Practice #1 (oh sht)

Discussion in 'Sprites' started by ☩TEMPLAR☩, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. ☩TEMPLAR☩

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    https://imgur.com/56uZH2g

    hello guys this is my first time spriting in a LOOOOOOOOONG as time, i really...REALLY need some advise on wtf am i actually doing, btw sorry if it's annoying to not see the GIF in here, i don't why but i don't know how to put the image directly in here.
     
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  2. Drew

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    Pretty cool, man! I can definitely see what you're trying to go for here, but here are some things to keep in mind:

    The first, and easiest fix, I would have the bottom of the eyelid close/make its way up, rather than stay stagnant.
    The next, and and is an important factor in spritng:
    Jaggies
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    What you see here is what's commonly referred to as "jaggies", where the pixel placement in your outlines is inconsistent, and makes for some unrealistic curving. Smooth curves are important to keep in mind, especially for round shapes.

    I'm no expert in spriting, but what I've done is help smoothen your outlines for you so you can get a better idea of what I mean.

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    Lineart can often make or break a sprite. Just make sure you're careful with your arcs, but it will for sure become easier over time as you continue practicing. Another thing is, I would avoid using bulky black outlines. There are some instances where it works, but for a smaller sprite like this one, it's best to take baby steps. It can easily mess with your lineart and make it look jarring.

    A good example to take a look at is the Yellow Devil from Mega Man:
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    Game designers, too, pay close heed to arcs and avoid jaggies. Makes their games and sprites way easier on the eyes. Again though, keep practicing, and it'll all come naturally! Keep doing your thing, and I hope to see you post your work here more regularly! We're all glad to help you develop and learn.


    Oh and side note, to properly embed a working GIF onto your post, you simply Right click Copy image address while on your Imgur post
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    Click this button here, while writing your MM post
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    And paste that link right in there
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  3. Rhys

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    I'm not a consistant spriter, but I hope any of what I say can help you in in terms of improvement.

    Based off the title of the sprite in Imgur, I assume it's a slime monster of some sort? You could try to round out the sprite to make it appear more smooth since there are a few places that are uneven and sharp. I can't use any terminology to explain any better since I'm still a beginner spriter myself. There are a few Maplestory slime mobs that you can use as a reference when improving on yours. I'd like to think that references and tutorials can go a long way when learning to sprite.

    Another thing I'd like to point out is that how you only used two colors when shading. There's nothing wrong with that. The person who teaches me to sprite once said "It's all about developing that depth understanding. Try to see everything as simple shapes and add only minimal details enough to give out the texture." You don't have to just use two shades. If you're spriting a monster, you can think about the texture that you want it to be and can use a minimal amount of colors to make that.

    I looked closer into the sprite you made and noticed how thick and uneven it is just like the sprite overall. I would suggest starting with the pencil tool and going 1px at a time in order to make a satisfying rough draft of what you want it to look like. It just seems very messy and without much planning involved.

    It's nice to understand basic concepts when spriting such as shapes, choosing colors, hue shifting. You can also think about where the light source of your sprite is coming from when shading. In Maplestory, the lighting typically comes from the top left, and that can guide spriters to how they need to shade things.

    I don't have much else to say but maybe there will be other spriters who can guide you through any problems you have or give you advice to imrpove. I also have a lot to learn when it comes to spriting. I hope to see more of your sprites in the future as well as see your improvement along the way.

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  4. ☩TEMPLAR☩

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    Hello guys, first of all, i'm extremely grateful of your comments and also i would like to apology for not answering the thread, here is what i came up with, i have trouble deciding what to draw to practice.

    here is what i did.


    https://imgur.com/HDBPYc5

    btw i'm sorry for doing this again, but for some reason the image is not loading correctly
     
    #4 ☩TEMPLAR☩, Mar 12, 2019
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