Originally posted by MegaGirl & G-Zero
Does anyone know where to get good MMBN 4 backgrounds, besides Sprites Inc?:conf:
Not really, but you could always wait for the ROM to come out, then get an emulator and rip the backgrounds yourself. Or find somebody who can do it already and ask them.
Now, completely unrelated to that question, I have more tips!
Beginning comic authors are prone to make a few, if not all, of the following mistakes.
A common mistake that many beginners make is that they try to use backgrounds right off the bat. And once again, this can end in DISASTER if you don't know all the basics of spriting. Copy, Pasting, Recoloring, Editing... These are important to maintaining a decent background while working with sprites. Beginning authors should NEVER try to use backgrounds. Instead. Go with a simple Floor and Sky setup, where you have a line near the bottom indicating the floor. Then the top portion of space is colored for the sky, while the bottom portion is colored for the floor.
Another common mistake is the mixture of bittages. When I say "Mixing" bittages, I don't mean, like, taking a 16 bit X and making it look 8-bit, or 32-bit. A "Mixing of Bittages" occurs when you have one character, or object that is of one bittage, and then you have a completely different character or object of another bittage in the same comic panel. ALL SPRITES AND/OR OBJECTS IN YOUR COMIC SHOULD BE THE SAME BITTAGE. If you have an 8 bit comic, don't have 32 bit trees and 16-bit energy blasts...
Perhaps the most heinous of crimes. Beginning authors often try to create their own special effects, and they often turn out nasty. Perhaps the worst kind is when an author tries to use the Airbrush tool to make it look as though a character is charging his/her shot. Don't try effects until you become more familiar with how things need to look. You need to be VERY skeptical of your own work when you make a sprite comic. If you don't think it's absolutely perfect, then it's not.
Another important mistake, though not the most frequently made, is the attempt at creating a customized character through recoloring, or editing... sometimes both. Once again, if you're going to attempt this, be sure that you know your spriting basics. Otherwise, don't even attempt it. Look at Bob and George, for example. They did just fine with simple recolors for quite a while in the beginning. In fact, you'll find very few edited characters in the comic itself.
That's all I can think up for now. Pay uh-tenshin! This stuff's m'portant!