Contest news (August)

SP-Studio contest Star WarsAnnouncement: Unfortunately I am not very active around here at the moment because I am moving to a new apartment. But I will be back in the mid of September, and I will try my best to find time for a small update. Right now I can’t promise anything because there is so much real life stuff to do. I just want you to know.

But let’s not forget the SP-Studio contests. The last one about SIDEKICKS was won by ADePALMA1251 with his picture of Igor. A black & white artwork with a lot of attention to detail! You can see all the entries here: SP-Studio contest 07/2015: Sidekicks.

new contest The current contest is about FITNESS. Create an unedited SP-Studio picture about this topic and upload it to the contest gallery until tonight. I am Sorry I forgot to create this blog post earlier. As usual you can read more about how it works here. Good luck!

Mixed “stuff” update

SP-Studio update11 new objects and 5 shirt motifs were added to the “stuff” category!

  • a pocket watch
  • a custom color feather boa
  • field glasses
  • a magnifying glass
  • fire in the foreground
  • a custom color devil’s tail
  • a straight razor
  • a shoulder-fired missile / bazooka
  • sunglasses (Jackie O / Kurt Cobain style)
  • glass of wine
  • vinyl record
  • 5 new shirt motifs (basic shapes)

Contest news (July)

SP-Studio contest Star WarsThe black death… This atmospheric SP-Studio picture was created by Joker, winner of the last contest. Congratulations! You can see all the entries here: SP-Studio contest 06/2015: Middle Ages / Hall of Fame.

new contest This month the contest topic is SIDEKICKS. Let’s not focus on heroes or vilains but on their friends and helpers. Create a SP-Studio picture of a famous sidekick from a book, movie, tv show or game and submit it to the contets gallery until July 20th. You can read more about how it works here. Good luck!

Big Update with new features!

SP-Studio updateReady for big pictures and some spinning? After more than 100 hours of work I am proud to present the new improved SP-Studio! Thanks to everybody who supports me with Patreon or Paypal. This motivated me to finally work on this huge update. I had to change every file to include those new features, but I think they are very useful:

  • Full screen mode! This makes it more comfortable to work on your pictures.
  • Bigger images! When you save them you have 3 sizes to choose from.
  • New item menu! It looks better now and has more features:
    – recoloring custom color items at any time
    – flipping and flipping back the items (and more can be flipped now)
    – spinning every item (in small steps or by pressing the mouse button)
    – dragging the item menu to another place if it is in your way
  • The copyrights text became clearer and is included in the “save” screen.

I improved old drawings a little bit if they looked too bad in full screen mode. The F.A.Q. have been updated. Oh, and stripes and points for the skin have custom colors now.
A “sp-studio.de” watermark has been included because unfortunately many people used my pictures without mentioning the source. This makes it difficult for this website to survive. But you can still remove the watermark if you want to link to sp-studio.de in a different way. Those who read carefully will be rewarded… :). I hope you support what you like, even if I let you decide for yourself.

Have fun with the update! :)

Attention: If you see the old item menu instead of the new one or other strange errors appear, this means old files are still saved in your browser cache. Go to your browser settings and clear the cache (temporary internet files). Then your computer will recognize the files.

Let there be rainbows

gay marriageTo celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to declares same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states I made this spontaneous update for you:

You can use the rainbow flag as a background image and shirt motif now (in the “stuff” category). Because there is no reason why your SP-Studio avatar should not be able to celebrate as well! :)

Today another update will be online, so keep an eye on this blog.

Contest news (June)

SP-Studio contest Star WarsI am a bit late with this post, because I am working on a huge SP-Studio update every free minute. It will be really cool! But the winning picture from the last SP-Studio contest was cool as well… congratulations to sexyshane for his Darth Vader! You can see all the entries here: SP-Studio contest 05/2015: Star Wars vs Star Trek / Hall of Fame.

new contest The current SP-Studio contest for this month is about a historical topic: Create a picture about the middle ages! You can pick anything that’s connected to the years between 500 and 1500. Upload your picture to the contest gallery until June 20th. You can read more about how it works here. Good luck!

