CAP 29- Part 11 - Sprite Submissions

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And now that we have a design, it's time for our sprites!

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CAP 29 So Far
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General Sprite Rules
  • Sprites should be inspired by the winning designs from the Art Poll. It does not need to be an exact rendition of every detail of the designs; "artistic license" is granted to all spriters. However, drastic deviation from the selected art designs is discouraged.
  • No action effects, move effects, environment effects or additional objects can be rendered on or around the Pokemon.
  • Sprites must be in PNG format.
  • Use transparent backgrounds.
  • All sprites must be scratch sprites that are completely original works by the spriter. Fusions of other sprites or pixel-overs of other artist's lineart (including the main design) are not allowed.
  • Do not alter, fuse, recolor or otherwise modify another spriter's submission unless the original artist explicitly gives permission.
Main Sprite Rules
  • Main sprites must contain a minimum of two (2) sprites - front and back. If the winning design has supporting art with gender differences, spriters may choose to include those gender differences (Male and Female versions of each), for a total of 4 sprites. Gender differences are NOT required. Spriters cannot create new gender differences.
  • All sprites (front and back) must use the same color palette.
  • All sprites (front and back) must use roughly the same size and pose when compared to each other.
Additionally, all sprites (front and back) must be in the same style as Gen. V sprites, which means:
  • Sprites can have a maximum size of 96x96.
  • Sprites must have roughly the same size, perspective, and lighting compared to in-game sprites.
  • Sprites must have a complete, unbroken, distinguishable outline one pixel wide. This outline must be clearly distinguishable from the adjacent interior colors of the sprite.
  • We recommend that you use no more than 15 unique colors on your sprites' palette. This limit may be broken for complex designs.
  • Sprites must be cel-shaded. Dithering may be used sparingly.

Icon Sprite Rules
  • The sprite can have a maximum size of 68x56.
  • The outline enclosing the sprite must be pure black (#000000).
  • The outline inside the sprite should be partially #424242.

Final Submission Post

All spriters must make a final submission post conforming to the sprite rules (listed above) and the following:
  • The post must have "Final Submission" (in bold) as the first line, with the sprites at the top, and any additional description or comments (if applicable) below them.
  • Final submissions must contain one sprite sheet for Main Sprites and/or one sprite sheet for the Icon Sprite. You do not need to submit both Main Sprites and Icon Sprites.
  • Please do not submit separate images for both front and back Main Sprites. One "cutsheet" makes it easier for mods to track submissions and ensure each complete set of sprites stay intact.
  • The final submission image must be hosted on a reliable image hosting service (such as Smogon forums or Imgur). Do not use the 'Attach a photo' tool on messaging apps (e.g. Discord). Do not use Iaza or Ezimba.
  • Only make one (1) final submission post.
Advice for Spriters
  • For newcomers, we recommend this tutorial on scratch sprites as an introduction to Pokemon-style sprites.
  • Compare your sprites against other Pokemon sprites to make sure your sprites match the in-game sprites in size and style.
  • Please look at your transparent sprites against different colored backgrounds, not just white. In Pokémon Showdown, the sprite will be displayed on multiple background colors in battle.
  • Please make sure that your sprite can be easily palette-swapped to facilitate a shiny palette. In other words, don't reuse one color in two different settings unless they are intended to be the same color.

Art Design
 
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now with the added knowledge that i can use more than 15 colors, i added a new shading color to the body
 
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This one was tricky to sprite! The proportions of the design in general are pretty odd to begin with, like the legs don't really bend where they normally would on a lion, and the flatness of the head and face really create this weird contrast with the immense bulk of the body. I was initially having a bit of trouble coming up with a pose, but I decided to attempt a powerful stance for it while trying not to make its posture too stiff. I also tried to have its head tilted slightly upward while looking down patronizingly upon the pathetic sub-600 BST peasantry.
 
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Edit: After seeing that new reference material I changed some of the paint in the back sprite. Also realized that the gold chain was way to high up so I brought it down. Made a few minor edits. Just need to make a few more small edits before its done
 
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I also want to echo the same feedback I gave back in CAP 28's sprite submissions--make sure to compare the perspective of your sprite with the ones of in-game sprites instead of deriving the sprite solely from the main design art! For this CAP, the angle of the main design is a bit more head-on than the angle used by in-game sprites. Gravity Monkey's supporting art here might be helpful for drawing the design from other perspectives.

If it helps, I've put everyone's sprites so far against the set of sprites I personally used for comparison purposes. ^^

Mova
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DrifblooomCF
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Slapperfish
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NB402141
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Yokaiju
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Edit (2021-04-23): Gravity Monkey has provided more reference material that may be helpful to some artists--e.g. an overhead shot of the "splat" pattern behind the frame on the back.
 
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You have 48 hours to wrap up your sprite submissions! Feel free to ask for an extension if you need it, though!
 
Final Submission

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Hell of a glow-up, huh? The updates are obviously far too numerous to list here since my initial sub, but I've been getting most of my critiques through Discord, as is the norm these days. Thanks again to everyone over there for the feedback!
 
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some slight tweaks, mainly colour and the addition of a backsprite.
 
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