Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Artist Showcase: PrimeOp

It's been quite a while since I've done an artist showcase, so I wanted to do a very special one for my next one. There are a lot of great artists I could (and will eventually) showcase but I chose an artist that honestly still amazes me. But first, let's get into a little history lesson so I can explain how I came to know the work of this particular man. Once upon a time I was a huge arcade junkie, often whiling away my time at the Neo Geo cabinet in my local Pizza Hut or playing Samurai Shodown 2 over at the grocery store's measly arcade. So, it's not a big shock to learn that I found myself loving pixel based art, commonly known in those old 2D games as sprites. And, after I finally got my own computer when we moved to Florida, I got involved in searching out sprite art online. This led me to a place called Sprite Central and I learned about artists who not only ripped sprites from games to edit into new sprites but also I learned about the artists who did sprite work from scratch. But, sadly, that place died at some point and I felt like I had lost access to my favourite window.

It was a very emotional time for me, honestly. I ate a lot of donuts and cried.

That is until another member (whom I cannot recall so I hope you don't get offended if you're reading this) told me about one of the artists having a forum of his own where the regulars were hanging now. There I got to know them better and came more out of my shell, as I had barely spoken to most of them prior to this, basically lurking beforehand. I started spriting, first with edits and then I started scratch work of my own. And one of the biggest encouragements to my ability was the man that ran the place, easily one of the most gifted spriters in the scene. He's an amazing guy who inspires with everything he does. So, in honour of him and his work I will be showcasing some of his horror related sprites here. So, what are you waiting for? Get to scrolling!



Imagine if Street Fighter Alpha had Jason Voorhees, Elvira, Freddy Krueger, and Rick from Splatterhouse in it.
It brings a tear to my eye every time I see it. And then Jason cuts me in half with his machete.
It's a monster party and everyone is invited. You might want to avoid Horace though, he's a bit too friendly.
Skeletor is love.
Alucard is having some daddy issues...
Rick is beginning to think he should've brought a bigger knife...
Now, if you loved all of that work as much as I do, then you should go over to Scrollboss and check out his other work. His website there is more than just a gallery of his work though, as it also has sprite rips and a sprite generator that I used for a few of the images on display here. He also has tutorials and other resources supplied by himself and other sprite artists. I highly recommend going over there and whiling away a few hours. It's pretty easy to do. So, until I wake up and realize I'm made out of pixels, I'll be here going crosseyed as I attempt to measure up to sprite artists like PrimeOp. Later days, bleeders.

1 comment:

  1. This was a nice read, it brings back good artistic memories :)

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