Update: Better beards!

SP-Studio updateI gave the beard category a complete makeover, and I am sure it will be a lot of fun to build bearded characters now :).

  • New beards were added and old ones look better now. In total there are 77 different parts for beards now.
  • The structure has become more intuitive while giving you more freedom to be creative. There are mustaches and chin beards now (and some special items located beneath those), which can be combined to full beards. This means 1188 possible combinations to create the unique beard you always wanted! Not even counting the special beard items.
  • Shadows and highlights are available for many beards now and can be switched on and off when you add them to your picture.

Contest News (August)

SP-Studio contestA new SP-Studio picture contest has started! It would be wonderful to see as many or even more creative pictures as last time. Submit your unedited SP-Studio picture on the CONTEST PAGE until August 20th (or via email or Facebook message). The topic for this month is VIDEOGAME HEROES. From Mario to Sonic and from Duke Nukem to Lara Croft. All the pictures will be shown on the FACEBOOK PAGE on August 21st and then you can vote for your favorites by liking them on Facebook or voting in the SP-Studio forum. The winner is granted a free wish of a SP-Studio of his or her choice. Good luck!

The last contest about BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES was won by Scott with his picture about Avengers: Infinity War. Congratulations! You can see the Top Five of past contests in the Hall of Fame. Thanks to everbody for sharing your amazing pictures!

Superheroes #4: Patreon selection

South Park x Marvel crossover SP-Studio updateThe final superhero update is online!
This is new:

  • Doctor Strange: Costume (custom colors), collar, amulet, beard, belts
  • Deadpool: Costume, leather straps, mask
  • Wolverine: Costume, belt, mask, claws

These three Marvel costumes were chosen by my 5$+ Patreon Supporters in a poll. There were more favorites, but I picked the three which fitted the SP-Studio style best.

I hope you enjoyed the Superhero updates! :)

New Contest System!

SP-Studio contestExciting news! I am testing a new contest system this month! The old system worked fine for many years, but recently there were annoying bugs. In addition the number of entries became smaller and I want to encourage new people to show their pictures. So now NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to enter. Just upload your picture on the new CONTESTS PAGE. The topic for the current contest is BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES. You can submit your picture until July 20th. Then the voting will start on the SP-Studio FACEBOOK PAGE. Who gets the most likes wins a free wish for a SP-Studio update. Of course I am curious for your feedback on the new system. I hope to see many old and new faces. Have fun and show your creativity! :)

But let’s not forget about last month’s winner. Congratulations to legobasher! He created a portrait of David Zellaby from “Village of the Damned” for the CHILDREN contest. You can find all winners in the old contest gallery or visit the Hall of Fame.

Superheroes #3: Avengers

South Park x Avengers crossover SP-Studio updateMore costumes inspired by famous superheroes were added to the SP-Studio! My Patreon supporters chose Captain America and Iron Man in a vote (by the way – you can still participate) and I added Thor to make it an Avengers themed update.
New items include:

  • Iron Man: Armor and helmet
  • Captain America: Costume, mask, shield, utility belt
  • Thor: Costume, helmet

The next update will be the final one of the superhero series.

Superheroes #2: Wonderful

Suth Park x Wonder Woman crossover SP-Studio updateThis update focuses on Wonder Woman! Not only because of the current movie, but also because this character has to offer a couple of useful accessories. I decided to not only include her clothes, but also the weapons and hair. The belt, whip and armring will be useful for other SP-Studio characters as well, and so I made them into extra items. But that’s not all there is for DC superheroes. You can now build The Green Lantern with existing items and the new logo. The update includes:

  • Wonder Woman’s costume, belt, hair, armring and tiara
  • Her weapons of choice: Shield, sword an whip
  • New shirt symbols for the DC superheroes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash

Right now I run a poll for my 5$+ Patreon supporters where you can choose which superhero costumes you want to see in the next updates.

Contest News (June)

SP-Studio contestThe last SP-Studio picture contest about STEPHEN KING had two winners: Congratulations to legobasher and Zawesome! Their pictures were inspired by Stand by Me and The Shining. You can see the results of the contest in the gallery SP-Studio contest 05/2017: STEPHEN KING. Thanks to everybody for your amazing artworks!

new contestThe new contest topic for June is CHILDREN, so you can create a SP-Studio picture about any young human being (or animal… or alien…). How about Kevin from the “Home alone” movies? Or do you want to show a random kid? This is a free topic, so it’s up to you what you make of it.

Submit your picture until June 20th. You can read more about the rules here. As always the winner can make a wish for a SP-Studio update. Good luck!

