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Old September 23rd, 2012, 01:26 AM
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PokéCommunity 10th Anniversary Get-Together
Sprite to eXcite

Spriting Rules!


As this is a spriting event, there are a few rules which apply to all images submitted as to ensure that they can be classified as 'pixel art' along with being in a state that can be adequetely judged:

Spoiler:

1. Entries must not be saved as JPG files.



JPG images are what's known as a 'lossy' format, which sacrifice some detail in the image to lower the file size. This is barely noticable on large images like photos, however the compression techniques don't know what to do when they find pixel art, and cause the destructive effect you can see above. Any submissions that appear to have been saved in JPG and affected by the compression will not be considered valid.

2. Entries must not show signs of automatic resizing (enlargment or shrinking)



Using a drawing program to automatically enlarge or shrink an image causes the pixels to be distorted, either blurring them or casuing the size of each pixel to be irregular and 'jumpy'. Both of these effects make it harder to accurately dicipher pixel art and as such, any entries that show signs of pixels that have been resized and therefore distored by computer will be deemed invalid.

It is preferred that entries are submitted in their original size. If you need to make an image larger, people can use the zoom function in their web browsers, or copy it into a program such as Paint and use the zoom tool from there, without modifying the original image.

3. Entries must be drawn in pixels only



Most drawing software allows the user to draw with both simple pixels and smoother brushes, what are known as 'anti-aliasing' - as seen on the second part of the image.

This is an event for pixel art, as a result submissions must only be drawn in pixels, not using the smooth anti-aliased tools seen above. You can use whatever program or tools to draw with, like lines or shapes as long as they don't cause this effect.

4. You may complete the below competitions in any order you'd like. You may choose to do 1, you may choose to do all 3 of them. You are only eligible to win the overall trophy if you complete all of them.

5. Submission Form:
Must submit a form for each entry:

Username:
Competition:
Artwork:
Description:

6. Deadline:
Date: Sunday, September 30th, 2012
Time: 8:00 P.M. Eastern Time


Competition #1 - Repose


Spoiler:

Predict the Future


Before & After 10 Years

Pokemon sure do change a lot in 10 years! What do you think Pokemon will like in the future?
In this competition, you must use any Official Pokemon, and put a futuristic spin on it.


Maximum Canvas Size: 96x96 (B/W Restrictions)

Maximum Colour Count: 24 Colors (Background Color/Transparency not counted as a color)

Animation: Optional

Theme: Futuristic

Description: Optional. You may briefly explain the concept behind your artwork in 1-2 sentences.

Original works only. You may use one existing official sprite as a base for this competition, but you may not cut and paste any other official or unofficial art work to alter the original sprite. For example, if you want to add a flame to a Pokemon, you must sprite the flame yourself, not copy and paste from a Rapidash sprite.

No previously-made work. If you created a sprite for a project, you may not use or alter it for the competition.

Example Entry:
Spoiler:
Username:-ty-
Contest: #1 - Repose
Artwork:

Description:
Jynx has shed herself of her gauche
stage presence, and has found the
courage to pursue her acting and
singing career in the future.





Competition #2 - Item


Spoiler:
Race Against Time

For all of us, we have a 24-hour day, and a 7-day week. During the week of Pokecommunity Get-Together 10, you will have to spend not only your time wisely, but your pixels as well. In this competition, you may only use 24x24 pixels for the image and 7 colors to shade with. Also, you must use the scant amount of resources to convey the theme of "time" in your item sprite.



Maximum Canvas Size: 24x24

Maximum Colour Count: 7 colors (background color/ transparency not counted as a color)

Animation: None

Theme: Time

Description: Optional. You may briefly explain the concept behind your artwork in 1-2 sentences.

Original works only. No editing or cutting together existing sprites will be allowed, nor will be using other artists' sprite work in any way.

No previously-made work.
If you created a sprite for a project, you may not use or alter it for the competition.

Example Entry:
Spoiler:

Username:-ty
Contest: #2- Item
Artwork:

Description:
This is a Held Item that doubles
the effectiveness of sun and moon
based moves including Synthesis,
Morning Sun, Sunny Day and Moonlight.
The Choker is worn around a pokemon's
neck, and contains the shapes of
a sun and crescent moons.


Competition #3 - Accessories


Spoiler:

Steal the Limelight

Some elements that have brought success to the PC over the last 10 years are friendship, creativity, competition, discussion, and above all, a shared interest in Pokemon. The 10th element on the periodic table, Neon, is a symbol of the vibrancy that has placed the PC into the limelight, shining brighter than any other Pokemon Forum . In this competition, you must make 3 accessories for a Pokemon of your choice using neon colors in order to steal the show .



Maximum Canvas Size: 96x96

Maximum Colour Count: 10 colors (only counts the colors used for accessories)

Animation: None

Theme: Limelight - Make your Pokemon standout among the rest.

Accessories: You must create 3 accessories (no more. no less.)

Description: Optional. You may briefly explain the concept behind your artwork in 1-2 sentences.

Original works only. You must select only one official Pokemon sprite as a base. No editing or cutting together from any other existing sprites will be allowed, nor will be using other artists' sprite work in any way.

No previously-made work.
If you created a sprite for a project, you may not use or alter it for the competition.

Palette Requirement: You must include these two neon colors in accessories
Lime Green & Hot Pink

Example Entry:
Spoiler:

Username: -ty-
Contest: #3 - Accessories
Artwork:

Description:
I created a ball of golden yarn,
a jeweled pendant, and a luxurious
crown. With a bit of Glitz and Glam,
my Skitty is ready to steal the show.


Judging


Spoiler:

Concept:
Concept-design: 25 points
Concept-creativity: 25 points
Execution:
Line-work: 25 points
Shading: 25 points

Competition Total: 100 Points

Competition #1: 100 Points
Competition #2: 100 Points
Competition #3: 100 Points
Average Scores: Divide by 3

Overall Score: 100 points

Myself, -ty-, and Spherical Ice, will score your sprites.

Prizes


Spoiler:



1) Platinum Portrait - This emblem is awarded to the spriter with the best overall score in PCX - Sprite to eXcite.(1 awarded)




2) Gold Portrait - This emblem is awarded to a spriter with the best score in a single competition in PCX - Sprite to eXcite. (3 awarded)




3) Silver Portrait - This emblem is awarded to a spriter with the second Best score in a competition in PCX - Spriteto eXcite. (3 awarded)




4) Bronze Portrait - This emblem is awarded to a spriter with the third best score in a competition in PCX - Sprite to eXcite. (3 awarded)




5) Jade Portrait - This emblem is awarded to a spriter who participated in PCX - Sprite to eXcite. (unlimited awarded)

Coming Soon!



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Last edited by Spherical Ice; September 23rd, 2012 at 09:35 PM.