SP-Studio Remake: Preparations

The SP-Studio remake is making progress, but unfortunately there is nothing new to show you yet. I mainly do things in the background which are very time consuming but boring to look at. So I thought about what I could show you in a blog post… and came up with this “little” text about how to convert an old SP-Studio item into a new one. Perhaps some of you are interested in “behind the scene” stuff like this.

I apologize in advance for boring you. :)

For every SP-Studio item I follow these steps…

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(Contest) news (November )

SP-Studio contestBefore I talk about the contests let me announce something about the forum: You can access the old forum again to save pictures and text. But it’s broken, so new posts do not work. I will switch to a new forum software and try to rescue as much as I can, but I cannot promise anything. So please save anything you want to keep.

Since this whole PHP problem made things a bit chaotic for me, an update is about to be finished and the Christmas Special is around the corner I will skip the picture contest for December. This means the current contest about ROAYALS runs longer. You can submit your pictures until November 31st. The voting will run trough December.

In the meanwhile have a look at the last winners: Congratulations to Art Vandelay for winning the FATALITY contest! Please contact me when you want to claim your prize – a free wish for a SP-Studio update. You can find all contest winners in the HALL OF FAME.

Thank You Patrons!

It’s #ThankYouPatrons day, and I want you to know how important your support is to me!

Because of you SP-Studio.de survives. And I hope this brings a little bit of joy to people from around the world who build their own characters. This internet can be difficult to deal with, so I always wanted to create a welcoming place for everybody who wants to be creative. To make this happen I tried to keep everything on my website for free for those who cannot afford to pay anything. Voluntarily donations are the only way to achieve this.

Since I announced the plans for the SP-Studio remake to save its future nearly one year ago I received many donations via Patreon and PayPal. They made it possible for me to start working on the SP-Studio remake and pay for the software I needed (Adobe Animate and WebStorm). Thank you so much!

Forum problems

If you were active in the SP-Studio community you might have noticed problems with the forum. It has been down for two days now and unfortunately things look bad.

The reason for this is a new PHP version on the server. The forum software was very old and broken because updates did not work anymore (conflicts between plugins, a long story). Since it’s only a small community I decided to keep it running and replace it in the future when I find a solution for exporting. But if you run old PHP code at some point it won’t be supported anymore by the PHP version on the server which is regularly updated. Updates are a good thing for security reasons, but in this case it killed the forum and there is no access anymore. I feel bad about how this happened… At least I’d wanted to give the members the chance to backup things before I replace the forum with a more modern software. I will try to make this possible. In the meantime you can contact me by e-mail or here in the news comments. I hope the regular visitors of the forum see this post.

UPDATE: You have access to the forum again, but it’s too broken to post anything. Please save anything you want to save! We will move to a different forum software in january and I don’t know yet what I can keep.

80s cartoons update #3

The final update inspired by classic cartoons is online! This time I picked four characters from different shows:

  • Rainbow Brite: Dress, hair and make-up
  • Cubbi Gummy: Shirt, hat, mouth, ears, hair
  • Muppet Baby Miss Piggy: Dress, gloves, hair, nose, ears
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Breastplate

I hope you liked those nostalgic costumes and I am sure the animal parts will come in handy for creating pictures.

In case you wonder what’s planned next: November will bring another small update slected by my Patreon supporters. The vote is still running, so you can still join. And of course there will be the annual Christmas Special in December. Meanwhile the work on the SP-Studio remake continues and I will post another look behind the scenes soon.

Contest news (October)

SP-Studio contestThe final “80s cartoons” update will be out in a couple of days, after curing the cold which is picking on me right now. Until then you could join the current picture contest. Let’s celebrate Halloween with the gory topic FATALITY! Show a bloody, funny, cruel, famous or unusual death scene. Be creative! It’s important to not just show a Halloween costume. These pictures won’t count this time. And remember: This is not just about murder. So any Darwin Award winner counts for inspiration as well. Submit your picture until October 20th on the CONTEST PAGE. Then the voting will start.

And of course you can have a closer look on the recent winners as well. Congratulations to Eggyslav for winning the AUTUMN contest! You can find all contest winners in the HALL OF FAME.

80s cartoons #2: Ducks

It has been a while since the last one because I mainly worked on the SP-Studio remake lately, but here it is: The second update inspired by 80s (and a little bit 90s…) cartoons! This time I added costumes for three main characters from the Disney cartoons DuckTales and Darkwing Duck. These are the new items:

  • Scrooge McDuck: “beard”, eyebrows, mouth, shirt, glasses
  • Darkwing Duck: shirt, hat
  • Gosalyn Mallard: shirt, hair

The topic for this update was chosen in a poll by my 5€+ Patrons. Let’s see which classic cartoon costumes will come next… :)

Contest news (August)

SP-Studio contestHave you joined the current picture contest yet? Reactivate your Netflix accounts, because this month’s contest is about MODERN TV SERIES! Or tv shows or tv programs, whatever you prefer to call them… There are some restrictions: Your picture must be about a life action drama / comedy tv show which had new episodes in the 2000s or 2010s. NO game shows, NO casting shows, NO cartoons. I am looking forward to your pictures! Submit them until August 20th on the CONTEST PAGE. So there is still onw more day left. Then the voting will start.

