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    Outlaw Star Nexus Smilies

    I've been toying with the idea of making smilies for a while now. A forum I have used in the past had a lot of smilies that were based on the game series the forum was about. They looked awesome and certainly added a lot of fun to participating. Unfortunately, whilst I have delved into making some pixel art, and indeed some for the item shop (e.g. Caster Gun and Blaster, ignore most of the food ones since I didn't put any effort into them XD), I'm very far from being an artist.

    But I can try. And until someone who can do a better job makes an offer to help out, all I can do is keep refining my designs. I intended for this to be a replacement for the standard smile.

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    Where I'm up to so far:

    I feel I've got a long way to go if I want this to look good enough. There is a lack of detail, but whilst I put considerable shading into most of my designs, I decided to have minimal shading on purpose. After all, the characters in the anime don't have a great deal of shading besides what's necessary.

    The "smile" smiley on the forum that inspired me:



    Then there's the base template I used.



    Obviously, whilst I intended to heavily base my design on the smilies on that forum, I've adapted much more to the anime look. (Even if it looks a little cartoony, you get what I mean.) I'm not sure if my Gene smiley looks too good. I used some Gene pics as references. Looking at it now, the face looks slightly slanted, hmm. But hell... have at you! Give me your honest opinions! No sugar coating. Tell me what you'd do to improve it, obviously keeping in mind the small pixel space I'm working with.

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    RE: Outlaw Star UK Smilies

    Hanmyo = O:-D

    Hamushi = :-*

    Fred =



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    RE: Outlaw Star UK Smilies

    I'll see what I can do about those. And I now realised one thing that's wrong. Gene's right eye is one pixel to the right of where it should be, and one pixel is a lot when you consider the size. I'll fix that for the next update, though I'll try and gather some opinions first.
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    RE: Outlaw Star UK Smilies

    I'd try and give you a hand with this, but we both know I'd invariably end up turning them all into Trollfaces or use them as bonus enemies in DoomBears.

    The Gene one's not bad. It is indeed slightly lop-sided, and has hair more similar to Jim's, but what the hell. I can't work particularly well with such small spaces either. The only smilies/emotes I ever made were shitty ones based on the CD-i Zelda characters. And I made Spiderman, for some reason (I think it was because he has no expression).


    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis
    The "smile" smiley on the forum that inspired me:

    The hair here just reminds me of Wolverine!
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    RE: Outlaw Star UK Smilies

    Hmm, I see what you mean about the hair being like Jim's, and yeah, I'll work on the lop-sidedness. For your information, these were the two reference images I used the most. And I know they're not the best images, but hell, I needed a reference of Gene and these were in my documents folder, so there you go. Now I want to make a Dr. RobotSputnik smiley.





    It seems, looking at various pictures of Gene, his hair actually seems to grow as the series progresses. Or something like that.


    Quote Originally Posted by BaronOfStuff
    The hair here just reminds me of Wolverine!
    It's this guy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7YotOhbV6E
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    RE: Outlaw Star UK Smilies

    Couldn't help but notice a perfect :|

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    RE: Outlaw Star UK Smilies

    Wow, nice find dymus XD
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    RE: Outlaw Star UK Smilies

    Now if you find twenty other smilies like that, I'm set. XD
    Gene: "Have faith in me guys, enjoy the ride—you're in good hands. I can handle this. I can do it!"
    Jim: "How do you know?"
    Gene: "I don't!"
    Jim: "I knew it."
    Gene: "That's okay. There's a first time for everything!"

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    RE: Outlaw Star UK Smilies

    This is going to be so very sweet.
    I likes the smilies ya know.
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    This was a good idea Mantis.

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    RE: Outlaw Star UK Smilies

    Any criticisms anyone? That's what I'm looking for. Whilst I do like the smiley in Dymus' post, that kind of style doesn't allow a lot of facial manipulation. It uses a technique called anti-aliasing which smooths the pixels, creating a much "softer" look, but there isn't as much room to clearly create faces with lots of expression. (Mine is just a simple smile smiley, but I'd be creating them for all sorts of expressions.) Although I do think he got the hair spot on and I'd definitely change the hair of mine to be like that. Basically, you have three options:

    a) Find out if the creator of that smiley Dymus linked to has made a big set of icons (my goal) and get permission (I don't do plagiarism) to use them

    b) Let me know what I should improve on my own, and feel free to make some edits to illustrate your points

    c) Make your own, or hire somebody with cash payment (I can't presently afford such graphics and they don't come cheap) to make them, because I can nearly guarantee you won't find anybody who can make a set of sweet smilies for free
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    Jim: "How do you know?"
    Gene: "I don't!"
    Jim: "I knew it."
    Gene: "That's okay. There's a first time for everything!"

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