How SP-Studio inspired me

  • Exactly what Jareen said! It looks very nice!


    Freude, schöner Götterfunken,
    Tochter aus Elysium!
    Wir betreten feuertrunken,
    Himmlische dein Heiligtum!
    Deine zauber binden wieder
    Was die Mode streng geteilt;
    Alle Menschen werden Brüder,
    Wo dein saftner Flügel weilt!

  • I really would have liked to show you what I drew between my failure with Thorben and the resumption of my experiments with SP-Studio that led to my current comic project. But alas, I cannot find the files anymore. That's generally a big problem for me as I'm probably the least organized person in the world. Ironically, my present job consists mainly of organizing stuff.

    I don't remember exactly why I started to draw characters from Star Trek. Maybe it was just on TV. Maybe I remembered the line that you should write about what you know best and Star Trek is one of those things. Anyway, I played a bit with SP-Studio to create Star Trek look-alikes without paying too much attention to the details. This was the result:

    I named those characters Theta and Sheanna Joy as a nod to the respective characters on Star Trek - The Next Generation.

    I only drew the background later when I realized this was leading to something. But it will make it clearer why I made certain decisions.

  • On the original series the sets had very bright colours. Colour TV was quite a new thing then and they wanted to make use of the technology. On the Next Generation the sets were more beige. As I want to emulate that series, I chose a similar colour scheme. Indeed I like those colours very much, to my mind they make everything very cozy.

    The characters might stand out because on the SP-Studio the colours in general are very vibrant. I wider range of more muted colours could be very useful, too.

  • As you can see in the picture above, SP-Studio characters don't have very realistic body proportions. The head makes up about two thirds of the total height which in humans would only occur in a fetus. Animated characters tend to have bigger heads than normal and the SP-Studio characters are based on the children on South Park but for my purposes they weren't really appropriate. The characters above wouldn't even be able to pass the door in the background with their enormous heads. So I tried to adapt the characters a bit. This was the result:

    I stretched their bodies so that now the head only makes up about half of their height. This way the characters look a bit like lego figures.