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artisticazurite

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The Final Day

Doing one last update before the jam is over! I hope all of your projects are going well!

These are some of the last of the assets I've worked on for the game:





What can you find in here?


Anyway, that wraps up pretty much all of the art I've done for our game! Thank you again for checking it out, and I think we'll make one final post once it's done.

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Hello! As Jadon said, we've been pretty busy since we just got back to college and so I haven't been able to draw much these past few days. Here's some things I've gotten done, though:

Day 5

As you can see in earlier screenshots, I made a simple text box for the game. As it's just a simple box, I don't really need to repost it, but I made a similar box for the inventory as well.

I've also made a talksprite for Zippy, Peanuts' friend from Earth who you will be able to talk to using the cat communicator.


(Do cats know how to use computers?)

Zippy, like Peanuts, is based on one of Jadon's cats. The real Zippy is very sweet, but also gets very grumpy. She likes to nap on blankets, sit on your lap, and groom herself.



I also made art for a title screen, which Jadon has been working on implementing into the game along with an inventory system. Here is a mock up for the art for it (which might not be final), pictured without the menu or Peanuts' animation:





That's all the art I've done in the past few days. Right now, I'm working on assets for a small town, which hopefully I'll be able to finish by tomorrow.

The only other things I've done are a few songs for the game, which I made about a week ago but forgot to post here. I know absolutely nothing about making music, really, but I just threw together a few things for fun.

https://soundcloud.com/user-861323188/zippys-theme

https://soundcloud.com/user-861323188/cat-cave

(I don't actually know how to embed the audio player onto here, so here are the links)

Your art and character designs are so cuuute. Reading through your devlog has been very fun, and I wish you the best of luck on your project! :>

You're welcome! :>

Day 4 Progress

Here is the work that I did yesterday! I didn't get the chance to post it because I was out all day.

Today my goal was mostly just doing npc sprites. Here are a few of the ones that I've made:





Here are some of the npcs you will meet in the game! I'll be working on a few more soon. It's fun making simple animations for their talk sprites, too, since I feel like it kind of help gives a little personality to the characters.

Originally, I made the mouse way too big in comparison to Peanuts' sprite (80px height while Peanuts is 64px) which...doesn't really make sense. Unfortunately, you can't scale down pixel art as I found out the hard way last night, you can only scale it up. I ended up remaking the sprite of the mouse, but because I had the old one for a basis it didn't take too long.


This was the old mouse sprite. I think the newer one is much cuter.


Other than that, the other sprite I added in was a communicator that Peanuts will be able to use. I made it look like a little cat walkie talkie (is that how you spell that...?)


Beep beep beep.



I also made a few alternate colors to the first npc I posted, all of which I actually like better than the original...they'll probably be a general species of alien cat. I didn't animate these ones, but here are their sprite sheets:




Anyway, that's all of my progress from yesterday! It's a little late, so tonight I'll probably be working on just the text box, and maybe a few more npcs.

aww thanks! :') I appreciate it!

Thank you!! :>

YOUR ICON IS REALLY CUTE.

That aside, good luck with the jam!

Thank you! I'm glad you like the colors, I messed around with them a lot :'D I'm trying to be more conscious of picking better colors for my art lately, this project included.

I said this in the Discord chat earlier but again, I really love the looks of this! I'm excited to see the progress of this very much, it's looking great so far.

Thank you! :> I'll be posting more soon, I appreciate it.

(mrowr)

Hello, this is Alex (artisticazurite) and I'm doing all of the art for this project! I really don't have any background or practice when it comes to pixel art, ESPECIALLY not animation, so this is definitely a learning experience for me. I've also been switching between many different art programs to try to find what I'm most comfortable with for this project (Clip Studio Paint, Paint Tool SAI, Photoshop for animations, and Pyxel Edit).

This is Peanuts!

