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Challenges & Activities / Re: The Daily Sketch
« on: June 06, 2019, 12:02:04 pm »
been getting back into doing digital dailies

Archived Activities / Re: Secret Santa 2018
« on: December 25, 2018, 09:27:03 am »
Huh? I could have sworn I sent mine in... I'll go send it in again, I don't know what happened but I definitely finished mine and sent it in  ???
Anyway thank you so much for the gift scamocore! I love what you did so much :D

ahh, your pm had no image and was lost to the hustle, send it in and I'll put it under the tree!

edit: ahh nvm i found it, it was hiding behind a link.

Archived Activities / Secret Santa 2018
« on: December 25, 2018, 08:32:44 am »
Merry Christmas
:santastic: Merry Christmas, Pixelation! :santastic:

For aamatniekss, from loni-art:

For Blato, from Jeremy:

For Dex, from IIII:

For DieMango, from Eggy:

For Doppleganger, from tomic:

For Drazile, from Jim16:

For EdJr, from zoekmath:

For Eggy, from skamocore:

For Fajny Hades, from FoxTurtle:

For FoxTurtle, from Knightsunder:

For Gecimen, from Fajny Hades:

For IIII, from Doppleganger:

For ilkke, from Opacus:

For Jeremy, from Klimach:

For Jim16, from Drazile:

For Kelnan, from yaomon17:

For Klimach, from vectorwing:

For KoiKidd, from Fry:

For loni-art, from DieMango:

For Ma3vis, from Blato:

For magickbird, from Gecimen:

For Magran, from Veksell:

For Opacus, from KoiKidd:

For orangemagik, from Ma3vis:

For pistachio, from magickbird:

For Rallfried, from aamatniekss:

For skamocore, from Kelnan:

For Theodote, from orangemagik:

For tomic, from Dex:

For vectorwing, from Magran:

For Veksell, from Theodote:

For yaomon17, from ilkke:

For Zanorin, from Rallfried:

For zoekmath, from Zanorin:

-From EdJR to Knightsunder

-From pistachio to Fry

Archived Activities / Re: Secret Santa 2018 Sign-Up - All PMs Sent!
« on: November 30, 2018, 08:01:03 am »
Everyone's got their partner, have a good time pixelling! Remember to start early :santastic:

Archived Activities / Re: Secret Santa 2018 Sign-Up
« on: November 29, 2018, 05:38:24 pm »
Will leave this open til this evening! Make sure to share the thread with anyone who you know would like to participate/usually participates. We weren't able to send forum-wide emails this year like we were the other years so turnout is a bit lower.

Archived Activities / Re: Secret Santa 2018 Sign-Up
« on: November 28, 2018, 01:42:58 pm »
last day for signups! please share the thread with anyone you think would be interested. c:

Archived Activities / Re: Secret Santa 2018 Sign-Up
« on: November 22, 2018, 03:02:22 pm »
I'm adding a new rule this year:

If you only have a few posts or an empty profile, put your social media/gallery (if you have them) in your profile so that people have a better idea of who you are when making a present for you.

I'll PM the people who already posted with 1 post

Archived Activities / Secret Santa 2018 Sign-Up - All PMs Sent!
« on: November 21, 2018, 07:10:18 pm »

You don't know what's going on? Here it is: You sign up for this, get a random partner assigned to you, and you make a pixel art gift for them. In turn, somebody else (you don't know who) will be making a gift for you! Gifts will be revealed on Christmas.

Take a look at a previous year's Secret Santa here: 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006 - 2005

Taking Part
  • Only sign up if you're sure that you'll be to able to complete your gift, by checking the dates below. If you don't complete your gift you'll be banned from next year's Secret Santa and make someone very sad. :'(
  • Provide some indication of your likes/dislikes: this is important! You can be as specific or broad as you like, but be aware this is all your Santa has to go by if they don't know you!
  • If you only have a few posts, put your social media in your profile so that people have a better idea of who you are when making a present for you.
  • You'll receive your partner's name via private message (PM).
  • When you've finished your gift, send it to me by PM; not in the thread here. That would not be secret. :P
  • Finlal, ARandomLake, Acrontoff, Maxcreed and Yinochi may NOT participate this year because they failed to submit a gift on time last year. Do not let this be you! >:D
  • Here's a sample post if you are somehow still lost. ::) You can format however you want, however please include "I'm in!" or something similar in your post.
    Quote from:  mr example
    Count me in!
    I like:
    rocks and grass, luigi, mining equipment
    I do NOT like:
    bright colors, green, and spiders.
    Thanks! again, no spiders

Important Dates
  • November 21st~28th - Sign-ups in this week only!
  • November 28th - A PM with your partner's name will be sent out to you; keep it a secret and start early!
  • November 28th~December 22nd - You have a little under a month to make a beautiful pixel present!
  • December 22nd - Last day to send in your gift!
  • December 22nd~December 23rd - Very last chance! DON'T make our lives harder if you can avoid it, finish before this time period. Send me your WIP if you aren't finished.
  • Night of December 24th (A few hours before EST Christmas) - PRESENTS!!!!
PM me if you're confused about anything or have any questions to ask after consulting the FAQ below.

