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Shrimp Dragonfly Hippocampus monster, animated

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Published on Jan 20, 2009

Final animated image: http://frankiesmileshow.deviantart.co...

Thats volume 9 of pixel art time! This monster is an odd mix of a shrimp, a hippocampus and a dragonfly.
The game it is for has a resolution of 320X240 so that monster takes up most of the screen in it.

This time around I go one step further by also recording the whole animation process. It takes quite a while. The whole work was over two days, started at around 11h pm on jan 19th, and finished at around 4-5PM on jan 20th, taking around 6 hours of work in all.

I decided to fully animate this monster about halfway through the work, just after I had finished the wings... I had to remove the wings because of that decision: insect wings flap too fast and the details in them would have been confusing (not to mention a real pain to animate).
It is a boss for a game I am working on. Maybe I will animate the death animation next or maybe ill move on to another beastie. I am not showing off most of the sprites I'm making these days because I don't really want to show too much of the game's content before its done, its an exploration-ey thing and all. Most of the fun comes from discovering the game while initially playing it.

The song in the background is one of my all-time favorites, "Country graveyard" by Cherry Five (a band that will later be known as Goblin, they mostly made horror movie soundtracks). If you ever come across the self-titled album this song is from, definitely get it, its a real gem.

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