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Shard
Hello hello! Something of a veteran spriter artist person here. Been on Smackjeeves since late '06, took a few breaks but ultimately I've stuck around. Catch you on the other side of the next button!

=Shard#5926 on Discord=

=Speed Leader of Team SMG=
@witswithme- There there. This won't last forever.
@foxpuff- It's kind of her thing.
@G.B.A- You can only win if you try and cheat.
@D-Ranokai- Mmuuahahahahahahahaha!
@TheJGamer- Két is a Lethal Joke Character; basically impossible to play as her unless you know how.
@KirbyandPokemonFan- Nope, sorry, you're stuck here with the rest of us.
@Katsu Justice- Neither of them are rabbits, one is a cat-dog and one is an amalgamation, no rabbits here, none whatsoever
TheHowlingStorm said:
You must defeat Niv’s buffer schedule to stand a chance. And I for one ain’t challenging that.


What do you mean there wasn't a Street Fighter 6? If there's a Street Fighter 7, surely there must be a 6!
@Katsu Justice- not this nonsense again
@TheJGamer- As a Letter 7 Author, I am intrigued, please tell me more so I can <s>send them to gate</s> check them out
@Frost The Wolf- the biggest nope
@KirbyandPokemonFan- [steals some of the popcorn]
@TheJGamer- Ooh, okay.
@G.B.A- MACHO MACHO MAN
@TheJGamer- Now a what?
@KirbyandPokemonFan- [gives popcorn]
@RoninHunt0987- Let's hope there's no reminders.
Snurple-the-Hedgehog said:
Buy $60 to get Smash Letter 7, pay $5.00 to unlock characters, pay $7.77 to unlock Jack's and Mete's skin.

Also, <s>fuck</s> you Jack.


Today's update is brought to you by Met, and also copious amounts of drugs probably, why is this a thing, I don't know

Also, I did mention last week that some people censored themselves in their own updates. Met was the first to do so! (D-Ran and Sal didn't do the swear, and Gate did swear but I was the one to censor it.) Other authors would follow his lead, either by using the black bars or by some... other method. But that'll come when it comes. For now, enjoy this update!
@jameswolf100- Your layout images appear to be broken.
Shard
January 15th, 2018
@RoninHunt0987- don't mind me, imma just grab my stuff and leave, 'scuse me please
@witswithme- rip in pepperoni
Shard
January 14th, 2018
@KirbyandPokemonFan- You misunderstand. This is the break.
@RoninHunt0987- bye
Shard
January 12th, 2018
@KirbyandPokemonFan- it only gets worse.
@Salimus- People deserve an explanation to things; just saying "it's not meant to make sense" isn't always a good way of going about things. Besides, the joke doesn't really make sense outside of "Két not liking being Senpai I guess" if you don't have the context for what Yanderians are.
@TheJGamer- They'll talk smack about your waifu
@ILeninVelikyNamPutOzaril- I think this is a shout-out to the Dream World accessible in Black and White using the Global Link stuff! You could grow berries in the Dream World, and then later send them into your (not dream) game, and in fact that was the ONLY way to plant berries in Black and White. So there's probably plenty of berries floating around in Dreamspace, since the service was shut down when Gamefreak turned off online connectivity for Gen 5.
Shard
January 12th, 2018
Salimus neglected to comment.

The comic was passed from Gate to Sal, and with that comes the... erh... y'know what, no, let's just, stop while I'm ahead

This one probably requires a brief explanation. The characters who appear starting in the second panel are a species invented by Gate known as Yanderians, which are basically space raptors led by space dragons (specifically the one shown here) who litter their sentences with gratuitous Japanese; act like, well, Yanderians; have a tendency towards harem relationships, and are completely and utterly obsessive with tracking down their "Senpai" and m̵̨͞a̢͠͡ķ̸̧҉̨i͢͝ń̶̛g̡̡͠͝ ̀͜͠͞t̴̵h̡͏e̵̶̢̛҉m͢͟͜͠͡ ̧͜t͜͞͝h̶̀͘ȩ̵͘͠i͜͜͟͡r̴͘ş̡̛͞

...the dolls I have no explanation for. Sal was making those sprites at the time, I guess, and wanted to use them in something? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Két jumping out of panels is nothing new, but going down instead of to the sides is probably the safer bet right now, because without her wind powers she'd get stuck in the endless canvas.
(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.
let me die already you cowards
@plokman- This was solely a Letter 7 authors thing, hence why it was not made public, aside from a brief "preview" for Letter 7's 207th page.
@KirbyandPokemonFan- It'll be a bit. Have fun waiting!
@RoninHunt0987- ;3
@G.B.A- I can assure you, by the time this arc is done, someone will have used heat vision.
@KirbyandPokemonFan- [pats]
@RoninHunt0987- Don't look at me.
@Hero of Comedy- Or if they've lost it already.
@D-Ranokai- i cant believe gate is dio
@KirbyandPokemonFan- it's only going to get worse.
@TheJGamer- HOW DARE THEY STEAL MEMES
@TheJGamer- You must do a lot of solving them crimes then
@Salimus- Cream is his partner in Memecrimes
@KirbyandPokemonFan- WELCOME TO THE LETTER 7