Welcome to the new, updated thread for the Pixel Art Hall of Fame. Seeing as the old thread is out-of-date, I've decided to renew it here. In this Hall of Fame, first place winners of the Monthly Pixel Art Competitions (MPC) and Weekly Pixel Art Competitions (WPC) will be listed. In this thread, you will also find out how to host your own competition(s). To see the old thread, click me.
MPCs, formerly Monthly Sprite Contests, were originally held in 2004, and have been held mostly every month since then, right up to September 2010. There were some times where the MPC had seemingly been discontinued until March of 2009, where the monthly contests returned after an 18-month "hiatus". In short, MPC were held monthly (of course), and every month had a specific theme for the pixel artists of PokéCommunity to pit their skills in. First place winner gets their winning entry up on display in the Hall of Fame.
Since then, the Weekly Pixel Contests, run by Pixel Art moderator Scarf, began. WPC (as it is commonly abbreviated to) is essentially the same as MPC except is weekly instead, and as such the subjects are normally easier.
Another new "competiton" of such is Pixel Art of the Week, founded by Spherical Ice, in which five of the best pixels from the past week are shortlisted on a thread for members to vote for. Be sure to check out WPC and POATW in the Competitions subforum.
The subforum which you are currently in used to be called "Home of the Sprites," but has since been changed to the broader title that is "Pixel Art". Furthermore, the subforum "Pixel Projects" is a newcomer to the Pixel Art section, where anyone and everyone can partake in pixel games, communtiy projects or even request sprites/pixel art to be done in shops (shops were previously banned, however come the promotion of Scarf, they were allowed once again).
[jq]Before the name change, Home of the Sprites was more of a Sprite-related sub-forum rather than a completely pixel related one. Hence the reason why we only had mostly "Sprite Contests" rather than regular Pixel Art-based contests, though Pixel Art was still allowed during Sprite Contests. Because the name change was quite recent, it's best for you to know about this to avoid any confusion. You shall be seeing more Pixel Art related contests in the future rather than simple Sprite related ones; but regardless; their concept has never changed, contests have always a theme for entrants to abide by.[/jq]
No! Before heading down to the Competitions subforum to post a pixel art competition, make sure you'vePrivate Messaged a moderator of the Pixel Art sub-forum for their permission to host a contest. If you do not do so, and go ahead and post a competition without the approval of a Moderator, then it will be closed.
If a judge/host of one of the current competitions, such as POATW, the MPCs or WPCs are unavailable to judge/host, and you believe you have a good idea, than you must, again, PM a moderator and make sure there isn't already a contest of the same nature running (i.e if there is already a WPC, don't post one!).
Also, don't assume that hosting a contest, especially something like the MPC, is a walk in the park; it requires a cautious and responsible nature. A moderator will be the judge (no pun intended) of whether or not you have the capablilites of such a task. You may be asked for the following specifications, should you want to host one:
A theme for the contest - It goes without saying; every contest, POATW excluded, requires some sort of theme which the competitors must follow. It doesn't have to be exteremely broad or extremely specific, however failure to provide something as simple as this will definitely make your chances of being allowed to host a competition decrease.
Contest opening and closure - If you wish to host a competition, however won't be able to post it by the first day of the month, then you will need to provide dates for when the contest will begin, and it's deadline as well.
Choose judges wisely, do not make just anyone judges just because they happen to be your friends- Judges are not necessary for you to hold a contest, but if you think you're going to need any sort of help in judging and/or hosting, ensure you select who you want to assist you carefully; choosing your friends is not a wise move. 2 or 3 judges are normally adequate to form a proper, unbiased panel of judges. Right now, judges who are able to provide criticism and good comments on each and every entry willing to be entered is crucial, don't make somebody a judge solely because they happen to be a friend of yours, try for people who are known to be detailed when giving out comments on certain pixel work.
Are you sure you are confident enough to host the contest? - If you're not willing to take any responsibility for any rule-breaking that may go on during the contest, as well as promote good judges, then you're not fit enough to host it. So make sure you revise through necessary aspects first before considering hosting a month's contest. It can be a lot harder than it looks.
Basically it, you are allowed to copy and paste rules that were already in former contest threads if you are unsure of what to state as rules of the contest.
If you've still got a few questions or concerns you'd like to ask about, then feel free to PM me and I'll try to attend to them as soon as I can.
Hall of Fame
------------------------------------------------------------- Originally written by Tendo, Kris and Signomi.
Welcome to the Pixel Art Hall of Fame, where the greatest of the great are displayed in all their..greatness. Here you will find each and every MPC and WPC winner, along with their fabulous winning entries, and various other information about them. By winning a Monthly or Weekly Pixel Art Competition will validate your work into this prestigious hall of fame.