Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Inspiration: Shantae and Earthworm Jim

It sure has been a long time since I've posted anything.  Nothing too big to show, just this fast and loose (and off model) picture below.  We are knee deep in home renovations and  RBMC shows so I haven't had much time to do anything.  

A few inspirational things have come up though.  The first one (top youtube link) is part of Wayforward's kickstarter campaign for Shantae: Half Genie Hero.  I've been a huge fan of their games and particularly love their attention to animation.  The video gives a quick glimpse into their animation pipeline. Nothing too in depth, but enough to make me want to further learn Spriter.  

Also, I was reading the current issue of Retro Gamer (Issue 120 Shadowrun Cover) when I came across an interview with the developer of Earthworm Jim, Doug Tenpal.  He mentioned that he would keep Warner Bros model sheets with Looney Tunes characters around and copy their poses.  I guess I always thought that was cheating somehow, but reference is reference.  Steal Like An Artist really helped me get over that hump.  

I'd like to dive into Spriter soon, but not sure that I'll have a chance until next week.

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