Update: Winter fashion

Your characters won’t have to freeze anymore: This new content update adds more casual winter fashion to the SP-Studio! I had several ideas for possible updates and again asked my 5$+ Patreon supporters to pick one of them. This is new:

  • three short winter jackets
  • a long, pink coat
  • a classic yellow raincoat
  • a black turtleneck sweater
  • two knit caps

Regarding the SP-Studio remake it will take a lot of time until I can actually show something. But as soon as I am sure which features we will be able to include I will write a blog post about it. Thanks a lot to everybody who has supported the funding of the SP-Studio remake so far on Patreon or with a Paypal donation!

Contest news (March)

SP-Studio contestDid you watch the Academy Awards? Let’s create some creative SP-Studio artworks inspired by Oscar nominated movies! Pick any movie you like, the year and category of the nominations do not matter. But pictures about movies which were never nominated for an Oscars will be disqualified. You can use the lists on Wikipedia to check if a movie counts. Here are those for the Best Picture and Best Animated Picture categories.

Please submit your SP-Studio picture for the Oscar contest on the CONTEST PAGE until March 20th.

The last contest about the topic WINTER was won by Art Vandelay and Dottie Holder. Congratulations! The winners can make a wish for a SP-Studio update. You can see the Top Five of past contests in the HALL OF FAME.

Contest news (February)

SP-Studio contest

Here’s a little reminder that only two days are left to submit your picture for the current SP-Studio contest. Create a picture about the topic WINTER until tomorrow night! You can show a snowy landscape, combine your own winter fashion or recreate characters from „cool“ movies. Visit the CONTEST PAGE now.

The last contest about the topic WHAT HAPPEND IN 2017? was won by Strider with his picture about Kim Jong Un. Congratulations! The winner can make a wish for a SP-Studio update. You can see the Top Five of past contests in the HALL OF FAME.

F.A.Q. about the new SP-Studio

SP-Studio Patreon campaignIt has been one month since I told you about the bad sitution of my website and it’s time for another update. I received many questions, so this will be a F.A.Q. post about the future of the SP-Studio. Feel free to ask anything else in the comments!

1) In short: What’s the problem?

The SP-Studio is coded in Flash. But Flash is slowly dying, so the SP-Studio will not work anymore on your computer. To save it a new version is needed which does not rely on Flash. Though I can use my old drawings the whole coding needs to be redone in a way that’s save for the future. This project will be time consuming and expensive. In January I wrote this blog post to ask for your financial support to save the SP-Studio. Since I don’t charge you for anything this is the only way to pay for this. Donations are possible via PayPal or Patreon. Continue reading

Update: Rooms

While I am preparing the new version of the SP-Studio there are still updates for the current version. This one will be useful for everybody:

Nine indoor backgrounds with different wallpaper designs were included today! How about a kid’s room or wallpapers inspired by the 70s, 80s or victorian times? Two designs are based on famous movies and tv shows: Sherlock and the Shining. I tried to keep the rest of them as neutral as possible so they could be used for all kinds of pictures.

The topic for this update was chosen by my 5$+ Patreon supporters in a poll. I hope you like the new backgrounds. Oh, and a quick reminder regarding the currently running SP-Studio picture contest: Today is the last day for voting, so share some hearts with your favorites!

Possible design changes

As mentioned in my previous blog post there are several improvements I think about for the future of this website. The change from Flash to HTML5 means a complete rework is inevitable, and while I edit every item anyway I also want to improve the illustrations. This is the one topic that might cause some controversy among long time SP-Studio.de visitors, so let me explain exactly why I want to do this and what you can expect from the results. Please remember: This is just an idea for now. Nothing has been decided yet and I just share my early thoughts with you.

I would love to change the character design from South Park to a unique style. I know… The whole project is based on South Park and even the name “SP-Studio” is a reference to the show, but please hear me out. Continue reading

Update on SP-Studio’s future

The minimum goal has been reached!

The mimimum goal of 600$ is reached!

Because of the amazing support during the past couple of days I reached my minimum goal, which means I don’t have to shut down this website! This is an incredible relief for me. Thank you so much for your funding (48 people donated so far) and for spreading the word! Every single one of you made a difference and helped SP-Studio.de to survive. I was even contacted by coders with experience in projects like this. So the future looks way brighter now than when I started this campaign two weeks ago.

As displayed in the chart above reaching this “mimimum goal” means there will be a new SP-Studio, which will use HTML5 / JavaScript / SVG instead of Flash. With those 600 $ I can create a working version this year. But since this was only the minimum budget it would lack some of the current features. So while it’s not about life and death anymore donations still are important. With them I can work on the more complicated features, like the little buttons to rotate und move items, or the export function. Continue reading

Help SP-Studio.de to survive!

