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Making A Game: Sprites


I've made a little more progress on Dryad, which is the working title for my lil' videogame. One of the most important tasks is to make Riorla's sprite look good, which is really difficult-- in fact, sprite art in general is hugely challenging. I'm hardly the first person to have noticed this, but with art, you have so many options that it's easy to get overwhelmed and ultimately lost, whereas with sprites specifically, when you're constrained by the size of the image to the point where you're working with individual PIXELS, it's very focused and intense.

If I had infinite time (not to mention talent), I would love to make large, gorgeous Odin-Sphere style sprites, but I would like to finish this project sometime before I turn 80. Given that I have to be more realistic, there is something hugely satisfying about making a bunch of pixels gel in such a way that it actually becomes your character, with it's own tiny little pixelated soul. I don't think I'm there yet, but I'm getting there.

There's something really nice about making a game as opposed to what I normally work on, which is comics. As much as I love the medium, in comics there seems to be this prevalent attitude that as an artist, if you can't draw perfect anatomy and detailed cityscapes in beautiful three-point perspective, then you suck and you have no business drawing comics. Professional comic artists are draftsman at such a high level that you need to practically devote your life to drawing if you want to compete with them, and that sort of single-minded occupation has never really appealed to me. I like reading and writing and drawing and storytelling and making little animations, and games are a much more inviting realm for someone who likes to do a little of everything-- it's more about doing a bunch of things reasonably well and tying them all together intelligently, rather than obsessing over one tiny little part of the process.

Anyway, right now I'm alternating between working on the sprites and the backgrounds, which as of now are done in watercolor pencil. If I can finish the first level, which requires a sprite for Riorla, some enemies, and one large background, then I'm pretty confident that I can do this thing.
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About GamingGoddessone of us since 12:13 AM on 08.27.2008

Links to all things Me:

My Personal Blog
Because I occasionally think about things other than games (I know-- for shame!)
Currently doing a 20-year history of Nine Inch Nails, because apparently I don't have enough projects that are HUGE TIME-SUCKING MONSTERS. Anyway, I try to keep anything that's videogames-related on Gaming Goddess, but there's a little bit of inevitable crossover.

My graphic novel, Sterling
There is some videogame-related stuff in Sterling, particularly Final Fantasy, but that's not really the focus. Meant for adults, so don't say I didn't warn you:).

My Twitter I'm very conscious of twitter-spamming, so I try to tweet only when I update one of my blogs or comics. Some people can get away with constantly tweeting charming little witticisms and it's neat, but I think if you have any interest in my twitter at all, it should be useful, never a nuisance.

About the name Gaming Goddess: No, I do not have delusions of grandeur! At least, not about games!
The origin of GG is this: My boyfriend's Mom is REALLY good at Space Invaders and games like that, leading me to dub her the "8-bit Goddess". We decided that 8-bit Goddess would be a really good name for the gaming blog that I wanted to start, except it would be false advertising since I personally suck at 8-bit games. So I changed it to the more general Gaming Goddess-- so I'm good at some type of games, I just don't have to specify which ones:).

Of course, if my boyfriend's awesome mom wants to start a blog, she can be the 8-bit Goddess, and I will bow to her in humble submission.

Favorite Games:
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy Tactics
Azure Dreams
Vagrant Story
Parasite Eve
Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider II
Resident Evil 2
Metal Gear Solid
Izuna: Unemployed Ninja
X-Men Legends
X-Men Legends II
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
Tenchu 2: Birth of the Ninja
Diablo II
.hack (the first batch)

Currently Playing:
I have decided to change this section to only what is in my consoles AT THE MOMENT as opposed to every game I'm technically in the middle of. Accuracy FTW.

DSi: Final Fantasy IV (It's amazing! Why did I wait so long?)
DS: ARMY OF MOOGLES, I mean, Final Fantasy VI
PS2: Odin Sphere
PSOne: Azure Dreams, Parasite Eve, Tomb Raider

Latest Fan Art:

Yeah, something new! Rydia's cool, people complain about the graphics in the new DS version of FFIV but I love the way the characters look...well, except for Rosa. The girl could use pants.

About Me:
I'm a starving artist/freelance writer/comic book artist/insert other vocation that makes very little money. If you're on Destructoid, chances are I am older than you. That kind of pisses me off.

Anyway, I'm working on some projects that I think might be of interest to some Dtoid readers, but I think I'll keep most of that stuff in my profile section, so the Cblogs won't be taken up with self-promotional posts from me. I'll add the info to my profile when I start my new comic and things like that.