SantA's Help desk

What kind of gift do I make?
-Anything you want, just so long as it involves pixel art. Tailor it to your partner's listed interests, or towards them and their work if you are familiar. Any subject you think will be well received is fair game. You can make them a mockup, animation, sprites, textured low poly models; you name it! If you're worried about time, don't overly complicate things, relax and do what you do best.

But I'm quite likely to be embroiled in some sort of ~festive revelry~ around the end of December; can I still take part?
-You can send your gift in as early as you like. The 23rd is the deadline, but submissions will be accepted from the time you receive your partner's name via PM, up until the 23rd. It's not fun to try and rush this stuff leading up to Christmas, getting it done with time to spare is highly recommended ;)

I'm not going to manage finishing my present in time, will I still get a strike?
-WIPs will be OK temporarily... It's better to have your WIP under the tree than nothing, but please finish quickly afterwards to avoid consequences. If you know you won't be able to finish, for whatever reason, let me know ASAP so that something else can be sorted out for your partner.

I think making a present for so-and-so would be really fun, I wish I was their Santa!
-If you finish your present early, you're more than welcome to make gifts for multiple people. Spread the holiday cheer! But concentrate on your partner first. :y:

Gift Wrap!

When you send me the PM with your gift, designate one of these wrappings (A1, B5, etc.) This gift wrapping is what your Secret Santa will click on under the tree to receive your gift.

Alternatively: Make a custom wrapping for your gift; in this way you can have a bit of fun teasing the contents within. Just PM it along with your gift. Here are a few from previous years... with a link to their gifts, for ideas. (you can't use these! come up with your own!)

by wolfenoctis

by regulus awesome

by Jeremy

by Drazelic

Read everything? Great! If you sign up below before or on the 28th of November, you'll be added to this list. After you submit your gift, I'll mark you on my list with a little :santastic:

  • :santastic:
  • Fry
  • DieMango
  • Knightsunder
  • aamatniekss
  • Dex
  • magickbird
  • loni_art
  • FoxTurtle
  • Blato
  • Doppleganger
  • Gecimen
  • pistachio
  • Zanorin
  • Veksell
  • Opacus
  • Ma3vis
  • Eggy
  • Rallfried
  • orangemagik
  • Jim16
  • EdJr
  • KoiKidd
  • skamocore
  • yaomon17
  • Kelnan
  • Jeremy
  • Fajny Hades
  • tomic
  • Theodote
  • Magran
  • Klimach
  • Drazile
  • zoekmath
  • vectorwing
  • ilkke
  • ||||

Please only sign up if you are absolutely certain you can finish your gift. Have fun!

Pixel Art / Re: Second MegaMan Legends Sprite [Feedback, please]
« on: August 13, 2018, 07:45:00 am »
Sprites on old systems often used black outlines for clarity, so that their bright contents didn't bleed into bright backgrounds on crts.

Plus, when you only have 3+transparency, black is the universal separator. Megaman had a black outline and bright interior so he worked on either light or dark backgrounds. Imagine cyan and sea blue megaman disappearing into the sky  :ouch:

However! You are working from a top down perspective. You do have the liberty to go outline free as long as your backgrounds aren't blue. But the cyan is going to be a pain on light grey etc. So you might as well use black for the purpose you stated to separate the body parts.

Here's something cool, thanks to:

Anyway, there's a reason people used black pretty universally. If you're interested in making retro sprites, the process behind achieving the CRT effect is here. A big part of.... why my NES was so beloved as a kid and contained magic that it lost when I got a bit older and started emulating, is that the medium of viewing was actual magic by comparison. There's so much mystery hidden in the degradation! GBC is where NES-like graphics were developed for LCDs, so if you're developing for modern computers without the goal to distort, GBC may be better to learn from. I suspect the majority of people getting into making retro style graphics are also predicated against screen effects, which is confusing when you think about it. But this means even if you don't create for the intent to view on CRT, you have a lot of company.

...I'm gonna buy a CRT.

When I first made the sprite, I was pretty happy with the result, about an hour later I thought, "I think I messed up with that sprite. In hindsight, it's pretty bad."
That's excellent. Your brain went through enough change in such a short period to see the same thing completely differently. It means you're learning a lot  :)

General Discussion / Re: Scheduled Down Time 11PM Pacific Time
« on: August 13, 2018, 07:03:29 am »
If anyone encounters trouble putting in an avatar - since the switch, you have to use http:// rather than https:// (thanks to Kiana for informing me)

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