Superheroes #1: Guardians

Suth Park x Guardians of the Galaxy crossover SP-Studio updateFor ages my visitors have asked me for superhero costumes, and now your wish shall be granted. This is the start of a couple of updates with costumes inspired by famous superheroes. For the start I picked the Guardians of the Galaxy, because their second movie runs in theaters just now. This is new:

  • Rocket Raccoon inspired clothes, tail, face fur and white whiskers
  • Star-Lord inspired clothes and mask
  • Gamora inspired clothes
  • Baby Groot :)

You might ask for Drax now. I want to split the content in several small updates, so each of them has 3 costumes. Baby Groot was a bonus because it’s no actual costume. So Drax might come later – or other heroes, because there are a ton of them to choose from. Let’s see what will be included next. :)

Contest news (May)

SP-Studio contestSorry for not posting about the last contests in this blog, but I will try to honor the winners here again from now on. Let’s start with Jetpack-guy for winning the last SP-Studio contest. Congratulations! It was SP-Studio contest 04/2017: FAMOUS PETS and his creative artwork shows Ham, the first American in space.

new contestThe current contest for May is about STEPHEN KING. From Carrie to It and from The Dark Tower top The Shining – create a SP-Studio picture about one of his books or movies! Or perhaps you want to show the famous author himself? It’s up to you. Submit your picture until May 20th. You can read more about the rules here.

We would LOVE to see new SP-Studio artists, so register a nickname for the community and give it a try. The winner is granted a wish for a SP-Studio update. Good luck!

Big sports update

SP-Studio Sports updateA big SP-Studio update is online! 17 new sports related items are waiting for you:

  • 7 new balls in different sizes (beach ball, volleyball, baseball, badminton shuttlecock, cricket ball, table tennis ball, field hockey / lacrosse ball)
  • 5 new rackets / bats / sticks (badminton racket, table tennis racket, cricket bat, field hockes stick, lacrosse stick)
  • skipping rope, frisbee disc, kick scooter, whistle
  • ice skates for the “legs” category

…and the two old footballs look better now.
Most of these items were wishes by the SP-Studio community.

From cyborgs to space marines

South Park cyborg armor updateThe first SP-Studio update in 2017 brings futuristic armor for your characters!

My Patreon supporters were allowed to select the topic for this update in a poll and this resulted in “cyborgs”. So I designed 4 different types of body armor and fitting helmets. The goal of this update was to give you the freedom to combine those parts and be creative, no matter if you want to make a robot, super hero or space marine. You can select your favorite colors and turn shadows and highlights on and off for each of the new items. This feature might come to the rest of the freestyle collection in future updates as well. I improved two of the existing helmets to give you more freedom in how to color them and finally the freestyle collection was cleaned up to make it easier to find what you need.

Christmas Special 2016

It’s time for the annual SP-Studio Advent Calendar with daily updates! From December 1 until December 24 I will surprise you with new SP-Studio items. This blog post and the front page will be updatet every day and I will keep you informed on Facebook and Twitter as well. The old Christmas Specials can be found here: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Do you have a wish? You can request items in the blog comments or on Facebook and they might appear in one of the updates. I hope you enjoy the 24 surprises! The first one is a classic diving helmet.

SP-Studio Advent Calendar

Forum update

Under ConstructionThe SP-Studio forum will be offline for a couple of days. It was time for a big update and unfortunately this did not go smoothly. But it will be a better forum when it’s back!

Right now I am not sure how long it will take, but I will keep you updated in the comments of this post. So if you are a member or even team member of the forum you can stay here while the forum is offline.

Thank you for your patience!

New variations for the hair

South Park hair updateA new button was included which allows you to switch the highlights and shadows on and off for every hairstyle! This means the old hairstyles are available in new variations, so make sure to revisit them to have a look. The “shadows” button can be found in the upper right corner when you select the color.

I am sorry for the lack of updates during the past couple of months. This update might not seem like a big deal, but I had to put a lot of time into it to make it work. The coding in the background took a while and I had to change 214 files with different drawings. In combination with a lot of “real life work” I hope this explains my absence.

The reason for this update was my own disappointment with my old drawings. My drawing style changed over the years and I prefer shadows and highlights now to make the hair look a little bit more realistic. I wanted to bring a more consistent look to the hairstyle category but I know some of my visitors love the classic flat South Park look. So how could I make everyone happy? That’s why I decided to offer the option to choose between those two styles. And removing the highlights might be helpful for those artists as well who like to use the items in different and creative ways.

