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Spider from Blood sprite clean-up please

PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:53 pm
by Enjay
I'm sure most of us have seen the spider from Blood used in wads. Unfortunately, its most dramatic frames (the ones where it rears up and bites) are only drawn from the front in Blood. I have been wanting to get full rotations for this sprite for quite some time so I tried to do it myself and... well, I fail it, my skill is not enough. In particular, my 2/8 rotation looks awful and I think I even lost some of the legs in the process. :lol:

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Is anyone in a position to either do a better job than I did, or at least clean up my sprites? It really only needs 4 pictures (the 2/8, 3/7, 4/6 and 5 angles) so it shouldn't be too much of a task.

Thanks.

Re: Spider from Blood sprite clean-up please

PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 1:31 pm
by Tapwave
Enjay wrote: I fail it, my skill is not enough. In particular, my 2/8 rotation looks awful and I think I even lost some of the legs in the process. :lol:
Thanks.

Well, actually, the sprites are pretty well done, although the thrid rotation of the first sprite is slightly wonky, i suggest making it turn around a wee bit more.

Re: Spider from Blood sprite clean-up please

PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:21 pm
by Enjay
I'll see if I can do anything with that third one. I will probably end up making it look worse though. :lol:

In case I gave the wrong impression, the bottom pictures were not by me. They are the frames from Blood that I was using as a reference.

Re: Spider from Blood sprite clean-up please

PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:09 pm
by Enjay
Better? Worse? Or merely different?

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And no, I don't know why it gets smaller when viewed from the non-front/rear angles. :P

Re: Spider from Blood sprite clean-up please

PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:29 am
by Tapwave
The third is much better, but now the second looks a bit sloppily angled (like if you used Paint.net's panorama tool).

Re: Spider from Blood sprite clean-up please

PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:41 am
by Enjay
I just did it by hand in Paint Shop Pro. I think that seeing the underside of the spider in the 2/8 angle makes sense, but I'm struggling to do something better (hence the thread ;) ).

As a matter of interest, the "panorama tool" - is that some sort of perspective tool? Good old DPaint had that something like 20 years or more ago on the Amiga (and the not quite so good PC version) and I have been looking for something with the same basic ability for years. I even keep an old copy of DPaint around and run it using DOSBox if I need to use that ability (hmmm... maybe I should have tried that with this sprite). However, DPaint is getting more and more awkward to use with its non-windows conventions, arcane keystrokes and support for only LBM and PCX images.

Re: Spider from Blood sprite clean-up please

PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:52 am
by Gez
Well, the GIMP has perspective tools.

Re: Spider from Blood sprite clean-up please

PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:02 am
by Enjay
Hmmm, I think I may still have that installed on another computer. I'll take a look. I always found it quite difficult to get to grips with the GIMP - possibly because I am very familiar with PSP so learning another program that, most of the time, is just doing something that I can already do quickly and (reasonably) well in PSP can be frustrating.