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    Posted: 09 March 2009 at 12:21am

CHALLENGE: CGA Cyclops

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.


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 CGA Cyclops 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 Elk Replybullet Posted: 09 March 2009 at 7:28am
might join, dunno yet, need to make some add for a disco
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Quote smk Replybullet Posted: 09 March 2009 at 7:35am
Probably going to try and do Leela Turanga :)
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Quote LadyHazy Replybullet Posted: 09 March 2009 at 9:41am
I have no idea how to use those colors.
And I have no idea whether I can finish on time.

But I did have an idea. So...

(should I be linking out for nudity gore?)



I think I need to cut back on the dithering, but I still have to figure out how it's done with that palette. D:
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Quote Elk Replybullet Posted: 09 March 2009 at 11:29am
looks cool!!!
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Quote Bubu Replybullet Posted: 09 March 2009 at 11:50am
Ahh cyclops! I think I'm gonna give the one-eyed monster from monsters and co a go ;D

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Quote tomic Replybullet Posted: 09 March 2009 at 4:37pm
doodling around with palette 4..


lacks of a cyclops still, except for that alibi-sun ;D
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Quote heyy13 Replybullet Posted: 09 March 2009 at 4:54pm
Holy f**k tomic (that's amazing), and the cyclops is the sun.
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Quote FlyGuy Replybullet Posted: 09 March 2009 at 7:26pm
awesome tomic
Eat babies.
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Quote x-death Replybullet Posted: 09 March 2009 at 9:57pm
i thought i would make soemthing for this. so i wantewd to make something original so to define what original was in this case i use google to help me.

so i decided no x-men characters, definitily no monsters inc as that was the main thing that came up. and yeah no giant monster kind of things then looking at that piece above by tomic with the whole moon as the cyclops.

i thought well my countries in a water crysis at the moment so lets do a game mockup to join both water saving and a cyclops. so here is what i have so far:


i'm having trouble with the background because seperating the top part of platform from the background is becoming hard. hmm any suggestions i'm using the top right palette. as it allowed for better tones between characters and platforms.

also creating a good background at the same time as seperating all elements has become even harder.


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Quote A.B. Lazer Replybullet Posted: 09 March 2009 at 10:58pm
Hmm... I thought all CGA modes had black color?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_Graphics_Adapter

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Quote x-death Replybullet Posted: 09 March 2009 at 11:48pm
i think black was one of the main ones that they used, but i think for this challenge they just choose any color from the bunch. i don't think alot of thought was put in because looking at what they had to choose from they could have done way better.
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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 12:53am
All of the challenge options are valid CGA palettes. Each CGA palette  must consist of 3 colours + an extra background colour, which can be selected out the remaining colours from the 16 available. Black is very frequently used as the background colour, but it is not required.

None of the palettes include black for this very reason. I am interested to see what can be created without the option of using black.

@x-death, I would be interested to hear your thoughts on which valid palettes, that do not include black, would be "way better" for this challenge. Personally, I think that all four of the provided palettes are both challenging and interesting.
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Quote x-death Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 2:00am
well i was thinking if black was included, but i'd figure numbers 1 or 9 for the first then something like 4,6 and 14 for the rest. might have been ok. to be honest i think i was only disappointed because i liked my rain drop cyclops idea i have above but there were very litttle palettes that made the drop look good. or well in my eyes. so i had to make a pink rain drop. and i don't know about anyone else but a pink rain drop to me just looks crap.

also those numbers are the ones on the color display from that link A.B. lazer provided
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Quote Bubu Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 3:19am
Progress:


Holy crap Tomic, that's looking awesome already!
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Quote vampireslug Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 3:30am
My first attempt... the dithering is giving me fits.  Suggestions?
 
"The Earth starts to rumble, world powers fall. A 'warring for the heavens, a peaceful man stands tall...." - Mustaine. 1992 Screen Gems/EMI
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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 3:38am
@x-death, Here is an explanation of some of the choices that were made when selecting the four palettes:

I wanted to have a brighter colour for the first palette, leaving the cyan and white as midtone colours. This differs from the other palettes where the two brightest colours are very close together.

The other colours could've been possibilities. However, I find that the CGA brown to be fairly repulsive and the 3rd palette was intended to use all four "primary colours" - yellow, green, blue and red. I wanted these palettes to be nice (as nice as CGA can get), but at the same time I wanted to make things a bit interesting.

Just keep in mind that this is a challenge and working in less than ideal conditions is all part of that challenge. There is sometimes a lot of problem solving involved, ie. - "what do I have to do in order to achieve what I want under these conditions? Is it possible to get exactly what I want or do I need to approximate"
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Quote RobbieE Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 4:33am


Using set 3.
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Quote vampireslug Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 6:16am
RobbieE: the size of the arms seems disproportionate, either make the bicep of the left (as viewed) arm larger, or make the forearm smaller.  I like the concept though, I look forward to seeing what you do.
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Quote PixelKiwi Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 7:23am


This is my offering thus far. Went for pallet four, though I may try it in the others. I might try animate this if I get the time.
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Quote A.B. Lazer Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 10:16am
Originally posted by vampireslug

My first attempt... the dithering is giving me fits. Suggestions?


1. It's not very funny.
2. The button is too big, so it looks like he has two eyes, but one under monocle.
3. The form is made without logic. If you look closely at teddy bears - those which are really cute have clear construction and design - you can tell that outline of head is round, ears are two smaller rounds, body is bigger round and arms and legs are ovals:
http://images.google.com/images
You can note that those which are looking better have at the same time simpler geometric figures as basis.

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Quote Solitaire Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 12:33pm
Originally posted by tomic

doodling around with palette 4..lacks of a cyclops still, except for that alibi-sun ;D

...

