About a month ago =Wooded-Wolf
started up an awesome project known as the Pile O' Pumpkins Tribute project
based on the original Pile O' Pumpkin Project
hosted by `ShoneGold
back in 2008.
The idea behind both projects is to create a pixel (not emoticon) pumpkin using a given set of limited colours. I took part in the original project 4 years ago and it was through this I dove into the world of pixelling objects. Sadly I'm so ashamed of my previous entry I don't want to share it (though it is still on the project page and maybe in my gallery) and this time around I thought I could do much better.
I promised to take part when I heard about it but then sadly life got in the way and I've slowly put off making the pumpkin for several weeks now. I feel this is kind of a shame as I hoped to use my deviation to help promote the project in it's prime and the delay means the time of year is now less appropriate. But oh well, I got there eventually.
I took inspiration from a reference to get the initial shape of the pumpkin and then set about shading it in my own style. I actually found the shading quite challenging as I struggled to get a couple of the colours to blend. Normally I would have used an intermediate colour but when the colour palette is provided there isn't an option for that.
Of course when it came to adding features to the pumpkin I just had to do a set of horns. It took a bit of fiddling about to get everything looking right, and I'm proud of the end result (especially in comparison to my version 4 years earlier).
I would highly recommend taking part. I know it is no longer Halloween but the project is good fun and really makes you push your skills on pixelling objects with a limited number of colours. Even if you have never done anything like that in the past, a project like this is a great place to start, and you never know - 4 years down the link another tribute may come along and you can test how your skills have improved.Reference: [link]