Contest news (August)

SP-Studio contestCongratulations to Jetpack-guy for winning the last SP-Studio contest! He created this black and white portrait of Coco Chanel with the title “La Petite Robe Noire”. You can see all entries for this contest here: SP-Studio contest 07/2016: FASHION.

new contestThe current contest is about LOONEY TUNES VS NICKTOONS. When you think of funny cartoons of your childhood the Looney Tunes characters and Nicktoons will soon come to your mind. But who’s best? You can choose your favorite! Create a SP-Studio picture about a Warner or Nickelodeon cartoon character. Of course you are allowed to include both in one picture, but this is not required.

Submit your picture until August 20th. Read more about the rules here. Good luck!

Contest news (July)

SP-Studio contestOn December 2, 1983, John Landis’ videoclip “Thriller” was released. Strider created this SP-Studio portrait of zombie Michael Jackson for our last picture contest and won. Congratulations! You can see all entries here: SP-Studio contest 06/2016: MUSIC OF THE 80s. And check out the all time HALL OF FAME!

new contestThere is still time until tomorrow to enter the current contest about FASHION. Come up with creative clothes by combining different items! Or you can show a scene a from a fashion show. Famous models and designers are another possible motif. Or how about a critical look at child labor? I am excited for the pictures this topic might inspire. Read more about the rules here. Good luck!

Big update for the clothes

blog_version5.17This took a little while, but there are many new things to discover now:

  • 16 new clothes were added to the SP-Studio! Eight printed t-shirts, five dresses, a corset in custom colors, a fashionable tuxedo and a pea coat. This time I focused on “normal” clothes, because we had a lot of special costumes lately.
  • 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 (movies, celebreties, traditional clothes from certain countries,…). I plan to include this feature for the shirts as well, but want to wait for your feedback first.

I hope you enjoy the new features and clothes! If you like my work here at sp-studio.de and want to see more updates you might consider to support it. There are many ideas for more updates in my head which wait for the chance to be inlcuded. :)

Contest news (June)

SP-Studio contestCaribou won the last SP-Studio contest! His picture was inspired by George Orwell’s quote: “If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.”. You can find the whole contest gallery here: SP-Studio contest 05/2016: THE FUTURE. And check out the all time HALL OF FAME!

new contestYou have still time until tomorrow to enter the current contest about MUSIC OF THE 80s. The forum thread with the rules can be found here, good luck!

Contest news (May)

SP-Studio contestCongratulations to legobasher for winning the last SP-Studio contest! His picture was inspired by the Movie “Grunt!”. You can find the whole contets gallery here: SP-Studio contest 04/2016: PRO WRESTLING. And check out the all time HALL OF FAME!

new contestA reminder: Today is the last chance to submit your pictures for the current contest. I am sure everybody thinks about this topic a lot: THE FUTURE! No matter if you create a SP-Studio picture about your own future or Star Trek, as long as it is related to the topic in some way it will count. So show your creativity and I hope to see many entries! The rules are described here.

The top 20 most popular items

SP-Studio.de top itemsHow about some statistics? I never posted anything like this before, but it might be interesting bonus content between updates.

Have you ever wondered which items are the most popular on sp-studio.de? Here you go! I looked through data from the last months and created this top 20 of SP-Studio items. “Popular” means these are the items which get the most clicks. It does not mean they have to be actually used in the final pictures (I cannot count this). Excluded from this list are the body shape, single color background and regular hands. Of course they are the top 3 items because every SP-Studio picture starts with them. As you can see the basic items are really important. But some fashionable shoes or the manga eyes seem to attract your attention as well.

The next stats will be about the most popular background images. Can you guess which ones will be on the list? Share your guesses in the comments! :)

Contest News (April)

SP-Studio contestLast month’s picture contest was won by Jareen2 who created this cool portrait of Kurt Cobain. Have a look at the complete contest gallery here: SP-Studio contest 03/2016: MUSIC OF THE 90s.

new contestThe current contest is inspired by Wrestlemania. Let’s create some SP-Studio pictures about professional wrestling! You can pick famous WWF / WWE super stars like Hulk Hogan, the Undertaker or John Cena. Or how about different Wrestling leagues like the ones from Mexico or Japan? Today is the last chance to submit your picture! The rules are described here.

Super Mario tribute

Super Mario tributeAfter the Disney Princesses and Star Wars these are the final costumes in a row of pop culture inspired SP-Studio updates. When it comes to iconic video game characters nobody can compete with Super Mario. So I drew this tribute to Mario and Luigi. My Patrons voted for the Nintendo characters they wanted to see. And check out the Princess Peach dress and hair as well, which was already included a while back.

The new items are:

  • Mario’s and Luigi’s hats
  • Luigi’s beard (Mario’s was already included)
  • overall in custom colors
  • a new nose in custom colors

I fixed some bugs as well: The U.S. flag works again and some noses were moved.

