First off, we've received all the entries for the Casual Gameplay Art Competition. Big thank yous to everyone who sent in artwork. Now we need a little time to look at them, process them, think about them, compare them, print them out and wallpaper our box fort with them, etc. The official game design competition announcement is coming soon.
In the meantime, let's get back to the regular You Are Games hi-jinks. Q-Block, by Okuyama Kazuya, is an extremely nifty graphics editor that runs in your browser. It allows you to build 3D pixel art, just by sticking colorful cubes to each other one at a time.
The interface is remarkably simple and intuitive. You start by editing any of the sculptures that have already been created, and then select "CLEAR ALL" if you want to start from a blank slate. Select "ATTACH" and click anywhere on the picture to add a block. Rotate your artwork in 3D space by clicking and dragging anywhere on the screen. It's just as easy to remove blocks or repaint them a different color.
You can access some slightly more sophisticated controls by selecting the "SHOW CANVAS" option. That lets you edit the piece pixel-layer by pixel-layer, copy layers from one place to another, and even extrude a single layer so it fills the whole space like a tube.
After you save your creation, you can download it as desktop wallpaper, or as a cool animated rotating GIF, or as an image with a few different customization options. Q-Block also supplies you with a link to the finished work. Now, there isn't going to be another big competition already, but if you link us to your piece of 3D pixel art in the comments here, I will personally give it an award. For example, my little friend in the screenshot there is already the winner of the "Best Rooster in a Top Hat" award, like so:
Best Rooster in a Top Hat Award: Psychotronic.
Award titles will be created as needed. Now is an opportunity to bring that giant flaming monkey design you've been carrying around in your imagination out into the world. Or whatever. Go nuts. Awards for everyone!
[Warning: Q-Block is a community art program on the internet, which means you will probably run into some objectionable material while browsing other artist's creations.]