Twice as much color!

more colorsFrom now on you can choose from 200 different colors when you create your sp-studio.de characters. I am sure this will help you to be even more creative! :) Hair, shirts, skin, backgrounds… every item which uses the palette benefits from this update. The colors are better sorted now so you can find a fitting color combination easier than before. I chose the different shades for every color myself instead of using an automatic script to do this to make sure everything looks like I want it to look.

As a bonus more eye make-up, horns and wings from the “make-up and extra body parts” category have turned into custom color items. And I made little improvements to many hair styles because looking at old drawings can feel pretty awkward. I changed black lines to dark lines (depending on the selected color) and fixed small “holes” between hair and body.

I am looking forward to seeing your colorful SP-Studio pictures!

musical instruments & headphones

Musical instrumentsToday’s update is all about music! I drew seven new items:

  • headphones (worn)
  • headphones (around the neck)
  • Explorer guitar
  • grand piano
  • big harp
  • small harp
  • recorder

Most of them were wishes from SP-Studio fans. The simple old headphones / acoustic earmuffs (I can’t remember what they were supposed to be in the first place ;)) got a costum color upgrade as well. And I fixed two small errors with the dresses and the Frankenstein bolts.

Contest news (May)

SP-Studio contest toysEggyslav won the SP-Studio contest about “toys” with this creative Lego pirate! There were many great submissions: SP-Studio contest 04/2015: Toys / Hall of Fame.

new contestAnd of course we have a new contest for May. Live long and may space travel be with you! Between May the 4th and revenge of the 5th this contest topic came to my mind: Create a picture about Star Trek or Star Wars! The movies, the tv shows, the novels, the games, the expanded universe… there are a lot of characters and scenes you can choose from. Crazy Star Wars / Star Trek crossovers are allowed as well, but the “vs” part of the title is not important. Upload your picture to the contest gallery until May 20th. You can read more about how it works here. Good luck!

Fashion inspired by Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones in South Park styleTo celebrate my Patreon launch I drew new costumes for your SP-Studio characters!

Many people ask me to include more clothes to dress up your avatars as fantasy characters, like shiny armor and classy gowns. Since HBO’s “Game of Thrones” just launched its fifth season and I am a big fan I decided to dedicate this update to the show. So these new costumes are inspired by the fashion of Westeros. I hope you like how they turned out. I wanted to draw something which is not only interesting for fans but also neutral enough to use it for any kind of medieval or fantasy characters.
There are 5 new shirts, 2 dresses and a single belt.

If you like this update and want to see more like this in the future please consider supporting the SP-Studio at Patreon or sharing this link.

I have a Patreon page now

SP-Studio Patreon pageDo you like SP-Studio.de? You can support it now at Patreon.com with a small monthly pledge. Even a Dollar can make a difference. I started this crowdfunding campaign in order to be able to continue to provide regular updates and more content. Asking for money is not easy for me, but Patreon is a fair concept, because you support artists who already create content you enjoy. So you know what you get. They do it for free, but this doesn’t mean they can survive without money.

I started to work on this project back in 2002 and never charged my visitors for anything. Not only the updates take time to draw and code, I also reply to feedback and provide support every day. Now I cannot afford to put more time into a project I don’t earn money with. I get a lot of interesting feedback and there are so many ideas I would love to draw, but unfortunately I can only include a very small part of those. To pay my rent I work as a freelancer, so if this Patreon campaign pays off I could choose to work less on other jobs and put more time into my own projects like the SP-Studio.

