Question about animating extremely pixly pixel art

RecoilKid

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Alright I've got a little character seen below its a very low res style and thus his legs are only one pixel each..How would you go about making the little bugger walk? or would it look better/less weird to just not have an animaton?

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Hectate

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I have an 8x8 character in the Urbanyte demo using only 4 "colors". I was able to animate using two frames and it looks OK. Its not much more than shifting them over one for a moment but it adds a lot.
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RecoilKid

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Thanks for the reply :D . Can I see an example of what you did? I cant get mine to look very good

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I like to head over to pixeljoint.com and dissect some of the running animations over there.
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Hectate

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Thanks for the reply :D . Can I see an example of what you did? I cant get mine to look very good
Yep. I was referencing a demo listed under my name on stencyl.com.

http://www.stencyl.com/game/play/16466
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ipe 369

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At that size it doesn't matter too much, just get it to bounce up and down and its legs to go apart and together again. 4 frames or 2 frames really.
This is an 8x8 character i did agessss ago, i can't really remember if it looks good or not...

Vector

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I'd recommend using a Vector graphics package, next time. The resolution for those types of graphics are a lot higher than bitmap. Just, if you feel like it.

Oh, and go with a .png extension for your graphics, JPEG uses lossy (or is it lossless? I can never remember) compression to store images, which uses unnecessary colours and ruins the image; .png doesn't!

Hectate

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I'd recommend using a Vector graphics package, next time. The resolution for those types of graphics are a lot higher than bitmap. Just, if you feel like it.

Oh, and go with a .png extension for your graphics, JPEG uses lossy (or is it lossless? I can never remember) compression to store images, which uses unnecessary colours and ruins the image; .png doesn't!
I think you're misunderstanding the point of this topic. This isn't a discussion on how to increase resolution of artwork but how to make "readable" animations at extremely low resolutions of pixel art.
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mazeon

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Alright I've got a little character seen below its a very low res style and thus his legs are only one pixel each..How would you go about making the little bugger walk? or would it look better/less weird to just not have an animaton?

Hi Hectate,
first at all, I would tell you, that I really like your little sprite! ;)

If your actor has legs, I would always prefer an animation ...
In the case of your bugger, I would do it probably like this:

3 frame animation:


An alternative (4 frames):


BTW
You can find a fine tutorial about walking here:
http://www.manningkrull.com/pixel-art/walking.php

ipe 369

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^I'm not too keen on that animation, his legs moving look awkward.

RecoilKid

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Alright I've got a little character seen below its a very low res style and thus his legs are only one pixel each..How would you go about making the little bugger walk? or would it look better/less weird to just not have an animaton?

Hi Hectate,
first at all, I would tell you, that I really like your little sprite! ;)

If your actor has legs, I would always prefer an animation ...
In the case of your bugger, I would do it probably like this:

3 frame animation:


An alternative (4 frames):


BTW
You can find a fine tutorial about walking here:
http://www.manningkrull.com/pixel-art/walking.php

Sorry this is really late but Thanks alot mazeon for taking the time to make those! weirdly I almost think the 3 frame one looks better. I'll take a look at the tutorial too, I'm primarily a coder that's why I'm doing pixel art but hopefully I can still get some decent art made.