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GWSC- Week #1 "Third time's the charm"!

Discussion in 'Fan Sprites' started by -Raiga-, Jun 4, 2013.

  1. -Raiga-

    -Raiga- Well-Known Member

    ANY person can enter!
    ANY website can participate!
    ANY thing can happen! Its the...


    Welcome everyone to the reboot of the ever popular Weekly Spriting Contest! So...what does the "G" stand for you may ask? Gucchi? Gastrodon? Gamefreak? Well, needless to say you'll find out in due time :)

    Without further ado, lets reveal this weeks challenge!

    Medium: Recolor
    Sprite source: Any official B/W sprite. http://www.pokemonelite2000.com/sprites.html

    Challenge: "The third time's the charm"

    To celebrate this being the WSC's third major reboot, you will take any pokemon you feel doesn't have the best color setup in neither its original color scheme nor its shiny color scheme, and form your own idea of how YOU think it should have been colored.

    -Its a straight up recolor, so a limit of 4 colors + shades +black and white.
    -No patterns, glow, or anything else extra.
    -Tip- Be mindful of the pokemon's type, that won't be changing!

    Post your entry here in the thread by 11:59p.m. Sunday, and voting will occur the following Monday! Good luck and I hope to see many entries. Ask if there are any questions:)
  2. -Raiga-

    -Raiga- Well-Known Member

    My entry, cobalion with a more fighting type flavor:

  3. extremegunner

    extremegunner Hyper Coordinator


    Mine. Just thought cool blue fits a Weavile.

    I seriously hope people join in.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2013
  4. Will-powered Spriter

    Will-powered Spriter Pokédex Complete!

    In the interest of encouraging more entrants, here's some helpful advice.

    Beginner's tips:
    1. You do not need fancy software to make a sprite, especially not for a recolour. MS Paint is all you'll need. If you do want fancy software anyway, GIMP is free.
    2. Beware, if you copy a sprite with a transparent background into mspaint, you may lose your black outline. If this happens, use print screen instead.
    3. If you can't pick a pokemon to recolour, use a sprite generator, such as this one.
    4. If you want to make the background transparent, use iaza.com
    5. To replace colours on ms paint, have the old colour as colour one, the new colour as colour 2 and then use the eraser tool but with the right mouse button.
    6. Do not use the default colours on ms paint, they're ugly.
    7. Try to keep as many shades as there were in the original sprite; replacing two shades with only one looks unprofessional. Remember to recolour the highlights on the outlines as well!
    8. Unless otherwise stated, the limits for a typical 5th gen pokemon sprite are 96 by 96 pixels and 15 colours (plus one for the background/transparency).
    9. Save as .png or .gif
    10. Under no circumstances ever save a sprite as .jpeg

    Pro tips:
    1. Using colours on the opposite side of the colour wheel (green/red, orange/blue, purple/yellow) will make your sprite stand out.
    2. As you change shade, hue should change slightly as well, with highlights tending towards yellow and shadows tending towards blue. Don't overdo it though.
    3. Here are two tutorials for choosing a pallet:
      Pixel Art Tutorial: Colors, Thinking in Color.
    4. Many tutorials will tell you to use blue instead of black as your outline colour. Pokemon is cartoony, so you can ignore that.

    Edit: OK, my entry:

    When I think of thunder storms I think of ominous purple and grey clouds and bright flashes of blue and yellow arcing across the sky.

    Yet Thundurus is the colour of fluffy clouds and a sunny sky. What are we supposed to think? Is it the terrible god of gentle summer breezes?

    So I fixed it.
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2013
  5. tomthepom

    tomthepom Well-Known Member

    Thought I would give Genesect that "Plasma" look by changing him to suit the Team Plasma emblem.

  6. [​IMG]

    Figured Lilleep should be more green. And yeah, used Cradily's greens :p
  7. Will-powered Spriter

    Will-powered Spriter Pokédex Complete!

    I'm not the judge, but I suspect those two entries fall afoul of the no patterns rule.
  8. the ash man83

    the ash man83 Avid TCG Fan

    That's a good point. Do you reckon I can change it before judging starts?
  9. Burakoru

    Burakoru Belly Slide


    There's always been ONE pokemon that had a coloration that stuck out to me.

