That’s me, the creator of this website. My name is Janina (a.k.a. Zwerg-im-Bikini) and I work as a freelance designer. I live near Frankfurt in Germany and in my spare time I draw, play video and board games, watch movies or care for my dog. SP-Studio is a private project I started to work on while still at school. I got the idea in the year 2001, because I was 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. 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 created with its help as well. This success and the positive feedback inspired me for bigger updates. I am no good coder, so 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 and they are only limited by the time I can spend (since this is not my actual job). I am happy about every new suggestion, so feel free to write me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). But remember: Please read the F.A.Q. first, because there is written which things you don’t need to request. The F.A.Q. is also a good place to learn 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.
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.
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!).
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.
More hair colors, now you could choose betweeen 36.
A HUGE update with 250 new items. The shirt motives have custom colors now.
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.
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.
First big Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.
27 new hair styles.
“Animals” arrived as a new “stuff” category.
And another new category: “Fashion accessories”.
I drew 13 new background places for this update.
The Freestyle Collection got new features so you were able to combine clothes.
Second big Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.
40 hair styles + highlights + 27 new beards.
Fifa World Cup special with shirts for all teams.
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.
63 new objects and more colors. For example you can add noses, ears and tails now.
Third big Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.
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.
This month several new items are included, based on the best wish voting ideas.
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).
Fourth big Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.
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.
10 years SP-Studio! New items for every category!
Fifth big Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.
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.
Famous places from around the world: many new backgrounds included.
Costumes of an Egyptian Pharaoh and Freddy Krueger included.
Sixth big Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.
Costumes were added, inspired by the TV shows Doctor Who and Sherlock.
The “stuff” category got a big makeover, more categories were included.
After 6 years of the same design a new website is launched with a modern look and responsive layout.
“Animal month” with new animal body parts for your characters (including My Little Pony items).
Seventh big Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.
Two updates inspired by South Park were included, but I want them to be my final South Park related updates. More unique items should be drawn in the future. In April I launch my Patreon page where you can support SP-Studio.de. In May the SP-Studio colors grow from 100 to 200 with a new palette.
Big new features! An improved item menu lets you recolor and rotate items. The save function allows you to save the pictures in a bigger size now. And a full screen mode is inroduced.
A mixed update: 11 new objects and 5 shirt motifs were added to the “stuff” category.
18 new flags for the shirt motifs.
8 traditional costumes from around the world.
Eighth big Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.
Big “Disney princesses” update with 22 new items.
Six new items related to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.
Super Mario tribute with 5 new items.
A big update with 16 new clothes. The shirts are splitted into 4 instead of 2 categories now, so it’s less chaotic. In the “dresses” category you can move your cursor over an item to learn about what it was inspired by.
This update might look small but it was a lot of work: A new button was included which allows you to switch the highlights and shadows on and off for every hairstyle.
Ninth big Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.
Futuristic armor for the freesytyle collection.
17 new sports related items were added to the “stuff” category.
From May to August many costumes for famous super heroes were included.
A update which added five wishes by contest winners.
Tenth big Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.
Because of the death of Flash a complete rework of the SP-Studio is needed. This will be very time consuming and funding is needed to make it possible. Developing has started.
Nine wallpaper backgrounds with different patterns were included.
Winter fashion for your SP-Studio characters.
A gaming update with more consoles and controllers.
Three updates inspired by classic cartoons of the 80s.
Eleventh big Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.