The amazing new LOCK function

The new SP-Studio comes with a poweful feature that has not been a part of the old version. It’s worth exploring, because I know you will love it: The new LOCK button!

This button in the item menu lets you lock / unlock any item. While usually items in one category automatically replace each other a locked item is not replaced anymore. If you select something else from the same category it will be placed in addition to the first item. If they share the same space on the stage they will stack on top of each other. Here are some examples of the possibilities this new function offers:

  • You can wear any shirt on top of any other shirt to create your own fashion. In the old SP-Studio this was only possible within the “freestyle collection” for three layers, but now it works for every item.
  • You can combine different earrings or necklaces.
  • You can select more than one foreground effect to create rainy weather with a snow storm on top.
  • How about combining different hair-styles to add a pony tail to your braids?
  • You can even build multiple characters in one picture by adding different bodies, eyes and mouths.

For me this is a dream come true because it offers so many new possibilities to be creative with the SP-Studio. :)

Launch day: December 21st!

Important announcement: This is the release date of the new SP-Studio!

DECEMBER 21st 2020

During today’s Twitch livestream I also showed a preview version (work in progress) of the desktop layout with its optimized user interface. On big screens the new SP-Studio will use the available space better to let you see more thumbnails without scrolling. The stage will be bigger as well, making it easier to edit your picture. The main category icons are always in view in the top menu bar and a second bar with tabs opens for the subcategories. Of course everything runs directly in your browser, like the mobile version. Lars does a great job in optimzing the design for different screen sizes, and I am looking forward to sharing the final version with all of you.

Join this special livestream

SP-Studio Twitch live streamTwo months ago I revealed the mobile version of the new SP-Studio in a special livestream. Now it’s time for the promised second part of the reveal! This time we will have a look at the big version, show new awesome features Lars coded and I will tell you about the actual release date. Of course I will also reply to questions and feedback from the chat, so I’d be very happy to see some new and old faces! :) You need to register on Twitch to use the chat. This is the time and place:

https://www.twitch.tv/zwergimbikini
Saturday, 21.11.2020 at 18:00 UTC (19:00 CET)

[check your local time here]

More freedom with colors

sp-studio.deI already promised more freedom when it comes to recoloring existing items, and now I want to show you a little preview of what this actually means. :)

These are some of the t-shirts which only had one standard color scheme in the old SP-Studio. In the new SP-Studio they will have up to two custom colors which you can combine in any way you want. I feel like this is a huge step forward to more creative freedom when it comes to shaping your own characters. It’s a lot ot fun to play with the colors and your characters will look more unique because of these options.

New SP-Studio: Transparency

In about two months the new SP-Studio is supposed to launch! So I set up an extra page to collect all information about it in one place:

THE NEW SP-STUDIO

In addition I can announce one new feature I haven’t talked about yet:
You will be able to save your image as a png file with transparency! Lars made this possible in the new SP-Studio. You can remove the background and only save the character. Then you can paste it onto your own backgrounds or easily combine multiple characters in a programm like Paint ot Photoshop. The transparency even works partly which means items like fog clouds or glasses will keep their look. Transparent png files where wished by many SP-Studio fans over the years, so I am very happy about this new feature.

New SP-Studio: item options

SP-Studio emoji updateWhile we are working on the new SP-Studio I want to show you another preview of the current state of development. Let’s have a look at the new item menu, because I did not show it in the last blog post. Back then it was not finished yet, but Lars worked a lot on it lately and had some great ideas on how to improve it. You can click on the image to zoom in.

As you can see every item will have a name now (English / German). It appears in the upper right corner of the item options. I hope this will come in handy for users with bad eye sight who use screen readers – or if you are just confused about what I wanted to draw. ;)

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New SP-Studio: mobile version

Today I want to show you the new (and very likely final ;)) design of the new SP-Studio’s mobile version. I already showed this to my Patreon supporters and in my Twitch livestream last weekend, but now it’s finally time to share some screenshots in this blog as well. So let’s have a look at what Lars developed for us, because I can’t wait to show this to all you!

Please remember: This is work in progress. I like the design very much and many functions are already implemented, but there is still room for changes until launch. For example a new font is very likely to be used. But everything you see in these screenshots is actually running.

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First look: new SP-Studio mobile app

SP-Studio Twitch live streamThe development of the new SP-Studio made huge steps forward during the last two weeks. Lars started with coding the mobile version, the design changed a lot and it looks so good already that I cannot wait to show it to you. So let’s do this!

