cute animal

I was almost in the middle of my #100DaysOfCode challenge when I started noticing on my twitter feed several cute images with the hashtag #dailyCssImages. When I would click on them I could see the code, all the beauty of CSS/SCSS and just a few lines of HTML. I started digging on images and codes, I followed several developers on Codepen who created either simple and cute or complicated and detailed images. I was fascinated. Some days past and I found an article on Medium with the title “A Beginner’s Guide to Pure CSS Images”, written by the creator of Daily CSS Images challenge, named Michael Mangialardi. It was a tutorial on how to start creating CSS Images. I decided for my 44th day of #100DaysOfCode to give it a try. The result can be seen below. My pen’s description was:

Day: 44 of 100 I am planning on taking the challenge #dailycssimages. This is my first time trying to do a "koala" using only CSS. I followed this guide here I am sure I will learn so many new things with the challenge, I love cute little things and that's what I am planning to make. I have to admit I am awful at drawing by hand but I will challenge myself to get better with code and design.

After finished reading the article I was hooked. I subscribed to the 10-week challenge and the next day I received my first email. The theme was “Bear Cub”.

Honestly, my first image sucked.

Strange enough, although I didn’t like the result, I was happy with my creation!

The next day I changed my approach to designing images. I first made a simple sketch with pen and paper.


And then I tried to code it. Ok, once again the result wasn’t great, but it was better than the firsts’ day.


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On the 3rd and 4th day I tried to add more details in my images and I google for some animal-inspiration.

I finally created these images:


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On day 5, I designed a cute creature and people seemed to really like it.


This boosted my confidence and I was ready for the 2nd week. I won’t get into a lot of detail… but I learned a couple of new tools and I tried to apply my recent knowledge into the images.

The tools were about: Gradient colors and Quick shapes.

The 3rd week must be on of my favorites for two reasons:

  1. The theme was FOOD!
  2. I started animating

That week I made a pizza, a hamburger, a taco, a cheesecake and a pie!




Video-tutorial The hamburger until today has 1019 views on codepen






The 4th week started... with a detailed Frankenstein



… and ended with a monster! Well, I gave my monster a twist, and I decided to make it cute.

You can clearly witness how I got better at coding but not at drawing.



Code | Video-tutorial This pen has 1098 view on Codepen, and I have to admit, at this point I was quite proud of my work.

The 5th week was all about superheroes

As I like to be playful I combined three things:

  1. Superheroes
  2. Animation

Et voila the results:

Superman minion


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Captain America

captain america elefthera

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On weeks 6 and 7 I designed icons and logos

This is how I found an apple app store icon on google images:

apple app icon

And this is how I recreated it:

apple app icon

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As for the logos:


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The elm logo was a bit tricky, so I took advantage of the Clippy tool:





And I ended up with this logo:


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On my 40th day, I made a Nintendo 2DS

I got inspired by this image:


I quickly sketched a draw:


And after applying some CSS I had my own Nitendo 2DS:


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The 9th week I felt really inspired

I created five different images based on the same color palette.

The three of them were minimalistic and quite abstract.


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On day 44 I created a robot. First I google some images, when I found the one I liked most, I drew it, and then I code it.


my robot - eleftheria

my robot - eleftheira

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On day 45, I decided to do something similar, a space inspired mascot-robot!



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I finished the challenge with a delicious cake

Here are all my pure CSS images for the #dailyCssImages challenge

This pen has 2.523 views and that makes me extremely happy as I spent numerous hours searching and coding.


This challenge helped me in so many different ways:

  • I got better at CSS/SCSS, I also learned about animations.
  • I learned new tools about colors, shapes, and animations.
  • I connected with people all around the world on Codepen, Twitter, and Youtube.
  • I shared my knowledge on Codepen and Youtube and I hope I helped and inspired other developers.
  • I learned to be more patient and focused on my image and my code rather than get distracted by little things.
  • I got better at time management.
  • I did NOT get better at drawing!

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