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VorpalDormouse



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:30 pm    Post subject: Bead Sprites by VorpalDormouse Reply with quote

And so it begins! I bought myself some Perler beads and peg boards and went to work on my first ever bead sprite project. Sorry for the poor camera quality... the only thing I have right now is a Motorola Razr camera phone.



Glorious.

Pikachu here is made with 855 Perler beads (169 Black, 137 Light Brown, 326 White, and 223 Yellow)*. I went off of a Pokemon Green (not LeafGreen, mind you) sprite sheet I happened upon through Google Images. That's the reason why he's white, kids! And I know, I know, his cheeks are red, but the Pokemon sprites use only four colors. I'm kind of a purist sometimes. I omitted the electricity coming off since it was disconnected.

But what have I learned from this first project? A few things:
- A well lit work station is a good thing to have.
- My floor is brown. I know this because I dropped two times more brown pieces than the other colors combined.
- Tapping the board lightly will settle the beads into place.
- Shuffling the board around does the exact opposite.
- Diagonal pieces do not touch. This baffled and upset me for a full five minutes before I remembered basic geometry.
- Working from the outside in makes placing beads tough... even though it's how I prefer to build sprites.
- My fingers are a bit big. The beads are small. This is not a good combination.

Ironing was surprisingly easy. Pikachu used four pegboards but really only took up about one and a half. I made sure to get the pegboards out after I was sure they'd fused but before they'd cooled too much. Only his tail gave me problems; it was hanging on loosely by one pixel until I had ironed both sides. It's not perfect, but it's something!

*Numbers may be off. I hand counted.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work on Fat Pikachu. I love how much Pikachu has evolved since the original games Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very nice start, I too start and out line then work my way to the inside and color it in. I try useing a flat surface when doing mine that way if i bump they wont shit to mutch and haveing tweezers helps alot too , keep it going its a fun hobby once u relly sink your teeth into it. ;)
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If this was your first sprite then I need to give you a round of applause you should do like a baulbasaur or somthing take a look at mine. you can copy it if you want Idc. but i forget what game it's from ask the pokedork PRS
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yoshi wrote:
If this was your first sprite then I need to give you a round of applause you should do like a baulbasaur or somthing take a look at mine. you can copy it if you want Idc. but i forget what game it's from ask the pokedork PRS


Yessir (or is it ma'am?), this is my first one... as long as you don't count the little 10 bead piece I made to practice ironing with.

Hm... the three starters would be interesting, but I think I'm going to move away from Pokemon once I'm done with my next project. Eevee, Vaporeon, Jolteon, and Flareon, coming right up!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

good then get right into mario lol . . .
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yoshi wrote:
If this was your first sprite then I need to give you a round of applause you should do like a baulbasaur or somthing take a look at mine. you can copy it if you want Idc. but i forget what game it's from ask the pokedork PRS


I guess said Pokedork would be I. However... I don't log which game sprites are from. All I know is that your Pikachu looks great. Someone else did the same one on here somewhere, and it ended up looking like Raichu (but it was still super cute!!). It's interesting to see the different color choices people make.

Nice start, friend. I'm looking forward to your Eeveloutions. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Old school Pikachu! Very Happy ahh brings back memorys of being a kid lugging around my gameboy color... as apose to now lugging a NDS XD
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Old School Pika-

Little.Yellow.Different
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AnimeFur wrote:
Old School Pika-

Little.Yellow.Different


Wow, score with the Nuprin reference..
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who's that Pokemon?



It's Eevee!

Made from the same Pokemon Green sprite sheet as Pikachu with Perler Black, Brown, Light Brown, and White. I kind of wish I had substituted an even lighter brown (Tan, for instance) for Light Brown, but I'm satisfied regardless. Rather feisty looking, though, isn't he?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woww, It's my favorite one of all pokemon..He is so cute Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2008 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You used a WATER STONE.

What?

EEVEE is evolving!



Congratulations! Your EEVEE evolved into VAPOREON!

Game text aside, just let me say this: UGH. I'm an idiot. Vaporeon's big, if you can't tell. Well, big in comparison to Eevee and Pikachu. I still only have my original ironing sheet, but that wasn't enough to encompass Vaporeon. I knew that. I knew I would have difficulty unless I went out and bought parchment paper. But I ironed her anyway.

Which was stupid. She's bowed more than Pikachu. Pikachu won't hang on my wall with sticky tack, so I haven't even tried Vaporeon (Eevee turned out nice and flat, though!). I had trouble with stray pieces sticking to the paper - I wanted to iron quickly but carefully as I had done before. It didn't work so well here.

Also annoying was the fact that I had missed a ONE PIXEL COLUMN on the left side. I didn't realize this until 3.5 pegboards were finished, and I wasn't about to move 1000 beads one space to the right. Some quick pegboard switching (I only have four right now) remedied the problem.

I'll just mount her on something, I suppose. What do you guys usually use for that?

Made from the same Pokemon Green sprite sheet with Perler Black, Light Blue, Pastel Blue, and White.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update on the bowed Pikachu.

I scavenged for cardboard (the people in our dorm put cardboard boxes in the elevator bays for the janitorial staff to take care of) and cut out a piece for Pikachu. I glued him on with super glue and used a heavy book to hold him down. I cut out the corners with a box cutter while watching "The Manchurian Candidate", and now he hangs on the wall just fine with sticky tack.

The edges are a little rough up close, but he's hung high up on my dorm wall.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been a while! Eeveelution number two, coming right up!



Same Pokemon Green sprite sheet, blah blah blah. Perler Black, Butterscotch, Yellow, and White.

Oh my... Had some trouble with this one! I waited until I had some parchment paper from home, but I overestimated my ironing time. Butterscotch likes to burn, apparently. You might not be able to tell from the picture, but it really didn't like being ironed as much as I ironed it. Lesson learned! Oh, and a few beads almost didn't make it. Also I found a yellow bead in my left shoe. Don't ask. I don't know how it got there.

Jolteon's a bit bowed, but she should be peachy when I get her mounted on cardboard. Vaporeon, also bowed, is doing just fine mounted, so I have confidence. Scotch tape holds her on the wall just fine.

Flareon may be postponed so I can make a Dragonair as a Christmas gift for a friend. Probably will, in fact.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



A request from a friend; it's Dragonair!

Perler Black, Blue, Pastel Blue, and White. I kind of wish I had the gray-ish blue that was actually used for the sprite, but I like this nonetheless.

This was my first with tweezers (so much easier!), and MAYBE my first done within 12 hours. I had no problems ironing (for a change). There was supposed to be a little diagonally connected pixel at the end of the tail baubles, but that obviously didn't iron on. I didn't think it would, but it was worth a shot.

Flareon is up next... and then I'm going to need to order more beads. After that, something other than Pokemon... something that doesn't require four pegboards, maybe.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



And the Eeveelutions are finished! Flareon here is my favorite. She's so flowy and read to strike. I was careful with the Butterscotch this time... it didn't burn so much. I took a look at the unmelted beads, and they seemed to have impurities around the top, so, y'know. Weirdest thing, though... this sprite REFUSED to iron. Refused. I had to iron it something like three times and then iron on a few bits that STILL weren't there.

Perler Black, Butterscotch, Red, and White.

Time to move away from Pokemon, plan more sprites, and order more beads.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Here they are! The finished Eevee, Vaporeon, Jolteon, and Flareon up on my wall.

Poor picture quality, but it's a cute little display.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eevees my fave by far :3 and these sprites are all awesome Very Happy would love to of seen the others too but these arnt advance/DS sprites, but the originals are better anyway
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