He's one of Jadon's two cats, both of who will be appearing in this game. Last year we considered joining myfirstgamejam, but found we didn't have the time. However, we still brainstormed ideas for what kind of game we'd like to make, and decided it would be nice to make a cute game about his cats exploring space. When it was announced that the optional theme for this year's game jam was cats/dogs, we figured it would be the perfect time to actually make this game!

If you want to know anything about the real Peanuts, he is friendly, fat, occasionally a troublemaker, and likes to sleep a lot. Definitely not fit for space exploration in real life.

ANYWAY, now to the actual art itself. I actually made the first sprite for Peanuts a year ago when we first came up with the idea for this game, but I never used or animated it. Now, I decided to use this sprite for the project. Again, I have absolutely no experience in animation. For that reason, and because the overall art for the game is more cute than realistic, I felt that a two frame hopping animation would work best.

This was my original concept art that I drew after we thought about this game last year. We haven't added in Zippy (Jadon's other cat) yet, but she'll be added in soon!

Here is the concept art I did for the environment of the planet that Peanuts has crash-landed on. We've changed the colors a bit in the game now but the overall concept is the same! Recently I've been trying to practice more with colors in my art, so I'm still having a little trouble judging what colors work best together. The background (which can be seen in other screenshots we've posted) was actually kind of difficult for me to make look nice. I ended up adding several more color gradients over the green sky, which I think made it look a lot better.

(What is he doing up there?)

I've made so many tile sets now by hand, including ones for floating rocks and islands in the sky. In some of the screenshots, you can see that I added a couple of variations in grass and flowers for the tiles to make it a little more interesting.

I designed the space ship to look like a cat, as you can see. Some of the pieces of it are missing, which Peanuts will need to find in order to get home. I'm proud of how it came out, I think it looks pretty cute :')

And lastly, this is the most recent thing I've worked on! The fire animation and Peanuts' tail movement are actually separated in the game, but I put it together in this gif to show how it's supposed to look. Again, I've never animated before, so I tried my best to keep it basic while still hopefully looking fluid. The fire especially was challenging, but I think I was able to make a nice loop for it.

That's everything that I've finished so far! I'll be updating more each day with the progress I've made as well as other concept art. The next things I'll be working on will be Zippy, as well as npcs! Outside of this devlog, I'll be around on the Discord chat (Azurite #2347) and have been posting the progress as well on my twitter as well!

Thank you for checking out our game!

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1. Hi there! What's your name? Want to introduce yourself?

Hello, I'm Alexandra (you can call me Alex, or Azurite if you want though). I've been talking in the Discord chat but I never properly introduced myself here. I'm currently studying Japanese in college, and I like to draw in my free time. If you'd like, you can check out my art here. You can also find it on my twitter, where I've been posting my art for the jam.

2. Did you participate in the last jam we held? If so, what do you plan on doing better this time? If not, what's your reason for joining?

Originally my boyfriend and I planned to participate in this jam last year, but we found we didn't have the time. We've been wanting to collaborate on making a game for a long time now so when I saw that the jam was happening again, I really wanted to join!

3. What games are your favorites? Did any of them inspire you, or made you want to make your own?

My favorite games are Paper Mario 64 and TTYD, Okami, Bloodborne, Dark Souls, Pokemon, Animal Crossing, Legend of Zelda (Majoras Mask and Twilight Princess are my favorites), Super Mario Sunshine, Persona 3, TWEWY, Katamari, Monster Hunter, and recently Hyper Light Drifter and Undertale. They all inspire me in certain ways which I could probably talk about for hours if given the chance.

4. Do you have experience with game development? What did you do/with what engine?

Not at all! I'm not even the one doing the coding for this project, haha...I'm collaborating with StumpCricket for this jam! I'm just doing the art for it, but in the future I hope to mess around with gamemaker and other programs on my own.

5. Tell us about something you're passionate about!

I'm really passionate about art, and I hope to one day make a webcomic when I have the time to do so. I love video games too of course, and I take a lot of inspiration from them. I really look forward to sharing my own ideas and stories in the future, whether that be through making comics, games, or music.