Tag Archives: sprites

Tranquill Tempest update

23 Aug

In the past few days I’ve been tackling sprite linearts. I’ve had ugly sketches as placeholders since forever in the game as you can see:


With lineart like that you’d bet I’d threaten him! Threaten to clean that mess up a little. Now my main 3 guys are done-ish. Riley (the middle guy) has gone through a little bishi-fication in the face region (his hair in particular was kind of lame), but he’s still his goofy old self. ^_^  He took the makeover like a trooper.

Kiran (left guy) is perfect as he is, of course (Kiran: “Where do I sign up for more skulls in my design?”). Meanwhile Harley is too busy to care what happens to his design. He has important plans to take care of, you wouldn’t understand.

WIP Lineart


Sprites and shtuff

26 Mar

So Vicky has a sprite now… that’s something to post about, right? And I made a page for Signed X, that surely is post-worthy, no? I’ve just had all the inspiration squeezed out of me, so I’m not able to say anything funny or intelligent about any of that.

I’ll try to hold off releasing the game until the 31st, because I still find things wrong with it. I want to post it already and forget about it, but I have to fight that urge! I know all too well that even after I release it, someone’s gonna point out some errors and I’ll just want to hide under my bed and cry. Then I’ll remember my bed is too low for me to hide under.

If after making such a fun, upbeat VN I feel so exhausted and depressed, would making a drama/horror VN make me all happy and bubbly? Alas, life doesn’t work that way. Back to procrastinating!


Old people and being original

16 Jan

I don’t remember drawing old people before. Not successfully at least. Well I tried today. I needed to do a sprite for Ayrius’s butler, Manford. Isn’t Manford such a butler-ish name? I didn’t even look for a name for him, it just came to me.

Anyway, I think I did a really bad thing. His sprite is much more realistic than the others. It’s hard to make anime characters look old, since they don’t have much facial details. So trying to make him look older I ended up drawing more details and now he doesn’t really match the others so well. I will have to do something about that, I don’t know what, though. Doing the usual nose (a colored oval) that I usually do won’t cut it. Gaaah! His hair looks so shiny though. *_*Manford


Not much news on the writing front. I am regretting all the subplots (if they can be called that). How am I going to tie them all up? I woke up a few times last night to write down ideas in my phone. -_-  In the end Ayrius will just kill everyone with his demon powers and all will be well with the world. Who wants that to be the true ending? lol  I need to make a page for this game so that people can understand what the hell I am talking about.

While procrastinating doing reasearch by reading manga, I came a cross a title that sounded terrifyingly familiar. It was called Dokuhime. Given my extensive japanese knowledge (wut?) this sent a shiver down my back. Because that means something like “Poison princess”. I read the summary and my worst fears came true, it was pretty much the idea of Poison Sweet. It’s not identical but I imagine anyone who’s read it will make the connection. I knew from the start the idea of Poison wasn’t completely original, but I didn’t know where I had heard it before so I thought it was okay (it wasn’t this manga, I’m sure it’s been used before). I just really don’t want anyone to think I ripped off a manga. I haven’t read it, and I won’t read it, at least until the game is completed. Hopefully it’s not as similar as the summary made it appear. T_T I’m seriously annoyed with myself right now, but it’s way too late to abandon this game.

Writing update:

The game contains 2,158 screens of dialogue.
These screens contain a total of 21,807 words,
for an average of 10.1 words per screen.
The game contains 14 menus.

Poison sweet sprites

10 Dec

I haven’t written that much lately, but I’ve been doing some drawing. I drew two more characters besides the MC, Ember and Ayrius.

Leonore, on the left, a friend of Ember’s (though they don’t start out as friends) and a smaller character, Helena the cook. I still have to draw one more character (Ayrius’s butler) and if I feel like it, I’ll draw Linus, another minor character. I have another character that won’t get a sprite. Do you think minor characters should have sprites? How many lines should they have before they actually deserve a sprite? I wish there was a rule about it… It would make my life easier.

It was fun coloring in this style, instead of my usual cell shading, even if it looks a bit messy. Looking at  them now I see a ton of mistakes. I’ll have to touch them up a bit. ^^


dem curlz, dat ladle


Still working…

19 Feb

It’s been 3 weeks since I last posted? Time sure files…
It’s true I haven’t been working on the game too much, but at this stage there’s nothing much to show, and no one wants to hear (read?) me talk about how I struggle with code problems.

The biggest task ahead of me right now is putting the sprites in. I really, really, REALLY don’t want to do it. It’s so tedious… Playing the whole game, frame by frame and adding each expression. This sucks for me because I’m such a perfectionist when it comes to things like this. To be honest, when I play a VN a lot of the time I don’t even look at the character’s face, unless I pick an option and wait to see how he/she reacts. Still… when I think about a line in the game, I know exactly how the character would say it, but the player doesn’t. Punctuation helps of course, but I’m never sure if people actually catch the difference between “Oh.” and “Oh!” and I tend to use them a lot. The best thing I can do is help them by changing the character’s expression. So I have to make sure to do it right. This is why I dread the thought of putting the sprites in. It’s so much responsibility… And no one hates responsibility as much as me.

I didn’t really know what to put as the mandatory picture of the post. So… I thought since Valentine’s Day was just a few days ago, some funny pick-up lines from the boys. 😛 Not very creative, I know.