SP-Studio Patreon campaignHappy new year! First of all I want to thank my supporters very much for their PayPal and Patreon donations! You helped me in 2017 to continue with SP-Studio updates and provide the visitors of the site with new items to build their characters. 2018 will be something special though, because huge changes are unavoidable… And I have some sad news.

The death of Flash means the death of sp-studio.de.

Flash is dying. We all knew this day would come, but now we have a date. Adobe will stop supporting Flash in 2020 and Google, Microsoft, Apple and other major companies have already started to abandon it. Since the SP-Studio is coded in Flash it already works on less and less platforms, and soon it won’t work anymore on your computer as well. If I don’t change from Flash to HTML5 / JavaScript this website cannot survive the next two years. Continue reading

Christmas Special 2017

The 10th annual Christmas Special has started! Wow, I am doing this thing for 10 years now… But for those of you who don’t know it yet: I will surprise you with 24 daily updates until Christmas. This means new clothes, hairstyles, backgrounds or any other item for the SP-Studio. This blog post and the front page will be updatet every day and I will keep you informed on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well. So make sure to come back to see what’s new. :) And of course I am happy about any feedback. To be honest a comment is way better than a like because it’s something personal and I can work with it. So if you like an update or want to request something special for the future – feel free to write a comment! I usually choose the updates from requests of the past, the Wish Voting Gallery in the forum and my own ideas. The first update is a pet raven and this was a wish by contest winner legobasher.

The old Christmas Specials can be found here: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.
What were your favorite updates from 10 years?

SP-Studio Advent Calendar

Update: Wishes of winners

SP-Studio updateThank you for your patience while I had to take a break. But now I feel better and want to share this little update with you before the big annual Christmas Special starts on December 1st. Five wishes of past SP-Studio contest winners were included:

  • Craig from South Park as a shirt motif (for Alex)
  • Tigris of Gaul helmet from Gladiator (for gdmattman)
  • New manga eyes (for Scott)
  • Eyes with custom colored pupils (for Jareen2)
  • Custom colored Spider-Man style lenses (for Jetpack-guy)

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pictures to decide who should win the November contest! If you won a contest and your wish was not included here it might appear in the Christmas Special. Come back in December for daily surprises.

Contest News (November)

SP-Studio contest

Kings and queens, religious and military leaders… The current SP-Studio contest about FAMOUS LEADERS is all about power – in good hands and in bad hands. This time the task was to create a SP-Studio version of a real life person, no fictional characters. And your uploads are great! You can now vote by liking your favorite pictures until November 30th. Visit the CONTEST PAGE now.

The last contest about the topic HALLOWEEN PARTY was won by Alex J. Giebelestein with his picture about Butters as Jason Vorhees. Congratulations! You can see the Top Five of past contests in the HALL OF FAME.

Contest News (October)

SP-Studio contest

Join the SP-Studio contest! This month the topic is HALLOWEEN PARTY, so you can show your creepiest, funniest or most creative costume ideas. But if you want to show a general Halloween party setting / decoration this is allowed as well. Submit your image on the CONTEST PAGE until October 20th. You can also send it to me via Facebook message or Email if you prefer this way. On October 21st all the pictures will be shown on the contest page and you can vote for your favorites.

The last contest about the topic FIGHT! was won by Jeffrey with his picture about Glass Joe vs Mr Sandman from Punch-Out!!. It was inspired by this YouTube video. Congratulations! You can see the Top Five of past contests in the HALL OF FAME.

You might have noticed that there was no SP-Studio update in September. I have to deal with some health issues right now, but I hope to be back soon.

Contest News (September)

SP-Studio contest

Upload your best SP-Studio pictures in the new contest! This month the topic is FIGHT! We look for pictures about fighters (knights, boxers, fighting game characters,…) or fights in general. They can be inspired by famous fictional characters, real life or your own imagination. Submit your image on the CONTEST PAGE until September 20th. You can also send it to me via Facebook message or Email if you prefer this way. On September 21st all the pictures will be shown on Facebook and you can vote for your favorites. The voting system might change a bit, because more votes are needed… but I am not sure yet how to do this. If you have any suggestions they are welcome!

The last contest about VIDEOGAME HEROES was won by gdmattman with his picture about Shadow of the Colossus. Congratulations! You can see the Top Five of past contests in the HALL OF FAME. Thanks to everbody for sharing your amazing pictures!

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. :)