This is my Patreon page:
https://www.patreon.com/janinahimmen

Please take the time to have a look and consider to become my patron. The video is in English, but there are subtitles in German as well. It’s my dream to be able to work on what I enjoy most and you can help me get a little bit closer to this. I see profile pictures created with my drawings all over the web, and if only a small percentage of users considered making a donation, it would make a HUGE difference. Unfortunately single Paypal donations and ad banners don’t work as good as several years ago, so this is why I take this step now. Financial support means more updates in the future! And as a Patron you will get rewards like the possibility to see updates before they are published and to vote for what I should draw next. Check out the rewards on bottom of the Patreon page. And here is a video about how Patreon works.

I need YOUR help now! I am not good at promoting myself, so if you don’t support me at Patreon please spread the news by sharing the link. Many people have visited SP-Studio in the past and use the pictures I have drawn, but I cannot reach them without you. So this is the one time I ask you to share something and spread the word about my Patreon page. Thank you very much for your help!

Contest news (April)

SP-Studio contest comediansTwo winners? Yes! Congratulations to legobasher (Peter Cushing in Top Secret) and AMParsons29 (Charlie Chaplin)! They scored best in the last contets about famous comedians. Here you can see all submissions: SP-Studio contest 03/2015: Comedians / Hall of Fame.

new contestLet’s play! This month the new contest is about TOYS. This is a free topic, which means you don’t have to show existing toys. Your picture just needs to have something to do with the topic. You can make a picture showing kids playing on the streets, about Santa’s toy factory or about sex toys. But of course you can also show famous brands like Lego bricks, Barbie dolls, Matchbox cars, Teddy bears or Tamagotchi. Register a nickname here and upload your picture to the contest gallery until April 20th. You can read more about how it works here. Good luck!

Hair and sheep

T.E.A.R.S. updateThis is a mixed update with 5 new items. They were inspired by fan art (this one) I drew for Rocketbeans’ “T.E.A.R.S.” show. Rocketbeans TV is a German Twitch channel and T.E.A.R.S. is their pen & paper rpg (created by Hauke). After I finished the picture I thought: “Hey, some of those items might be useful for the SP-Studio!”. So here they are: 3 new hairsytles, a beard and a sheep.

And there is another update… I think you will like it :). This was a wish by contest winner Jetpack-guy, but also something I had on my list for a looong time. The order of some layers has changed. Now you can wear ties under vests and jackets if you use the freestyle collection. And shirt motifs will appear under jackets as well if you select them for level 3. In the past ties and shirt motifs always showed up on everything else.

Contest news (March)

SP-Studio contest 2014Its source is almost unrecognizable, but this fiend skull (inspired by the Misfits) is indeed an unedited SP-Studio picture. A well deserved victory for ADePALMA1251! Have a look at the other cool pictures as well: SP-Studio contest 02/2015: Mascots / Hall of Fame.

new contestThe new contest topic for this month is COMEDIANS! Create a SP-Studio picture about a famous Comedian or a scene from a comedy movie/sitcom. The comedian should be an existing person and no cartoon (sorry Watchmen fand ;)). Register a nickname here and upload your picture to the contest gallery until March 20th. Then the vote will start. You can learn more about how it works here.

The best contest pictures win a free wish for a SP-Studio update, but of course the most important thing is to have fun and share your creativity. So… join the contest NOW! :)

South Park Update: Clothes

South Park costumesAs an addition to the last update I included some costumes inspired by South Park. This is the final South Park related update, because now I want to focus on more original drawings again. I looked through many clothes to find interesting ones and hope the ones I selected are useful for different purposes:

  • Barbarian costume with fitting helmet from “The Stick of Truth”
  • Craig’s cloak and scarf from “Black Friday” (custom colors)
  • Princess Kenny’s dress (Zelda)
  • Estella’s dress
  • Bradley’s shirt
  • Cartman’s “Freak strike” outfit

Contest news (February)

SP-Studio contest 2014Congratulations to Jetpack-guy for winning the last SP-Studio contest with this cute picture of Groot (Guardians of the Galaxy)! From now on the winnners will be shown in the blog again, because I think they deserve attention for their amazing work.

new contestJoin the current contest about MASCOTS until February 20th. It can be a famous mascot for a company, software, food, sports… Register a nickname for the SP-Studio community here. Then you can upload your picture to the contest gallery. You can learn more about how it works here. I hope we will see many pictures!