SPECIAL FIRST LOOK LIVESTRAM:
https://www.twitch.tv/zwergimbikini
Saturday, 26.9.2020 at 16:00 UTC (18:00 CET)

I hope many of you will join the chat to dicuss the new design and functions.

And yes, there will actually be a mobile app for the new SP-Studio! This Progressive Web App will not need an app store – you can just put it on your home screen. The plan is to make it work offline, but it will also download the latest updates automatically. I’m super excited about this and I hope you’ll like it as well. See you this Saturday!

News about the new SP-Studio!

It has been a while since my last detailed update about the SP-Studio remake (or just “new SP-Studio”) development. The reason for this was that the situation became rough during the last couple of months and I wanted to wait until I knew for sure how the future looks like. Now I finally feel optimistic enough to tell you more about the current state of development and plans for the upcoming months:

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Update: Medusa hair

Medusa snake hairToday I included a special update for a special 6 year old SP-Studo fan who asked for Medusa’s snake hair. I hope she likes it. :)

Meanwhile I started working on the next bigger update with multiple items. Those who watch my Twich livestreams already know about it: It will be about steampunk! If you have special wishes for this feel free to write them in the comments. I will also start a new vote for my 5$ patrons soon where they can pick another topic for an update. Thank you very much for your ongoing support!

Update: Science Fiction

SP-Studio hair updateThe Science Fiction update is online! It comes with these new items:

  • backgrounds: cyberpunk city, spaceship bridge, crop circles, wormhole
  • a uniform inspired by Star Trek and a made up Sci-Fi uniform
  • U.F.O., laser blaster and force field
  • cyborg lines for the skin

Apart from the Star Trek uniform I wanted to keep the objects not too specific for fans of certain franchises, so none of them are copied from movies or videogames. This was kinda difficult for me, because I am not good at inventing weapons. ;) But now I am satisfied with the results and I hope you like them as well.

Thank you for you patience regarding this update. I needed a break after my grandpa passed away last month, but I feel better now. And I started streaming again! The next Twitch livestream is scheduled for next Monday at 16:00 UTC (18:00 CET).

Update: COVID-19

SP-Studio hair updateThis is a special update inspired by current events. While I cannot do much expcept for staying at home I want to show my appreciation for all the health care workers, shop clerks, deliverymen and -women who do not have this option. THANK YOU for your hard work! In addition I want to encourage everybody who is not used to it to not feel ashamed for wearing masks in public. Protecting others is the most important thing right now if we want to avoid overloaded hospitals.

So with the help of the Twitch chat I designed ten different masks to wear for your SP-Studio characters in the times of COVID-19. From medical face masks over colorful vogmasks to historcial plaque doctor masks. The simple ninja style mask has custom colors.

I hope this update brings a little bit of joy to you. Stay safe and healthy!

Update: History

SP-Studio hair updateThe SP-Studio got some new historical items! All of these originated in the Twitch livestreams I did during the last two weeks. Thanks to the chat for the feedback and ideas! The update comes with eight items:

  • a background with greek columns
  • musketeer costume (a fitting red hat was already there)
  • wig in Marie Antoinette style
  • Thracian gladiator helmet
  • single pencil mustache
  • crakows as new shoes
  • Two pharao insignia

More Twitch livestreams

SP-Studio Twitch live streamA big thank you to everbody who joined me for the test last Friday! The next one:
March 22nd at 18:00 UTC
The livestream will last for 2-3 hours. This is my Twitch channel. We will chat and work on ideas for the upcoming SP-Studio update about historical fashion. Of course you can join later and don’t have to be there from the start. But I recommend to join the chat.

I realized I am really bad at drawing when I have to talk at the same time. So please don’t expect an amazing art stream! ;) I focus on rough sketches and clean up the details later. But your feedback is important! And I just want to chat because right now many people might need a place to connect with others if they cannot leave the house.

Please follow me on Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or check the forum if you want to join the livestreams in the future. I won’t write an extra blog post every time, so this way you won’t miss an announcement.

My first live stream

SP-Studio Twitch live streamSurprise!
Currently many people are sitting at home and might be a little bit bored. So I want to try something new. I will stream while I am drawing stuff for the SP-Studio. So if you want to join me, follow this Twitch link:

https://www.twitch.tv/zwergimbikini

First stream: Friday, 20.3.2020 at 18:00 UTC (check your local time here)

I will try my best to talk in English, which might be really funny for you because I never get a chance to practice. :) Of course you can ask questions or make suggestions about what I should draw. Please don’t expect any professionalism, because I never streamed before. This is a first test. If it works and anybody shows up at all I might do it again with a different time.
Correction: I mixed up CET and UTC at first. This is now fixed.

