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crazyotto



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 4:32 pm    Post subject: Bead Sprites by crazyotto Reply with quote

This is my entire collection, right now.



It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, or is it?

Confession time.

I cheated. Strip me of my rank and cast me into the desert if you must but I saw no other way to achieve the desired result. I set out to create Pit but when I got to the bow, the beads weren’t even close to making contact with each other. I examined someone else’s bead sprite online and saw that they melted a bead into liquid to join the beads. The puddle of plastic behind the sprite just did not look good. So I came up with another solution. I split beads in half and used them to fill in the gaps. There’s no such thing as a half-pixel, so purists may view this as an abomination. Anyway, here’s a close-up of the result:





When I get more beads, I plan on trying my hand at Advance Wars, some Lucas Arts classics, and an import or two. But, as much as I love video game sprites, I wondered what else I could do with the bead medium. My first experiment is an exploration of theoretical space. It is simply a representation of a zero-dimensional point. I call it Zero-D.






We all love sprites but the sprite is nothing without the subject of my next piece. I call this one The PiXEL. Notice how I cleverly capitalized the title to give the piece extra significance (and pretentiousness).

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anirok



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think Pit looks bad. I wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't pointed it out. I say whatever works is fine.

good job on The PiXEL. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I get ones that don't touch, I use clear beads to fill in the spaces around the offending bead.
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crazyotto



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I’ve been waiting to post new sprites until I finished a new one, but I haven’t even had time to start any lately so I’ll just post the ones I already photographed.

First up is my best sprite and a testament to why having a broad range of tones and shades is necessary for more complex sprites. Without the range of yellows and reds, this would look like nothing more than a Super Mario Bros starman. It’s Stafi (or is it Starfy now, I can’t remember).




This next sprite would have looked much better with a broader range of pink beads. I’m not quite satisfied with the shading, but I wanted to do something a bit more complicated than monochrome Kirby. The sprite might have benefited more if I had ironed it more heavily, as well.




Next is the definition of bada$$. It’s Samurai Metaknight. Again, this one suffers from a poor selection of bead colors (and my lack of artistic skill). I have a color wheel and I’ve read the book Colors (the one you can buy at any art supply store). Maybe rereading that book will help me make better use of my color palette.




It might not look like it, but this angry turd is actually the only reason you need to buy Super Smash Bros Brawl: it’s Mr. Resetti!




Here’s a standard collection of Megaman 2 sprites. There’s a reason everyone makes Megaman sprites: it’s called good, simple design. Note: the Kirby sprite is not out of place. He was actually added to the Megaman roster for the Piraha localization of Megaman.




Finally, it’s no secret that, in the past, Japanese software developers have dumbed down their games for American release. What we in America know as Mystic Quest, for the Super Nintendo, is actually a heavily simplified version of Final Fantasy.

What most people don’t know, however, is that Nintendo has done this with one of video games’ most popular franchises. What we in America know as

Excitebike




was known in Japan by a completely different name:







The Legend of Zelda: The Enchanted Motocross



That’s all I have for now. I’ve got to order some beads. I’m planning on making three larger (for me) sprites as soon as I get the time and beads (I hope very soon).
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DoctorOctoroc
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha. So clever it hurts.
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dick01
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that pit

its

its an abomination to this community and shoukld be ironed into the firey
depths of bead hell.

jk

great idea though
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crazyotto



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 3:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I finally got the courage to move out of Squaresville and I feel liberated. I made my first custom sprite (actually just a modified version of an existing sprite).

It's a Pikmin that got a dose of bad Miracle Gro.



This was my biggest project yet (6 boards, 15 inches high, breathing fire, his head in the sky, spritezilla!, spritezilla!, spritezilla!) and it wasn't without its pitfalls. I experienced severe curling and bead dislocation.





Under the circumstances, I think it turned out pretty well.

Giddy with my newfound sense of freedom, I opted for appearance over faithfulness to the original design in my next two sprites.





Wow, substance abuse has really changed Piplup.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your custom pirana is simply awesome!!!
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Gdn_kirby
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it looks like the piranha from mario galaxy
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2008 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice Sprites . . . I love that Wario I may have to copy it Laughing
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