Congratulations to the winner of the last contest about CONSPIRACY THEORIES: Eggyslav with his picture of Baphomet! Have a look at all contest winners in the HALL OF FAME.

SP-Studio remake: First look!

SP-Studio remake betaTime to talk about the current state of the NEW SP-Studio! I did not do this earlier because I wanted to wait until the important parts actually work. I already noticed a decline in donations, because of course you want to SEE that I am working on something. So I am very happy to tell you: We have a beta version!

Before I go into more detail I want to thank Kai Wegner who is helping me with the development. Luckily for me he is an absolute pro when it comes to the things the SP-Studio needs, like doing magic with svg files. Kai is coding the base for the SP-Studio remake in Angular2 and helps me to understand as much as possible for being able to edit it by myself. Since I am no actual coder there was no way for me to manage this without help, because building it in Flash was completely different.

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SP-Studio Remake: Survey

SP-Studio remake surveyThis little survey will help to determine which features are most important for the SP-Studio remake. It might not be possible to include all of them, because donations are still needed. So please take the time to tell me about what’s important for you. Thank you very much!

SP-Studio Functions Survey

A detailed blog post about the current state of the development of the SP-Studio remake will follow soon.

Contest news (July)

SP-Studio contestI am on a little vacation so the current contest about CONSPIRACY THEORIES runs longer. You can submit your pictures until Monday (July 23rd)! As usual you can submit your SP-Studio picture on the CONTEST PAGE. Voting will start on Tuesday or Wednesday and run until August 2nd.

Congratulations to the winner of the last contest about ROCK STARS: Jetpack-Guy with his picture of Gene Simmons! Have a look at all contest winners in the HALL OF FAME.

80s cartoons #1: Masters of the Universe

Last year I included costumes inspired by famous Marvel and DC super heroes. Now I want to revisit some classic 80s cartoons. My 5$+ Patreon Supporters helped me decide which ones to pick and the first update will focus on one of their favorites: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe! 12 new items were included today, inspired by three beloved characters of this franchise.

  • He-Man: Hair, pants, “shirt”, belt, eyebrows, sword
  • She-Ra: Hair, dress, headdress
  • Skeletor: Mask, pants, “shirt”

The next update will be about a different 80s cartoon. I hope you enjoy the new items! Some of them are very nostalgic, like the Skeletor mask. But others can be useful for different types of characters.

Contest news (June)

SP-Studio contestAfter a little break for technical reasons there’s a new SP-Studio picture contest this month – and this time the topic is ROCK STARS! Show a famous musician (fictional or real) by using the SP-Studio and upload your picture until June 20th. Please don’t make up your own characters for this topic, it must be a famous rock star. There will be other contests with free topics for OCs.

As usual you can submit your SP-Studio picture on the CONTEST PAGE. There’s a new checkbox to inform you about the privacy policy but the rules have not changed.

Past contest winners can be seen in the HALL OF FAME.

Update: Contest wishes

There was no picture contest this month (thanks to the GDPR), but I included wishes from the past winners for a mixed update. If you want to win a free wish as well you can join the next contest which will start in a couple of days. Give it a try! :)

  • Custodian helmet / Bobby hat
    (wish by Jareen2 for winning the Fight! contest)
  • Town background inspired by South Park: The Fractured But Whole
    (wish by Dottie H. for winning the Winter contest)
  • Doctor Octopus tentacles
    (wish by Léonard B. for winning the Oscar Movies contest)
  • Black Panther mask
    (wish by Art Vandelay for winning the Friendship contest)

Update: Video Game Consoles

Current gen consoles and some retro extras (as voted for by my 5$+ Patrons) have found their way into the SP-Studio! You can add them to your picture by visiting the stuff / toys & sports category. This is new:

  • PlayStation 4 Pro + controller
  • Xbox One X + controller
  • Nintendo Switch + controllers
  • N64 controller
  • Power Glove

Contest News (April)

SP-Studio contestHurry! UPLOAD your picture about the topic FRIENDSHIP until April 20th to be part of the current SP-Studio contest. You can try to build two characters by combining, moving and spinning the parts in a creative way. Or you can just show a friend of a famous person / fictional character. Since this is a free topic you are also allowed to show what a good friend looks like to you personally.

Congratulations to Léonard Blanchet vor winning the last contest with his picture of Jules Winfield from Pulp Fiction! You can see the Top Five of past contests in the HALL OF FAME.

Meanwhile I am working on the SP-Studio remake and a new content update will be online this month.

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.