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Reidy and Friends' Showcase

Reidy and Friends' Showcase

A general showcase where pretty much anyone can post anything they want, barring porn. Maybe. Probably. We also try to be civil whenever possible, so don't go out of your way to piss people off. Other than that just sit back, relax, and enjoy the showcase.

Anyways, you should have at least SOME experience spriting before applying to join, should you want to. We don't accept recolors and are very much against sprite thieves.
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We welcome both spriters and artists, but please try to be better than a recolor. We'd also appreciate it if you take and give critique with an open mind. To apply, either use the application system or send a PM to Shard or Z. BE SURE TO INCLUDE AN EXAMPLE OF YOUR WORK SO WE DON'T HAVE TO DIG AROUND FOR IT. That annoys us and generally makes it less likely that we'll let you in. We're lazy. So sue us.
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Reidy and Friends' Showcase

A general showcase where pretty much anyone can post anything they want, barring porn. Maybe. Probably. We also try to be civil whenever possible, so don't go out of your way to piss people off. Other than that just sit back, relax, and enjoy the showcase.

Anyways, you should have at least SOME experience spriting before applying to join, should you want to. We don't accept recolors and are very much against sprite thieves.

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@jameswolf100:

Sure. Credit and all that jazz, but feel free to use.
If it isn't more fonts from yours truly. And a dialogue-y text bubble thing to go with it.

May or may not have been inspired by Phoenix Wright.
Doublepost
Can I use this in my comic?
An edit/variation from Shards NPC sheet, still a W.I.P but for anyone who would like to use. Credit goes to Shard and such.
An edit/variation from Shards NPC sheet, still a W.I.P but for anyone who would like to use. Credit goes to Shard and such.
@Shard: See I think i was thinking this in the back of my head but didn't put it into words, But ultimately i'm not going to change the hair. I love the way it came out too much to me, it looks perfect. Though the mugshot doesn't help this comparison, i'm no good at making them. The real issue with the hair I feel, comes from the the poses where he's not looking being looked at from the left or right, i guess the 3d sprites, those look way too identical to sora, and i appreciate you pointing that out. I'll have to figure out some way to make those look better, I suck at those perspectives obviously. -.-'

@Salimus: Yeah a friend of mine pointed this out to me, he suggested adding something to contrast the dark, like a belt, which i may do eventually, but you're right, i'll start making the clothes brighter soon.
My main problem is the character's colors are too dark.
Any detail that's there besides some vague colors, I can't quiet tell. All the colors tend to blend when they are too dark or too light. My advice is to lighten up your pallet for each of your colors.
(TL;DR- I think you should change his hair! As far as why... that's what the post is for.)

Right now I think he looks too similar to Sora. By which I mean- if someone sees him running around, using a keyblade, they're gonna look at his hair and say "Hey, it's Sora! Why's he dressed like that? Ah well."

I'm not saying the use of a keyblade is a bad thing per se; more that the combination of his hair and his weapon evoke that immediate mental comparison. In fact, the hair is so distinctly "Sora"-esque that even if the keyblade were removed I'd still be inclined to say it's just Sora in a different outfit, no matter how many unique poses were there or how much effort was put into it!

Resemblance to other characters isn't necessarily a bad thing. A lot of designs take notes from other places, and several characters of my own design have very clear parts of their design where it's obvious that I looked at something- be it a character I liked or a dollmaker I used to come up with a concept or something else entirely- and made that a part of their design. The trick, I find, is making it so that it's not immediately obvious where those things came from. This is the reason a lot of Sonic sprite artists will make their hedgehog's quills different than what's already out there, or make their fox have only one tail- to give their creation that something that makes them stand out, or further separate them from the source material entirely.

The problem you've run into here, I think, is that Sora has such a unique and distinctive hairstyle that it's hard for me to look at these sprites and think of anything but him. The spritework is pretty solid (as far as I can tell when I'm tired anyway), and it's clear you've put a lot of thought into this- but I think there's a little more to do before you can call it a finished design. Changing up his hair- however you decide to do it- would do wonders to make him look like something besides "Sora in another outfit". Flatten his hair, make it even more spiky, make it longer, make it shorter, the specifics are up to you! I think it'll do a lot to make him feel like his own unique person, and not just an alternate costume for the keyblade hero himself.
The sheet looks bigger than it is because I outline all the techniques my character can perform, I hate this bullshit where everyone leaves it vague so everyone can just do whatever with their characters in terms of abilities, names also have meaning when you don't have 5 other moves with the same name that do the same thing. He can switch between trench knives and keyblade (tho i wont really introduce the keyblade till later in his own story.) like a stance change, needs to keep someone out, he'll use the keyblade. But if he's chasing someone down he'll use trench knives, mid-combo he could switch to make longer extensions, things like that. Kingdom hearts isn't the easiest style to do, especially for fist fighting, so I'm proud of how it came out, tho I did need Royle McCulloch to help me out, I wish I could do better with the faces on the fighting sprites but they came out alright. As far as abilities go the sheet is basically complete, I am planning on giving him the ability to summon turtles down the line, and give him a keyblade rider, which of course means armor, aside from that its just adding more poses so he seems more and more alive. Thoughts?
BEHOLD! I have risen from the grave to post this thing. It occurs to me that maybe people don't need a super futuristic army of glowing faceplated space marines. Sometimes you need something a little more current.

As usual these things are a forever WIP, but at the very least I've made the bare minimum amount of sprites for this sheet to be useful. If you need to equip them, fill in with your favorite Metal Slug sprites for the time being.
TheJGamer
December 22nd, 2017
@darlit glitch: Thanks! I have a 2nd version you can find at the next comic.
darlit glitch
December 22nd, 2017
My thoughts:
It's looking pretty good!
Could do with a theme though, unless the simple look is the theme, in which case you nailed it.
TheJGamer
December 22nd, 2017
Thank you for the change suggestions in the MG Forums, Niv! I've taken the "too many colors" issue and fixed it up a bit, slimmed up the charge bars and also put a complete design change into...

The Life Bar from Reidy's Version 2!

I've added black borders to make the HUD look neater. This was inspired by the life bars from Capcom VS SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001. Compare it here if you like.

What do you think of the design change?
TheJGamer
December 17th, 2017
Just something I felt like making while I'm in a fighting game phase. I'm pretty proud of the 3D effects on the life and guard (yellow and light blue, respectively) bars!

I just used red letters for names and the "Insert Coin" text as placeholders.

edit: F*ck i left the pointer on the screen clipping
I've decided to stick to making fonts for a bit since I don't have time for making sprites for WST 2018.

Anyway, my newest font addition- gradients!

I made variations for red, blue, yellow, black, light blue, violet, green and white.

What do you think about the shading?

EDIT: whoops i messed up in the coloring of the "D" in "GRADIENT"
Just three fonts I made at school because I was bored. And I wanted to try making a serif font.

I do think I nailed the 5x7 fonts down (mostly because I see it all the freaking time in my TI-84), but I'm not so sure about non-bold 7x7 fonts. What do you think?
This has so much potential for hidden reference color pallets.
Hey look I finished the male echidna smols! About time am I right? God I last tossed this out there in like, July, hot damn
Oooooh! Very nice!