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[WIP] manazipper

Posted: 12 Jun 2009, 07:32
by Wombat
Starting with a rough sketch of a "manazipper", which I envision attacking magic points. I want it to "zip" around the screen, a hard to hit monster with normal attacks, but extremely vulnerable to flare dart and lightning. A 40-50+ monster that may drop tiny mana potions when destroyed. I think it would fit into a forest map not created yet that has something to do with magic. Current concern is the size...should I aim for a smaller sketch or is its size appropriate for a faster than character movement?

Re: [WIP] manazipper

Posted: 12 Jun 2009, 07:52
by Wombat
Smaller version, to give an idea if I did it smaller. I think I like it smaller, though it wouldn't have as much detail.

Re: [WIP] manazipper

Posted: 12 Jun 2009, 08:33
by Wombat
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/M ... damnedBats

purpose is similar to one described here. Thanks Freeyorp for tossing this out on irc.

Re: [WIP] manazipper

Posted: 12 Jun 2009, 10:49
by Wombat
here's a clean up of the rough sketch

Re: [WIP] manazipper

Posted: 12 Jun 2009, 19:41
by Wombat
Here's a little reworking. If it is too "cute" I can try to make it more buglike

Re: [WIP] manazipper

Posted: 13 Jun 2009, 14:40
by Rotonen
Just have the body and the wings for now and do a full animation sketch of it.

Re: [WIP] manazipper

Posted: 13 Jun 2009, 15:03
by Wombat
Simple 4 frame animation with 80 millisecond delay. The speed seems messed up for some odd reason on one of them. Not sure why.

Re: [WIP] manazipper

Posted: 13 Jun 2009, 15:04
by Rotonen
Nice. Could perhaps bob a bit more up and down.

I find the big eyewhites disturbing and static. Also, pure white?

Re: [WIP] manazipper

Posted: 13 Jun 2009, 15:10
by Crush
Also note that sprites must have a dark (not black!) outline.

Re: [WIP] manazipper

Posted: 13 Jun 2009, 16:39
by Wombat
Here goes a more detailed body facing full left. I changed the eye to orange w/out detail, which could leave it open to becoming more buglike. I did not add a pointed nose nor wings to make sure the shape is better.

Re: [WIP] manazipper

Posted: 14 Jun 2009, 15:44
by Pandemonium
I liked the big nose it had in your vary first draft...

@ the eyes...Perhaps you could off white the eyes? I wouldn't go Grey though more to the super light Yellow... Also I think bugs need BIG eyes, like you had them before you recolored them.. makes them more bug like.

Keep it up, looks good.

Re: [WIP] manazipper

Posted: 14 Jun 2009, 17:52
by Wombat
Testing two frame animation, no trailing animation and no head movement added yet.

Re: [WIP] manazipper

Posted: 15 Jun 2009, 05:06
by Wombat
Not yet perfected trailing, but here is my first attempt at something like it.

Re: [WIP] manazipper

Posted: 15 Jun 2009, 05:09
by Wombat
Here is the current wing shape, to see it better.

Re: [WIP] manazipper

Posted: 15 Jun 2009, 08:39
by Rotonen
Animationwise, the center position should probably not face the player like that: it causes a noticeable "bright spot" there.