    Dragonite; We go from the Blue Dratini and Dragonair, to an Orange Barney. So I decided I'd fix that up for my entry.
  10. Will-powered Spriter

    Will-powered Spriter Pokédex Complete!

    Well it doesn't say in the rules for the new one, but historically you could change it if it wasn't valid, however you had to ask to change a valid entry.

    Regardless I imagine -Raiga- will be back on tonight, so you'll be able to check with him.
  11. Shazdar

    Shazdar Why is blue?

  12. tomthepom

    tomthepom Well-Known Member

    Does that really count as a pattern? I've simply changed the colours of Genesect as the criteria asked. As for the Kingdra sprite, all I can see wrong with it is the snout.
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2013
  13. Will-powered Spriter

    Will-powered Spriter Pokédex Complete!

    What I'm assuming it means is you have a palette swap, so every pixel that one colour has to remain all one colour. Otherwise a pattern is fairly hard to define objectively.
  14. tomthepom

    tomthepom Well-Known Member

    By pattern I would be expecting something along the lines of this:

    Also if the contest did want a pallette swap it should state that amongst the rules.
  15. I'm not going to get into whether this fits the rules or not, but I really like it, it looks much better than the original one (and I really like the original Genesect).

    I always thought that Haunter's sprite from the original Red/Green was one of the best sprites in the series, but they completely changed the tone of the Pokemon in the later games, so I recoloured the Black/White Haunter to look more like it. I think I could have made it quite a bit better if it wasn't for the pattern rule, but I'm fairly happy with it anyway. It looks better the darker the backround, but pretty rubbish if the backround is light, so it probably wouldn't actually work as a sprite in game.


    EDIT: I know it's early days (or in fact earliest day), but this is really going rather well so far isn't it!
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2013
  16. Recon

    Recon 11001101011101010100

    That looks eerily similar to sprite I made and put on my Facebook...
  17. Will-powered Spriter

    Will-powered Spriter Pokédex Complete!

    As I said, without it the definition for pattern becomes subjective. The only difference between that sprite's and your sprite's 'pattern' is that your colour changes are separated by existing outlines.
  18. SlightlyWinged

    SlightlyWinged Training for ORAS

    To me recoloring barely counts as spriting. But, I guess everyone has to start somewhere. My entry:


    Now, I love Druddigons design plenty. But it's colors? They get a "meh" from me. So I decided to change it up a little.
  19. -Raiga-

    -Raiga- Well-Known Member

    Phew, its been a long day at work but the amount of entries here made up for it! Sorry for being absent, I'll now answer any questions.

    On the subject of Patterns-Ooohhh I knew this was going to happen. Anyways, to try and keep a couple people from redoing theirs, but to keep things fair, I'll say TomthePom has the right idea. As long as something is a PART(aka usually a outlined object in the sprite) of the sprite, its okay. However the mew example he showed, which actually changed the distribution of colors, will be wrong. I do this soley because of the purpose of the theme, like that you thought maybe the parts that got a certain color was wrong. Because of this, if anyone wants to change a thing or two on their entry, knock yourself out.

    So Ashman83, you will have to change kingdra's head, as it is only one whole part.

    On the subject of changing your entry-Actually, feel free to change it as much as you want until the end of the week. I see no reason to stop anyone from wanting to better their entry. Do try and delete your old entry post and make a new one though, otherwise how am to know it was updated and within the rules?

    Sorry to say ozymandias, but the glow around the body(not the hands) is illegal via the rule against glows I mentioned in the first post. It adds something that isn't there.

    So you entry is not entered right now, but feel free to edit or change your entry if you have the time:) And don't worry, glows like the one you've done won't be illegal for too many contests, just simpler ones like these to keep things fair.

    You have to understand, the goal of rebooting the contest was to attract new people to spriting....Nothing says "get lost" to people like that than a challenge of make a 250x700 fully scratch sprite banner for the contest haha. Baby steps man, baby steps :)

    Anyways, thanks to all who have entered so far, and please keep entering people who are thinking of doing so, there is PLENTY of time left.

    Edit:And thank you WPS for your tips and tricks, stuff I would have posted if I wasn't so lazy haha.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2013
  20. Recon

    Recon 11001101011101010100

    Say hi to the Kecleon brother! You know, the one that should have been the shiny coloring?


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