!WARNING! VERY RAMBLY AND A LOT OF TEXT ABOUT A PROJECT THAT PROBABLY MOST PEOPLE WON'T BOTHER TO READ. TL;DR FURTHER DOWN (hopefully). !WARNING!
Also, there might be spelling and grammar stuff I'll have to look over at a later point (derp).* 21/11-2016: ~50+ pictures uploaded, check out the gallery here magicpearls.deviantart.com/gal…!* 01/05-2017: 75 pictures uploaded! Check out the gallery at link above!
This will serve as an introduction and description for a fun project I've been working on every now then when choosing what beadsprites to make.
One of my all-time favourite mangas and animes is One Piece. I discovered the manga (translated to Swedish) when I was in 8th or 9th grade (somewhere around (2006-2007)) when I was trying to find something to read in the school's library. I got instantly hooked, read everything they had and continued to buy the manga from a book store. A few years ago they stopped translating it as the general interest, I'm guessing the profit involved for the companies, for manga (atleast translated) has dropped in Sweden. I bought some of the ones that were translated to English, either via international orders or when I visited New York two years. In the mean time, I also began watching the anime. I feel like a have a sort of love-hate relationship with the anime, since they like to drag on with small stuff and include a lot fillers, BUT when they finally get to epic fight scenes or emotional parts, man, it's awesome. The anime has currently passed 765+ episodes and will continue for a long, long time.
If you're not familiar with One Piece, here is a short description/summary from Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Piec…
"One Piece (Japanese: ワンピース Hepburn: Wan Pīsu?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 19, 1997, with the chapters collected into eighty-two tankōbon volumes to date. One Piece follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a young man whose body gained the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit. With his diverse crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy explores the Grand Line in search of the world's ultimate treasure known as "One Piece" in order to become the next King of the Pirates."
Anyhow, when I started making beadsprites a few years ago, One Piece was (naturally) one of my go-to themes. I made the Strawhat crew (simple versions of it, still have them in some drawers...), but always felt it would be cool to make more of the characters. The reason for not uploading any of these was cause I felt they were too small and kinda simple, even though they were pretty cool. I then happened to discover spritedatabase.net/
which has ton of of awesome sprites for various games, one of them being One Piece Gigant Battle! 1/2. Now, I've made almost 50 (!) beadsprites of different characters from OP and have a lot more planned. Eventually I will run out of sprites from spritedatabase, but luckily enough I've found an enormous amount of fan-made sprites of various characters from different talented sprites here on DeviantArt (I will credit them later on in this post, and in every picture I use their sprites as a reference)!
So let's get to the point, what is ProjectOnePiece? Pretty simple. It's my own fun, personal goal of trying make ALL involved (or as many as possible) characters from the entire manga/anime. This means we're probably talking about potentially upwards of 200-300 (or more) beadsprites. This is a huge and long project which will take a long time to complete, but on the other hand I will most likely always have something to work towards to. I'm already 50 characters in, so I feel pretty motivated to continue and see how far I can go with this. So, where do I "begin" aka continue? Here's some sort of a preliminary plan as of (21st November 2016):
- Post pictures of the 45-50 characters I've already done. Some of the are really old (2+ years), so I feel like I should remake some of them with a better and expanded color palette (refer to step 3). Pretty easy, but as I want short descriptions and links/credit for all images it'll probably be a bit work, a couple of hours maybe?
- Finish up making beadsprites of all characters that are available on spritedatabase.net/. I'm unsure how many I have left, but not too many.
- Remake my oldest versions. Some examples are Ace, Thousand Sunny and Buggy (see pictures later in folder). They feel a bit too simple and some of their colors could be improved by a lot.
- Hard to "plan" this far (we could be talking about a few months), but this is probably where I'll begin looking at sprites made by other people (again, links further down).
- To be added at a later point.
Okay, that was probably that majority of thoughts and planning I had done up until now. Making beadsprites is a real passion for me, so doing a "project" (or whatever you wanna call it) feels like a fitting, interesting and fun idea. It's not something I will be working on 100% of time, as there are a bajillion number of other cool sprites you can use to create beadsprites with. I just felt like it would be appropriate to write something longer and more "serious" before suddenly uploading a crap ton of pictures, specifically of One Piece characters.
I'm also very lucky to have a supportive family that helps with a lot of stuff in my life. The ultimate goal for me is to reach a position where I can make some sort of living of beadsprites, or at least something related. You never know what the future holds!
Anyway, to round this of (for the moment at least) thank you to whoever reads this. It means a lot to me that you took your time for me!
Finally a big, big shoutout to all of the people that have added me to their Watch, everyone one who favourites and comments on my pictures and lastly, to anyone that checks out my page and pictures! Thank you!
ProjectOnePiece is a personal project of mine where I will try to ALL (or as many as possible) characters from the manga/anime One Piece. This whole post is just my thoughts and feelings revolving around the whole thing, both the past, the present and the future. That's all (for now), thank you for reading
!* Links to spritesheets from spritedatabase.net/
- One Piece: Gigant Battle!
- One Piece: Gigant Battle! 2 - New World
)* Links to awesome people that have made various sprites and modications of sprites of characters on DeviantArt:
Oh yeah, if there's any specific character you
would like to see as a beadsprite, leave comment or message and I will try to prioritize to create it+upload a picture of it!
That's all (for now, will probably add more stuff as time goes on), thank you for reading!
I hope you all have a nice day!
Jonathan / MagicPearls