Update: Even more hair!

SP-Studio hair updateAfter I sorted the new items from the Christmas Special I started the new year with a classic topic that never gets old: New hairstyles!

Eight of these were added to the SP-Studio today, reaching from odango buns (ispired by Sailor Moon) to a traditional court wig. Some of these hairstyles were wishes from the SP-Studio community. Of course you can change the color of every one of them and you can decide if you want to use them with shadows and highlights or in the “flat” style.

Christmas Special 2019

The 12th annual SP-Studio Christmas Special has started! I prepare 24 daily updates to surprise you with new clothes, body parts, background images or accessories. The advent calendar at the bottom of this blog post will be updated every day until Christmas, so make sure to keep an eye on it. Or you can follow the SP-Studio on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to be informed when a new item is live.

The first update brings Crime Scene Tape as a new foreground effect!

I’m happy about your feedback, so feel free to comment or write an e-mail. You can also make wishes what you want to see in this year’s Christmas Special. Did you know for the first Christmas Special back in 2008 over 2.000 E-Mails with wishes were sent to me? And if you really like it you can help me a lot by supporting this project with a small donation. I hope you enjoy the surprises I prepared for you this time!

The old Christmas Specials can be found here: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

SP-Studio Advent Calendar

Update: Movie fashion 2

SP-Studio emoji update

The second movie related update is online!

This one was initially planned for the week before Halloween, but as I mentioned in my last blog post things in my private life went a little different than expected. When I made the plans for more movie fashion updates I did not know yet we’d have the chance to move houses earlier. In addition my new office was the last room to be ready. But now I am back and I want to give you at least a small update as promised. The Christmas Special starts tomorrow, so I am glad I still made it before December. ;)

These new clothes are inspired by two horror icons of the 80s: Chucky the killer doll (Child’s Play) and Pamela Vorhees (Friday the 13th). You can find them in the “shirts” category.

Moving

moving housesYou might be waiting for the rest of the movie outfits… Unfortunately I had no working office during the past weeks, because I was moving houses – and it took longer than expected. :(

But now I’m back! My walls are painted, the desk is in its place and the computer running. Even internet is working. So today I was able to finally launch the voting for the current picture contest and the next content update will follow just in time before the big Christmas Special will start on December 1st.

Update: Movie fashion 1

SP-Studio emoji updateWe are moving houses, so I decided to continue with a couple of small updates during October and November. You won’t have to wait so long for the next one, that’s a promise. :) And you can make suggestions in the comments.

My Patreon supporters chose the topic: Fashion inspired by Hollywood! But this time I don’t want to focus on superhero costumes or other very unique stuff. I will draw more casual outfits which can be worn by everybody so they are useful for all types of characters. And I might change some details to make them fit better with the SP-Studio. These are the first three of them:

  • A striped suit with fitting pants inspired by Michael Keaton’s outfit in “Beetlejuice”.
  • A 60s leather jacket / turtleneck combo inspired by Leonardo DiCaprio’s outfit in “Once upon a time in Hollywood”.
  • A yellow dress inspired by Emma Stone’s outft in “La La Land.”

Update: Summer fashion 2

SP-Studio emoji updateAnd again it’s summer time! After I provided some swimwear last week I wanted to focus on t-shirts this time. So nine new shirts for different tastes were added today!

My goal was to give anime or metal fans some neutral shirts which are not based on one specific brand. There are also two cute shirts for pet owners with a puppy and a kitten on it. For those of you who like to travel there’s a boat and a car. Programmers will find something for them as well. And in case you don’t like t-shirts with motifs at all there are two classic models without them. Some of these shirts will have custom colors in the new SP-Studio, but it will depend on where it makes sense.

And a quick note in case you are waiting for it: I am away for the weekend, so the next picture contest will start on Monday.

Update: Summer fashion 1

SP-Studio emoji updateIt’s summer time! Well, at least where I live. And this inspired me to draw some new clothes for your sweating SP-Studio characters. In this first update I focused on swimwear: Nine swim trunks and six bikini tops were included.

Remember you will be able to customize all their colors in the new SP-Studio. So that’s something to look forward to. :)

The second summer fashion update will bring new t-shirt designs and will be online next Friday.

Contest topic suggestions?

