Opening Credits Finally Unveiled!

With original music by none other than the talented J (aka Arc Bird) and featuring our original characters created and hand-drawn by none other than myself, we are proud to show a rough draft of our opening credits.

Please offer any suggestions if there is a way that the credits can be improved. Bear in my that the final slide featuring our “Special Thanks” are reserved for three mystery contributors who will be determined at a later date.

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First Impressions of Gimp

Today I thought I’d try out Gimp to continue with my manipulations of The Fist. So far, it’s not my favorite program, but I have not yet reached a verdict on whether I like it and will continue to use it.

It almost feels to me that Gimp IS Photoshop… just with a few, almost superficial differences to make sure we know it’s different. Its hot-keys, for example, are different. The way the layers seems to work is different, too… which is probably what I find most frustrating. It doesn’t seem that adding a new layer is really used to edit the image below it, as much as it’s just kind of a new image on top of it.

Another annoyance is with my Wacom tablet. In both Manga Studio and Photoshop, holding the stylus’ key and pulling the tip up or down on the tablet allows me to navigate the canvas, up, down or side-to-side. Gimp, on the other hand, only allows me to navigate vertically in this way – even if there is room to scroll horizontally – and my directional keys don’t seem to help in that regard, either.

I also like that in Photoshop and Manga Studio, I can use one tool to freely transform my selection or layer, whether it be to change its dimensions, rotate, or cut and move. Gimp doesn’t offer that same multi-purpose tool, instead making me select the various tools for each specific function – if there is a free transform tool, I haven’t found it yet.

Another small issue is that I can’t simply save something as a .png, but have to export it instead. Small difference, but an added hurtle, however small, nonetheless.

The problem that I had with Photoshop – that if I rotate or scale a selection, it blurs the pixels and changes colors – is still present in Gimp, rendering it about as good for pixel art as Photoshop. It is not, so far, like Manga Studio, with obvious strengths in other areas of computer drawing that would motivate me to learn the new interface to use it; it feels as though I’d have to put in all the effort to get used to Gimp’s interface but with little reward as the end result seems, for my purposes, to be the same.

Any handy tips for Gimp or secret benefits I haven’t touched on yet? Has anyone tried GraphicsGale? – I recently saw a blurb about it online for pixel art and it looks promising.

The Fist – Battler

The Fist (seen previously, but slightly updated below) is going to be part of a crew of henchmen for the main bad guy, mid-level bosses.

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A shout out to our friend, whom we also like to call Muscle Milk, The Fist fights with his hands. The only problem is that Holder doesn’t have any animated battlers that don’t have a weapon, and I’m not what you’d call great at pixel art. Still… I’m trying!

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This guy is based off of Holder’s Eric actor, the axe-wielder below:

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So far, I have his idle stance (above) and his block stance, but no attacks yet. I’m a little nervous about how I’ll do it >____< Idle and block has been pretty simple to modify so far, as it’s pretty much just a matter of change colors, moderate reshaping of the figure, and taking out the weapon. I’m a little afraid that I’ll have to construct attacks all on my own… and I’ve never done animation even on this level before.

Gimp has been suggested to me for pixel art a couple of times, now. I can definitely see Photoshop’s short-comings regarding sprite generation. For example, if I select the sprite’s arm and try to change its orientation, even if while selected the arm looks clear and fine, it gets distorted after setting it in place – I think because Photoshop tries to blend changes in with the rest of the picture. I’m not sure if that’s a problem I’ll have with Gimp or not. History shows that I can be hesitant to experiment (almost didn’t try Manga Studio, which I now love). Let’s see how I feel about Gimp in the coming weeks.

Has anyone else tried Gimp for spriting? How do you like it? Any other programs to recommend?