 or 1/2 portrait to me. Its more of a full pose.
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Quote Shadow-gamer Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 6:30pm
Originally posted by linx

Same here, but that doesnt look like a 3/4 or 1/2 portrait to me. Its more of a full pose.

Eh, that's fine. If it doesn't fit in the challenge then I'll just submit it normally.
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Quote ellie-is Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 6:49pm
Or you can just cut some of his legs and make he fit the chalenge?
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Quote cassiechihuahua Replybullet Posted: 07 July 2009 at 6:56pm
Thats great, Eckered, xD!
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Quote Azrael Replybullet Posted: 08 July 2009 at 1:38am
hi, can i use my game asset for entry of this challange? i currently working on that too, if i can submit it, it would be great, thanks :D
If you want it done rite, U gotta do it yourself!
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Quote Ninja Crow Replybullet Posted: 08 July 2009 at 2:45am
We have to save the princess!



Here's my concept art for a character portrait - I really love this challenge, Kaiseto, thanks!

Where's my crystal?



And here's a value (shading) render that I'm trying in mono.  I hope to convert to a hue (chroma) render when it's finished.

I'd love c+c on it - thanks!

p.s. - So many great works developing (Jeremy, your shark is terrific) that I'm really inspired to live up to them (Asukicco, dig your warrior).
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Quote orenshtiv Replybullet Posted: 08 July 2009 at 3:13am
Here's my submission:

"Thnkx for helping me in my quest dude!"
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Quote Elk Replybullet Posted: 08 July 2009 at 8:33am
Originally posted by Ninja Crow





Was that really made by you?

When I compare your pixelart and this, I see alot of deformations in your pixelart that are completely out of place and not compareable to the volume of this piece.

Simply comparing this to your thing are 2 different worlds,more or less, in terms of shading, so far.

EITHER that...or you have completely no idea how to shade :)!


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Quote asukicco Replybullet Posted: 08 July 2009 at 8:53am


I think this is ok. If anyone have something to say, please go ahead, I'm feeling like working on this a lot more.
I'm having a loads of fun with this challenge.

EDIT: noticed some issues with layers' overlapping. Downloading GIMP to fix this.
EDIT2: Fixed.

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[sorry my connection is mischievous]


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Quote dpixel Replybullet Posted: 08 July 2009 at 12:54pm

Dai, The hair is awesome.  In fact the whole thing is awesome.  Love the style.

asukicco,  That's just some crazy animation.  Really nice job!

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Quote Manjaman Replybullet Posted: 08 July 2009 at 12:54pm
Wow O.o He's just enormous ! I don't see anything you could improve...

What I have so far :

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Quote asukicco Replybullet Posted: 08 July 2009 at 1:09pm
Manjaman, your's great and unique. Complimenti!
But make sure you can adapt him to all the sentences.

Really good job.
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