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Quote Shawn Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 12:35pm
If you don't enter, I'll cut off your dick, Sol!



sketched this but I hate it, gonna make a better version.


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Quote Opacus Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 12:40pm
It has to be a creature? Robots with one eyes are not allowed?
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Quote LandShark Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 3:16pm
can someone please give me some examples of good dithering patterns? like a really gradual color change? thanks :D
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Quote Karzahnii Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 3:20pm
Ooh, those are all really good. I doodled a quick Starman, it's still incomplete.



Does it count as a cyclops? It looks like it has one eye, but it really you really don't know that for sure.
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Quote Shawn Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 3:43pm
Technically, starman has no eyes or no visible eyes at least. It's face, if it even has one, is hidden so there's no real way of telling.
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Quote Keeper-of-Styx Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 4:21pm
Well does this work?


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Quote Destiny Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 5:29pm
That appears to be more of a visor, rather than an eye per say, same problem the starman had.
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Quote MFlanaga Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 6:03pm
daaaaamn bubu and tomic and kiwi...

i hope mine at least makes you laugh :D


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Quote Destiny Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 7:05pm
I think you may not have noticed, but that appears to be a jpg.
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Quote Keeper-of-Styx Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 7:12pm
Not to double post... People seem to be looking here.

Am I going all wrong with these colors?


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Quote x-death Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 7:22pm
well yellow and red are wrmer colors so i wouyld be using them more for your highlights and midtones. and i'd be using green, blue or purple for your shadows. as they are cooler colors.

thats just some basic color theory though. also i think your color count is 5 colors. but challenge only allows 4 as they should be from one of the provided sets.


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Quote Keeper-of-Styx Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 8:21pm
Nope thats only 4 colors. Alright, maybe I will switch up a bit. Or maybe I will just give it some weird colors lol.It seems I have mixed green and red up then, think I should switch them?


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Quote x-death Replybullet Posted: 10 March 2009 at 8:42pm
when you used green and dark blue it made the green seem like cyan. so i thought you grabbed an extra color. my bad.

um yeah you can switch them if you want. its up to you. but you will need to consider how you shade it, with only having a few colors.


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Quote Metaru Replybullet Posted: 11 March 2009 at 12:04am
that random line art isnt really helping at all to define shapes and therefore shading.

 and to remind you that its meant to be creature, a living being with one single eye. reason why xmen's cyclops is not allowed.
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Quote A.B. Lazer Replybullet Posted: 11 March 2009 at 1:37am
When I read about challenge, one of the first characters that came to my mind was Starman DX from Earthbound. He with his famous visor on the cover of SNES game is iconic cyclopic character, probably derived from that alien Gort in The Day the Earth Stood Still. In other words, it seen by viewer only as cyclops, it's moving on it's own, so it fits.

Slicing off robots and statues (golems) has no point as it slices off half of fun with no reason. In art-related community main guideline should be aesthetics, I think, not biology. Basing on what you read and seen in the movies you can tell most of the time if character could be called archetypical cyclops or he just winking.

And, still, if robots don't count, then do cyborgs count?

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Quote vampireslug Replybullet Posted: 11 March 2009 at 2:07am
Dang, I didn't realize it had to be a living creature... guess it's back to square one for me.
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Quote MFlanaga Replybullet Posted: 11 March 2009 at 9:03am
Originally posted by Destiny

I think you may not have noticed, but that appears to be a jpg.
whoops... photobucket did that methinks... hope i didn't break any rules, i'll re-upl later
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Quote Tunc Replybullet Posted: 11 March 2009 at 2:38pm
 I joined Pixeljoint today, so please say hi!:p The first thing I did was giving this contest a try^^ The idea of "as few colours as possible" is new for me, but I think it worked quite well! I really like the crazy CGA palettes :3

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Quote jeremy Replybullet Posted: 11 March 2009 at 9:31pm
♪It was a one eyed one horned flying purple people eater
 
Okay, it's not purple but wanted to try the eyeburning pallette
I plan to animate too.
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Quote RobbieE Replybullet Posted: 11 March 2009 at 11:28pm
Damn some of these are just great.


Still a long way to go, Tried to fix up the arm a bit (I think it's better but could still be improved some more) and gave this thing a bit more of a lurching gait.
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Quote redribbonstar Replybullet Posted: 12 March 2009 at 12:03am
Is there a minimum size?
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Quote Hapiel Replybullet Posted: 12 March 2009 at 1:12am
16x16. But it is quite hard to make something gallery worthy at that size!
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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 12 March 2009 at 1:19am
Actually 10x10 is the minimum size for something to be submitted here.

And since there is no actual minimum size set for the challenge that makes the minimum size technically 10x10, as something can't be submitted any smaller than that anyway.

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Quote Metaru Replybullet Posted: 12 March 2009 at 1:41am
i hope you're aiming to use the smallest posible canvas. that sounds so lazy it makes me wanna punch you.
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Quote Dr D Replybullet Posted: 12 March 2009 at 1:56am
First forum post. I guess it wasn't my first forum post.

I consider this to be my first serious/real pixel art.

It's still heavily WIP.. Just a sketch for now.



Any crits?

Note: I added extra colors to help me mold, I will be removing them.
Also, I just realized it had to be a creature.. However I think I can make this read as a creature in the end.

What exactly is defining a 'creature' in this case though? Would the hand with an eye in it be acceptable enough?


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Quote skamocore Replybullet Posted: 12 March 2009 at 2:20am
-_- lol, well I decided to see what I could make with a 16x16 canvas (16x16 is so much cooler than 10x10):



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Quote Metaru Replybullet Posted: 12 March 2009 at 8:41am
reminds me when someone said that the mona lisa couldnt be made in a 16x16 canvas.
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Atleast it's a start...
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