I’ve finally done it! I’ve finally made the last of the monsters in the Final Fantasy Perler series. I’ve made 112 monsters, 11 bosses, and all of the warriors of light in 6 poses each; 195 pieces in total. *phew*
I’m also nearly complete with affixing them to the wall up my stairway, and I’m on track to complete it before the end of the year. I have plans to add more pieces to it (buildings, NPCs, and swords/spell effects) over the years, but I am pleased to have achieved 1.0 on this project.
I made a ton of Christmas themed Beadsprites last year, so I’m not going to be able to keep up the pace for this year, but here is the first in the series.
I got the sample sprites from River City Ransom and the Japanese counterpart Downtown Nekketsu Story. I don’t know what exactly is going on in this scene, I was just kinda riffing, and thought it would be funny if one was angrily giving an Xmas present and the other was overjoyed. I don’t know if it really works, but it’s funny none the less.
Mikki and I made these tonight. I saw something like this somewhere on the internet, probably Pinterest or something like that. If I do this next year, I will do some cooler ones based of video games or something like that. (Although there is one of them based on the game Minecraft.
I think these are super cool, because we can have them for display in the house for a week before carving them. There were a few other eyes, fangs, ect not displayed, but I don’t think they really worked.
If you like these, and are looking for other Halloween ideas, go check out this really cool blog at http://hauntinglyfun.wordpress.com/ . There is a whole section for Pumpkins, and even some links for other “no carve” pumpkins as well as costume ideas and recipes.
This is at the bottom of the stairs in my home as I near completion of my Final Fantasy Monsters and Warriors project. in total, there are over 200 individual pieces of art from the game, and likely when I complete that, I will be adding NPC and other in game art like castles, and locations. Expect to see the whole wall (it goes all the way up the stairs) in the coming few weeks.
I’ve been working on finishing up the final Fantasy Project, and I have about 2/3 of them up on the wall, and it shouldn’t be much longer. Between that project, my crazy Birthday Party, and the GameZoneRadio podcast, I haven’t been making anything else pageworthy.
I made the other hosts of the podcast, and made them key rings so Ken and Mitch could have one of their own. I think it kinda looks like a Devo album cover.
If you liked the audio from last post, check this one out, too. =)
I’ve been working on a few new projects aside from this website, and one of them is GameZoneRadio.com6 years ago, I was co-host on a videogame podcast called Game Zone Radio. I’ve helped to restart the website, and a few days ago, we recorded our 57th episode (warning some NSFW language), which was a really good time, and made me feel 6 years younger.
The site design is done in 8-bit characters of the hosts, and this is my avatar. I will be creating the other hosts and posting the results here. Since I’m podcasting again, I’m toying with the idea of a HardcorePerler podcast, too. =)
I have another batch of 6 done, and am down to about 30 more to do (mostly smaller ones) and then I will be done with the monsters, bosses, and warriors. I’ve tried a few things to keep them on the wall other than thumbtacks without putting holes in walls, but I’ve found that’s the only way to keep them there. I tried glue dots, poster tack, double sided foam tape, and even masking tape, but they fall off eventually.
I have settled on Sequin pins since they are small, cheap, and a little longer than thumbtacks. They are a total pain in the behind to push into the wall (I use a pair of pliers), but once they are in, you can hide the head of the pin in the hole of a bead, and you can put them where they need to be to hold the perler creation flat against the wall, where a pushpin would look out of place in the middle of it.
I plan to have this complete by mid October, and I might even make a big piece based on the bridge crossing scene to add to it. I love it when a plan comes together.
Kyle McCoy runs his blog over at http://www.pixelartshop.com and he released this video over on YouTube today. I like how the medium of pixel art with Perler beads is approached as a minimalist artform. The Springfield piece he did was particularly impressive.
HardcorePerler.com is one year old now. 155 posts in the first year, and tons of Perler creations! This page has really been a great experience for me, and even though I haven’t been active in the last month, there are even more posts coming.
Dr. Mario was one of the better puzzle games of the NES era. They tried with other Nintendo characters and puzzle games like Yoshi’s Cookie and Wario’s woods, but Dr. Mario seemed to be the one that really captured the attention.