Can you help me to come up with new contest topics? As you know I run monthly contests for SP-Studio art on this website, and we have been doing these since October 2010. That’s A LOT of creativity and I hope you have as much fun creating those pictures as I have looking through them. And you know what? The next contest will be the 100th!

But I run out of ideas for new contest topics. So I ask you to help me by suggesting some. Don’t be afraid, write down whatever comes to your mind!

A good topic is inspiring enogh to use the SP-Studio in interesting ways, but it’s also nice to have topics with specific themes (like “Disney characters” or “Professional Wrestlers”). The only restriction is it should be something many people can relate to. What topics would you like to see in the future? Or should I start repeating old topics?

Write your ideas in the blog comments, forum, on Twitter or Facebook!

Update: More beards

SP-Studio emoji updateOn my quest to help you build the beard of your dreams I added 10 new items to the “stuff / beards” category. In the SP-Studio you can not just pick one beard, you can combine different parts to make it fit your unique style. The new items inlude mutton chops, chin beards and mustaches.

The topic of this update was chosen by the 5$+ Patreon Supporters in a vote. I hope you like the new hairy parts. :)

DeviantArt: sp-studio-art

SP-Studio artIf you are interested in some of my artworks related to SP-Studio updates you might want to follow the DeviantArt account sp-studio-art. It is an old account I initially used to collect my custom drawings of South Park characters in a gallery, but it was inactive for several years. I revived it now to have a place for my SP-Studio related drawings.

Usually when I work on a new costume based on a famous movie, tv show or video game I draw the whole character. Then I split it into different parts for the SP-Studio categories. But sometimes my drawings are more detailed than what would fit the SP-Studio. Or I return to a drawing later and improve it just for fun. My DeviantArt account shows these “improved artworks”. Some of them are similar to what you can build with the SP-Studio, but many parts will look better (like Rocket Racoon’s fur) and there are even characters I never used for SP-Studio updates (like Bowser). So I feel like it might be worth collecting them. And since I do not delete old pictures you can also see my very first drawings when you scroll down, which might be funny to look at. ;)

Your emoji update requests!

For the next SP-Studio update I came up with a strange idea… but I think it will be an interesting experiment.

Post emojis of the things you want to see in the next update!

I will pick some of your requests and draw them. There might be room for interpretation, but that’s the fun about it. Of course I will draw them in my own style, so there won’t be yellow faces. ;)

You can request as many emojis as you want by replying here, on Patreon, Twitter, Facebook or in the forum. If you use a mobile device it should be easy to add an emoji. If you are on a desktop computer and don’t know how to access them you can use this website and copy them: https://emojipedia.org. The update should be online around the end of this month.

New forum!

Visit the shiny new SP-Studio forum!

It took some time, but after the crash of the old forum I wanted to make sure the new forum software runs smoothly. I was able to save all the user accounts, posts, private messages and most settings. So I hope you will feel at home in the new forum. :) It has some nice new features, a modern text editor, better spam protection, SSL, supports mobile devices and you can now attatch image files directly to your post.

You can read more about what’s new in this thread.

The forum is the best place to ask for help when you run into problems while using the SP-Studio. There is an extra subforum for support. You can also suggest new items and discuss updates or the development of the new SP-Studio. So it’s worth to register. Of course the registration is free. See you there!

A look back – and next steps

Happy new year! I hope 2019 started great for you and will bring you a lot of joy.

In this blog post I want to tell you about my plans for this year and look back on the last one. 2018 has been very exciting! Back in January I announced my plans to replace the old SP-Studio with a “remake” that won’t rely on the dying Adobe Flash plugin anymore. To make this possible I had to ask for financial support. This step was neccessary to safe the future of this website and I am incredibly thankful for everybody who decided to donate. My minimum goal was reached and I even found help with the coding. During the following months Kai Wegner helped me to build the base of the new SP-Studio and I worked on the design, learned how to deal with the new coding and started to convert and improve the old items.

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Christmas Special 2018

To celebrate the end of an eventful year let’s have 24 days of SP-Studio updates in a row! The 11th annual Christmas Special has started with new clothes, body parts, background and other items. You don’t want to miss anything? I will write about it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and update this blog post daily. The first update is a big one: Six new mouths for the face expressions of your characters!

As always I am happy about feedback. It’s your comments that mean a lot to me and this time of the year everybody can wish for an update. So don’t be shy – write about which recent updates you like and what you’d like to see in the future! You can make concrete wishes or just suggest which category I should visit again.

The old Christmas Specials can be found here: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

SP-Studio Advent Calendar