So as I posted last week, I had some paintings in an awesome group exhibition earlier this month called Hyper Reality Dimension XX which was all about 80′s films, cartoons and videogames.
To help promote the show I created some pixel art titles that tried to recreate the vibe of a late 80′s arcade/console style title screen.
The main reason I did the teaser was because I had already spent several weeks working on an animation that I had been hoping to show at the exhibition. At the start of the project I had not used Flash for around 10 years and also had to learn how to animate sprites. I wasn’t particularly daunted by that task, I was only concerned about whether I could execute the full length animation I had storyboarded before the deadline.
When I realised I wouldn’t have time to complete the full animation I decided I could at least use the idea in it’s most basic form to promote the exhibition itself.
The full animation, which was to be titled “80′s Teenage Outburst 2 Retro: Coming of Rage” was a Street Fighter styled animation where the fighting characters were all from 80′s teen films.
As well as the titles I built a “Choose Your Fighter” screen, complete with animated sprites and pixel art portraits of each character and I thought I’d share a few of the sprites here.
As I said, I had to learn how to animate sprites as I went. There may be a much easier way of doing sprites, but I did them frame by frame, pixel by pixel in Photoshop…
Hopefully in the near future I’ll be able to go back to this concept and develop it further.