And I updated this complete collection of contest winners, please have a look:

SP-Studio Hall of Fame

South Park update: hair

South Park character update: hairstylesBack to the roots. As you might have guessed already I use the name “SP-Studio” because I draw in the art style of the tv show South Park. In the beginning I copied original clothes and hairstyles from South Park, but I soon prefered more original content. It is kind of boring to just copy something and it feels better to be creative. That is why I did not draw South Park related updates in quite some time. Until now…

Because many fans requested South Park related items I decided to do two big updates to celebrate the show. This is the first one with 16 new hairstyles. That’s a lot of hair! They are based on South Park characters like Craig, Kevin, Nichole, Mr. Mackey, Terrance, Kip Drordy and Scott Malkinson. I chose hairstyles which look useful and are not too similar to existing ones, so I hope you like this collection. The second South Park update will be about costumes and you can make suggestions in the comments. Stick of Truth will be part of this for sure.

SP-Studio Christmas Special 2014

The big SP-Studio Christmas Special has started! This means updates every day until Christmas, and like every SP-Studio update I give you all of this for free. Those new clothes, body parts, backgrounds and accessories will be based on the wishes of my visitors. Write your requests in the comments and maybe they will be included. The first new item is a baking sheet full of Christmas cookies. I will update this post with the Advent Calendar every day, so keep an eye on it. The old Christmas Specials: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

SP-Studio Advent Calendar

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!I’ve got a little halloween update for you: a huuuge mouth full of sharp teeth!

It was supposed to be a shark mouth, but I guess it looks more like a random monster mouth… well, at least it is scary ;). This will be useful for everybody who wants to create a fitting halloween avatar or greeting card with the SP-Studio. If you need more inspiration have a look at this SP-Studio gallery. You can still rate and comment those picture for the halloween contest, which will end tonight.

Have a fun evening, collect some candy and watch good horror movies!

Animal month: Forest Animals

South Park animalsFor the third animal related update I included parts of some local forest animals. Most of them were wishes by SP-Studio fans:

  • mouse ears
  • mouse tail
  • squirrel tail
  • bird beak (also good for dragons)
  • belly shape, useful for different animals
  • the old wings have custom colors now as well

Animal month: Safari!

South Park animalsThe second “animal month” SP-Studio update includes 8 new body parts inspired by African animals. You can use them to create zebras, cheetahs, elephants… but they are useful for other animal characters as well, like tigers or walruses. Those are the new items:

  • stripes & points for the skin
  • paws as hands
  • trunk as a nose
  • cat mouth & elephant mouth with tusks
  • cat ears & elephant ears

Which animal parts do you want to see in the upcoming updates for this month?

My Little Pony invasion

MLP:FIM goes South ParkI want to dedicate a whole month of SP-Studio updates to animals, so let’s start with a very popular species: The pony! I included 11 new items inspired by the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, developed by Lauren Faust.

  • Hooves as hands, a pony nose, a unicorn horn, wings and pony ears.
  • 2 tails and 4 hairstyles inspired by main characters of the show.

And as a special bonus: A wallpaper!
I hope this little tribute is a nice addition for all bronies out there and will be useful for other types of animal characters as well. I designed the hair so you can even use it for human characters. You might wonder why there are no unique details like the cutie marks or colorful highlights in the hair. This is because I did not want to just copy one existing pony but rather find interesting parts for creative use. Special thanks to Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Rarity and Pinkie Pie who posed as models :).

