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Once again its time for... the BIWEEKLY BATTLE SPRITE SHOWDOWN!
[spoiler=Last round:]

Our winner was Toa! With Durban and Armads.



The Unconventionals:

-Sprite a character that uses a weapon other than the standard FE weapons (Lance, axe, sword, bow, tomes)

1) Only 1 entry per contestant.
2) No voting for your own entry!
3) Entries should be limited to 16 colors.(15 colors+ 1 background color) This is more of a guideline, but good to follow for style and challenge reasons. Colors may be custom or using GBA sprite palletes.
4) No posting previous/old works! This means no edits/recolors of something previously made as well.
-allowing previous/old works would give an unfair advantage to certain entries, two weeks is a good amount of time to work on an entry... how fair would it be to have to go up against something someone spent months or even a year on?
-creating brand new works, encourages creativity and artistic growth and development, kinda what the whole art forums are about... isn't it?

[spoiler=Voting and Winners]VOTING:
Voting will be split into two categories.
-Best in Theme
-Best Overall Battle Sprite
>Voting will run for 3 days
If there are a large amount of entries, Best in Theme will be divided into smaller categories based on whether an entry is custom, splice, or animation.
(Open to new ideas for this)
Winning placement will be decided by total number of votes across categories.
>The winner gets to choose two potential themes either from a list or of their own imagination.
>The winner and runner ups will vote upon the themes to select one.
>The winner gets two votes in addition to theme selection.
>Second place gets two votes.
>Third place gets one vote.
>Whatever theme wins the winner's votes will be used for the next competition.
Note, votes can be split, if you have two votes they do NOT need to go to the same theme.


Any further questions or concerns can be PMed to the current host! (Errant) or posted either in the feedback thread or within this thread itself.
DEADLINE: Monday, October 10th at 11:59pm PST.

Hope you all enjoy and have some fun! Lets get spriting! :D


PS: new to these? Check out the BBSS tag to see some cool sprites. :D

PPS: ...wanting to sprite but don't know where to start, or just want some advice on how to improve? Check out the Spriters Resource thread and/or check some of these out.
[spoiler=Helpful Tutorials]Here's a good tutorial on use of colors in pixel art and spriting... and some others that may be a bit more advanced... but good reads anyways...
Thinking in Color
-Excellent easy to understand tutorial on how colors effect your pixel art/sprite. Definitely worth the read!
Derek-Make Games: 10 step custom sprite tutorial
-great quick, easy tutorial on custom pixel art/sprites.
So you Wanna be a Pixel Artist? 11 part series.
-A bit wordy, but very well done in-depth look at the world of pixel art in general, from map tiles to sprites to animations.

BwdYeti's tutorials are very recommended reads as well. Please share if you know of any other excellent tutorials! :D

...so here are the links to BwdYeti's custom battle sprite tutorials... Shared with his permission. I found his second tutorial, along with the Thinking in Color very fascinating on palletes... Hoping to apply those to my next couple sprites now that I understand it a bit better.
BwdYeti's Custom Battle Sprite Tutorial #1
-kinda old, from before 2009... But a great look at the process of creating custom battle sprites from the Best Battle Spriter around... Then and now.
Yeti's custom tutorial #2
-his second tutorial, even better than the first! Great tips on creating a custom pallete that fits with GBA battle sprite colors. A must read for anyone doing battle sprites!

Anyways, hope these help! Good luck, and good spriting! ;)

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