About

Janina Himmen (ZiB)That’s me, the creator of this website. My name is Janina and I work as a freelance designer in Frankfurt (Germany). In my freetime I draw, play games or watch movies with friends. SP-Studio is a private project I started to work on while still being at school. I got the idea in the year 2001, because I was (and still am today) a big fan of the TV show South Park and was drawing my friends and celebrities in its unique style. I still offer special drawings like this, so feel free to have a look at this gallery if you are interested. Because of this love for the South Park art style I made a little Flash game, so everybody could create his own look-a-like without the need of drawing skills. I wanted to inspire the visitors of my website to be creative and the first version of the “SP-Studio” was released on my German South Park Homepage planearium.de in 2002.

Surprisingly my little project became a big success and more and more visitors from all over the world used it to create images. So the SP-Studio soon got its own website and the content started to grow. About 50.000 visitors each day are a good number and you can find my drawings all over the web now. Mostly the SP-Studio characters are used as avatars, but there are tons of YouTube videos and band promotions too. This success and the countless feedback e-mails inspired me for bigger updates. I am no coder, so unfortunately my possibilities are limited, but I always try to learn new things and work hard to improve the SP-Studio. Fortunately I have a looong list of ideas for new items, because I collect everything my visitors request. So there will always be enough content for updates. I am happy about every new suggestion, so feel free to write me an e-mail (info@sp-studio.de) if you have a wish. But remember: Please read the F.A.Q. before you ask for anything, because there is written which things you don’t need to request. The F.A.Q. is also a good place to read more about how the SP-Studio is made. And for those of you who want to know the whole history of this website… here you go. Small updates are not included in this list but the important changes are.

SP-Studio History

SP-Studio version 105/2002

Version 1.0:

I don’t remember many details about the beginning. After the first version of the SP-Studio was released the new official South Park homepage (by the way it is a coincidence they call themselves southparkstudios.com) showed interest. They used it with my permission to promote the new season of the show. Unfortunately they deleted my name although our deal was to keep it there. I guess they did not care about a little fan. Later they let their own coders create a new character creator. But it offers less parts to combine freely, so I try to not be angry about their behaviour any more.

12/2004

Version 2.0:

The first big update with a new design! The menu guy was introduced so you didn’t have to read the text links to navigate any more. Now it was possible to move and delete every single object by clicking on it. More than 100 new objects, color picking and a text tool were added, too. “Hair” and “Hats” were divided into two categories, so from now on it was possible to combine them (wow!).

SP-Studio version 210/2005

Version 2.01:

More skin colors. Before this update many dark skinned visitors had problems to find the right color shade. Some time later I bought the domain sp-studio.de due to the growing success of my little project and it got its own (ugly) homepage.

08/2006

Version 2.02:

More hair colors, now you could choose betweeen 36.

06/2007

Version 2.1:

A HUGE update with 250 new items. The shirt motives have custom colors now.

10/2007

Version 2.2:

Halloween special with 45 creepy objects and costumes. A newsletter is added as a new feature and in November a record was set with 62.755 visitors per day.

10/2008

Version 3.0:

The ugly homepage got a nicer design and a blog for news and comments. The main menu was changed to its current look with a new Logo. And finally a save button was included… but unfortunately it did only work for about a month. Very frustrating. 50 new objects, more colors and a new text tool were added too.

SP-Studio version 312/2008

Version 3.1:

First big Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.

01/2009

Version 3.2:

27 new hair styles.

02/2009

Version 3.3:

“Animals” arrived as a new “stuff” category.

04/2009

Version 3.4:

And another new category: “Fashion accessories”.

07/2009

Version 3.5:

I drew 13 new background places for this update.

09/2009

Version 3.6:

The Freestyle Collection got new features so you were able to combine clothes.

12/2009

Version 3.7:

Second big Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.

02/2010

Version 3.8:

40 hair styles + highlights + 27 new beards.

06/2010

Version 3.9:

Fifa World Cup special with shirts for all teams.

SP-Studio version 409/2010

Version 4.0:

After long weeks of work the whole website looks better than before. Many design changes, scroll bars replace the single pages and the SP-Studio became bigger. Finally the save button is back and working! The SP-Studio Community is launched with a first contest. It is a new place where SP-Studio fans can share their pictures and discuss wishes for new items.

10/2010

Version 4.01:

63 new objects and more colors. For example you can add noses, ears and tails now.

12/2010

Version 4.02:

Third big Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.

03/2011

Version 4.03:

Hollywood Weeks! 50 movie related items were added in 4 updates. Red carpet dresses, Disney costumes and other famous movie outfits. I delete the German version of SP-Studio.de, because it’s too much work to update two versions. Facebook is conquered.

07/2011

Version 4.04:

This month several new items are included, based on the best wish voting ideas.

10/2011

Version 4.05:

From now on I tried to include small updates every week. In November I created a Google+ page for the SP-Studio (it has been on Facebook for a while).

12/2011

Version 4.06:

Fourth big Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.

02/2012

Version 4.07:

While drawing many small updates I made a huge change to the SP-Studio Community. New software and a forum! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to import the old accounts so everybody had to register again. But the pictures were saved. I give up the newsletter.

05/2012

Version 4.07.07:

10 years SP-Studio! New items for every category!

12/2012

Version 4.08:

Fifth big Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.

02/2013

Version 4.09:

For several months I worked on video game costumes. In March the main page was changed, because I wanted the news to show up more prominently than on an extra blog page. Some old comments were lost but the new blog software (WordPress) made things easier compared to my old Serindipity installation.

08/2013

Version 4.10:

Famous places from around the world: many new backgrounds included.

10/2013

Version 4.11:

Costumes of an Egyptian Pharaoh and Freddy Krueger included.

12/2013

Version 4.12:

Sixth big Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.

01/2014

Version 4.13:

Costumes were added, inspired by the TV shows Doctor Who and Sherlock.

02/2014

Version 4.14:

The “stuff” category got a big makeover, more categories were included.

09/2014

Version 5.0:

After 6 years of the same design a new website is launched with a modern look and responsive layout.