How many Pokemon artists are interested in having their art be used in a Pokemon game? How many of you know about Pokemon Showdown!
, Smogon's Pokemon battle simulator? As you might know, Pokemon X and Y is planning on migrating from 2-D sprites to 3-D models. The problem with that for Pokemon Showdown! is that it would require reworking the entire simulator for those 3-D models. Nintendo, which has fully-staffed programmers, has the manpower and time to rewrite Pokemon's code or create a game from scratch. Smogon does not. However, it does have the contributions of a Pokemon fanbase that can design sprites for Pokemon Showdown!.
What does the project entail? Sprites, of course! Pokemon Showdown! needs front, back, shiny, and animated sprites for all of the Pokemon coming out in Gen. VI. The XY Sprite Project
is starting off well, but it could be even better with the help of Pokemon artists (not just spriters) from deviantART. Anyone that can draw can help with making front and back poses for various pokemon, and spriters from all skill levels can pixel those poses or work from scratch. It doesn't matter if you've just started art or if your work has been in published games; anyone can contribute! If you're adept enough to provide amazing pixel animations for each Pokemon, go for it! If you're happy recoloring sprites into their shiny palettes, go for it! I personally use Windows XP's version of Paint for my pixel work and GraphicsGale
(it's free) for animating. Other people use Paint.net
(free) or other specialized pixel art programs and Adobe Flash
(not free) for animation (just make sure to change interpolation to nearest-neighbor to imitate that pixel-y appearance). There's no need for fancy graphics programs, though.
Just as long as it allows you to make discrete pixels and GIF/PNG files.
Congratulations to Apwolf
, who received a one-month premium membership!
Half of you probably skipped over those paragraphs and wondered what this 'point giveaway' is. No worries! It's like the other point giveaways on dA; just add this journal to your favorites. That's it! You don't even have to watch me or give me a llama (though that'd be nice)! After an arbitrary amount of time, I'll use an RNG to select a person on the list of people who have fav'd this journal entry and give him or her the same amount of points as the number of people who fav'd it. If 100 people fav' this journal, I'll give away 100 points. If 2,000 people fav' this journal (!), I'll give away 2,000 points.
Oh, and today also happens to be my third year on deviantART, on the nose. That was on 9/9/09, a date I chose solely because of its pattern.
As a reminder, as I mention in every journal entry, commissions are open.