Contest News (March)

SP-Studio contestCongratulations to Caribou for winning the last SP-Studio contest! All of Have a look at the complete contest gallery: SP-Studio contest 02/2016: LOVE / Hall of Fame.

new contestThe contest topic for March is “Music of the 90s”. I will give you an extra day to submit your pictures, so the deadline is Monday evening. Create a SP-Studio picture about the glourious 90s’ music! Home of Boybands and Eurodance, Nirvana and Britney Spears. I guess most of them will show a certain artist, but you are allowed to be creative with the topic. All the rules are described here.

Star Wars inspired costumes

Star Wars South Park style“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was a surprisingly good sequel to one of the most popular movie frachises. And it did a great job in introducing new characters even the hardcore fans liked. So I included costumes inspired by three of them to www.sp-studio.de. Unfortunately it was too difficult to draw BB-8 in SP-Studio style, so I focused on Finn, Rey and Kylo Ren.

The new items are:

  • 3 shirts
  • 2 hairstyles
  • 1 mask

Contest News (February)

SP-Studio contestCreative pictures were submitted to the last SP-Studio contest! The best rated one was inspired by the popular horror game “Five Nights at Freddy’s”. Congratulations to Eggyslav! Have a look at the complete contest gallery: SP-Studio contest 01/2016: What happened in 2015? / Hall of Fame.

new contestI don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but many others do. So I picked this emotional topic for the February contest: LOVE. Submit a fitting SP-Studio picture to the contest gallery until February 20th. Hurry! :) All the rules are described here. The winner can wish for a new SP-Studio item of his choice and I will draw it.

Disney Princesses

Disney princesses South Park styleThe new year starts with an extra big update! I drew 22 new items based on the famous Disney heroines Ariel, Cinderella, Pocahontas, Mulan and Belle. A Snow White costume was already added in 2014, and I wanted to continue this “Disney princess” series because they are fun to draw and very popular. But I have to admit I am no fan of the stereotypical princess marketing. I like the original movies, so I focused on their typical outfits and not on princess gowns. In addition to the costumes you can use new facial expressions now, which will be useful for all kinds of characters. This is new:

  • 4 hairstyles
  • 3 clothes
  • 5 lips
  • 5 eyebrows
  • 5 types of eyelashes (category: stuff/makeup)

Contest news (January)

SP-Studio contestI hope the new year started great for all of you! It certainly did for Eggyslav ad Strider, because they won the last SP-Studio picture contest. Wonderful artworks! You can see the other entries here: SP-Studio contest 12/2015: Marvel vs DC / Hall of Fame.

new contestJoin the current contest until January 20th. The topic is WHAT HAPPENED IN 2015? It’s easy: Create a SP-Studio picture about an event, celebrity, movie or invention that was important last year. I am sure you can think of something :). The rules are described here. Good luck!

I am working on a new update right now which will feature some famous movie costumes. If you are among my Patreon supporters you will see a preview soon :).

Contest news (December)

SP-Studio contestJetpack-guy won the last contest with this amazing picture of Chris Hadfield. Check out the other entries as well: SP-Studio contest 11/2015: Inventors & Explorers / Hall of Fame.

new contestThere are two days left to submit your picture for the currents month. This time the contets topic is MARVEL VS DC. Create a picture about a Marvel or DC character. Let’s see which side will get the most entries. But of course you are allowed to combine both in one picture as well. You can read more about how it works here. Good luck!

Christmas Special 2015

Christmas time is present time! In the 8th year in a row I will surprise you with a fresh SP-Studio update every day until December 24th. And YOU can suggest what you would like to see. Write your requests in the comments and they might be included. I will update this post and the front page with the Advent Calendar every day, so keep an eye on it. Or you can follow SP-Studio.de on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter if you don’t want to miss anything. The old Christmas Specials can be found here: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

The first new item for this year’s Christmas Special is a dress inspired by traditional Swiss fashion, as wished by my good friend Johanna. Initially I wanted to do another update about fashion from around the world, but decided to combine it with the Advent Calendar instead. I hope you like it and all the other things which are about to come next :).

SP-Studio Advent Calendar

Contest news (November)

SP-Studio contest musicJetpack-guy won the last SP-Studio contest! His picture shows “Weird Al” Yankovic in his Lady Gaga parody “Perform This Way”. You can see all the entries for this contest here: SP-Studio contest 10/2015: Music (2000-2015). And visit the updated Hall of Fame.

new contestThe November contest is still running, so hurry and upload your picture until tonight. This time the topic is INVENTORS & EXPLORERS. From Thomas Edison to Marco Polo, from Archimedes to Galileo, from Doctor Snuggles to Gyro Gearloose. Create a SP-Studio picture of a famous inventor or explorer! You can read more about how it works here. Good luck!