[Animation request] My "pixel-art" sprite.

BananaJuice

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Hi ! I'm quite new on Stencyl and I'm really bad at making sprites and animations. Yesterday I made a little sprite for my hero, and tried to animate it but without result, it was so ugly.

Here is my sprite :
http://www.noelshack.com/2012-24-1339581191-SpriteHeros.png
Yep, my sprite looks bad too. But I pretty like it, he's cute, and it's my first sprite ever.

So I was wondering if you could make me/help me making a running animation for him. 4 frames would be great I think. FYI it's 64x64 pixels.

Thanks a lot in advance.  :)
PS : Sorry for my english.

« Last Edit: June 13, 2012, 05:41:51 am by BananaJuice »
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BananaJuice

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Bump. Tell me if there's a way I could thank you... Like clicking on a sponsored link or I don't know.. I'd like to give you money but I've got €2.08 on my paypal.. Yes I'm poor :(
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hansbe

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You could start by looking at some walk cycles or doing overlays over another animation ?

Here's one image I didn't draw but I found it really helpful to look at:

BananaJuice

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Thanks for your answer. :)
Actually I watched a lot of videos and pictures about making a walking/running animation, but for some reason I can't draw my character in this positions.. I don't know what is wrong with me, I don't have any problems with making idle characters, like the one I posted, but I can't make a character in a special position. :(
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hansbe

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If your are doing bitmaps you could try graphicsgale.

You could start with animating a stick character and then drawing on top of the stick frame afterwards.

BananaJuice

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I'm using Paint.net for drawing my sprites. ^^

I already animated a stickman ( But it was really hard for me ) but drawing my sprite on the stickman seems impossible to me.. I tried like 10 times and couldn't make anything. :(
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hansbe

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One of the benefit of graphicsgale is that you can see the animations, while you draw. Another is it has a nice palette setup. I can only recommend that you try it, since it's free...
Anyway, I'm probably not a good teacher. I've actually only done two sprites in my life. Here is my second attempt (it's an animated png , might not work in all browsers). After a while, while trying to make a third I realized how hard it would be and decided to learn blender. It has taken me over a week to get through a tutorial on character modeling and armatures (bones), so only today am I close to begin animating it.

captaincomic

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I'm not an artist, but maybe the problems you have are because for one, your character is shown from an angle, not directly from the side. And second, it looks like a little bit like a Lego man (which is not a bad thing per se), but I image that makes it hard to animate him.

Medevenx

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this isn't going very well lol



do tell if you want me to continue

« Last Edit: June 16, 2012, 02:05:11 am by Medevenx »

hansbe

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His upper body needs to be tilted forward while he's walking !
It still looks pretty really cool ! :)

« Last Edit: June 16, 2012, 07:32:09 am by hansbe »

Savager

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wow that looks really good medevenx. He looks like angry and has a beard :D.

BananaJuice

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Sorry everybody I wasn't home this week-end, and thanks for all your answers.

@hansbe : Google chrome can't load it unfortunately. :/ But I'll be glad to see what you do with blender, I tried some years ago but it was hard !

@captaincomic : You're totally right, the biggest difficulty is his angle. :/

@Medevenx : I'm just like "Oh. My. God." It looks absolutely beautiful. This is the kind of character I wanted to make, but I hardly failed. This.Is.So.Amazing.
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SWATLLAMA

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Damn, why do you need an artist? People should be going to you for art. :P
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BananaJuice

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Who are you taling about bro ? :o
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kerl

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hey Banana, that static design of yours is great. Keep it up man! I'm also a newbie but any way this is what i'm following to try my first pixel art attempts:
I want to draw/animate with a pretty simple tool that allows to change between frames with cursors, it's called Aha-Soft IconXP (an icon editor but you can make whatever size image, you might wanna try it ^^)
And a couple of tutorials I have found useful:
http://games.ucla.edu/resources/walk-cycles/
http://ilovepixel.net/tutorial.html

this last one is in spanish but the google translation is pretty good:
http://goo.gl/vGpnr