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Let's Create A Shoot 'Em Up Boss - Ridley - Day 1- Speed Spriting and Puppet
A days worth of work cut down to a 9 minute video. Brilliant.
People have often asked why they haven't seen more information and videos regarding "Shoot the Core", the Gradius fangame i'm working on. Well the answer's simple. I'm one guy. Doing it all. (Well.. except music and sound effects - those are ripped... but nevermind.)
Naturally it takes time. What probably doesn't help - is the game's Graphics are borderline HD.
Still, want to be more timely with updates - so let's put some videos up of the creation process. Why not eh.
Whilst Shoot the Core is a Gradius fangame, it will feature guests from other Shoot 'em Ups as well. Such as my current Sinistar avatar.
But some Non-Shoot 'em Up bosses seem perfect for a little Ship vs-thing action... so... I guess a few non-shooter bosses can't hurt.
This brings us to this video.
I've always thought Ridley from Super Metroid would be a great boss fight in a Space Shooter.
So. Let's port him!
Of course just plonking the Super Metroid sprite in the middle of the game would look really daft. So I guess that means I've got to re-create him by hand.
And what the hell. Let's try and smooth his movements up. This is a Konami fangame, and it needs it's Multi-Segment bosses.
So this video has three stages:
1) The basic sketch. Er.. I skipped filming this. Sorry.
2) The sprite work. Sped up. Alot.
3) Testing the sprite - via a digital puppet.
Ridley is a fairly simple sprite in all fairness. Most bosses take alot longer to get the basic spritework out of the way. Some bosses have taken a week of on/off sprite work. Making a "smaller" sprite like Ridley has been a nice change of pace.
Naturally the sprite is STILL alot bigger than the original Super Metroid sprite.
This is Day 1 of Gradius Ridley's creation. I will NOT be posting these daily, but when I have updates, I'll sure to keep you guys up to speed.
Most time spent will probably be in programming him. The puppet will help wonders for that. You'll see it's perpose in a later video.
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