Hi! My name is Janina and I am the creator of sp-studio.de. I live near Frankfurt (Germany), work as a freelance designer and enjoy video- and boardgames, drawing, movies and entertaining my dog. The SP-Studio is a personal project I started back in 2002 while still in school. Back then I used Macromedia Flash (now Adobe Animate) and my goal was to inspire others to be creative. To my own surprise my little project became a big success and visitors from all over the world use it to create profile images or even videos. During its best times there were over 50.000 visitors per day. The positive feedback inspired me for bigger updates. Unfortunately I am no programmer, but I always try my best to improve the SP-Studio. I am only limited by the time I can spend, since this is not my actual job and of course I cannot live without money. With my Patreon campaign I hope that one day I can work more on the SP-Studio if I get enough supporters.
2020 changed a lot. After many years of working alone I realized I would not be able to continue this way when Flash reached its end. The old SP-Studio would stop working and a complete rework was necessary to let this website survive. To my luck I have wonderful visitors who supported me with donations. Because I cannot code anything without Flash I searched for a porfessional developer – and I was lucky again! Lars Gerrit Kliesing (LGK) coded the new SP-Studio in React and it was released on December 21st 2020. Read more about it here. He did an amazing job, so the new version is way better than the old one. Big thanks to Lars, because without him the SP-Studio might not exist anymore.
I also want to mention Jareen2 and Eggyslav who are my trusted moderators in the forum. They have been active for more than ten years – and in addition they are among the most skilled and creative SP-Studio picture creators. Jareen2 also helped me moderating my Twitch livestreams I started during the Corona pandemic, and so I consider him my right-hand man when it comes to community management. Thanks to both of you for your help as moderators, betatesters and emotional supporters!
Creator of the SP-Studio and website,
updating it with new items since 2002.
Loyal moderators of the SP-Studio
forum since 2011/2012.
2001: As a big fan of the tv show South Park I start drawing friends and celebrities in its unique style. I still offer special drawings like this today, so feel free to have a look at this gallery if you are interested. Because of this love for the South Park art style I decide in 2001 to create a game with Macromedia Flash, so everybody could create their own look-a-like without the need of drawing skills. Flash is a powerful tool which allows me to code everything on my own, even though I cannot actually code much.
2002: Around the year 2002 or 2003 the official South Park website shows interest in my project. They use it with my permission to promote the new season of the show. Unfortunately they delete my name although our deal was to keep it. This leads to confusion among some fans which character creator was first. Later on they let their own developers create a new character creator.
2004: In December we see the first big update with a new design! Version 2.0. The menu guy is introduced so it does not rely on pure text anymore Now it is possible to move and delete every item by clicking on it. More than 100 new items, custom colors and a text tool are included as well. “Hair” and “Hats” are divided into two categories, so from now on it is possible to combine them.
2005: More skin colors. Before this update many dark skinned visitors had problems to find the right color shade. Some time later I bought the domain sp-studio.de due to the growing success of my little project and it got its first (ugly) website.
2006: The only thing I remember from this year is an upgrade to 36 hair colors.
2007: In June a huge update with 250 new items is released. Apart from the relaunch of the new (React) SP-Studio this is the biggest update of all time. For Halloween a creepy update with 45 is following. In November a record is set with 62.755 visitors per day.
2008: Version 3.0 is released. The ugly homepage gets a nice redesign and a blog for news and comments is launched. The main menu is changed to its current look with a new Logo. And finally a save button is included… but unfortunately it is only working for about a month. Very frustrating. But 50 new objects, more colors and a new text are also included. A new annual tradition starts in December 2008 with the first Christmas Special: 24 new items based on your wishes.
2009: In 2009 I start to release more smaller updates. New categories are introduced during this year: Animals and fashion accessories. The freestyle collection now lets you combine clothes in three layers.
2010: A FIFA World Cup special with shirts for all teams is very popular. And in September version 4.0 is released! After long weeks of work the whole website looks better than ever. Many design changes, scroll bars replace the single pages and the SP-Studio becomes a bit bigger. Finally the save button is back and working! Big thanks to Stephen Townsend who fixed it fore me. The SP-Studio Community is launched with a first picture contest. It is a new place where SP-Studio fans can share their pictures and discuss wishes for new items.
2011: I delete the German version of the SP-Studio which I was running until now, because it’s too much work to update two versions. Facebook is conquered and later on Google+. For the first time items based on the “wish voting” gallery are included in a big update. In November I decide to include a small update every week, but I cannot keep up with it.
2012: While drawing many small updates I make a huge change to the SP-Studio Community. New software and a forum! Unfortunately I cannot import the old accounts so everybody has to register again. But the pictures are saved. I give up the newsletter. In May I celebrate 10 years of the SP-Studio! New items for every category are added.
2013: For some months I concentrate on video game costumes. In March the main page is updated, because I want the news to show up more prominently than on an extra blog page. Some old comments are lost but the new blog software (WordPress) makes things easier compared to my old Serendipity installation. Mixed smaller updates follow.
2014: Special updates for Doctor Who and Sherlock are included. The “stuff” category gets a big makeover with more sub-categories. After 6 years of the same design a new website is launched with a modern look and responsive layout: Version 5.0! We also have an animal month with several new animal body parts for your characters (including My Little Pony items).
2015: I decide to quit copying original South Park items, so I do a final South Park related update. More unique items should be drawn in the future. In April I launch my Patreon page where you can support SP-Studio.de with monthly donations. In May the SP-Studio color palette grow from 100 to 200 colors. Foe the summer an improved item menu lets you recolor and rotate items. The save function allows you to save the pictures in a bigger size now. And a full screen mode is introduced.
2016: This year sees several pop culture related updates, like Disney Princesses, Star Wars and Super Mario. The shirts are split into 4 instead of 2 categories, 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. A new button is included which allows you to switch the highlights and shadows on and off for the hairstyles.
2017: Futuristic armour, sport items… and from May to August many costumes for famous super heroes are included.
2018: Because of the death of Flash a complete rework of the SP-Studio is needed. It will be very time consuming and donations are needed to make it possible. But of course there are still regular updates. Wallpaper backgrounds with different patterns are included, winter fashion, more gaming consoles and costumes inspired by classic cartoons.
2019: After the old forum crashed in October we change from PHPbb to Woltlab Burning Board. Jareen2 and Eggyslav are the only remaining moderators. Among other updates this years brings a lot of summer fashion.
2020: During the Corona pandemic I release a special update with masks and start to stream on Twitch. During these livestreams I draw new SP-Studio items. In September Lars starts to code the base of the new SP-Studio in React. The final regular updates for the Flash version are a Science Fiction update and Medusa hair. On December 21st the new SP-Studio launches after three years of preparation! It is just in time because Flash stops working on December 31st. The new SP-Studio brings many improvements like working on mobile devices, an improved user interface, more recolor options, names for all items, png export with transparency, a saving/loading system and the new “lock” button which lets you combine all items.