Pip Quiz 7: Buckle Up Winners

We got 23 24 great entries for Pop Quiz 7, which challenged you to come up with an image that incorporated this randomly selected item:

And here they all are!

One of the standouts for me was alvacascus’ big scary button, which is a brilliant idea and fantastic execution. The only drawback on that one was the way the reflection appears on the hand as well as on the glass, making me think somehow the hand was also trapped. But it’s a great illustration, with a ton of creativity.

I also loved Atomic Punk’s nifty buckle fish. That must have taken forever!

Cliff’s environment knocked my socks off. I don’t think it features the buckle quite enough, but the clouds, rain, gull, lighthouse, and other setting elements are stellar.

dblade’s Brainspike freaked me the heck out. I hope this isn’t what all those gorgeous glowing blue women he creates turn into eventually.

FRM’s x-ray view is great! I love its simplicity and the centrality of the buckle. It’s a wonderful illusion.

I have to give props to Keith Kanin for embracing the challenge by making a robot entirely from Belt items.

Kytana as always does a lovely job, with a convincing and compelling illustration. That’s one very talented woman, folks!

Unfortunately, there can be only one curve-setting overall winner. And that person is … FRM! Congratulations to him on his second Pop Quiz win. It was a tough choice, though, as you can see these are all really good.

Thanks for playing along, everyone!

About Jeff Hebert

Jeff is a 44 year old city boy who has somehow found himself located in Colorado, fulfilling his lifetime dream of making a living drawing super-heroes all day.

25 Responses to Pip Quiz 7: Buckle Up Winners

  1. Of course it must be FRM’s cool x-ray! Congrats FRM!

    And thanks Jeff for your feedback. Actually that was the spirit form of the evil, so it would appear transparent.

    Hope there’ll be another similar quiz like this, simple but consume our creativity.

  2. PIP quiz???…Meant pop quiz but finger slipped right ;D

  3. Gratulation the winner, simple but good and i like the color you used.

    And thanks Jeff for the compliment! *make a curtsy
    And i like also the sub, the robot and i find the fish very funny. Good idea.

  4. The Atomic Punk

    Pip, pip, cheerio, everyone! Good show, FRM! By jingo, God save the Queen!

    Every entry is great. So many uses and interpretations. Props to Keith Kanin for using ALL the belt elements. alvacascus’ button has some very effective action effects.

    @Jeff: Thanks for the nod. Actually, it went very quickly. I calculated the x-y coordinates of the buckles then ran a pass-through query that kicked out a HeroMachine Character Text. My bigger take away is the formula itself. Something that I can use in my spreadsheets at work.

    The Text and Microsoft Word document formats are too large to post to the Custom Items Archive. I’ve tried a couple of PDF converters as well. If anyone wants a copy to convert to less than 300kb so that I can post or wants a copy of the Text file (463kb), send me an e-mail: freethespam@cox.net.

    It is a rather large, slow-processing design because of its over 700 layers. If you have patience to plot a design and color the buckles, it is really fun!

  5. Wow, Thanks! this is a pleasant surprise! congrats to all finalists!

    Jeff–did you mean to write “illustration”? because you wrote “illusion”.

  6. Wow, UI guess I need to buy you some socks Jeff! :D Thanks for the mentions. I am honored! And Congraatulations to FRM on the win! Good work! As a matter of fact a lot of good work by everyone particularly in a short time. I thought all that were mentioned should be, but I also really liked Ian Healey’s “Guppy” submersible, nha247 “Window To the Soul”/ AMS “SAM” is hunky!, I liked Nobody’s Dr Frigid as well, very nice design, and “Cyclops Need Glasses Too!” was inspired! I think everyone did a great job, but the ones Jeff listed and I added were ones that really talked to me.

  7. “Pip Quiz” indeed. Sigh. I should never post before coffee.

  8. Heh heh I understand, seems like there for a while I was making 4 posts a contest just correcting myself LOL :D

    OK Jeff,
    I added a pic icon to Forums which shoes up there, but not here.
    Do I need to do something else to get my icon to show?

  9. As far as I know, Cliff, it’s all pulled from your Gravatar email.

  10. OK, color me stupid. I don’t know what Gravitar is, I have AOL email.

  11. Gravatar.com — it’s an icon hosting site, you sign up there with whatever email address you use. That’s what serves up the icons here.

  12. Ah kewl!
    Will have to check it out!
    Thanks Jeff!

  13. Nice work for everyone. Grat for everyone.

  14. Lets see if I have an icon now

  15. Apparently not. :(
    OK I will stop taking up space here.
    Sorry for the disruption.

  16. Huh, did my entry not make it in on time?

  17. Myro:
    Huh, did my entry not make it in on time?

    Apologies, Myro, it did make it in time. I just flubbed the upload process for the gallery.

  18. Ah, thanks Jeff. One of those days, huh?

  19. Also, for some strange reason, I keep getting this song stuck in my head every time I see alvacascus’ picture:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSKp7rsgOiE

    Please don’t ask why. I don’t know.

  20. and the DBlade random prize winner is….

  21. That’s only for the Character Design contests. Not for the Pip Quizzes. :)

  22. Great job, FRM! Congrats!
    Cheers!

  23. Great work, FRM! The x-ray idea was awesome with a fine execution.