New website design

SP-Studio Website UpdateWelcome to the newly designed SP-Studio website! I wanted it to look a little bit more appealing and improved some technical things. The SP-Studio itself did not change much, but a new content update about a famous tv show will come next week. I hope you like how everything turned out. The most important changes are:

  • The overall look of this website became more playful and inviting. Now you actually see SP-Studio characters when you open the site.
  • A responsive layout, so the website looks better on big screens now.
  • A “news slider” on the front page so you won’t miss any updates.
  • The front page should be less chaotic now.
  • On the bottom of the blog are a search field, archives and a tags cloud to make it easier to find old posts.
  • The blog looks nicer with fitting images for every post.
  • You can use Gravatars now when you comment.

Construction works

Under ConstructionThe SP-Studio will go offline tomorrow (September 18th) for a couple of hours. The reason for this is that I have been working on a new design for the last weeks and now I want to make it public. I will try to get the whole website back working as fast as possible, but things like this usually take some time. While I work on this update you can still visit the SP-Studio community.

Congratulations to Lefiou for winning the SP-Studio contest about famous robots! Check out the pictures in the gallery, there were a lot of good ones this time. And join the current SP-Studio contest about SCHOOL until Spetember 20th. This is a free topic, so your picture can be about anything related to school or university.

Three new items

Flamethrower guyA mixed update is online with two contest wishes and one idea by a fan that I really liked (the hat). I hope to find the time for another update next week.

  • flamethrower
  • military jacket (as worn by Jimi Hendrix)
  • propeller hat

And don’t forget to join the current SP-Studio contest about ROBOTS until tomorrow evening. Register a nickname, upload your SP-Studio picture and maybe you win a free wish for an update of your choice.

Snow White costume

South Park Snow WhiteYour SP-Studio character wants to feel like a classic Disney Princess? No problem!

Today I included the costume of Snow White, inspired by Walt Disney’s famous animated movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” from the year 1937. I am sure the new items will be useful for many characters, because you can use most of them in different colors:

  • a new dress
  • a bow
  • a classic short hairstyle
  • smiling lips

Background patterns

SP-Studio background patternsWe have more background colors now! And I started to include background patterns. I hope they will be useful for you if you don’t want to use one of the detailed sceneries. If you want more patterns like this, just tell me about your wishes in the comments.

The new SP-Studio picture contest has started as well, so join it until July 20th :). This month the topic is VACATIONS. Congratulations to the winners of the last contest!

Four new hairstyles

New hairstyles for your South Park charactersHere are some new haircuts for your characters:

  • A nicely braided updo
  • Wild, curly hair inspired by Merida from Disney’s Brave
  • Single pieces of hair insipired by Gollum from The Lord of the Rings
  • A short haircut inspired by Matthew Bellamy from Muse

SP-Studio character contestThe last hairstyle was a wish by contest winner Jareen2. Speaking of contests: Don’t forget to upload your album cover until June 20th! This month our contest is about recreating a famous piece of album art by only using the SP-Studio.

New eyes with custom colors

Anime eyes for your avatarFrom now on you can choose your own eye colors. I changed two of the most popular eye shapes, so you are able to select whatever color you like for the iris and background. This can help you to create an avatar that looks more like you or to build colorful monsters :).

And there is a completly new eye shape as well, which can also be colored however you like it: Manga eyes! Foy many years this has been requested by SP-Studio fans, and I never wanted to include it because I think they do not fit with the drawing style. But after South Park introduced Princess Kenny in anime sequences I gave it another try and I guess it might look kind of funny.

Feathers and curtains

Mixed SP-Studio updateI got a new mouse after my old one was broken, so it’s update time again! Finally I was able to finish this mixed update with wishes from SP-Studio fans:

  • sword on the back (contest wish)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist uniform (contest wish)
  • red curtains as a new foreground
  • native American feathered headdress

contestIf you want to win the chance to have your wish included in the SP-Studio join the monthy picture contests. The current topic is LITERATURE and you can submit your picture until April 20th. The winner is chosen by vote. You can join the contest here, and here you can read more about how it works.