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Christmas Special 2021

Every day from December 1st to December 24th a new surprise update is waiting for you! Last year I took a break because of the relaunch, but now the beloved annual Christmas Specials are back. For 24 days I will draw all kinds of new backgrounds, clothes and other objects to give you more possibilities to build your pictures. The old Christmas Specials can be found here.

And the best part is: YOU can request new items for these updates! Upload them to the Wish Voting gallery and if I like them they will appear there. Then everybody can discuss them. Popular ideas have a high chance to appear in the Christmas Special. But I will also include surprises from older requests which are not in the gallery.

I hope you enjoy the updates! Of course I am happy about feedback, so tell me about your favourites. 🙂

day 1: gingerbread man
day 2: tentacle legs
day 3: Sailor Moon dress
day 4: boxing shorts
day 5: PlayStation 5
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Why ads returned

SP-Studio UpdateSince I want to stay transparent here is a quick post to talk about why ads are back. My goal with the SP-Studio is to provide a fun tool that’s free for everybody to use. There is no subscription model, micro payments or anything like this. But I need money to run this project. After the relaunch in 2020 the ad banner I used for many years was deactivated and I hoped voluntarily donations might rise. But they did not, and so I have to activate it again. The ad is not visible in mobile view and has the small shape you are used to from the past, because I don’t want to annoy you. Thanks to my loyal Patrons and PayPal donations I think I can avoid bigger ads. So thank you very much to everybody who supports the SP-Studio!

Please deactivate your ad blocker for to make this work.

Drag and drop is back

SP-Studio UpdateWhile I am preparing the Christmas Special Lars coded another useful addition for the item options: You can now move items with drag and drop!

In the old version of the SP-Studio it was easy for me to implement this, but it turned out to be way more challenging without Flash. Applause for Lars who made it work anyway! You now have the choice to use the arrow buttons, the arrow keys on your keyboard or your mouse cursor to move an item. On mobile devices it works with touch control.

This is the final update before the Christmas Special will start on December 1st. The Wish Voting Gallery has been updated, so make sure to like and comment on your favorite ideas! Of course you can still submit your own wish here. And check out the new blog sidebar. 🙂

Update: More costumes

SP-Studio Update27 SP-Studio items have been added to the “special costumes” category!

This big update brings back many beloved costumes from the old SP-Studio in improved form: Fantasy outfits, superheroes, Halloween costumes, fake muscles, swimwear,… I used more shadows and highlights on some of them, but you can turn them off if you prefer the flat look. Of course you can also change the colors for everything. Three completely new costumes have been added as well. Black is beautiful, so I hope you like the dark outfits inspired by Black Panther, Darth Vader (Star Wars) and Yennefer (The Witcher). With Darth Vader and Black Panther I wanted to finally provide fitting shirts for the existing masks and Yennefer was chosen in a poll by my Patreon supporters.

Update: a mixed LGK update

SP-Studio UpdateLars is on fire! Our favourite React developer added even more features to the SP-Studio:

  • Improved rotation: You can now choose to rotate an item clockwise or counter-clockwise.
  • Repositioning the options: In the desktop view a new arrow icon lets you pin the options menu to the top of the page. This can be helpful if you don’t want it to cover the item list.
  • Two new items: And as a little thank you for Lars I included bigger round glasses and a smart watch. The new SP-Studio gets better with every update and I appreciate his help a lot.

You can find Lars’ personal website here:

SP-Studio Update

Update: Language, SVG and more

SP-Studio UpdateLars (LGK) coded useful new functions for the SP-Studio!

  • A language switcher was added to the bottom of the main page. Until now the language was only determined by your browser settings.
  • A button for the default character was added. After deleting all items you can now bring back the blue default character instead of building from scratch.
  • You can now save SVG files. They have the best quality and can be edited in specialized software. Because of my trouble with art theft it was no easy choice for me to allow these files. But I trust you to always mention as a source when you use my drawings for your own projects. Please show this respect for my years of work by adding a back link when sharing pictures based on SP-Studio assets. Under no circumstances I allow to just steal and share my assets (like the backgrounds) on websites like DeviantArt.

Big SP-Studio Interview

SP-Studio Interview with Janina HimmenRead the interview here…

A couple of weeks ago I was asked by Starter Story to talk about my story, and now the article is live. It might be the most detailed piece I ever wrote about the SP-Studio, and there’s also some advice for you if you want to launch your own project. So I think it is an interesting read. 🙂 is a website focused on entrepreneurs and their launch of new business ideas. The SP-Studio is kind of a special case here, because earning money was never its main focus. But because of the audience I was able to reach with it it still counts as an success story.

New: Wish Voting!

SP-Studio Wish Voting Gallery for requested itemsThe WISH VOTING GALLERY is back!

This part of the website gives you the chance to submit ideas for new SP-Studio items I should draw. You can upload a picture with a short description and if I like the idea it will be added to the gallery. There everybody can rate and discuss it. When I work on future updates I will have a look at the gallery and it will help me to decide which popular requests to focus on first.

Important: The wish voting gallery is a handy tool to collect and discuss wishes for new items in one place, but it is never a guarantee. So if your wish is not chosen please do not try to convince me otherwise. Apart from the gallery I already have a very long list of requests.

SP-Studio Discord server

SP-Studio Discord server
Follow this link to join the shiny new SP-Studio DISCORD SERVER! Since I am not very active on Discord this server is run by somebody else with way more experience: Jareen2 (longtime SP-Studio Forum moderator) had the idea and created it. Thank you very much! I trust Jareen2 enough to do a good job over there, so this is an “officially approved unoffical platform”. I will reply to questions in the #support and #feedback channels and you will be informed about any updates in the #announcements channel. But you can also share your pictures or just do small talk. See you there!

To celebrate the launch we will have a meet-up in the voice-chat this Saturday at 7pm CEST.

Update: improvements

SP-Studio updateToday’s update fixes errors, brings back 6 items and comes with many improvements!

I addressed many small issues I collected on my to-do-list since the launch the new SP-Studio:

  • I added / splitted some old items I forgot about (tambourine, 5 shirts)
  • the layer order was improved for MANY items (beards, scarfs, belts, open coats, easel,…)
  • all background places are moveable now (just in case you want them to move)
  • small drawing errors were fixed (precious gloves, swimming trunks, pillars, helmets,…)
  • more custom colors were added to the cape and Doc Ock tentacles
  • old “update stars” were removed (they should just stay for a couple of weeks from now on)